Almond Milk From Almond Butter

Did you know you can make almond milk from almond butter? It’s the most delicious almond milk I’ve ever had, and it’s quite cost-effective. Plus, you can make any amount you want, so it never goes bad in the fridge. Nothing beats homemade almond milk!

I’m always looking for ways to do things quicker and easier in the kitchen. Despite cooking for a living, I have a million other things on my plate, just like you. So, being efficient with my time and energy is crucial if I want to get it all done. This is one of those recipes that just makes my life easier, especially since I am dairy-free like.

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A good plant based milk can offer an alternative to dairy milk if you are intolerant or have an allergy. While it is an allergen for those who have allergies to nuts, it’s a viable option for those who don’t. Making it at home simply gives you better flavor, better affordability, and with this recipe, less food waste.

What Does This Almond Milk Taste Like?

When it comes to milk alternatives, almond milk sits right at the top as one of the most popular. It’s widely available and comes in a few varieties, including unsweetened almond milk, sweetened almond milk, and vanilla almond milk (in both sweetened and unsweetened varieties).

Almond milk is mildly nutty, with a very gentle almond flavor. However, this milk blends well with just about anything without adding much almond flavor at all.

Is Almond Milk Hard To Make?

No, making almond milk isn’t difficult. However, starting with raw almonds can be a bit lengthy and cumbersome. The process involves using a cheesecloth or a nut milk bag, which can be messy, to say the least.

For a simpler approach, try making it in seconds with your blender! It’s no fuss, no muss, and you can make as much or as little as you need.

Since fresh, homemade almond milk can go sour really quickly due to the lack of preservatives, this is a double whammy for both good nutrition and avoiding food waste.

Why Make Almond Milk At Home?

For starters, it’s very affordable. A jar of almond butter may cost anywhere from $4.99 to $12.99, depending on the brand and where you buy it. However, one tablespoon of it will make two cups of almond milk, so it is pretty cost-effective in the end, as long as you aren’t spending $20 on a jar.

Second, there are no unwanted additives like oils or preservatives and no thickeners like carrageenan.

Third, for those with allergies or sensitivities to cow’s milk, almond milk is a great alternative for daily use in coffee, smoothies or baking.

Lastly, as mentioned above, none of this will go to waste because you only have to make as much as you need. So it saves you money by avoiding food waste, too.

Easy Almond Milk Recipe Tips:

  • You will end up with the same amount of almond milk as the amount of water you use, so adjust the water amount as needed to make the desired amount.
  • Experiment with different sweeteners and flavorings. See suggestions below.
  • You can also add a pinch of salt to enhance the flavor.
  • Make sure to use unsweetened, raw almond butter for a neutral flavor.
  • Note that this recipe is a base recipe. You can multiply it as needed, but the ratio of water to almond milk (2:1) should stay the same.
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Almond Milk Recipe Variations

There are a lot of ways to play around with this simple, easy recipe.

  • Use roasted almond butter for a deeper almond flavor.
  • Try a different nut butter, such as hazelnut butter.
  • Love the idea of strawberry milk? Try blending fresh strawberries into your almond milk, along with a little sweetener if needed.

More Almond Milk Flavoring Ideas

Try adding any of the following to the blender when you make your homemade almond milk from almond butter:

  • Cinnamon
  • Cocoa powder
  • Honey
  • Maple syrup
  • Almond extract
  • Coconut flakes
  • Cardamom
  • Nutmeg
  • Lavender
  • Mint
  • Ginger
  • Espresso powder
  • Matcha powder
  • Orange zest
  • Rose water
  • Chai spices
  • Hazelnut extract
  • Pistachios
  • Sea salt

What About Making Other Types Of Non-Dairy Milk?

If it’s been made into butter, it can be made into milk. Try cashews for cashew milk, soy butter for soy milk, pecan butter for pecan milk, and so on. Using this recipe with whatever nut or seed butter you like should work just the same.

Do I Have To Strain This Almond Milk?

Unlike almond milk made from whole almonds, you don’t have to strain this, and there is no almond meal to discard or find other uses for. Of course, you can strain it if you wish. I recommend a fine mesh strainer, but with this recipe, it really isn’t necessary. The texture is quite smooth, like regular dairy milk.

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What Can I Sweeten Almond Milk With?

To keep things natural, you have a few choices.

  1. Dates. Remove the seeds and blend with the rest of the ingredients.
  2. Stevia. This can be powder or liquid. Blend with the other ingredients.
  3. Granular Sweetener. This one can work, but if the sweetener doesn’t dissolve completely, there may be a slight grainy texture. Sweeteners to try would be Sucanat, coconut sugar, date sugar, or monk fruit.
  4. Honey.
  5. Maple syrup.

Avoid processed sugars to keep this healthy.

The sweetness is totally adjustable. Start small, and add more as needed, blending each time. The level of sweetness can increase quickly, so don’t start with more than 1 date or 1 teaspoon of other sweeteners. Stevia should start with a drop or two of liquid or a small packet of powder.

Can I Make My Almond Milk Thicker?

If you want this to be on the thicker side, you can up the ratio of nut butter to water, using one tablespoon of nut butter to one cup of water (instead of two).

Can I Make This In A Food Processor?

If your food processor is heavy-duty enough, then yes, you should be able to. However, I have found that most basic food processors don’t quite get the job done like a blender.

How To Serve Homemade Almond Milk

While the ideas are pretty endless, here are a few to get you started.

  • Pour over oatmeal or cook your oatmeal with it instead of water.
  • Pour over granola or cereal.
  • Use as a creamer in coffee.
  • Put it in smoothies.
  • Make pancakes or waffles with it.
  • Make chia pudding with it.

About The Ingredients

Raw almond butter – Opt for unsweetened almond butter with no sugar or oils added.

Water – Use the best water you have available.

Flavorings – Such as vanilla extract, to taste.

Sweetener – Such as maple syrup, honey, or dates, to taste.

How To Make Almond Milk From Almond Butter

Almond Butter Almond Milk recipe ingredients.

Gather and measure all your ingredients.

Almond Butter Almond Milk recipe ingredients in a blender tumbler.

In a blender, combine the almond butter, vanilla extract, and filtered water. If you’re using sweeteners or flavorings, add them to the blender as well.

Blended Almond Butter Almond Milk in a blender tumbler.

Blend on high speed for 1-2 minutes or until the almond milk is smooth. You can strain the milk after blending, but I didn’t find it to be necessary.

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Pour it into your cup and enjoy.

Storage

Store this in the fridge in an airtight container for up to four days.

Freezing

This is easily frozen in ice cube trays.

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Almond Milk From Almond Butter

Delicious, homemade almond milk made in your blender in under 2 minutes.
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Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 2 servings
Calories: 68kcal

Equipment

  • 1 Blender

Ingredients

  • 1 tbsp. almond butter (no sugar added)
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 tbsp. pure vanilla extract (optional)
  • sweetener (optional – use your favorite and add to taste)

Instructions

  • Gather and measure all your ingredients.
    Almond Butter Almond Milk recipe ingredients.
  • In a blender, combine the almond butter, vanilla extract, and filtered water. If you're using sweeteners or flavorings, add them to the blender as well.
    Almond Butter Almond Milk recipe ingredients in a blender tumbler.
  • Blend on high speed for 1-2 minutes or until the almond milk is smooth. You can strain the milk after blending, but I didn't find it to be necessary.
    Blended Almond Butter Almond Milk in a blender tumbler.
  • Pour it into your cup and enjoy.
    A lid sitting to the side of a glass with a peak into the glass filled with Almond Butter Almond Milk.

Notes

Please note that the nutrition data given here is a ballpark figure. Exact data is not possible.

Nutrition

Calories: 68kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 0.3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Sodium: 13mg | Potassium: 69mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 0.1IU | Calcium: 36mg | Iron: 0.3mg

Author: Tiffany McCauley

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