Homemade Almond Milk

>> Monday, July 21, 2014

Ah, almond milk. We meet again. Though I haven't yet reached a final conclusion about the whole carrageenan debacle, I have found my kitchen cupboards stuffed to the gills with almonds. If you haven't made almond milk at home before, it's definitely worth a try. I won't lie, the first few times I made it, I sort of felt like all the effort just wasn't worth it. But homemade almond milk tastes delicious and is much creamier than its store bought counterpart.

So . . .

HOMEMADE ALMOND MILK

What you'll need . . .
  • 3 cups raw almonds 
  • 10 cups water
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • Additional 6 cups water
  • Cheesecloth or a nut milk bag
Method . . . 
  1. In a large bowl, pour in your almonds and 10 cups of water. Add the salt and let soak -- covered -- overnight or 12 hours.
  2. Drain and rinse almonds. Then place them in a blender and add the 6 cups of water. If you can filter the water, you'll get the best taste. But I usually don't bother.
  3. Blend for 1 to 2 full minutes until almonds are well processed.
  4. I like to use wide mouthed Ball jars for this next step, which involves laying a piece of cheesecloth (or using the nut milk bag) over top of the mouth of the jar and then slowly pouring the nut milk through it to sort out the solids.
  5. Squeeze the cloth to get all the liquid out before repeating this process with the remaining nut milk.
  6. Be sure to hold onto the almond pulp to toss into muffins or other baked goods. 
  7. Then cover and store in your fridge and drink within a few days, which isn't hard at all to do!
// IN PICTURES


And who can resist a good chocolate milk recipe? I certainly can't. So, I didn't even get this batch of milk in the fridge before I took some of it and made this treat with a few whisks of the spoon.

It's really that easy.


CHOCOLATE ALMOND MILK
Vegan, delicious, serves 2!

What you'll need . . . 
  • 8 to 12 ounces of fresh almond milk
  • 1 tablespoon cocoa powder
  • 1 to 2 teaspoons water
  • 1 teaspoon honey or maple syrup
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
Method . . . 
  1. Whisk together the cocoa powder, water, honey, and vanilla extract in a large glass.
  2. Pour your almond milk over the mixture and swirl around until well incorporated.
  3. Drink by yourself or divide into two glasses and drink immediately.
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