Friday, June 22, 2012

Homemade Non-Dairy Milk- Almond and Rice and a Smoothie Recipe

Almond Milk
As I was cruising my personal Facebook page I noticed one of my uber-healthy friends mentioned that she makes her own almond milk. For all of the things I have considered making at home I never thought of making my own milk. For some reason I imagined a difficult process with lots of steps/ingredients/special equipment- boy was I wrong! Homemade almond milk is a money saver from store bought almond milk and costs about the same as organic dairy milk. If you find a better deal than I did on almonds let me know. I ordered my raw almonds through Amazon's subscribe and save for $19.62 for 4 lbs of whole raw almonds ($4.90 per lb.).

Here is my price breakdown for almond milk
*All prices based on a quart
1 lb of almonds makes 3 quarts of milk - $1.63 a quart
Amazon- $4.58
Acme- $4.69 on sale from $5.79
Local Health Food Store- $3.49

There are two methods for making almond milk at home- soaking or sprouting. It is relatively the same time and process but with sprouting you leave the almonds soaking at room temperature or you can soak them in the fridge. I have made both versions now and think I prefer sprouted, sprouted almonds are easier to digest and help your body absorb all of the nutritional value. I am also going to attempt sprouted almond cheese so stay tuned for a separate post- I am still trying to see if I can make the milk and cheese from the same batch of almonds, waste not want not, right?

Homemade Almond Milk
*only use RAW almonds- not roasted.

1. Soak 1 cup of almonds in enough water to cover and either refrigerate overnight (about 8 hours) or leave out on the counter but out of direct sunlight for about 12 hours.
2. Drain the almonds and add to blender with 4 cups of fresh filtered water.
3. Blend until frothy and no large pieces of almonds are visible.
4. Pour the milk through a mesh strainer lined with cheese cloth- you will want to do this if you don't like texture or grit in your milk.

4. Pour your milk into a french press coffee maker and plunge down the solids- I was pretty proud of myself for this one- it works great and you can just store and serve in the french press!

Almond milk should keep for 3-5 days in the fridge. Since it is so easy to make I don't double this recipe and just make it every few days.

Since I am interested in saving money and we usually only buy almond milk on sale and typically buy organic cow milk I wanted to try to find a better option for cost- so I  decided to make rice milk. I prefer almond milk but this is a huge cost saver so I may keep a bit on hand for our morning cereal and I will definitely play around with this until I find a version I'm totally excited about.

Rice Milk- recipe from

1 cup of cooked brown rice  (any rice works but we use organic brown for increased nutritional value)
4 cups of water
Blend for 4 minutes unless you have a Vitamix then 2 minutes should do it
Add any flavoring you like- vanilla, honey, chocolate, etc.
No need to strain this one- easy- Done!

The rice milk ends up costing about 15 cents for a quart. I won't even bother looking up the prices for store bought rice milk since I'm pretty sure it costs more than 15 cents a quart, let me know if I'm wrong :)

Tropical Smoothie

Remember I love the saying waste not want not? Well, after making a batch of either rice or almond milk I like to use the dregs (the thick milk at the bottom of the blender) to make a smoothie- it works great, tastes great and the blender is already dirty so why not?
I love making all kinds of smoothies but on this particular day I had a fresh pineapple so I decided to go with it.

1. Cut up a fresh pineapple (or use this cool device to make rings)

2. Add one banana along with half of the fresh pineapple and juice, about a 1/4 cup of flax seed, a dash of vanilla, honey to taste to about a cup of freshly made almond or rice milk (I used almond). *Optional, add a cube of frozen spinach and a cube of sweet potato (I make my sons baby food so I double duty the frozen cubes of purees for smoothies)



  1. I'm so impressed by your dedication. You are inspiring me to find my inner green self.

    1. Mission Green FamilyJune 23, 2012 at 7:37 PM

      "You are inspiring me to find my inner green self."
      Love this!!