Overview

Ever made raw almond milk at home in your blender? It's surprisingly easy as long as you have a blender and a nut milk bag.
  • Prep Time

    10 min
  • Total Time

    10 min
  • Suggested Servings

    4 servings
  • Yield

    Varies
  • Shelf Life

    3 days in fridge
  • Equipment

Ingredients

Nutrition Facts

Directions

  • 1. Dump almonds into high-speed blender. Add 4 cups water. Blend for 1-2 minutes until smooth.
  • 2. Almond milk must be strained because it is pulpy (gritty). Pulp is very fine. Strain through a nut-milk bag (mesh/nylon/cheesecloth bag) to remove pulp. Almond milk is now ready.
  • 3. There will be some fine almond bits ("almond pulp") leftover in the nut milk bag. Squeeze any excess liquid from almond pulp. Store almond pulp in freezer for use later in other raw recipes.

The Rawtarian's Thoughts

By The Rawtarian

I used to be terrified of making raw almond milk recipes.  Instead, I made cashew milk as an alternative because raw cashew milk seemed easier since no straining was required.

However, now that I'm more price-conscious with my grocery bill, I've decided to make the switch from cashew milk to almond milk since almonds are much less expensive.  And now I'm wondering why I didn't make the switch sooner!

For me, the thought of "straining" with a nut milk bag was overwhelming. And a lot of almond milk instructions seem to be overly complex and way too detailed. However, it's really just a 2-step process: blend and strain!

I hope that you find my pared down instructions on how to make a basic raw almond milk recipe helpful.

Raw almond milk can be stored in the fridge for a few days (3-4) in a sealed container. It might separate. Just shake or stir and it'll look normal again. If it smells funky, throw it out. If you need to use it up before it goes bad, add it to a smoothie.

Q. Do you really need a "nut milk bag"?

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Yes!! Because I am cheap I thought I could Just use cheesecloth - which is super thin mesh material. However, it was a total disaster and basically didn't work because it was impossible to handle since the cheesecloth gets clogged up immediately and there is nowhere for the pulp to go. Thus, you need a nut-milk bag, which is basically similar to cheesecloth but because it is shaped like a sac it can hold all the excess pulp.

Other Batch Sizes

Almonds Water
1/2 cup almonds 2 cups water
1 cup almonds 4 cups water
1 1/2 cups almonds 6 1/2 cups water

Nutrition Overview

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  • This recipe is very low in Calories, Carbohydrates, and Sodium.
  • This recipe is an excellent source of Vitamin E.
  • This recipe is a good source of Protein, and Riboflavin.
  • This recipe is a noteworthy source of Dietary Fiber, Calcium, and Iron.

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xox Tamber :)

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Hi Christina, I bought mine locally, but here is a very similar nylon nut milk bag that I recommend: http://tinyurl.com/b5vocdj

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After the vitamix, put the pulp through a juicer - this gets most of the juice out and can save the need for a nut bag :). also coconut milk is amazing - just use the meat from brown coconuts with water - amazing!

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Regarding almonds being cheaper than cashews, that depends on where you buy them from. I found a fantastic company (Terrasoul) with fantastic products. Their cashews are less expensive than their almonds. However, they are both raw and organic. Further, their almonds are sourced from Spain, providing at least 2 benefits: (1) they are unpasteurized, and (2) they don't add to the worsening water problem in California. Of course, the downside is the environmental impact of importing them from farther away (for those who live farther away from Spain than from California).

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Thank you! I wanted to try this for so long, How many calories are there in a cup?

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Hi Jessica, I have the calorie count listed under ounces, so I converted the ounces. 1.25 cups = 206 calories, so 1 cup would be less than that.

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Hi, this is a total new venture for me. I was wondering if I should "Soak" my almonds? other recipes call for it but didn't notice that here or in instructions.

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It is not NECESSARY to soak, but soaking is a good thing, similar to buying 100% organic produce. But sometimes it’s not feasible/realistic to do either. But ideal to do both – for sure. Also, I don’t like for people to get too caught up with doing everything “perfectly” because it can cause overwhelm and eventually falling off the wagon. Therefore, I recommend not soaking unless it’s specifically stated in the recipe.

Here’s a free video where I discuss nut soaking. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KhDWB7jv8E8%20rel=

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To make my Almond Milk - I use the Soyabella Milk Maker by Tribest (at Amazon it is $109.95) It makes 4 cups at a time - and I currently use 1 cup daily in a Smoothie - and LOVE it!!! :-)

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Hi Sandie! Thanks for sharing that. Lovely!

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Brilliant instructions thank you! I had a brainwave and used a jelly straining bag - it was amazing! Because it was elasticated at the top, I could put it over different sized jars and it strained really well. I highly recommend a jelly straining bag - I found mine in Lakeland (uk based shop) So much cheaper!!

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Thanks for sharing that, Abigail! :)

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Hi, the video seems to be missing.

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Thanks, will check that out.

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I use a paint bag from Home Depot to strain the milk...3/4$ and WAY STRONGER(I think) than the regular nmb. Oh yeah, you get two! Can't beat that :)

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Haha genius Freckles! I wonder what its made out of?

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That looks really good!

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Thanks Jade! It's handy to have around

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I've just soaked and dehydrated a batch of almonds for eating but was wondering if i can still use them for making almond milk- and if so do i need to re-soak them again?

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Hi Matt,

No need to soak

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Would you recommend soaking and peeling the almonds before blending?

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My answer - if you want to :) Here are my feelings on nut soaking: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KhDWB7jv8E8

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oh sorry as I read on, I saw my question already asked and answered.

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:)

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Hi Rawtarian!
I loooove home made almond milk!! I love it so much that I don't dare to add anything in it! Just plain is awesome. I use my Vitamix and I don't strain my milk. I have to try cashew milk one day. But strangely, I don't really like hazelnut milk.
Thanks for your great recipes you share with us!
Loora, Montreal

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So glad you enjoy your milk, Loora! I like it plain too, it doesn't need anything. I do find that I have to strain it though, it's too gritty for me otherwise. But I wish I didn't mind it without straining - it would be that much easier to make!

I made brazil nut milk once and I didn't care for it

cashew is good, a nice change

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Hi rawtarian love your recipes so much just wondering about the almond milk must u soak the almonds before u make it or can u use dry almond thanks a lot

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Hi Caity,

Sometimes I do, sometimes I don't.

Sometimes I soak my almonds overnight in a bowl in the fridge and then rinse before blending. But most of the time I don't soak because it takes too long

Hope this helps!

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The best water to almond ratio i have tried - great milk and my son who has a problem with dairy has even deigned to use it on his cereal.
I use it on cereal and in shakes - yum.
Thanks for sharing another great recipe.

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My pleasure Alison. And I'm glad you were able to use the pulp and make little treats with them too!

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Hi there - you do you soak your almonds prior to making almond milk? If so, is this true of other nuts and grains as well?

Thanks! Looking forward to trying my own almond milk. I can drink this stuff all day long.

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Hi Karen,

In my recipes, I do not soak unless it specifically states to do so. In the case of almond milk, sometimes I soak and sometimes I don't. Mostly it depends on how busy I am :)

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Has anyone else noticed how store bought almond milk tastes, well, too almondy? Lol. But the homemade version tastes just simply creamy and not overpowering. I froth mine with a hand milk frother and the results are very delicious.

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Hi!

I suppose that me being "The Rawtarian" I should know this, but what's a frother? Like, a little submersible blender thingy? sounds interesting. :)

Totally agree about the store-bought almond milk taste. Homemade almond milk doesn't really taste almondy to me. It tastes kind of neutral.

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Hi Rawtarian, you hit the nail on the head, it's exactly a submersible blender thingy! I have attached a URL for the one that I bought. It was a very happy day for me when I realised that it frothed homemade almond milk with milkshake like qualities! As a result I was able to give up dairy milk without hesitation.

http://www.aerolatte.com/

I love almond milk mixed with Maqui Pomegranate Goji Powder and a little honey all frothed up. It doesn't get better than that!!

Thank you for keeping me on track
Brooke x

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Brooke, that thing looks awesome. I want! I used to love "steamers" back in the old days, so I could definitely enjoy having a submersible blender thingy in my kitchen arsenal. ;)

And with Pomegranate Goji Powder? Sounds yummy!

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I love almond milk!! and I love the ratio of 4:1 !! I've tried other ratios but this one is just right! .. I also have tried adding raisins and dates, and vanilla, but in the milk department I guess I'm a plain Jane!! LOL I like it with just water.

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More power to the Plain Janes! I like it simple too. It seems more versatile to me that way. More like.... milk!

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I use my chinois strainer and it is awesome!!

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Judene, this thing looks brilliant!!! Me want.

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Love the nut Milks....they are SO FAST ~

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Connie, so glad you are enjoying. I find that once you get into the groove of making them they're so easy, but if you don't know how to do it and have never made them then it's really overwhelming to think about. Kind of like riding a bike I guess :)

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Which is the least sweet?
Cashew milk or almond milk?

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Hi Mel, I think homemade cashew milk is sweeter than homemade almond milk.

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Thanks RawLove
I don't like things that are sweet, so the Almond would probably be a better bet for me :)

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Good question Mel! I am not too sure, I'd say they're pretty similar. But... if I had to lean one way or the other I agree with Brooke - cashew milk has got a leg up on almond milk in the sweetness factor.

But if you want it to be sweet you could always add some sweetener or dates or vanilla or a combo thereof

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I think no need for a mesh/muslin cloth. I have just used my grinding juicer to make almond milk ....straining through a cheap stainless steel sieve available in every department store...the fine mesh one strains out the almond milk from the white paste and you also get the almond meal from the other out spout.

Mix some honey and a few drops of vanilla essence...nice milk.

The almond meal I mixed with some cherries, honey and banana and baked some cakes....the overnight soaked and washed leftover almond

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Hi Terry,

Strainer idea is a nice one. Those cherry cakes sound yummy!

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can u share the brand of the shopping bags u used on this video please, thanks

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Hi JLo - the one that I used to use has been discontinued. But this is a good one to start with: http://tinyurl.com/b5vocdj

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Hi Laura-Jane, Thanks a mill for your great website, I have been making almond milk recently but I notice how quickly it seems to go off (get a fizzy taste to it), I have been adding dates to it to sweeten it slightly and find it also gives a creamier consistancy, which is a double bonus, but do you have any suggestions for helping to keep it fresher for longer, it's arduous enough to make without having to throw it down the sink after a day or two, it's enough to make me cry!
Thanks, Sara

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Hi Sara! Are you soaking your nuts? If yes, they should be soaked IN THE FRIDGE prior to being blender.    

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Do you ever blanch your almonds? Would it come out more like the store brands that way?

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Hi Ilene, Even if you blanche your almonds it will still come out similar to the unblanched version

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Thanks for the recipe, you did a great job. Just wondering though, isn't the pulp the healthy stuff? Straining all it out will half the nutrition, no?

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Hi Sam! Yes, pulp is good for you but it is a bit too gritty in milk. I do save my pulp and use it in other recipes though, like my almond pulp fudge!

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I made the milk, but used the same water the almonds soaked in, it tastes ok, I still have to get used to it. Do I have to rinse the almonds or do you think the way I did it would also be ok?
I didn't have a cheese cloth nor a nut milk bag, but I had a pair of pantyhose that never used because it ripped, and it works amazing as a strainer.

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Ingenious pantyhose idea, Gre!    

Next time, definitely get rid of the soak water and use fresh clean water instead

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Hi do you have recipies to use the pulp?

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Hi Ana! Yes, at the bottom of the recipe categories look for "raw almond pulp recipes" there's a very good fudge one, plus pizza crust :)

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My son is allergic to milk, so I started making almond milk with my Bendtec. My whole family LOVES the taste of it when I add a tsp of vanilla, a few tablespoons of honey, and a date or two (figs are good too!). So yummy! Thanks for your suggestions on what to do with the pulp. I recently obtained a dehydrator and am excited to try some of your recipes.

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Awesome Paula. Sounds like you are making it work!

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What a fab website. Kudo's to you. I'm a newbie trying out raw. I had great success with this raw almond milk recipe, now i'm off to Amazon to purchase the bag to strain it for my future attempts. It tasted great in the smoothies I made. Thanks for posting it! I can't wait to try some of the other recipes on your site.

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Awesome Slim Chick! Love putting it in smoothies. <slurp!>

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Just wanted to say thanks for your awesome site. I finally just made my first almond milk... so easy! I couldn't find a nut bag locally so in the end I purchased a new garment laundry bag. It worked a treat and because its a slightly larger bag I could fit all the milk in the bag in one hit, meaning no mess on the bench:)

Now off to make raw brownies with my left over almond pulp:)

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Way to make it work, Angela! xox

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After the vitamix, put the pulp through a juicer - this gets most of the juice out and can save the need for a nut bag :). also coconut milk is amazing - just use the meat from brown coconuts with water - amazing!

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Hi!

can you please tell me which online store I can purchase the nut milk bag you present at your video? it looks really easy to use. tnxxx

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Hi Christina, I bought mine locally, but here is a very similar nylon nut milk bag that I recommend: http://tinyurl.com/b5vocdj

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Hi,
I just discovered your website and am loving the recipes, I'm eating the raw carrot cake right now.

I'm looking at nut bags and was wondering if there is any significant difference in the type of bags you can get - mesh, nylon, cotton?
Thanks a ton!

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Hi Amy, I haven't tried too many of them. The ones that I have are food-grade nylon: http://tinyurl.com/b5vocdj

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I've been making my own almond milk as well as coconut milk (my personal favorite!) and experimenting with making some of your yummy bars with the leftover almond meal as well as leftover coconut. One question I've been wondering and different websites seem to say different things or are unclear on this matter. I always soak my almonds as I do not have a vitamix yet. My question is...Do I discard the soaking water and add fresh water to the blender? I've made it both ways (just blended up the almonds with the water they've been soaking in vs. rinsed the nuts and added fresh water). I've read that almonds release a toxin when soaked. Do you know?

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Hi Hannah, if you do soak, you should definitely discard the soak water and rinse til clean.   You are correct that the almonds have a layer on the exterior (called an enzyme inhibitor, which stops the almonds from sprouting) so you don't really want to be intentionally consuming this.

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I don't see the video?

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Hi Happy, you can try this link! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eBLz83zTIXI

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I use cheese cloth all of the time. I double wrap, and use an old cheese press I found to get as much milk out as I can. It's a small one that I have in an old food grade 3 gallon bucket from the local grocery store bakery. They get their frosting in it.

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Hi Val! Sounds like you've got a great procedure that well for you. Thanks for sharing!

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Thank you for helping me save money yet again This is two cool, not only can i make my own milk but i get my almond butter from the same batch of almonds.. mmmmm wonder how much pre-made almond butter cost.. I know the sunflower butter my husband brought home was like 1,75 just for a little cup of it which is mmm maybe 2 tablespoons..

I would really like to express what a true treasure you and your Rawtarian website are.. Thank you so much for taking us step by step.. Love your video and can't wait to see many more :)

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xox Tamber :)

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I'd love to make almond milk in big batches - does it freeze well?

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Hi Raquel, I have never tried to freeze. But if I had to guess I would say that it would NOT freeze well

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I am totally in love with this recipe! Thank you so much for simplifying nut milks. The video helped enormously -- now I can make this a couple times a week without even blinking an eye. :-)

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Hi Serena! So glad this video helped make things a little easier for you :)

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Okay, I read on an online forum that no straining is needed by using a vitamix.

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Hi Kelly, I use a VM and I straing and I get a lot of pulp. It's not going to hurt you, but it sure is interesting!

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I love my almond milk, i use a Thermomix and a nut milk bag and normally use it in my decaf coffee and on my breakfast, i make a raw muesli made with Coconut, Apple, Dates and Almonds, yum!

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I just made almond milk for the first time. I used my Vitamix. Put the milk through a produce bag. There was no pulp. Can that happen or did I do something wrong?

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That is weird Kelly! lol  I am thinking maybe the holes in your produce bag were a bit bigger than the pulp so it let the pulp go through?

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I notice you don't instruct to soak the almonds...is it assumed they are already soaked?

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Hi Hasani, I do not always soak the almonds. It is not absolutely necessary

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Thanks!!! CANT WAIT TO TRY

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I look forward to hearing your thoughts Gaybreal :)

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Hmmm how about flavoring....do you put any nutmeg honey etc into it? I would think just almonds and water would make it bland

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Hi Gaybreal! It does taste quite bland and neutral. But I like to keep it that way so that I can use it for a variety of purposes. (Generally, I don't just drink it on its own. Usually I add it to breakfast cereal, etc.).

if you do want to flavor it, I would suggest a pinch of sea salt, some vanilla, a bit of sweetener (dates/honey/agave nectar/stevia/whatever you want to sweeten) and some cinnamon.

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I've used the almonds from Costco many times and not had any problems...

My current favorite use for the almond pulp is this recipe...
http://naturesnurtureblog.com/2012/09/21/almond-pulp-freezer-fudge/
easy to tweak based on what I have available at the time e.g., have used almond or peanut vs. oat flour

P.S. Much as I'd LOVE to have a Vitamix/Blendtec... my 10 year old Osterizer blender works just fine for making nut milks ;)

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Can you recommend a site where I can purchase a nut milk bag?

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Hi Rachel, if you are located in Canada or the USA then probably Amazon will be the easiest place to get one at - you could try this link: http://www.amazon.com/Nut-Milk-Bag--New-Improved/dp/B00158U8DU/ref=sr_1_...

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Love this video! I am inspired and ready. I have a vitamix and I bought the mesh bags. I just have a couple of questions.... What type of almonds do you use? Can I use the raw almonds from Costco? Do you soak them first?
Also, I saw on another site that they use the paint strainer bags from Home Depot. I looked at them and they look great! Strong with handles and cheap but I am not sure if they are food safe. They seem to be no different then the expensive ones at the store. Actually they seem to be better quality. What is your opinion?

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Hi Cheryl, you do not need to soak. However, sometimes I do soak if I have the time in advance. I'd say 50% of the time I don't soak.

Raw almonds from costco should be fine.

I am not sure about the paint strainer bags. However, I presume that if you are not heating them (in the dishwasher or something like that) it'll probably be fine. However, if they seem to be weird or shedding or leaving little bits in the mixture then I would turf them.

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I am confused about the nut bag vs. cheesecloth thing. You say that the cheesecloth doesn't work because it gets clogged but the bag works because the bag shape holds the pulp...but can't you just hold the cheesecloth in a bag shape? Is the bag a different texture of cheesecloth that doesn't clog?

Thanks!

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I just use thin dishtowels (you should be able to see through it when you hold it up to the light) to strain my almond milk. It works well :)

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Brilliant, Asha!

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Haha, I thought the same thing until I tried to hold cheesecloth in a bag shape while the cloth clogs up and the almond milk goes everywhere

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Basically, unless you have a GIANT sheet of cheesecloth the problem is that regular cheesecloth seems to be in too small (skinny) of sheets to be able to properly make a bag of that size that would hold the amount of pulp that you are dealing with

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Hi!

I finally did it! I just made my first batch of homemade almond milk!

I've been meaning to just jump in and do it because I have been using coconut milk and have recently discovered that the carrageenan and vitamin A palimate that is added is not good.

Do you soak your almonds first? And...do you have a source for bulk raw organic almonds?

Thanks for making it look so easy!

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Yay!! A convert! Now that wasn't so bad, was it? Interested to hear if you did anything interesting with your leftover almond pulp.

Yes, I do soak my almonds first (5 hours or so, rinse before using), but you don't have to.

I keep looking for a good source for good raw almonds - for truly raw you could try the raw food world

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I have been making raw almond milk for over a year now. It is much easier to make with a milk bag. Delicious!

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I am loving it too, Kathy. Do you put it on anything interesting or just use it like "milk"?

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This seems interesting. But as you can see by my title, I am a big newbie so I dont have a high speed blender, I have glass Oyster(if thats how you spell it??),a crappy one persay.My family isnt along with me so I am doing it solo and I am sure theyre going to buy a fancy blender....Is there ANY way whatsoever that I can make this in my crappy blender??

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* im sure they're NOT going to buy one of those blenders*:)

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Yes - if your blender is crappy then you can simply soak your almonds in water for at least 8 hours beforehand to soften them. (Rinse and pat dry before using)

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I have a question. I tried to ensure the almond pulp dried out, but no matter how long I leave it out for (spread across a cookie sheet), it continues to release tons of moisture. Then it ends up with a moldy type smell so I throw it out. How do you dry yours out? Or do you use it up immediately? I bought a container to keep it in and would like to not continue wasting it. Thanks!

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Hi Otillie, I tried drying some in the dehydrator, but it was like wood chips. I much preferred it damp and now keep it in the freezer till I need it, moisture and all.

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I totally know what you mean about the wood chips lol Jodie

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Hi Otillie  - so far I have never dried mine out. (But I know some people do it.) I usually simply squeeze out as much moisture as I can, place the pulp in a ziploc bag and refrigerate it. Then I use it in another recipe within 2 days or so.

Hope this helps!

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LOL on the hankie comment! Thanks for letting me know what to realistically expect!

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Hehe I don't beat around the bush, do I? Lol

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hey Laura,
Just wondering if almond pulp can be used in your recipe for flax meal crackers, in place of the almonds?

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Yes, in my flax meal crackers you can use almond meal instead of the almonds - but you will need to decrease the liquid to make up for the fact that almond meal is wetter than dried almonds

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Wow! That was easy! I just made 4 cups worth. We'll see how it tastes!

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Yay! Another convert :)

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I make mine with 2 medjool dates if wanting a little sweetness and a couple of drops of liquid stevia. I also have a ladyship organic essence extractor so all you do is insert the strainer into the blender jug and turn on tap and it strains it for you...marvelous.

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Sounds good Joanne - a nice touch with the sweetness.

Blender strainer sounds handy! Not sure I understand how it works but anything that cuts down time/effort is a good thing!

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I am considering trying this. We had a huge sale on raw almonds recently and we bought a ton. I was scared to make nut milks...think I may purchase a nut milk bag and give this a shot.

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I was scared for three years, but once you did it once and own a nut milk bag it's really not bad at all

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Please tell me this is true: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ng4G9TrsHkE

It's a video on how to make nut milk WITHOUT straining it, using a Vitamix, and it's the number one reason I'm considering buying a Vitamix. If I have to keep straining even though I use my Vitamix, I might cry a tear or two, lol.

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Get out your hankie darlin'

But Vitamix is still worth it :)

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Just to clarify - the VM will get it into a nice milk consistency which some crappy blenders might not even do, but there will be tiny coarse grains of almond that make non-raw people find it too weird. It's kinda like little pieces of sand. Still drinkable of course since it is still almond but not as pleasant, definitely not as pleasant. Which is why I - the laziest of all people - do strain even with a very good VM

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