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How To Make Homemade Nut Milk (4 different ways)

Learn how to make nut milk that’s creamy, delicious and the perfect dairy free milk alternative. With this step-by-step tutorial, you’ll be able to make the best homemade nut milk with just two ingredients and optional, amazing flavor options. Skip the store-bought nut milk and use this easy nut milk recipe right at home!

Prep Time
6 hours 10 mins
Cook Time
0 mins
Total Time
6 hours 10 mins

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We’re SO excited to share our latest recipe tutorial that’s easy, delicious and super versatile. Have you ever made your own nut milk at home? I know it can seem intimidating, but it’s so much easier than you think and is even more flavorful than the store-bought version.

In this step-by-step tutorial, you’ll learn how to make homemade nut milk using pretty much any nuts you’d like. We’ve also included fun flavor options and recipes to try that will seriously be your new go-to’s. Be sure to check out this full post for answers to all of your burning questions about making nut milk at home.

Yes, we included a chocolate nut milk recipe, too! Get the kiddos ready.

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pouring homemade nut milk into a bowl of granola

Fall in love with this easy nut milk recipe

Making your own nut milk at home is seriously a game-changer. It’s:

  • Affordable. You’ll get more bang for your buck making DIY nut milk instead of continuously buying cartons of nut milk.
  • Nutrient-dense. Homemade nut milk packs more healthy fats and nutrients that are often stripped out of store-bought nut milk.
  • Plant-based. Yup, nut milk is both vegan & dairy free, making it a wonderful alternative to dairy milk.
  • Versatile. It can be used in virtually any recipe that requires milk, and is delicious on its own!

four piles of nuts next to jars and water to make nut milk

Ingredients you’ll need to make homemade nut milk

When I say 2 ingredients, I really mean it! This easy nut milk recipe is not only creamy and delicious on its own, but is also the perfect base for adding flavors (which of course, we linked throughout the post. Here’s what you’ll need to make nut milk

  • Nuts: because we’re making nut milk, you’ll need nuts!
  • Water: to get that milk consistency, you’ll also need water for soaking and blending. We recommend using filtered water for the best, cleanest flavor.

Which nuts are best for making nut milk?

It might sound crazy, but you can actually use pretty much ANY nuts you’d like to make homemade nut milk! Our favorites that we’ve tried are:

  • Almond
  • Cashew
  • Hazelnut
  • Pecan

The options are truly endless. You can make Brazilian nut milk, walnut milk, pistachio milk and even peanut milk!

homemade nut milk in four different jars

What does homemade nut milk taste like?

Because every nut has a different taste, each one also creates a unique flavor when turned into milk. Homemade nut milk generally has a slightly sweet taste, with some having a “nuttier” flavor than others depending on the fat content of the nut.

The best part about nut milk is that you can really have fun with flavor add-ins to sweeten or deepen any flavors!

Recommended tools

Good news: you won’t need anything too complicated to make this nut milk recipe. Just a few simple tools:

pouring homemade nut milk into a cup of iced coffee

The best homemade nut milk in 5 simple steps

That’s right, this tutorial on how to make nut milk requires just 5 steps and a little patience. Let’s get to it!

pouring water into a bowl of almonds to make nut milk

Step 1: add your nuts of choice to a bowl and cover them with enough water to submerge them. Let the nuts soak for 6-8 hours or overnight so that they soften up.

almonds in a bowl to make nut milk

Step 2: once they’re done soaking, drain the nuts from the water and rinse them out.

nuts and water in a blender to make easy homemade nut milk

Step 3: add the soaked, rinsed nuts to a blender with 4 cups of fresh, filtered water. If you’re using any flavor mix-ins, add them here!

top-down view of a nut milk recipe in a blender

Step 4: blend the mixture on high speed for 1 minute. If you feel like you need to blend them more, simply do so for 30 more seconds.

squeezing homemade nut milk into a bowl

Step 5: place your nut milk bag or clean dish towel over a large bowl or pitcher. Carefully pour the nut milk into the bag or towel and strain the liquid into the bowl. Use your hands to wring out all of the milk. Voila!

Save that pulp!

After straining the nut milk, don’t toss the pulp — it can be used to make homemade crackers, nut flour, or even add to smoothies.

four jars of homemade nut milk lined up

Try these delicious flavored nut milks

Ready to put your new skills to the test? We’ve got four incredible homemade nut milk flavors that you’re going to LOVE:

  1. Vanilla Almond Milk
  2. Cinnamon Date Cashew Milk
  3. Salted Maple Pecan Milk
  4. Chocolate Hazelnut Milk

Head to the recipes, give them a try and let us know in the comments which one is your favorite!

Store it for later

Store your homemade nut milk in an airtight jar or container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days. If you find that it has separated, gently shake the jar to mix it up.

pouring nut milk into a bowl of cereal

Our fav ways to use homemade nut milk

Now that you have creamy nut milk in your refrigerator, it’s time to use it up! Here are some great ways to use it:

  • Pour it into your morning coffee
  • Use it as a base for smoothies to keep them dairy free
  • Enjoy it with your fav cereal or homemade granola
  • Use it any recipes that require milk

Get even more inspo with the recipes using nut milk!

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I hope you love this tutorial on how to make homemade nut milk! If you try this method or any of the flavors, be sure to leave a comment and a rating so I know how you liked it. Enjoy, xo!

How To Make Homemade Nut Milk (4 different ways)

5 from 1 vote
Course Breakfast, Dairy Free, How to, Vegan
Cuisine American
Keyword homemade nut milk, how to make nut milk
Prep Time 6 hours 10 minutes
Total Time 6 hours 10 minutes
Serves 4

Learn how to make nut milk that's creamy, delicious and the perfect dairy free milk alternative. With this step-by-step tutorial, you'll be able to make the best homemade nut milk with just two ingredients and optional, amazing flavor options. Skip the store-bought nut milk and use this easy nut milk recipe right at home!

Ingredients

  • 1 cup raw nuts of choice (unsalted almonds, cashews, pecans or hazelnuts)
  • 4 cups filtered water (plus more for soaking overnight)

Instructions

  1. Add nuts to a bowl and cover with enough water to submerge. Soak 6-8 hours or overnight. This helps them soften enough so that they can blend properly.
  2. In the morning, drain nuts from their soaking water and rinse them in a colander.
  3. Add soaked nuts and 4 cups of fresh filtered water to a high-powered blender. Add in any flavor additions you’d like to make them your own.
  4. Blend on high speed for 1 minute, adding 30 seconds more if you feel it necessary to blend.
  5. Place your nut milk bag over a large bowl or pitcher. Pour the nut milk into the bag and strain the liquid into the bowl, using your hands to wring out all of the milk.
  6. Pour the nut milk from the bowl into glass jars. Milk will keep in the fridge for up to a week, if not longer. If it separates, simply shake the jars.

Recipe Notes

Don't forget to try our four amazing nut milk recipes:

  1. Vanilla Almond Milk
  2. Cinnamon Date Cashew Milk
  3. Salted Maple Pecan Milk
  4. Chocolate Hazelnut Milk

Don’t toss the nut pulp -- it can be used to make homemade crackers, add to smoothies or nut flour.

To store: store your homemade nut milk in an airtight jar or container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.

Recipe by: Monique Volz // Ambitious Kitchen | Photography by: Eat Love Eats

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