How to make almond milk

How to make almond milk yourself

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.

How to make Almond Milk

Ingredients

  • 1 cup Almonds
  • 5 cups Water

Optional

  • 1/2 cup Date Paste (Or pitted dates or use healthy sweetener to taste)
  • Pinch Sea Salt
  • 1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract (Or a chopped vanilla pod or 1 teaspoon of ground vanilla)

Directions

Soak the almonds in enough water to cover them overnight for about 8 hours. Drain the almonds and rinse them.
Add the almonds, 5 cups of water and the dates, salt and vanilla if using into your blender. Blend until smooth.
Put the nut milk bag inside a large bowl. Pour the contents of the blender into the nut milk bag. Close up the bag and squeeze it gently until you can't get any more liquid squeezed out.
You can either throw away the almond pulp or use it for a different recipe. The internet is full of recipes for almond pulp!
Store your milk in the fridge for up to 4-5 days.

 


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Comments

  1. I have tried this before but never homemade :D
    Delicious recipe!

    Cheers
    CCU

  2. This is the second article I’ve seen this week on how to make homemade almond milk! I’m so intrigued! I love my vegan milks but never thought to make them myself.

    Will definitely have to try this method :)

    • I hope you like it. Once you realise how easy it is to make your own milk it’s hard to go out and buy it again. I also love the fact that I can keep a bulk load of almonds in my house and when I run out of milk I can just make so more instead of having to go shopping first.

  3. I will have to try this! It sounds delicious.

  4. Yum! I would love to have you share this on The HomeAcre Hop tonight!
    http://www.theselfsufficienthomeacre.com/2013/02/the-homeacre-hop-7.html

  5. Our recipes are soooo similar! I just use 4 whole dates instead of the paste. And I love how you put in a pinch of salt. I’m going to try that next time. I just squeezed 2 mason jars full tonight!

  6. We love almond milk, but it’s so pricey! The strange thing is that buying almonds isn’t nearly as expensive, so I am SO glad you’ve shared this recipe. Now I’ll make ours at home!

    I’d love if you’d come join my How To Tuesday link party, too.
    http://housewifehowtos.com/link-party-2/how-to-tuesday-link-party-9/

  7. Almond milk can be used in so many recipes and you are right, making it yourself is the idea way to do it. Thanks for sharing on Hearth & Soul Hop. :)

  8. Your almond milk sounds delicious. It’s great to have such a wholesome version of this dairy free milk.

  9. I love making my own almond milk! Thanks for linking this great post at Wildcrafting Wednesday! Hope to see you back next week :)

  10. Thank you for your submission on Nourishing Treasures’ Make Your Own! Monday link-up.

    Check back tomorrow when the new link-up is running to see if you were one of the top 3 featured posts! :)

  11. Hope you have a fabulous week and thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

  12. We were on the alternative milks for years, and only recently did I realize the dangers of the gums and thickners used in said milks…

    Luckily, I have a vitamix!

    Thanks for sharing at last week’s party. I am featuring you at Creative Juice today and my health is wealth board at Pinterest.

    Take care,
    Nic

    • Yes when you start looking into it you realise how bad processed food is for your health. It is so difficult to get off processed foods as we are so reliant on them. I don’t like to use anything with more than one ingredient in the ingredients list, but there are a couple of things that I’ve not quite got around to making from scratch yet, including tofu, yoghurt and pasta. I’m getting there though as I have stopped using tinned foods now.

  13. We love love almond milk round here! thanks for the recipe! Im loving your blog, came from Creative Juice :)
    Laura

  14. I snack on almonds that I buy raw and roast myself. Can the milk be made with roasted almonds?
    This is all very interesting to this wide-eyed newby!

    Ann

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