Almond milk is a crucial ingredient to most breakfast smoothies, and an excellent dairy alternative. Similar to avocados, I consume almond milk everyday. In my morning shake or added to tea, it has quickly become a staple in our home. Little Jamesie even tentatively enjoys a sip here and there, although he much prefers cows milk or water.
Because we consume so much Almond milk, buying it got to be a hassle. So, we just make it ourselves! The recipe is pretty easy to find and essentially is just almonds and water, but I'll include it below for you all to reference. I like the my milk rich, and so does Jamesie, so I use a little less water than most other recipes.
If you would like to check out some other cool ways to use almond milk beside in breakfast smoothies or tea, check out this article.
If you don't have a high-powered blender, begin blending on low slowly increasing the speed to high and blend for 2 minutes.
Here is the recipe to make your own yummy almond milk at home!
Homemade Almond Milk:
- 1 cup of raw almonds
- 3-4 cups of water, plus more for soaking overnight or for at least 12 hours
- Optional choices for flavoring: 1 teaspoon of no-alcohol, gluten-free pure vanilla extract; 2 teaspoon organic ground cinnamon; 1 tablespoon raw cocoa powder
- Place the almonds in a glass container, cover them with filtered water by about 2 inches, and let them soak overnight or for at least 12 hours
- Drain the excess soaking water and place the almonds in a blender. Add filtered water and mix on high for approximately 90 seconds
- Pour the almond milk through the nut milk bag and into a large bowl. Squeeze the bag to get out as much milk as possible *
- Place milk in a glass container with a cover. Refrigerate to store.
- Shake well before using
* If you are using a French Press to strain pulp, pour almond milk directly into the French press and let settle for a few minutes before separating.
The almond milk will keep for 3 days in the refrigerator, but if you make more than you can use in that time you can always freeze it. If you drink almond milk, or use it in smoothies, I highly recommend making it yourself. It is much tastier and rich than any almond milk I have ever purchased, and it's super easy to do! Try it out and let me know what you think!
There are many uses for the almond pulp that you have left over. It can be used as a body scrub for your skin, or baked into muffins, or even used with flaxseeds to make crackers. I plan on trying out some recipes/creations of my own and will post them!