How to Make Unsweetened Almond Milk

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Creamy tasty unsweetened almond milk. I never thought that I would see the day when homemade almond milk would be a staple in home. But for many years now it has been. My problem with almond milk is although it’s a healthier alternative than milk, it can get expensive. In addition, I prefer the refrigerated variety so I can’t get it through Amazon Prime. Be that as it may, unsweetened almond milk was a staple on our grocery list. I never once thought that I would be making my own homemade almond milk.

However recently,  I was doing some reading on gut health when I came across an article on phytic acid. Since I consider myself a self proclaimed gut specialist after healing my own gut issues, I was intrigued. Phytic acid is a compound found in foods like nuts, legumes and grains that can bind to needed minerals and decrease their absorption.

Different seeds have varying amounts of phytic acid. But, from all the seeds listed in this chart, guess which seeds have the most phytic scid listed? You guessed it almonds.

Now there are bigger nutritional issues than phytic acid but, the fact that I use almonds everyday in everything from smoothies, to grain-free cereal and even as a travel snack…there was some room to make a change. Not to eliminate phytic acid from my diet totally but, rather decrease the amount ingested.

I was also surprised to find out most varieties of almond milk have way less almonds per bottle than you think. So essentially, you’re paying for fancy water. Of course brands vary but, the really good stuff is even more expensive. What you get in the end is a watered down product with synthetic vitamins added back in.

So I set out to make my own almond milk and was pleasantly surprised. Not only was the homemade almond milk more affordable, contained less phytic acid, healther and creamier…homemade almond milk was much tastier too.

Apart of phytic acid,  gum fillers/additives like acacia, guar gum and carrageenan come with their own set of problems too. Especially for people that already have or are prone to gut issues. It’s just something to be mindful of.

When you make your own almond milk at home, you have none of that to worry about.

Benefits of Making Homemade Almond Milk

  • Less phytic acid
  • More affordable
  • East to make
  • More nutritious
  • Know the origin of your food
  • No artificial flavors or synthetic vitamins
  • Creamier
  • Tastier milk

Tools you need to make Almond Milk

Before you go and make your own homemade unsweetened almond milk, here are a few things I recommend that will make it so much easier and smoother. Click to go directly to products.

nut milk bag
nut milk glass container
BlendTec or other high powered blender


How to Make Homemade Almond Milk

Delicious, creamy and easy to make homemade almond milk will be.

  • Author: Lisa Leslie-Williams
  • Prep Time: 24 hours
  • Total Time: 24 hours
  • Yield: 3-4 1x


1 cup unsalted almonds 

34 dates (depending on desired sweetness)

3 & 1/2 cups water (for blending)

1 tbsp vanilla extract


Soak almonds in minimal water to cover for 24-72 hours (max) in the refrigerator. The longer it sits, the creamier the almond milk is.

Drain the water and rinse.

Add the almonds to the blender and add dates and vanilla.

Blend at high speed until smooth. I use the smoothie function on the BlendTec twice.

Pour unstrained milk in mesh strainer or sieve.

Gently squeeze and reserve almond milk.

Save pulp if desired for later use.

Store almond milk in glass container and use within 3-4 days.


Start with unsalted and the highest quality almonds that you can get. Soak for a minimum of 12 hours and a maximum of 72. Get the supplies to make almond milk here.

Keywords: almonds, almond milk, homemade almond milk

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