Making your own almond milk, or any nut milk for that matter, is a simple process and may sound a lot more complicated than it actually is. This technique is simple, a healthier choice for some, and tastes delicious too.
Nut milks are a great alternative to other milks, especially if they are homemade. One very important fact to note is that homemade almond milk does not contain the nutritional value you find in cows milk. If you want to replace your cows milk for homemade almond milk, plan to replace the protein and calcium in alternative foods because you will not get as much in your almond milk. That being said, you will also not be getting the sugar and fat (and the calories!)that come from consuming cows milk.
Lactose-Free and Vegan
Almond milk is popular among people who have lactose intolerance or milk protein allergies. It is also great for people who choose vegan diets.
I have been drinking almond milk for years but it didn’t really occur to me to make my own until a friend of mine mentioned that she made her own. Immediately I thought it would be way too much work for me and discarded her comment.
Months later I got myself a high powered blender (the Vitamix) and the idea that my friend (Giselle) had mentioned about making her own almond milk popped back into my head. I remember her telling me she made her own because of the long list of ‘other’ ingredients in most commercially made almond milks. Being a health advocate, I instinctively knew she was right, but at the time (and having a new baby to tend to!) I chose the easy route. Boy, was I missing out!
So I decided to read a recipe one day and have never looked back. In fact, my homemade almond milk tastes so much better that I could never stand the stuff I used to buy again. Also, it only takes me 10 minutes maximum to prepare so it became a no brainer to commit to making my milks now.
To give you an example of the long list of ‘other’ ingredients in some commercially prepared almond milks, here is what the label on my old almond milk product reads:
And here is the list of ingredients I now use:
Water, Almonds, Sea Salt, Vanilla
Buying almond milk is still a good choice, especially in a pinch. But there is value in knowing what your ingredients are by making it yourself and avoiding the processing all together.
Here is what you will need to make fresh almond milk:
1.5 Cups of Raw Almonds, soaked overnight (8-12 hrs)
4 Cups of filtered water
1 tsp. vanilla extract (optional)
3 soaked dates for sweetness (optional)
1. Drain water of soaking almonds
3. Mix until almonds are ground down and as smooth as you can get them
4. At this point your milk will look white-ish and frothy
5. For added sweetness, blend in vanilla and dates as well – this is optional
6. Pour mixture through a nut bag or even a nylon (hosiery) works.
I store my fresh made almond milk in a large glass mason jar in the fridge with a secure lid. This way I can give my milk a good shake before I pour it. Your almond milk will keep refrigerated for 3-4 days.
Have you ever made a nut milk? Has it become part of your daily option? Please share below.