You’ve probably heard about almond milk and spied it along the aisles of your local grocery store. More and more people are attesting to its numerous benefits from helping you manage your weight to improving your bone health and muscle power. In addition, many are saying that it’s one of the best alternatives to dairy milk for people who are lactose intolerant. Of course, if you want to try it, you can definitely purchase it easily enough. But keep in mind that along with all that creamy goodness, you’ll also be getting preservatives, stabilizers, sugar, and possibly other not-so-natural ingredients. Fortunately, making your own homemade almond milk is quite easy, a great deal less painless than milking a cow or goat. So, how is almond milk made? Well, let’s just say you milk it in an entirely different way. Below is my personal recipe on homemade almond milk which you can tweak to your personal preferences.
Homemade Almond Milk Recipe:
To make almond milk, you’ll need the following ingredients:
- 2 cups of water
- 1 cup of almonds (organic ones if you can buy them)
- Sweetener of your choice such as sugar, honey, or maple syrup
- Flavouring of your choice such as cinnamon, vanilla, or chocolate
For this recipe, we’ll use the ratio of 2 cups water for every cup of almonds but if you want your almond milk to be thicker, just lessen the amount of water you use. Thinner milk will mean using a bit more than 2 cups of water for every cup of almonds.
Aside from the ingredients, you’ll also need:
- a measuring cup
- a blender or food processor
- a nut milk bag (also known as a sprouting bag) or a finely meshed cheese cloth
- a big bowl
- a strainer
Now, before you set out all your ingredients and equipment on the kitchen counter, you’ll first need to soak the almonds in water (not the two cups we previously mentioned). You can leave the almonds covered in about an inch of water overnight or as long as two days. The almonds will absorb the water and become a bit plump. Keep in mind that the longer the almonds are soaking in water, the creamier your milk will be.
Once you’re done soaking your almonds, drain them then rinse thoroughly using cold, running water. When you touch the almonds, you’ll feel that they’ve become a bit squishy.
After thoroughly rinsing the almonds, place them in your blender along with the two cups of water. Then, blend the two ingredients together at the highest speed for two minutes. You can opt to pulse the blender a couple of times just to make sure that the almonds are not sticking together before blending continuously. If you’re going to be using a food processor, simply process the two ingredients for a total of four minutes, pausing halfway through to scrape down the sides of the processor. By the time you’re done blending or processing, you’ll find that the almonds have broken down to become a very fine meal while the water has turned white and opaque.
The next step is to strain the almonds. Line your strainer with the cheese cloth or nut bag and place it over a measuring cup. Then, pour the almond mixture into your strainer. Once the entire mixture has been poured, twist and squeeze the cheese cloth or nut bag to extract any remaining almond milk from the almond meal. Make sure that your hands are clean before you start squeezing! Based on this recipe, you should get somewhere about 2 cups of almond milk. Set aside the leftover almond meal which can be used in making oatmeal, homemade granola, smoothies, cookies, and muffins.
Now that you have ‘milked’ your almonds, the last thing you need to make your milk perfect is to sweeten and flavor it according to your preferences. You can taste a small amount to find out how much sweetener and flavoring you want to add.
After you’ve perfected your homemade almond milk according to your taste, be sure to store it in a sealed container and refrigerate it. Because you have added no preservatives and aren’t using special lifelong cartons that manufacturers use, you’ll need to make sure that you consume the milk within 2-5 days.
Now that we’ve answered how is almond milk made, you may want to try finding recipes where you can use it as an alternative. Anyone want almond milk ice cream?