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How to Make Almond Milk

Making your own almond milk is the tastiest and most nourishing way to do it! For smoothies and lattes, there's nothing store-bought that is as delicious!
May 20, 2014 | Joy McCarthy

Dear Joyous Readers,

It's become hugely popular to purchase store-bought nut and seed milks as evidenced by the number of brands that line grocery store shelves these days. This is great because many people are realizing the benefits of going dairy-free. However, many of the brands at the grocery store also come with a dose of sodium, sugar and other unnecessary additives which you can completely avoid if you make your own! Not only do you eliminate the additives but you'll find homemade tastes SO MUCH BETTER!

You will be amazed at how easy it is to make your own almond milk.

This recipe is a favourite from my book JOYOUS HEALTH, but I've created a fun video for you here. The recipe is shared near the end of the video, you can easily pause the video and write down the ingredients. 

Now you've got a smashingly delicious almond milk, need some delicious ways to enjoy it!?

Drink 1/2 cup straight up!

Use as the base of a smoothie

Use instead of cream for soup -- stayed tuned as my next recipe video is for a Chilled Cauliflower & Almond Soup

Pour on top of your favourite healthy granola

Enjoy as a latte with matcha -- yummy!

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  • 1 cup (250 mL) unsalted raw almonds
  • 2 Medjool dates, pitted
  • 1/2 tsp (2 mL) vanilla powder (or 1 tsp/5 mL pure vanilla extract)
  • 4 cups (1 L) filtered water
  1. Soak almonds in plenty of water overnight. Drain and rinse well.
  2. In a blender, combine almonds, dates, vanilla and water. Blend for 30 to 60 seconds, until you can no longer see any almond chunks. Strain through a fine-mesh sieve or nut bag set over a bowl. Press down on the almond mixture to release all of the milk. It’s that easy! Almond milk keeps in the fridge for up to 5 days.

Be sure to keep it in an air-tight container refrigerated. It's fresh for 4-5 days.

Please do share with me on instagram or twitter by tagging me @joyoushealth or hashtag #joyoushealth. I can't wait to see what you create!

Have a joyous day!


May 20, 2014 BY Joy McCarthy
Irene   •   May 21, 2014

This is an amazing recipe. It's simple and delicious. I made it for the first time last week and couldn't believe how good it was. I had a lot of fun making this and it was really neat to see how a few simple ingredients can create something that tastes great and is also nutritious. Thanks for sharing the recipe!


Ernest Watts   •   May 25, 2014

Hey this are great recipes thx


trumpcoaching   •   May 31, 2014

Hello thanks for sharing nice information.


Mtratta   •   July 17, 2014

I was wondering if the one cup of almonds measured are soaked or dry?

Kate McDonald-Walker   •   July 18, 2014

Julie   •   October 5, 2014

What could you do with the strained out almond grounds?

Kate McDonald Walker   •   October 5, 2014

imam fahrudin   •   November 9, 2014

that's perfect combination of almond and milk, I hope get a lot of benefit from it. thanks for share.


Izaak   •   March 23, 2015

Hi thanks a lot for sharing this awesome recipe. I have tried to make many similar recipes with Almond but none has worked this great for me and I love vanilla. I would also love to share some info that will make your readers understand the benefits of almond milk.


Katherine   •   February 9, 2016

This looks like a wonderful and super easy recipe!!! Thanks for sharing. Just a question, how long would the almond milk last for once refrigerated?

Joy McCarthy   •   February 9, 2016

Sharon Hope   •   June 25, 2016

I have been buying raw (cream coloured) unsalted almonds. I thought they were the most healthy for me. I see in your recipes you list unsalted raw almonds but they look like the almonds that have the skin on them. Can you please tell me the brand you buy. I know Costco sells a large bag of almonds unsalted with skins on. Probably not organic however. Curious.... thanks in advance Sharon

Heather Allen   •   June 27, 2016

Brianna   •   May 21, 2017

Hi! Can you oversoak your almonds? A lot of times I start soaking them and then I forget about them. Should I throw the almonds away if I accidentally soak them for 2 days?

Rachel Molenda   •   May 23, 2017

Samantha F.   •   May 13, 2019

Love this recipe! Homemade almond milk tastes so much better than store-bought. Just wondering what brand/where you purchased your mesh sieve? I have been looking for one with handles like the one in your video but can't seem to find one with fine mesh (just hard metal). I am not a fan of cheesecloth. Thanks so much!

Joy McCarthy   •   May 14, 2019

Chrissy Polzin   •   April 22, 2020

I just soaked my almonds overnight. A few are floating on top of the water and the rest are not. Are the ones floating okay to eat? Why are some floating and others are not. Thank you!

Joy McCarthy   •   April 22, 2020

Susan   •   September 23, 2020

Do you have to soak the almonds overnight? I have been making almond milk for quite a while now, but have never soaked them.

Joy McCarthy   •   September 24, 2020

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