Fresh Vanilla Almond Milk

almond milk
Making almond milk at home is one of those things that seems way more intimidating than it actually is. I wasn’t even planning on doing a write up on this because I had just started the process of making some the other day as an afterthought. It never occurred to me that fresh almond milk was accessible and easy until stumbling across a recipe with some luscious looking pictures on a blog.  The Kitchn perfectly demonstrates how to do it, so check out the link!

From a few tries at making this, I realized like most recipes it is very forgiving and easily customized. In the jar I planned on storing the milk in, I placed about 1 cup raw almonds to soak in water overnight.
vanilla almond milk
This morning, I drained the now soaked & plumped up almonds and rinsed them well. Into the blender they went with about 2.5 cups fresh filtered water. I added 1 medjool date, 1/2 of a vanilla bean, and a few pinches of himalayan salt. Blend, blend, blend until completely liquefied  (I’m also experimenting with adding a pinch xanthan gum to see if that helps the milk from separating when sitting in the fridge). You can experiment with how much water you want to add which determines the creaminess.

Here is where it gets a bit tricky. Straining the milk from the almond pulp might get a bit messy so equip yourself with a large bowl & fine meshed strainer lined with cheesecloth. After pouring the almond milk through, you will separate the pulp which you can squeeze in the cheesecloth to get it as dry as possible. Depending on the amount you’re making you may have to pour and squeeze out the liquid a couple of times. I like to run all the liquid through a fresh cheesecloth into a clean bowl again to make sure no granules are left behind.
almond pulp
Aside from sparing yourself from synthetic vitamins & additives found in store bought almond milk, your result will be heaps more delicious and nutritious. You also benefit from the leftover almond pulp which you can dry in the dehydrator or oven at a low temperature to use for baking & other recipes. Making almond milk at home allows you to completely customize your drink and it is super economical!

Use in smoothies, in coffee, over cereal & fruit.

 

 

 

 

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