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How to make almond milk at home

14th March 2018

Almond milk or cashew, pistachio or hazelnut – nut milks are the most popular of dairy-free alternatives out there. And for good reason.

How to make almond milk at home - a step by step guide

Got nuts for homemade nut milk. Photo: Natale Towell.

Creamy, smooth and refreshing, nut milks can provide new and tasty flavours to your cooking, whether blitzed into a smoothie or whisked into pancake batter, or mixed with cinnamon, vanilla or honey for a sweet drink. There are many dairy-free milk alternatives out there – oat and rice are cheaper alternatives, while sesame and coconut provide interesting flavours. Check out our DIY guide to dairy-free milk for more.

How to make nut milks

To make nut milks, you follow the same process whichever nut you choose to use. It’s simply a case of soaking nuts, blending them with water and straining out the milk. Easy! The only thing that may change is the soaking time. Find a guide to soaking times below, but it’s good to know that there’s no maximum time you can soak your nuts – in fact, the longer you leave them (up to two days), the creamier your milk will be.

Equipment

Before you begin, you’ll need a high-speed blender and a piece of muslin or cheesecloth. A nut-bag works too, of course, but it’s not essential. Let’s get down to it…

6 easy steps to homemade almond milk

Step 1

Soak 1 cup of raw, unsalted almonds in plenty of water for 8 to 12 hours. Use blanched almonds, but if they have their skins on, you can just peel them off after soaking.

Step 2

How to make almond milk at home - a step by step guide

Photo: Natale Towell.

Drain and rinse the almonds, discarding the soaking water, then place in a high-speed blender with 2 cups of cold water.

Step 3

How to make almond milk at home - a step by step guide

Photo: Natale Towell.

Blitz until smooth and creamy, then taste – this ratio will give you the consistency of skimmed milk. If you like it creamier, use less water. If you want it more watery, use more water.

Step 4

How to make almond milk at home - a step by step guide

Photo: Natale Towell.

Place a piece of muslin or cheesecloth over a large bowl, then carefully pour the blitzed almonds into the middle.

Step 5

How to make almond milk at home - a step by step guide

Photo: Natale Towell.

Gather up the edges of the cloth and bunch it together, then squeeze out the milk into the bowl, squeezing to extract every last bit of liquid.

Step 6

Store the milk in a clean bottle and keep in the fridge for up to about four days.

Soaking times

Soak for 8 hours: almonds, hazelnuts, macadamias, peanuts, pine nuts

Soak for 4 hours: pecans, walnuts

Soak for 2 hours: cashews

No soaking needed: pistachios, brazil nuts

Don’t throw the nut pulp!

Make it into flour by drying it out, whizzing it up again in the blender and storing it in a dry container until needed – use it as a substitute in baking or check out this alternative flour guide to making pancakes.

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