Fresh Raw Almond Milk

fresh raw almond milk

For several years now I have been telling students in our healthy eating classes that I should make my own almond milk. That I had heard how easy it was to make fresh raw almond milk. But somehow I just never gave it a try. However a recipe I wanted to make called for almond pulp left over from making almond milk. So I broke down and did it! Now I am making this recipe regularly to use in hot cocoa, in chia porridge and more.

Your own fresh almond milk will taste so much better than the store bought variety you won’t want to go back! I often put the almonds in my high-speed blender at night and let them soak right there. Then all I have to do is drain the water, add fresh water and blend. Try it with other nuts or seeds too.


Fresh Raw Almond Milk
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You won't want to use store bought almond milk once you taste this and see how easy it is to make.
Recipe type: Beverage
Cuisine: Raw Food
Serves: 4-6 servings
  • 1 cup raw almonds, soaked in water overnight or for 8 hours
  • 3 cups filtered water or young coconut water or a combination of the two
Optional Add-ins
  • 2-4 pitted Medjool dates (soak in water if they are hard)
  • ½ to 1 whole vanilla bean, chopped (or ½-1 tsp vanilla extract or vanilla powder)
  • ¼ tsp cinnamon
  • pinch of Himalayan crystal salt
  1. Drain and rinse the nuts.
  2. Place them in a high speed blender and blend on high for 60 seconds or so, until there are no chunks of nuts.
  3. Place a nut milk bag or cheese cloth in a large bowl or pitcher.
  4. Pour milk into the bag or cloth.
  5. Squeeze the bag or cloth until all the milk is in the bowl/pitcher and you are left with just the nut pulp in the bag.
  6. Save the pulp for other recipes. (You can dehydrate or freeze it if you won't be using it right away.)
  7. Pour milk into a jar with a tight fitting lid.
  8. Keep in refrigerator.
  9. Shake well before using.
  10. Use within 5 days.
Depending on how you plan to use the milk you may want to go further.
  1. To take it to the next level add one or more of the optional ingredients to the blender along with the nuts.


I would love to hear your versions, or how you use your fresh raw almond milk. Leave a comment and share the knowledge.

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4 Comments on “Fresh Raw Almond Milk

01/11/2016 at 1:19 am

I finally made some almond milk and it’s so much better than store bought, thank you for the recipe. Do you have any tips on what to do with the pulp?

Ama Opare
01/11/2016 at 9:51 am

Dee, I certainly agree, it does taste much better. I have used the pulp for my un-fish cakes recipe, at or in a raw cookie. I have also put it into the freezer for later. You can also dehydrate it to use like almond flower. Mostly though, I must admit that I just toss it out.

Wanda Nelson
11/10/2013 at 7:25 am

Hi Ama,
I love to use fresh almond milk in my green smoothies in the mornings. It gives the smoothies an extra depth, especially if you have already sweetened the almond milk with dates and vanilla bean. It’s so quick to make the almond milk, and it lasts in the refrigerator for several days. It’s easy, quick, and nutritious.

Ama Opare
11/10/2013 at 9:38 am

Hey Wanda! That sounds delicious. I know it starts your day off right. Thanks for sharing.


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