How to Make Your Own Almond Milk
Rachel Miller Fresh, homemade almond milk.
I grew to love almond milk in college, back when I discovered it on the shelf at the small market where I worked. I enjoy the taste of almond milk, and love adding it to smoothies, oatmeal or pastries. Lately there's been debate over just how healthy it is, but if you're lactose intolerant, the fact remains that it's a great alternative to cow's milk.
Rachel Miller Fresh almond milk and cherry smoothie.
The hubs and I have changed our diet to exclude processed or preservative laden foods, and focus on all natural foods. Unfortunately, the shelf stable almond milk is full of preservatives, so that smugness once felt at our superior shopping cart selections disappeared quickly once we began reading labels.
Good news: Making your own almond milk is incredibly easy and takes not more than 20 minutes of actual work. Bonus, you get delicious almond meal in the process.
Definitely use organic almonds and filtered water, and you will be on your way to delicious almond milk for your morning smoothie.
1 cup organic, fresh almonds
3 cups filtered water (for soaking)
3 cups filtered water (for blending)
Cinnamon (if desired)
Vanilla (if desired)
Liquid Stevia (if desired)
Step 1: Rinse off your organic almonds and soak in filtered water for 2 days. You can soak for 1 day, but 2 days produces a creamier almond milk.
Rachel Miller Soak almonds for 2 days in filtered water.
Step 2: After 2 days, drain off the soaking water, and place almonds into your blender. Add 3 fresh cups of filtered water and blend together. Stop the blender and scrape down. Blend again.
Rachel Miller Blend almonds with fresh filtered water in the blender.