Learning how to make almond milk is easy. Avoid those unhealthy ingredients found in commercial varieties by making your own today.
I was surprised to find how simple this process really is. I especially like that when I make my own, I have full control of what goes into it.
And, for me I prefer unsweetened, so just nuts and water however if you prefer a sweeter taste that can be accommodated too.
After all, life is about flexibility and variation, right?
WHAT IS ALMOND MILK
Almond milk is a plant-based milk. The milk that is extracted from the nut is called nut milk. When the nuts are first soaked, they swell up. This makes the milk flow easier. Soaking the nut for a longer period makes the milk creamier.
One of the most notable points when comparing unsweetened almond milk to cow’s milk is the carbohydrates are vastly different. Cow’s milk contains a lot of sugar, about 13 grams in just one eight-ounce glass of whole milk. On the other hand, unsweetened almond milk contains only one gram per cup. This can be a game changer if you are mindful of your weight or blood sugar levels.
Almond milk has high levels of vitamin E, magnesium and manganese which are often missing from the standard American diet.
Having the right tools, makes for a quicker and more enjoyable experience.
In the beginning, I would use several layers of cheesecloth to strain the solids however I now find that using a nut milk bag is so much easier and environmentally friendly. Here, is the nut milk bag I use. It is made with 100 percent hemp and is anti-bacterial, anti-microbial, anti-mold and can be washed and reused.
A blender to whirl the previously soaked nuts and water in. I have always preferred using a glass blender because it will not absorb any odors or obtain scratches that could retain bacteria.
With just almonds and water you can make homemade almond milk. And, if you want a sweeter drink then feel free to add a little maple syrup or honey.
Whole raw almonds are added to a large bowl of purified water. How long you let them soak depends on how creamy you want your milk. The nuts should be soaked for a minimum of four hours but not more than two days.
After soaking, nuts are rinsed and added to the blender with fresh water. Then they are strained using a nut milk bag for best results.
Almond milk can be used just the same as cow’s milk so if your recipe calls for one cup of milk you will use one cup of almond milk. However, if an added richness is desired, I like to add a little heavy cream. I find that gives some recipes a real boost.
Give this healthy homemade almond milk a try in all your recipes and smoothies.
HOW TO MAKE ALMOND MILK
An easy recipe to make delicious almond milk at home.
- 1 1/2 c whole raw almonds
- 4 c purified water (plus additional water for soaking)
Place almonds in a medium bowl. Cover with warm water and let them soak for at least 4 hours but not more than 2 days for a creamier almond milk.
Drain the water and place almonds in a blender. Add 2c of water and blend to a creamy paste.
Add the other 2c of water and blend for 3 to 4 minutes. Taste. If you prefer to sweeten or add vanilla flavor then you can go ahead and add 1 to 2 tablespoons of maple syrup or honey and/or 1 teaspoon of pure vanilla extract and blend another 30 seconds.
Strain the almond milk in a nut milk bag. The bag can be squeezed to extract the most milk.
Remove the bag of solids and bottle and refrigerate the milk.
This makes 40 ounces.
NOTE: The solids can be dehydrated and pulsed in a blender to create almond meal/flour.