Basic Almond Milk
Serves: makes just about 3 cups (to make closer to 4 cups of almond milk, use 1⅓ cups almonds and 4 cups water)
  1. Soak 1 cup raw almonds in bowl with plenty of room temperature water for 6-8 hours. (Soaking will make the almonds softer and more digestible.)
  2. Drain the almonds in a colander and rinse with fresh water.
  3. Place the almonds in a blender or Vitamix. Add 3 cups fresh water and blend until the nuts are pulverized.
  4. Strain through a fine mesh sieve, cheesecloth or a nut milk bag into a glass bowl. If using a sieve, use a spoon to scrape the almond meal around and allow as much liquid to drain through.
  5. Transfer to a glass jar and refrigerate, covered for up to 4 days. Add the remaining pulp, sweetened with honey or maple syrup, to hot cereal, granola or fruit.
Almond milk with coconut water:
Soak almonds in regular water, but use coconut water to blend with the soaked almonds.

Almond milk sweetened with dates:
Follow directions for basic almond milk, but blend soaked almonds with water and 8 pitted dates. You can add a drop of vanilla and sea salt, if you like, but it is delicious just like this. Of course you can sweeten almond milk with stevia or honey or whatever you like, but I think dates are the best! You don’t need to sweeten the remaining pulp if you choose to eat it since it is already sweet from the dates.
Recipe by Pamela Salzman at