Do you need whole almonds for almond milk?

December 20, 2018 6:22 am Published by Leave your thoughts

Lots of our customers buy our wonderful organic almonds to make their own almond milk. It’s an easy and cheap way to have a fresh and continuous supply of this versatile non-dairy milk. Numerous recipes and tutorials online show you just how to make it – try this one, for starters.

What is the best kind of almonds to use for almond milk?

To make your own almond milk, you generally soak whole almonds overnight in water. Then, with more water, and some added seasoning (a dash of vanilla extract, a pinch of salt, some sugar, syrup or naturally sugary dried fruit, such as a date or two), you blitz the almonds in a blender. Passing the liquid through a fine sieve, you separate the ‘milk’ from the almond pulp.

Recently, a customer wondered if it was strictly necessary to use whole almonds to make almond milk. We had a box of flaked almonds on special offer and the customer was interested in purchasing that for making milk. We looked into the subject.

We found that while whole almonds are generally recommended (for taste and texture), you can indeed use other types. You may, for instance, simply blend ground almonds with water and seasoning and use the liquid instantly. Flaked (slivered) or chopped almonds need to be soaked for a little longer, but again, using these types of almonds speeds up the process.

Choosing your almonds

Some almond milk recipes specifically call for blanched almonds (with the skins removed), which does produce a lighter and, some say, creamier result. Others prefer almonds with the skins intact, for additional flavour and a nutritional boost.

If you’re at all interested in organic food, then using organic almonds is one of the best choices you can make. Intensive, non-organic almond farming has been associated with severe environmental problems in the US, including harming bees and exacerbating drought conditions. Organic almonds (ours come from Spain) are grown in harmony with nature, rather than working against it. They’ll also be free from potentially harmful pesticide residue.

Price-wise, there’s very little difference between the various types of almonds we sell. If you find some almonds at a particularly good price, or have some leftover at the bottom of a bag, then rest assured that you can use them to make almond milk, even if they’re not whole almonds.

Almond milk – is it good for you?

Homemade almond milk will bring you all the benefits of almonds themselves: a good serving of protein, a wealth of vitamin E, and plenty of manganese and magnesium. Almond milk is a great low-calorie, lactose- and cholesterol-free alternative that works well as a simple substitution for dairy milk.

Good recipes using almond milk

Here are three ideas using almond milk that have caught our eye recently:

Mango lime lassi bircher (overnight oats)

Almond milk chocolate pudding 

Chicken and almond milk curry 

And what to do with the leftover almond pulp from homemade almond milk? There are loads of great ideas for using that too! Here’s one of them:

No-bake almond pulp energy bites 


If you’re looking for almonds, for milk or any other purpose, then check out Naturally Good Food’s range: whole, sliced, flaked, chopped and ground – we’ve got an almond for every recipe and for every person!

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