If you have been following for a while you probably realized that I have been on an almond kick for the last few years. It started with making my own almond flour at home back in 2018. Since then I have shared over 20 almond flour recipes.
Recently, I have been into making homemade almond milk, almond milk latte, and almond-milk based smoothies. This is mostly because of the fact that we recently found out that my husband is lactose intolerant and has to follow a dairy-free diet.
While making almond milk at home is fairly a simple process, it requires a little bit of advance planning and a bit of work once almonds are blended. You need to remember to soak the almonds 8 hours in advance and then once you blend them you have to strain them.
What if there was a way of making homemade almond milk without soaking and straining and literally in less than 2 minutes? Well, I am happy to tell you that there is.
Allow me to introduce you to the world of making almond milk from almond butter.
Why Make Almond Milk from Almond Butter
I am glad you asked. Here are a few reasons why almond milk using almond butter is awesome:
- It is faster: It literally takes 3 minutes to make.
- No need to soak almonds in advance: Since almond butter is super smooth and creamy and made from almonds that are pulverized, there is no need to soak almonds in advance.
- Straining of the almond pulp is not necessary: You do not need a nut milk bag or a cheesecloth set in a fine-mesh strainer. No straining is needed.
To make the basic almond butter milk recipe you will need only 2 ingredients:
- Almond Butter: You can make almond butter at using roasted or blanched almonds or buy almond butter from a store. If you are purchasing it, I would recommend getting one that has only one ingredient in it. And that is almonds.
I would stay away from almond butter that has added sugars and/or preservatives to extend its shelf life. My favorite brand is Maranatha’s Raw Creamy Almond Butter (affiliate link) made from raw almonds.
- Water: Preferably use filtered water.
- Optional flavorings: More on that below.
Almond Butter to Water Ratio
I find that the best ratio of almond butter to water for this fast almond milk recipe is using 2 tablespoons of almond butter for every one and a half cups of water used.
How to Make Almond Butter Milk
The process cannot be easier. Simply:
- Place almond butter into a high powered blender (such as a Vitamix – affiliate link) and pour in the water. Add in flavorings if using.
- Blend in high power until it is fully mixed, no more than 45 seconds.
- Pour into a glass and serve.
How To Flavor:
If you prefer your almond butter water/milk on the sweeter side or want to experiment with different flavorings to make it more delicious, you certainly can add other ingredients into the blender. Below are a few flavorings that I like.
Simply add them at the same time as you are adding the almond butter and water.
- Maple syrup: Start with a teaspoon of maple syrup, give it a taste and add more if you want it sweeter.
- Pitted fresh dates: Start with one small date, give it a taste and add more if you want it sweeter.
- Vanilla extract: Start with ⅛ teaspoon of vanilla per serving and add in if you like it to have more vanilla flavor. Alternatively, you can also use seeds from a small vanilla bean.
- Sea Salt: If you are a fan of blending sweeteners into your almond butter milk, adding a pinch of salt will help enhance their sweetness.
- Honey: If you are okay with it not being plant-based (vegan) then you can also sweeten it with honey. I would start with a teaspoon of honey per serving and add more if necessary.
Recipe Ideas To Put It To Good Use:
You can pretty much use this almond butter milk recipe anywhere you use almond milk. Below are a few recipes to get you started:
- Golden Turmeric Milk
- Almond Milk Oatmeal
- To serve it with your favorite homemade granola or any of your homemade cookies
Almond Milk From Almond Butter
- 3 cups of filtered water
- 4 tablespoons of almond butter
- 2 pitted dates
- 1-2 teaspoons honey or maple syrup
- 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
- pinch of salt
- Place water, almond butter, and flavorings (if using) in a high powered blender.
- Blend in high power for 30-45 seconds or until thoroughly mixed.
- Serve immediately.
- Can I make this ahead? Since this no strain nut milk recipe literally takes a few minutes to make I do not recommend making it ahead of time.
- Can I double/triple, etc. this recipe? Absolutely. You can multiply this recipe and make as many servings as you want.
- Can I freeze it? I do not recommend freezing this almond milk recipe.
- What if I don’t have a blender? If you don’t have a blender you can also use a food processor to make this recipe. It might be a little messy and take a few more minutes but it is doable. Simply place all ingredients in the bowl of a food processor and blend until smooth.