Date-Sweetened Almond Milk: Easy, Healthy and Pure


Happy Earth Day! To celebrate, I thought I would share a plant-based, wholesome recipe that isn’t granola. But, it can be served with granola! Homemade almond milk is very easy to make and so much tastier than store bought. Not to mention, it contains no additives. To brighten it up, without added sugars, I made this recipe for date-sweetened almond milk way back in 2006. But I’ve given the recipe and post a big update with more helpful tips.

Date-Sweetened Almond Milk Recipe - easy, dairy-free, natural, no sugar added, and healthyPhoto by Madeleine Steinbach.

Tips for this Date-Sweetened Almond Milk

For a vanilla twist, blend in 1 teaspoon of pure vanilla flavoring or extract.

A nut milk bag is a very small investment, and is definitely worth purchasing if you plan to make your own dairy-free milk beverages. It’s one of my favorite kitchen items.

You’ll be left with some almond pulp, which is rather dry and tasteless. But it can be used in many different ways.

As the almond milk sits, it will settle a bit. Always give it a shake before using. And since it doesn’t have additives, like many store-bought versions, it will have a more rustic taste. Nonetheless it works seamlessly on cereal, in smoothies, and for other recipes.

Date-Sweetened Almond Milk Recipe - easy, dairy-free, natural, no sugar added, and healthy

Special Diet Notes: All-Natural Almond Milk

By ingredients, this recipe is dairy-free / non-dairy, egg-free, peanut-free, gluten-free, grain-free, soy-free, vegan, plant-based, and vegetarian.

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Date-Sweetened Almond Milk
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Earthy almonds meld well with the natural sweetness of dates. This recipe makes a rather rich almond milk, so you might opt to blend in more water after tasting. Also, please note that the Prep time does not include soaking. Plan ahead!
Serves: About 4½ cups
  • 1½ cups raw almonds
  • 4 to 5 cups cold water + additional for soaking
  • 3 to 5 pitted medjool dates, to taste
  • Pinch salt
  1. Put the almonds in a container and cover with a few inches of water. Refrigerate for at least 8 hours, or overnight.
  2. Drain and rinse the almonds, and place them in your blender. Add 2 cups of the water, the dates, and salt, and blend until smooth. Add 2 more cups of the water and blend until smooth.
  3. Strain the almond milk through a nut milk bag or a few layers of cheesecloth lining a fine mesh strainer to remove any almond or date pulp. Squeeze to extract all of the almond milk.
  4. If it is too rich for your tastes, you can blend in up to 1 cup more water.
  5. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

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Alisa is the founder of, Food Editor for Allergic Living magazine, and author of the best-selling dairy-free book, Go Dairy Free: The Guide and Cookbook for Milk Allergies, Lactose Intolerance, and Casein-Free Living, and the new cookbook, Eat Dairy Free: Your Essential Cookbook for Everyday Meals, Snacks, and Sweets. Alisa is also a professional recipe creator and product ambassador for the natural food industry.


        • The nutrition facts are difficult to calculate because there is pulp left after making the almond milk. So not all of the calories and nutrients from the almonds are in the almond milk, but some are. It’s difficult to know how much. In general though, homemade is higher in calories, fat, and protein than most store-bought brands because more almonds are used.

  1. Love this! I really need to start making my own almond milk. This looks so delicious, especially with the dates as sweetener!

  2. I love your website! I’m a nursing mother and my daughter is lactose intolerant, you just made my life so much easier.

  3. Thank you for your website. I have been on a gluten free diet for two weeks now due to celiacs. I am fifty one and thought I had it for years , needless to say the doctors didn’t believe me. I am learning what it is like to feel ” normal” again.

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