How to Make Walnut Milk (or any nut milk for that matter)

How to Make Walnut milk, or any other nut milk – a photo tutorial for homemade walnut or almond milk without any gums or emulsifiers.

How to Make Walnut Milk (or almond milk, cashew milk, etc). An easy tutorial with photos

It took me a long, long time to finally press the GO button on making my own nut milk. The store-bought kind is so convenient, right? The two realizations that changed my view?:

  1. I tried Elmhurst walnut milk, which is so silky-smooth, rich and delicious that I just HAD to make an unsweetened version myself (their version is sweetened), and
  2. I realized how difficult it is to find store-bought nut milks without gums or emulsifiers (which can cause inflammation in folks with an autoimmune disease).

Let’s talk gums for a second. Are they bad? Not necessarily. But if you have an autoimmune disease and follow AIP (the Autoimmune Protocol diet), you’ll want to steer clear of them until you’re certain your system isn’t reactive to them. While I don’t follow AIP, I do try to keep things are completely natural and free of additives as possible. In effort to do so, I figured I would finally make my own nut milks at home.

The verdict?

Holy deliciousness.

How to make walnut milk (or any non-dairy nut milk)

I have to say, I think walnut milk is my favorite of all the milks. There’s just something about the flavor of walnuts that I find super appealing. Hint: If you don’t like the flavor of walnuts, you won’t like the flavor of walnut milk.

The basic premise behind making any nut milk is the same: You’re looking for a 1:2 ratio of nuts to water in essence: 1 cup of walnuts/almonds/cashews to 2 cups of water, or if you’re looking to double the batch: 2 cups of nuts to 4 cups of water). Note: You can play with the portion of water here if you’re looking for a thinner consistency.

Simply soak the nuts overnight (or up to 48 hours)…

How to make walnut milk at home

Drain and rinse them, then blend them for 2 minutes on high in a high-powered blender with water.

How to Make Walnut Milk or any other type of nut milk

How to make walnut milk or any other type of nut milk at home

After blending the nuts and water, you’ll have a nut milk. From here, you’ll want to strain the milk I use cheese cloth, but you can also use a nut milk bag . If you use cheese cloth, this is a 2-person operation (one person pours the milk over the cheesecloth while the other person holds it over a bowl.

How to make walnut milk using a cheese cloth

How to make walnut milk

The end result?

A rich, creamy beverage that you can use anywhere you would a regular milk. I love using it in turmeric or matcha lattes, and for snacking on my Cinnamon Raisin Paleo Granola.

To sweeten or not to sweeten?

I’ve always been on Team Unsweetened when it comes to my almond milk, cashew milk, or walnut milk; however, sweetening it opens up a whole new world into the realm of delicious beverages.

You can use medjool dates (if using dates, you’ll want to blend them with the nut milk after it has been strained), pure maple syrup, or honey to sweeten the milk.

Fan of vanilla? Add pure vanilla extract or the scrapings of 1 vanilla bean. Obsessed with chocolate milk? Add a few tablespoons of raw cacao powder (to taste) and blend like crazy!

I typically make 4 cups of nut milk at a time, because I go through my non-dairy milk pretty quickly.

There is one caveat to all this fun..

How Long Does Homemade Walnut Milk Last?

The thing about homemade almond milk (or cashew or walnut milk) is that it goes bad very quickly. We’re talking approximately 2-3 days. You turn your back, and BOOM, it’s no longer drinkable.

For this reason, if you don’t go through nut milk fast enough, start with 1 cup of nuts and 2 cups of water. Be sure to store it in a sealed container in the refrigerator (I use a wide-mouth jar).

It’s true what they say – homemade nut milk (or almond milk, etc) is a total game-changer. Is it more time-consuming than purchasing it from the store? Yes? But is the process fun and does it make you a badass? Yes. Is the end result better? Resounding yes!!

How to Make Walnut Milk, or any other type of nut milk, at home. This easy photo tutorial will inspire you to never buy almond milk from a store again!

I hope you enjoy your new nut milk making hobby! Let me know if you have any questions and always feel free to come back after you’ve tried it and let me know what you think!


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How to Make Walnut Milk (or almond milk, cashew milk, etc). An easy tutorial with photos

How to Make Walnut Milk

Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American
Keyword: dairy free, paleo, vegan, walnuts
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 4 cups walnut milk
Author: Julia

How to make walnut milk, or any type of nut or seed milk



  • 2 cups raw walnuts
  • 4 cups water

Optional Add-Ins:


  1. Place nuts in a bowl and cover with 1 to 2 inches of water. Soak overnight or up to 48 hours. Drain and rinse the walnuts.

  2. Transfer walnuts to a high-powered blender with 4 cups filtered water. Blend on high for 2 minutes.

  3. Use a cheese cloth or a nut milk bag to strain the milk. Squeeze the cheese cloth/nut milk bag to press all the milk out of the walnuts. 

  4. If desired, add vanilla extract, dates, pure maple syrup (or natural sweetener of choice), along with a dash of sea salt to sweeten the walnut milk. Transfer to an air-tight container and refrigerate.

  5. Use walnut milk within 3 days.

How to Make Walnut Milk (or any other type of nut milk) at home. An easy tutorial with photos

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    1. Julia Post author

      Hi Charles! You can bake it into cookies, cakes, or breads. I would try to dehydrate it first, or just be mindful that if you don’t dehydrate the pulp, you’ll need less liquid in whatever it is you’re making.

  1. Victoria

    Hey Julia, where can I get the sea green colored glass bottle you feature in the pictures above? I love the look of the bottles for the milks I want to make 🙂

  2. Electra Heart

    I’m pretty pumped that milk alternatives are growing more popular; it’s so much better for the environment than cow’s milk, because of the methane and resource-intensiveness of dairy ranching… I mean heck, I enjoy traditional milk too, but I use a lot of almond/cashew/walnut milk because it’s more responsible…

    1. Julia Post author

      Hi Norm,

      There are two reasons for soaking the nuts – first, it softens them up so that they are easier to blend, which yields more flavor in the walnut milk; Second, soaking the nuts helps get rid of some of the phytates and lectins, which unlocks the health benefits of the nut and makes them easier for your body to digest. 😀

  3. Kathy

    This is easy and tastes great! I love that I’m not drinking preservatives and stabilizers. Thank you!

      1. Hina

        So I made it and it’s so delicious but when I added it to my coffee, it separated! It almost looks curdled! Did this happen to you?

        1. Julia Post author

          Hi Hina,

          I’ve never tried adding homemade nut milk to hot coffee, but I can see how it’s normal. Store-bought nut milks contain emulsifiers, which is why they stay stable in hot temperatures. I’d say stick with store-bought if you’re going to need non-dairy milk for coffee 🙁 Thanks for the feedback! xo

  4. Shivani

    I tried to make it in this way and then use the milk to make hot coffee.
    The milk went bad and did not taste good.
    Are we not supposed to heat homemade milk or I did something working while making it ?

  5. Tiffany Scarlett

    Hi there!
    This is pure genius, and I can’t wait to try it!
    I have a couple of questions though.
    Can you use the water used to soak the nuts, to blend with nuts afterwards?
    Also, if I wanted to use this for got beverages like coffee or cocoa, could I add an emulsifier like Himalayan salt?
    Thanks much! <3

  6. Jay Z

    I started same recipe but doing with Walnuts, Almonds, & cashew. I soak these nuts over night (half cup total) and blend in the morning. I add couple of dates to blending. I dont strain, just drink as it is. But considering I am drinking fresh, I add 1-2 ice cube to this.


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