Ask Alina: How Long Does It Actually Take To Make Almond Milk?

Q: How long does it actually take to make almond milk?Every time I think about it I get overwhelmed. It looks so tedious but I know it’s supposed to be better than the boxed version. – Isra B. 

A: Well, it’s definitely longer than buying it off store shelves but I promise you it takes no longer than 5 minutes! Let’s do the math:

  • Put 1 cup of almonds in bowl of warm water to soak overnight. This is to make it easier to blend and to remove the phytic acid, which will make it easier to digest (30 seconds)
  • Rinse almonds in the morning (30 seconds)
  • Add almonds and 4 cups of water to a blender. Blend for 1 minute. (1.5 minutes)
  • Strain almond milk through nut milk bag or cheesecloth into a bowl. Squeeeeze! Note: if you don’t have either of those you can just use a regular strainer. (2 minutes)
  • Pour into a glass bottle and store in the fridge (30 seconds)
Okay, fine you have to clean up as well which can take 2-3 minutes! But hey, 5-8 minutes isn’t bad for 1 litre of fresh nut milk, which tastes way better than the store-bought version.
Keep in mind that you can do the same process for any other type of nut or seed: cashew, macadamia, sunflower seed, pecans, hazelnuts, walnuts, pistachio, pumpkin etc. And although it isn’t a nut, oats can also follow the same process – plus, it’s super cheap.
Lastly, if you want to skip the soaking part and further shorten the time, opt for hemp seeds!

About Alina

I'm a Holistic Nutritionist based in Toronto, Canada and my official title is Certified Nutritional Practitioner (CNP). I received my diploma in Applied Holistic Nutrition from the Institute of Holistic Nutrition. I'm a coach and an educator. Follow Alina on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram for all of the latest updates.
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