How to Make Homemade Almond Milk: A Simple, Delicious RecipeJan 16, 2023
Making your own homemade almond milk is easier than you might think – and it’s also more delicious, nutritious, and sustainable than store-bought. If you’re looking for a simple, delicious almond milk recipe, then look no further!
Why Should You Make Your Own Almond Milk?
It’s more delicious: Store-bought almond milk often contains additives and sweeteners that can make it taste artificial. When you make your own almond milk, you can control the sweetness and flavor, making it exactly to your liking.
It’s more nutritious: Most store-bought almond milk is made with almond “meal” – the leftover bits of almonds after they’ve been ground up for almond butter or other products. This means that they don’t contain as many of the healthy fats, vitamins, and minerals that are found in whole almonds. When you make almond milk at home, you can use whole almonds and get all of the nutrients that they have to offer.
It’s more sustainable: Commercially-produced almond milk often comes in single-use cartons. When you make almond milk at home, you can avoid waste by using a reusable glass container.
The Ingredients You'll Need
Making almond milk at home only requires a few simple ingredients:
- 1 cup of raw almonds.
- 2 cups of water
- Sweetener: This is optional, but if you’d like to sweeten your almond milk, you can use 1-2 tablespoons of maple syrup, or monk fruit sweetener.
- Vanilla extract: This is optional, but a teaspoon of vanilla extract can add a delicious flavor to your almond milk.
The Simple Steps to Making Almond Milk
1. Place the almonds in a bowl and cover them with water. Let them soak for at least 8 hours or up to 48 hours. This step is important as it allows the almonds to soften and makes them easier to blend.
2. After soaking, drain the almonds and give them a rinse. (Adding fresh water to the almonds is necessary for the blending process. Almonds should be mixed with water in a 2:1 ratio. After draining your almonds, you will need to add two cups of water.)
3. Add the almonds to a blender, along with the water, sweetener, and vanilla extract (if using).
4. Blend the ingredients until they’re smooth and creamy.
5. Place a cheesecloth over a bowl and pour the almond milk mixture through it. This will help to strain out any bits of almond that didn’t get blended.
6. Pour the almond milk into a glass container and store it in the fridge. It will keep fresh for 3-4 days.
And that’s it! You’ve now made delicious, homemade almond milk.
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