How to Make Nut Milk

Written by Max Goldberg on February 11, 2011. Follow Max on Twitter: @livingmaxwell.

(The very fine, stainless steel, mesh strainer that I use in the video can be purchased on Amazon by clicking HERE.)

People have been asking for this video for a while and finally here it is — how to make nut milk.

While I have absolutely nothing against organic milk from cows, my body just can’t handle it. So, I use nut milk instead.

In this video, I show you how easy it is to make nut milk at home and this is the base for my morning smoothies.

Also, make sure to use purified water. That is very, very important, and I never let my nut milk sit in the fridge for more than 24 hours. Other people say it is good for up to a week, but I don’t subscribe to that theory.


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  1. Why not just eat the nuts? Wouldn’t that mean you’d get all the fiber (or whatever is strained out) and you’d save a lot of time, and reduce the need for fossil fuels to run the blender and boil the water to sterilize the strainer? Perhaps the idea of milk (whether from cow, soy, or nut) is an anachronism of this culture that is past its sell-by date….

    Written by Erik Assadourian on February 11, 2011 @ 6:30 pm
  2. Hi Erik,

    You could just eat the nuts but some people want to drink milk, or an alternative to milk — to drink alone, for smoothies, etc.

    If you are currently buying the plastic cartons of organic rice milk, making this nut milk would save the plastic carton. If you used a nut milk bag instead of a strainer, you are still using water (probably more water) to clean it.

    Live well,

    Written by Max Goldberg on February 12, 2011 @ 12:49 pm
  3. I’m very impressed Max.
    It seems very healthy and delicious.
    Question: for how long can you keep it before drinking it? Do I need to refrigerate it?


    Written by Luis Arias on February 16, 2011 @ 5:44 pm
  4. Thanks so much Luis. Some people keep the milk for 2-3 days. Generally speaking, I don’t keep it for more than 36 hours. Usually, no more than 24 hours. While that may be very, very conservative, that’s just me. I want to make 100% sure it is not rancid.

    And, yes, it must be refrigerated.

    Thanks for your interest.

    Live well,

    Written by Max Goldberg on February 17, 2011 @ 9:23 am
  5. I just started drinking almond milk, and reducing all dairy, so I am very excited to try making my own almond milk.
    Is there a benifit to brazilian nut vs. almond nut milk? Matter of taste?

    Written by Lisa on April 4, 2011 @ 3:05 pm
  6. Hi Lisa,

    That is great you’ll be making your own!! It will be a healthier milk, that is for sure.

    I just have a preference for Brazil nuts. They have high amounts of selenium and you can get them raw.

    With almonds, even if it says raw, they really aren’t. There have been many lawsuits about raw almonds and they are all pasteurized to some degree.

    Let me know how it goes!

    Live well,

    Written by Max Goldberg on April 4, 2011 @ 6:53 pm
  7. Hi Max,
    Love this! I drink Almond Milk (cuz I can’t handle real milk) and I’m so pleased to find out how easy it is to make my own. Thanks so much. Susan

    Written by Susan Taylor on October 3, 2011 @ 1:03 pm
  8. Hi Susan,

    Yes, it is SUPER-easy to make your own nut milk. People don’t believe how easy it truly is.

    Hope you’re great!

    Live well,

    Written by Max Goldberg on October 3, 2011 @ 9:08 pm
  9. Hi Max,

    I’ve been drinking almond milk for a number of years, but Brazil nuts sound so much healthier! Nuts have gone up so much in price as of late, but I like the idea of purchasing one less carton. I’ll have to check out a health food co-op in Santa Monica, or try iHerb online. They have amazing prices, are based in the state, low shipping, I receive my orders in two to three days etc. I really should own stock in their company, because I’m like a walking billboard. Speaking of billboards, I’ve very recently started to create a following of healthy, like-minded people on Twitter, and would love to follow you.

    You look familiar, are you based here?

    Thank you so much!

    Written by Lisa Hecht on May 5, 2012 @ 3:22 pm
  10. Hi Lisa,

    Yes, I am a big fan of Brazil nuts. I also make nut milk out of cashews and have been doing black sesame seed milk too. Check out this post.

    I am based in NYC, and thanks for following me on Twitter!

    Live well,

    Written by Max Goldberg on May 6, 2012 @ 9:11 pm
  11. Thank you so much for this video! My toddler son has multiple food allergies and protein intolerances and we haven’t tried brazil nuts with him yet. He does like almond milk and I’m ready to start making it for him. I’m just waiting on my strainer to arrive (recommended by Food Babe!). So, since I have to stick with almonds for now, do you know of a trusted source for truly raw (preferably organic) almonds?
    Thanks again!

    Written by Sarah on September 6, 2012 @ 12:42 pm
  12. Hi Sarah,

    Glad the video helped. Click on the banner for Sunfood (it’s on the right hand side of any page on my website) and you’ll find high-quality, organic nuts there.

    Live well,

    Written by Max Goldberg on September 6, 2012 @ 10:07 pm
  13. Hi Max,

    Just curious to know more information about the concerns you have with the nut milk going rancid after 24+ hrs.


    Written by Sarah on March 15, 2013 @ 1:04 pm
  14. Hi Sarah,

    I have no scientific proof to give you that this is the case but it is just the “rule” that I live by. The longer it is out there, the more risk it carries. I like food fresh.

    Live well,

    Written by Max Goldberg on March 15, 2013 @ 2:55 pm
  15. Is anyone concerned with getting too much omega 6’s from drinking nut milk? I used to do straight almond milk but have switched to a blend of half almond milk half coconut milk. I know coconuts do have a very small amount of omega 6’s, like 2% or something, but it’s much less than almonds which are around 19%.

    Written by Kelcey on April 12, 2013 @ 6:37 pm
  16. Max.

    Thanks for the post! Do you recommend soaking the almonds overnight as well or is that just for Brazil nuts?


    Written by Michelle on August 7, 2013 @ 12:22 am
  17. Hi Michelle,

    Almonds should DEFINITELY be soaked whereas Brazil nuts should be but don’t necessarily have to be.

    Live well,

    Written by Max Goldberg on August 10, 2013 @ 2:01 pm
  18. Bees by the tractor trailer loads are being hauled out of rural dairy farms of NY and othrr parts of country to pollinate the vast monoculture almond orchards of CA. I will take milk from NY grasslands any day over far away almond orchards.

    Written by NYFarmer on November 23, 2013 @ 1:02 pm
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