Impress your friends and family with homemade almond milk. This DIY drink is quick, easy, and delicious!
Over the past couple of years, it seems as though everyone I know has collectively decided to ditch cow milk and start drinking dairy-free alternatives. Some take issue with the negative impact that the dairy industry has on our environment while others feel that their bodies cannot tolerate the creamy beverage. Consequently, dairy-free milk has gone from a fringe, vegan drink to the new norm. There is oat, cashew, coconut, soy, and the list goes on.
My family went down the almond milk road. My dad uses the milk in his creamy strawberry smoothies while I love to pour it over my cereal. The problem: we go through jugs of almond milk WAY too fast. We are constantly running to the store at night to get our supply for the next morning. While it is pretty easy to go grab a carton of the delicious, dairy-free milk, a couple of days ago, we decided to change things up. We wanted to make our own! Homemade almond milk requires just a few simple ingredients and takes no more than twenty minutes to make.
After making (and tasting) this recipe, I am doubtful that I will ever be returning to the store for almond milk (slightly exaggerating but not really). There are so many positive benefits to making almond milk at home. I know exactly what is going in my milk and that there are no added preservatives or chemicals. I can control the sweetness and flavor of the milk to suit my exact preferences. In addition, I can store the milk in a glass container and save the earth from another discarded plastic bottle. And, of course, DIY almond milk is seriously so delicious! So gone are the days where I had to rely on the grocery store to fulfill my non-dairy milk needs. This simple almond milk recipe is easy to make and tastes even better than the store-bought version!
If you love almond milk just as much as my family does you will be wanting to make this savory recipe!
So, how do I get started making this delicious almond milk?
Well, all you need are two simple ingredients for the base:
- Raw almonds: Make sure that your almonds are raw! You probably do not want salty or toasted almond milk. You will need one cup.
- Water: All you need is three cups of water, this can be from your fridge or sink.
It is really that simple! But, you probably will want to add a bit of flavor or sweetness to get a more delicious drink. Consider adding:
- Vanilla extract: One teaspoon will give your almond milk the signature vanilla flavor. A little bit will go a long way!
- Maple syrup: I like to use one to two tablespoons maple syrup to add sweetness to my almond milk. You could also use honey or agave as your sweetener.
- Salt: I also like to add a pinch of salt to bring out the flavor.
And how do I actually make the almond milk?
To make almond milk you will need to start prepping the day before you actually can consume the beverage. First, soak your almonds in cold water overnight. Just place the almonds in a bowl and cover them with water. They will absorb the water as they soak.
The next day, grab your almonds and rinse them. Then, put them into your blender. Add new cold water. Next, add your flavoring and sweetness of choice (vanilla, maple syrup, etc.). And just start blending! It might take a bit of blending but eventually the almonds will break down completely and form a thick, creamy paste with a smooth consistency.
Lastly, strain! Grab your cheesecloth or nut milk bag and fill it with your blended liquid. Strain it into a bowl and make sure that no pulp gets in. I like to just use my hands and squeeze the bag until all the liquid has poured out. You will be left with a bag full of almond pulp.
You can then pour the liquid into a jug or a bottle and pop it in your fridge to cool!
What can I do with my leftover almond pulp?
You may be wondering what you should do with your bag of blended pulp. Well, I simply put mine in the oven at a low temperature dry in order to make almond meal. Almond meal can be used in baking or in granola. Here are a few ways in which you can use your almond pulp:
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- 1 cup raw almonds (soaked overnight)
- 3 cups cold water
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 tbsp maple syrup
- A pinch of salt
- Soak your cup of raw almonds in water overnight
- The next day, drain your almonds. Rinse them well. You will not need the leftover water.
- Put your almonds and your fresh water in a blender. Blend until you achieve a smooth consistency (around 2 - 3 minutes).
- Strain the liquid through a cheesecloth or nut milk bag over a bowl. Squeeze to get all the liquid out.
- Pour the liquid into a bottle or jug and place in your fridge to cool. It will keep for up to four days.
- Enjoy. Add it to your smoothies and cereal or use it as you bake!