How to make almond milk from scratch
Here is another essential smoothie ingredient, almond milk! I use this in so many of my smoothie recipes that I just had to share this with you. However it’s taken longer than I would have liked to get a recipe that I actually liked.
I always used to buy my almond milk from the shop thinking I was being healthy but recently I’ve been trying to make pretty much everything from scratch as I’ve been reading about hidden chemicals lurking in a lot of processed foods. Almond milk is another processed food and doesn’t actually contain much goodness left.
The only good thing about buying processed almond milk is that it’s often fortified with vitamin D and Vitamin B12 which are harder to come by especially on a vegan diet living in a cold climate with little sunshine. So if you do cut out processed foods that contain these vitamins you might want to supplement. I just started supplementing these 2 vitamins recently and within a couple of days had so much more energy. I love this brand of Vitamin B12, as it’s based on raw food, and very easy to absorb. They also do the Vitamin D3 Live in the same brand.
However the first time I made almond milk I just didn’t like it. I wanted something that tasted like my unsweetened almond breeze and my homemade almond milk tasted rich, a little bit bitter and a bit sickly. I’m not sure if it was my pregnancy taste buds playing up but I tried various different recipes and didn’t like any of them. I made them thick, thin, tried different brands of almonds but it wasn’t until I added some sweetener in the form of dates that I actually liked it. I’m not sure why that is as I usually don’t need all my food sweetened but when I made a recipe containing dates and vanilla I absolutely fell in love with it and couldn’t stop drinking it plain. I never fancied my almond breeze just on it’s own so I knew I’d found a good recipe. I will give you the option of leaving the dates out though and you can try it both ways and let me know which version you prefer.
How to make Almond Milk
For this recipe you will need some whole almonds, and a nut milk bag to strain your milk. You can get yourself a nut milk bag here. I have used nut milk bags for making green juice from the blender, almond milk, coconut milk, coconut cream, homemade vegetable broth and other delicious drinks. Some people also like to use cheesecloth which is a bit cheaper. I’ve never tried using cheesecloth and the nut milk bag just seemed a lot easier to me.
All you do is soak your almonds in water overnight, then blend up your almonds with water, and dates, vanilla and salt if using and strain in through the nut milk bag, couldn’t be easier!
The Almond milk will keep in the fridge for about 3-4 days but check it before you use it.
The amount made for this recipe can be used for about 4 servings of green thickies (2 recipes that serve 2) that are made with milk.
Smoothie Recipes made with Almond Milk
I thought once you’d made your almond milk you’d like some smoothie recipes that contain almond milk so you can give it a try. I’m just putting this list together so stay tuned for some great almond milk smoothies within the next week.
I am very excited about my new blog at the moment where I share my health experiments and be completely honest about what worked and what didn’t work. You can read the first of my experiments here which is My Experiments with Coconut Oil: 71 Benefits of Coconut Oil
If you want to use Date Paste in this Almond Milk you can find the recipe for date past here.