Do you buy almond milk from the grocery store? Are you concerned about added ingredients? Here’s my favorite almond milk with Vitamix recipe. It is so easy and it tastes way better. You control exactly what you put into your almond milk, and you can modify the almond milk to your sweetness preference.
Tips for Making Almond Milk
The most important thing with this almond milk recipe is to use a Vitamix blender. It doesn’t matter which model of a Vitamix blender that you use. I’ve tried to get around this for a long time until one day I gave in. My life has changed since, and so will yours. Now I can’t imagine living without one, and I’ve included it on my Top 10 Best Kitchen Tools list.
Even though the Vitamix blender has a hefty price tag, I use mine almost daily. Not only does a Vitamix make excellent almond milk, but it can also make excellent nutrient-dense green smoothies, baby food purees, soups, and hummus. If you factor the cost per use of this thing, it’s pretty worth it. So enough about the Vitamix and why you should already have one.
The second most critical step with this almond milk recipe: use an undyed 100% cotton cloth napkin.
I first learned to make homemade almond milk at a Whole Foods cooking class in Houston. I used that recipe for many years. The class taught us to use a cheesecloth, but still, bits and pieces would strain through. I lived with grainy almond milk for a long time until I changed how it was strained. Straining the liquid with fabric cloth instead of cheesecloth is the best way to get a smooth milk texture. Trust me on this.
Soaking the Almonds Ahead of Time
If you are short on time, you do not have to soak the nuts. The benefit of soaking the nuts ahead of time is slightly creamier milk. I’ve tried the almond milk recipe both ways- with and without soaking overnight and it wasn’t a big difference. So if you want convenience, skip the soaking.
I just want to add a side note here. You can make this recipe with cashews, pecans, and pistachios. However, I don’t recommend soaking those nuts prior to making. Also, make sure you get your nuts raw. If you accidentally buy roasted, you can still use the nuts in a smoothie.
Ingredients Needed to Make Almond Milk
- Almonds: I recommend using plain raw almonds.
- Dates: I recommend sweetening the almond milk with dates, however, you can also use honey and agave nectar. My preference for dates is Sukari dates because they are very soft and extremely sweet, but Medjool dates work also. If you find that your dates are tough and dry, you can soak them in water for an hour to soften up a bit.
- Salt: You need just a pinch to balance things out.
- Optional: You can add some cinnamon, vanilla, or nutmeg if you would like to vary things up!
How To Make Almond Milk with a Vitamix
Round up the ingredients. My top two natural sweeteners are agave nectar and dates. For this recipe, I will use Sukari dates.
Put the almonds, sea salt, and dates into the blender with 1/3 the water needed.
Blend to a pulp.
Add the remaining water and blend on high for about 1 minute. You want to make sure that the almond milk is well blended so it doesn’t separate easily.
Strain almond milk with a cotton cloth. This is how to make it smooth like actual milk.
Pour the almond milk into your favorite glass carafe!
Other Drinks to TryPrint
Here’s my all-time hands-down favorite almond milk with Vitamix. If you are looking for a milk alternative- try it! It’s easy, creamy, and homemade.
- 1 cup raw almonds
- vanilla extract
- 4–6 dates
- 10 cups water
- pinch of salt
- Soak almonds in water overnight if possible. Discard water.
- Add 3 cups of water, dates and almonds into Vitamix blender.
- Blend on high.
- Add 7 more cups of water, a pinch of salt, and vanilla extract.
- Blend on high.
- Optional to add nutmeg and/or cinnamon if desired.
- Optional to substitue agave or honey in lieu of dates.
- Use raw almonds.
- Strain with a cotton cloth fabric.
- Use a Vitamix blender to blend properly.
- Category: Beverage
- Method: Blender
- Cuisine: American
- Serving Size: 1.25 cups
- Calories: 129
- Sugar: 10 g
- Sodium: 145 mg
- Fat: 9 g
- Saturated Fat: 1 g
- Unsaturated Fat: 8 g
- Trans Fat: 0 g
- Carbohydrates: 14 g
- Fiber: 3 g
- Protein: 3 g
- Cholesterol: 0 mg
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