Make Your Own Almond Milk

I was introduced to the idea of making my own almond milk back in 2004 and it took me until this year to give it a try. I know why I waited 10 years – I thought it was hard, really hard to make good almond milk. I thought I needed special equipment and weird ingredients and until I got over all of that and started playing recently I had no idea how easy it was. Two ingredients – almonds and water are all you need. A blender and some cheesecloth are the only special tools and the end result is smooth delicious milk.

Ingredients:
1 cup soaked raw almonds
5-6 cups water (depending on how thick you want your milk to be)

Step #1: Soak 1 cup of raw almonds overnight (or for a minimum of 4 hours). Simply cover with water and let the almonds soak in the fridge. When you are ready to make your almond milk drain and rinse the almonds.

Step #2: Place the almonds in a blender with 5-6 cups of water and blend for 1-2 minutes depending on how powerful your blender is. 1 minute for a strong blender and 2 for an average blender.

Step #3: Pour milk through a jelly bag (easy to find at hardware stores) or a special nut milk bag to strain all the almond pulp

Step #4: Pour almond milk into a glass jar and store in the fridge for up to 4 days.

Makes 5-6 cups almond milk.

SWEETER: If you like your almond milk sweeter try adding 2-3 pitted Medjool dates, blending with the almonds and water.
VANILLA: If you prefer vanilla flavoured milks add 1/2 tsp vanilla extract when blending.
CHOCOLATE: To make chocolate almond milk add 3-4 pitted Medjool dates, 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract and 2 heaping Tablespoons of cacao powder or cocoa before you blend.

 

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