How To Make Almond Milk [Without Soaking]

February 15, 2022
Shanika | Orchids + Sweet Tea
Learn How To Make Almond Milk that is creamy & velvety smooth. This recipe is so simple + easy--All you need is 5 ingredients, 2 minutes, and a blender! No soaking required. Use it in your morning brew, baked goods, and more!

How To Make Almond Milk [Without Soaking]

Here is everything you need to know on How To Make Almond Milk [Without Soaking]. This plant-based milk boasts clean ingredients and is fresher than store-bought alternatives. Resulting in an ultra-smooth and creamy texture that's perfect as any milk substitute. This no-soak almond milk uses just has just 5 ingredients & Ready in 2 minutes. Gluten-free + Vegan

Small glass of almond milk with a straw

Why Learn How To Make Almond Milk?

If you're into dairy-free milk at all, then this Almond milk recipe is one to try! Say goodbye to store-bought milk and hello to Homemade Almond Milk --The super creamy variety! All you need is 5 ingredients + a blender. And the best part? No soaking is needed!

I love to add nut milk to everything, especially when it is a homemade variety! It’s the perfect excuse to snack on healthy cereal, whip up Overnight Oats, or make something comforting like homemade Vegan Mac & Cheese! Much like my Ultra Creamy Homemade Oat Milk and Easy Homemade Creamy Cashew Milk recipes, this Homemade version is silky, smooth, and tastes better than any store-bought version.

All you need is almond butterfiltered water, and a few other simple ingredients to blend your way to a natural + dairy-free milk alternative. Add it to your morning latte! I love enjoying it with this Dairy-free Iced Mocha Latte for a little chocolate treat!

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Glass carafe of almond milk

How to Make Almond Milk

This non-soaking option is such a quick way (literally 2 minutes) to make a batch of Almond milk in a hurry or just with greater ease. In this recipe, I ensure that I use "Raw" Almond Butter which is different from regular Almond Butter because it comes completely untoasted and unsalted, which are important factors for the creaminess.

In terms of the equipment, you'll literally only need a high-powered blender, a pitcher (or mason jars w/ a lid), and a cheesecloth for a little straining. It's 1, 2, 3!

What You’ll Need For This Almond Milk

  • Raw Almond Butter. This needs to be not toasted + unsalted
  • Filtered water. You can use filtered tap water or buy it from the store.
  • Vanilla extract. For a touch of added flavor.
  • Agave or maple syrup. Feel free to use less or none at all for less-sweet plant-based milk.
  • Sea salt. Enhances the other flavors.

How Does It Work?

Let me break it down for you! When you make homemade nut milk, you usually start by soaking nuts overnight, blending the nuts with water, and straining until you get that creamy goodness.

But with this nut milk hack, you get to skip the initial step. All you need to do is grab some ready-made smooth almond butter and mix it with water. It's a shortcut that saves you time and effort while still giving you that fantastic homemade almond milk experience. Easy peasy!

Half-empty jar of organic raw almond butter

Homemade vs. Store-Bought

This simple ingredient Almond milk, is definitely a staple in my fridge. I have to admit I was a little late to the homemade plant-based milk train, opting for my favorite go-to brands like Califia Farms and So Delicious instead. They're amazing, so why make my own, right? Haha. Whelp. I've since given in to the trend, and I must say that I'm glad I did. There are a lot of great reasons to opt for homemade almond milk.


  • You have complete control over the ingredients and can customize it to your liking.
  • It is generally less expensive than store-bought almond milk
  • You can make smaller batches to avoid waste.
  • It is fresh and free from preservatives.
  • It is a fun DIY project!
  • You can avoid added sugars, oils, thickeners, and salts!

Is Homemade Almond Milk Made With Almond Butter Healthy?

Yes! The idea that almond butter milk is unhealthy because of the separated oil is totally off base. Those oils you see are just the natural oils from the almonds themselves, which tend to separate after blending.

As long as you're using almond butter that's made purely from almonds, the "butter" is essentially just finely ground nuts. So, rest assured, almond butter milk is no less healthy than munching on some almonds and having a refreshing glass of water. It's all good, my friend!

Closeup of a glass of almond milk with a straw

How To Use Homemade Almond Milk

Almond Milk is SO versatile and can be used in so many ways. Here are some ideas!

How To Make Almond Milk Traditionally (with Soaking Time)

If you're thinking about making your Almond milk in the traditional way, then just know that you would need to start by soaking raw almonds for at minimum 8 hours (or overnight). Just like with cashews, soaking those almonds makes them easier to blend for the best extracted flavor.

Once fully soaked, the almond should be nice and plump (slightly swollen in size) and you'll just need to drain them completely. Once you complete this initial step, you would simply follow the remaining steps of this recipe since they do mirror a bit.

Small glass of almond milk with two straws

Why You Will LOVE This Homemade Almond Milk

  • Fresh and Ultra-creamy taste
  • Versatile-- It can be used in so many ways!
  • Customizable sweetness
  • Ready in minutes
  • Mild sweet + nutty flavor
  • Not to mention, it's just DELICIOUS!

Homemade Almond Milk Q + A's

Is Homemade Better Than Store Brought?

Of course, it depends on your preference and time. However, making anything homemade gives you more control over the ingredients used. Store-bought can be filled with added sugars, oils, thickeners, and salts, which aren’t that good for you, depending on the brand.

How Long Does It Last?

Homemade almond milk is best consumed within 3-4 days when stored in a sealed container in the refrigerator. Remember to give it a good shake before using, as natural separation may occur.

Can I Use It In Hot Drinks?

Yes, you can absolutely use it in hot drinks! It's a versatile dairy-free alternative that works well in coffee, tea, hot chocolate, and other warm beverages. The creamy texture and nutty flavor of this milk can add a delightful touch to your favorite hot drinks. Just ensure not to overheat it to preserve its taste and texture.

Will Any Almond Butter Work?

No! This needs to be not toasted + unsalted for the creamiest result! Avoid any brands that add additives or any 'extra' ingredients.

More Creamy Plant-Based Milk Recipes

If you loved this Creamy Homemade Almond Milk Recipe, try these plant-based creamy milky recipes next!

If you make this Almond Milk [Without Soaking] recipe, tag @orchidsnsweettea_ on Instagram and hashtag it #orchidsandsweettea

Glass carafe of almond milk.

How To Make Almond Milk Without Soaking

February 15, 2022
3.75 from 4 votes
Here is everything you need to know on How To Make Almond Milk [Without Soaking]. This plant-based milk boasts clean ingredients and is fresher than store-bought alternatives. Resulting in an ultra-smooth and creamy texture that's perfect as any milk substitute. This no-soak almond milk uses just has just 5 ingredients & Ready in 2 minutes. Gluten-free + Vegan
Prep Time: 2 minutes
Total Time: 2 minutes
Serves: 6 servings


  • 6 cups filtered water
  • 6 Tbsps Raw almond butter (See Notes!)
  • 2-3 Tbsps Agave or pure maple syrup (optional)
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt


  • Add the water, almond butter, vanilla, Agave, and salt to a high-powered blender and blend on low-speed, increasing slowly to medium-high speed for about 2 minutes.
  • Once done, slowly strain (using a cheesecloth) milk into a pitcher, squeezing the little almond pulp to ensure that all milk is extracted.
  • Refrigerate milk (best if tightly sealed/covered) for up to 1 week. Stir before serving, if needed.
  • Sip and Enjoy!

Tips & Tricks

  • STORAGE: When properly stored in the refrigerator, oat milk lasts for up to 1 week, at best. Usually, I like to consume my batch within the first 2-3 days.
  • SERVING SIZE: To make more, simply double or triple the measurement of ingredients, depending on your desired amount. 
  • SWEETENER: If Agave isn't desired, you can use dates, pure maple syrup, or date syrup, instead as a sweetener.
  • RAW ALMOND BUTTER: As shown in the pictures, you'll get the best results with completely raw almond butter which comes untoasted and unsalted. I purchased mine from Amazon or at my local Whole Foods. 


Calories: 126kcal | Carbohydrates: 9g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 5g | Sodium: 207mg | Potassium: 123mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 0.2IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 63mg | Iron: 1mg


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