Make Your Own Strawberry, Chocolate or Vanilla Almond Milk

I’m so honored that my post on “Why You Should Avoid All Products With This Ingredient” was chosen as the most read article last week on these 7 amazing blogs: Tessa the Domestic Diva, Laura’s Gluten Free Pantry, Real Food Allergy Free, The Tasty Alternative, The Willing Cook, Gluten Freely Frugal, Whole New Mom.

I am truly so humbled by all the love and support of my readers.

As a followup to the intense and frankly, inspiring interest in carrageenan and how to avoid it, I would like to share my easy recipe for making your own carrageenan free almond milk. In doing so, you spare yourself the nastiness of not only carrageenan but also the synthetic vitamins and other questionable ingredients (ie. locust bean gum) that manufacturers add to their milk. So please grab your blender, a cup of nuts and join me in the kitchen. :)


Libby’s Easy Almond Milk

1 cup of raw almonds soaked for a minimum of 4 hours. Overnight is best. **(I usually use a combination of almond and brazil nuts)

3 3/4 cups of filtered water

3 tbsp honey

1 nut bag or clean dish cloth that has never been bleached 

Choose your own adventure:

Strawberry nut milk: 1/2 cup of strawberries

Chocolate nut milk: 2-3 tbsp cocoa powder

Vanilla nut milk: 1 tsp vanilla extract

1. Drain the water from your nuts and rinse well.

2. In your Vita-mix, BlendTec or other blender with balls add your water and almonds and twirl around until the nuts are adequately pulverized.


3. Transfer to a nut bag or other finely woven cloth and strain. Squeeze out excess liquid.


 4. Rinse blender and return liquid to it.

5. Add honey and variation of your choice.

6. Twirl around a few secs and voila!

**Almond pulp can be dehydrated then ground and frozen for when you need almond flour in a pinch. 

So, are you going to be trying this recipe anytime soon? Have you tried making another type of nut milk?

***If you’re in a hurry, try my 30 second cheater nut milk. It is just as delicious but quicker!

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  • hoprt

    I feel silly but I had no idea almond milk is so simple to make! Can’t wait to give this a try!

  • Laura

    I can’t WAIT to try this. I’ve got my almonds soaking and will make the strawberry milk for the kids in the morning. They’ll be so thrilled! Thks for this super easy recipe. I like your style! :)

  • Live Today

    I always wonder about products that are shelf stable like almond milk. How can this stuff not go bad when sitting at room temperature without any preservatives (whether listed or not). From now on this is my new go to recipe for nut milk. Thanks so much Libby!

  • Yuka_Tsa

    Thanks to your article on carrageenan I’ve decided to read more labels to see where this is lurking. No more Almond Dream for us! Thanks for the extensive list and link!

  • Donnie B

    Omg! so easy to make, the strawberry one looks awesome, can’t wait to give it a try! thanks Libby

  • Stacy

    I’ve never tried this…because my life is so chaotic right now that I just buy the almond milk. But you make it seem SO EASY! Thank you. :-)
    Visiting from Pennywise Platter.

    • eatplaylovemore

      Thanks for stopping by Stacy and yes, it really is that easy. It just takes the forethought of soaking the nuts and voila! Please do let me know what you think of the homemade version of almond milk. It will have a slightly thinner consistency than the bought version though.

  • Elsie

    This sounds delish! I don’t normally drink almond milk, but your flavour suggestions make me want to give this a try. Thanks for sharing on Wellness Wednesday!

    • eatplaylovemore

      Yes, this is yummy! Sometimes I get super creative and make strawberry banana chocolate milk! It’s always a hit in our home. 😉

  • Barb @ A Life in Balance

    I tried making almond milk a few years ago; it was so easy. I think I’ll try it again with the kids as part of our family cooking project. Thanks for sharing your recipe at Motivation Monday!

    • eatplaylovemore

      You’re going to love it Barb! Thanks for stopping by!

  • Miz Helen

    Hope you are having a great week and thank you so much for sharing your awesome recipe with Full Plate Thursday.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

  • Katarina

    How long I can keep that milk in a fridge? I add almond or soy milk to my coffee or green tea every morning…but I hate the carrageenan thing in my drinks so would be happy to make my own! Thanks :-)

    • eatplaylovemore

      Hi Katarina! Thanks for stopping by. This home made variety of almond milk stays freshest if consumed within a week. Ours never lasts more than a couple days but if you find this recipe yields too much it can always be halved. :)

      • Katarina

        Thanks for the answer, it’s so convenient that I can make some more ahead and have it ready for morning tea/coffee!

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  • Tiffany Claybrook

    Haha, “Choose Your Own Adventure.” The carrageenan article freaks me out as much as my computer knows how to spell it. I’m transitioning back to being a whole food foodie. It was easier the first time. Excited to make this.

    • Libby

      I’m happy you got a kick out of ‘choose your own adventure’ Tiffany! I fondly remember those books from my younger days. Enjoy the almond milk. It’s super easy and sans carrageenan…but you know that already. :) Libby

  • Candace @ Candida Free Candee

    I am supet excited to try this but without honey (can’t have yet)! Thanks for the post. I am also very interested in what you had to say about synthetic vitamins, do you have a post on this? We are dairy free but our pediatrician is concerned about calcium. I am not convinced that fortified non dairy products are the way to go…

    • eatplaylovemore

      Hi Candace, thanks for stopping by. It’s like you read my mind! I plan on doing a post on just that very soon: synthetic vitamins.
      As I”m sure you already do, we try to get all our nutrients via whole food but because that isn’t always possible when we do need to supplement I always make sure they are food based. There are some brands out there that are food based so hopefully you will able to find something real to supplement with. -Libby

  • Lmb

    Where do you buy your almonds? I don’t want almonds sprayed with pesticides etc.

    • eatplaylovemore

      Hi Lmb,
      I buy them from a local family run wholesaler. Perhaps you can find a buying group in your area? -Libby

  • Cathy

    I was so happy to find a recipe for chocolate almond milk that I could make at home, we use it daily in our fruit/veggie smoothie. However, I thought that this tasted so bitter, like straight up cocoa powder. I was really sorry to have ruined a cup of almonds, I followed the recipe exactly and nothing I did could get this tasting drinkable :(

    • eatplaylovemore

      Hi Cathy, I’m sorry to hear that you found it bitter. Did you add the sweetener (honey) because that always seems to do the trick? Lately I’ve been using maple syrup and it imparts a lovely sweetness as well. -Libby