Almond Milk: Healthy Dairy Free Alternative

| July 28, 2011 | 20 Comments

almond milk gluten free dairy free

mmm I love my home made almond milk and it is healthier than what you can buy.  I only use all natural healthy ingredients and no sugar!

DidUKnow: Almond milk is an ingredient common in Medieval European recipes, particularly in Lent dishes (milk, eggs, and meat broth all being forbidden in Lent).

The recipe below is my basic quick one.


1 Cup Raw Almonds
3 cups Water
Few drops of Stevia
1/2 tsp Pure Vanilla extract (optional)


1.    Soak overnight (12 hours), pour off water & follow recipe below.
2.    Put almonds in a food processor, run it briefly.
3.    Add a little water, run it longer.
4.    Continue adding water and running the processor until you have a milky liquid.
5.    Add stevia to taste.
6.    Also you can add vanilla if desired

You can make thicker almond milk with more almonds relative to the amount of water.

I don’t mind the bits of almond skin, but you can strain if desired especially if you are planning on drinking it.

Learn why the almonds need to be Raw Almonds

To discover the benefits of almonds, click here:  9 Health Benefits of Almonds

Almond is the ONLY nut that is alkaline.

That is why we teach how to use it properly in the Alkalize Your Body BootCamp and our 2-5-30  Healthy Diet and Detox.

About Diana Herrington

I am the Founder and Author at Real Food For Life. Have been teaching cooking classes worldwide since 1982. Create original, healthy recipes and menus, which are gluten free and white sugar free. Also, the author of the GREEN means LEAN and Balance Your Body e-books. I turned a debilitating health crisis into a passion for helping others with healthy, sugar free, gluten free eating and cooking.



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  1. Elizabeth Godfrey says:

    I had no idea it was so easy to make. I will definately try this! Can I do the same with other nuts?

  2. Pierrette & I have no other milk than nut milks.
    Thanks for the post Diana.
    We start with a fruit smoothie every-morning 7/7. We add at least bananas and two other fruit. A tablespoon per person of ground flax seeds for fresh omega’s and voila.
    Pierre Trudel
    Ontario Canada

  3. Elizabeth, yes you can and I have to admit that I will be doing it soon for the first time so thank you for the inspiration. :)

  4. mmmm sounds similar to what I do Pierre.

  5. Bernadette Washington says:

    Wow!!! Thanks for the almond milk recipe, I’m so excited to try for myself. I did’nt know it was that easy to make either. I am also more excited about the Real Food information and website after looking at some of the recipes and seeing that there are some sunrider recipes I can use with my sunrider foods that I order several times a month! This is so exciting! Thank you all.

  6. Yes almond mild is so easy to make.
    Thank you Bernadette for the appreciation and yes I love the Sunrider foods too.

  7. Shelley says:

    Great recipe. The first time I added quite a lot of water….and found it a bit difficult to digest..On the second try, I found the taste a bit bland. Your feedback on twitter really helped, and by the 3rd try the texture was like marshmallow, and it tasted sublime..better than cereal by a long shot. was just almonds, and a little bit of water (I generally don’t use sweetener) but am keen to find out how to make an almond smoothie.. @shelleyelk

  8. Happy it worked out for you Shelley. There are so many ways to follow a recipe but always we should make it the way that pleases us the most.
    What I do is just put the soaked almonds in with my green smoothie; see my video on it:

  9. Maija says:

    I started making almond milk a couple of years ago. The method I learned uses a few dates instead of the stevia. It works wonderfully. I too add a splash of vanilla. Then I did learn for myself that there is no hard and fast rule about how much water to use. You simply experiment til you find the flavour and consistency you like. For me, approximately a cup of almonds will give me approximately a quart/litre of milk.
    Thank you Diana. I’m truly enjoying and learning from your website.

  10. carolyn sheets says:

    Thanks so much Diana! I need to try this at last!!! Please tell me .. why do we pour the soaking liquid away?

  11. Sorry Carolyn I missed your question.

    When you soak the almonds you will see that the water is brown. What happens is the tannins from the skins are released into the water and dust and other residues are released. This also makes them tastier, they are sweeter. Always dsicard the water the nuts and seeds are soaked in; do not use the water in a recipe.

  12. Suzie Hughes says:

    Hii. I’m wondering if date sugar could be used in place of stevia. I don’t care for the taste of Stevia nd have heard some negative things about its usage. I’ve been using date sugar in place of other sweetners as I’ve heard it is the healthiest, and wonder if it would taste good in home made almont milk. The almond milk bought at stores seems like it has alot of unhealthy things added to it. And is always too sweet.

  13. Hi Suzie, is the stevia you have tasted a powder? The liquid one that is not so highly processed does not have that bitter after taste; see the link I put in above.
    Yes you can use date sugar or even honey. Just add the amount to taste. Let me know how it goes and how much you put in.

  14. J. Leite says:

    Almond milk with carrageenan as an added ingredient is a concern. It is hard to find commercial brands without it.

  15. Yes that is true and also the commercial brands have starch in them! This is why it is good to make your own which is so easy.

  16. anniegoose says:

    thank you soooo much for this recipe — i love almond milk but there is just NO WAY that i can drink all of that califia bottle before it goes bad – -so i end up throwing half a bottle away. now i’ll be able to make just what I need. you’re the best diana.

  17. joy markman says:

    Hi Diane, thank you for a really informative letter as regards almonds – I must make inquiries here in South Africa, to find out what is done with our almonds. I will let you know when I find out!
    One thing please, once I have made almond milk, can I freeze it for future usage in a recipe?
    Thanks Joy

  18. Lois says:

    Silk brand does not use carrigan in its original no sugar.

  19. Carly says:

    As mentioned by Meija, a few dates is a great alternative to Stevia. I also add a small piece of a vanilla pod, but be careful not to overdo it. I also bought a nut milk bag which can be used over and over again to filter the crushed almond solids. And the remaining solids can be used in baking recipes, cereal and the like.

  20. Thank you Lois for that info. I will check it out.

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