Homemade Almond Milk

10 Jan

I’ve been buying almond milk for years and only recently realized that it might be healthier and cheaper to make it at home. Most major brands add carrageenan as a thickener and a plethora of other things to their almond milks, and some even use as little as 2% almonds.  I love almond milk in my morning smoothies, with a few shots of espresso over ice, in my oatmeal, or just as a drink when I want something creamy. After doing the math with the price of almonds rising due to the honey bee shortage, I realized it’s typically not cheaper to make almond milk at home unless you’re lucky and find a sale on the almonds.  However, it definitely does taste far better than the store bought stuff, and it’s better for your body.

I listed a few different ideas of optional add-ins in my go-to recipe below, depending on what you’ll end up using the batch for. You can use some, all, or none!  For example – I don’t like anything extra (especially cinnamon) in my smoothies, so I skip those when I’m making a batch of almond milk for that. You will also need a mesh nut milk bag or something similar to strain the goods. I highly recommend this one.

Soaked Almonds

Soaked Almonds

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 C raw almonds, soaked in water overnight, rinsed and drained
  • 3 C filtered water
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla extract (for flavor, optional)
  • 1/8 tsp almond extract (for flavor, optional)
  • 2 pitted Medjool dates(as a sweetener, optional)
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon (for flavor, optional)

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Place all ingredients in a Vitamix (or other REALLY powerful) blender.  Blend on high for 1 minute.

    Frothy!

    Frothy!

  2. Pour almond mixture contents into the mesh bag over a large bowl. Drain the liquid from the bag, gather the pulp at the bottom of the bag, and squeeze a few times to get the rest of the liquid out.

    Pour Almond Mixture Into Nut Bag

    Pour Almond Mixture Into Nut Bag

  3. Store in airtight containers (i.e., mason jars) for 5-7 days.

    Squeeze Remaining Liquid from Bag

    Squeeze Remaining Liquid from Bag

My latest indulgence is making iced lattes with this homemade almond milk recipe, poured over ice and a few shots of silky smooth espresso from Intelligentsia. YUM!

Almond Milk Latte!

Almond Milk Latte!

 

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