How to make your own almond milk!

Jun 2, 2015 by

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How to make almond milk

Nut milks are quick and easy to make with a powerful blender, and offer a healthy and nutritious alternative to dairy milk. Use this recipe for almond milk as a guideline to making delicious milks from nuts and seeds.

Ingredients

  • 4 cups of distilled or purified water (or less for a creamier milk)
  • 1 cup almonds soaked and rinsed
  • 1 vanilla pod (scoop out the seeds) or alternatively, use 1/2 teaspoon vanilla essence or extract
  • 1 tablespoon honey (or maple syrup, agave nectar, figs or dates) to sweeten to your taste

Method

  • Soak the almonds in water overnight. Do this for 8 – 12 hours. Soaking softens the nuts for use, and removes the enzyme inhibitors found in nuts, but it is optional.
    To soak – cover the nuts with at least double the amount of water as the almonds will swell during soaking.
  • Drain the water and rinse well before using.
  • Blend the almonds and water in a power blender until smooth. Add the vanilla extract and continue blending until well mixed. You may find 4 cups a little too watery; if so, try 3 to 3.5 cups water and add more if needed.
  • Sweeten to taste. If you want to sweeten the almond milk, add honey, dates, or any other reasonably healthy sweetener to taste.
  • Strain through a nut milk bag. Pour the almond milk through a nut milk bag into a large bowl underneath. Squeeze and twist the nut milk bag to remove all the liquid.
  • The removed almond pulp can be dried in a dehydrator and ground into a flour or added to smoothies.
  • Store. Almond milk can be kept in the refrigerator for 4-5 days, covered. It will usually need shaking before serving, to remix the liquid.
  • Use. Almond milk can be used with a range of foods where you would use dairy milk, such as for cooking, for cereals, for drinking, etc. Those who love almond milk often find drinking it is best.
  • Experiment with other nuts and seeds – such as brazils, cashews, flax, hemp, oats, pumpkin, sesame and sunflower seeds.

 

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