Do It Yourself: Almond Milk

Almond milk isn’t anything new – nearly everyone knows what it is. It’s a great alternative for those who are lactose intolerant or vegan, or even for those who just hate cow’s milk. But haven’t you ever wondered how almond milk is made? You can’t really “milk” an almond like you can milk a cow… so how the heck do you get milk from an almond?? I’ll tell ya! It’s much simpler than you think!

Ingredients:

  • ½ c. raw almonds, soaked
  • 2 c. water
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 2 tsp. liquid sweetener (honey, agave, maple syrup, etc.)

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First things first. Soak your almonds. Place your almonds in a bowl of water. Let your almonds sit in the water over night (or for 8 hours).

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After 8 hours, drain the water from your almonds and rinse.

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Place your 1/2 cup of soaked almonds into a blender with 2 cups of fresh, filtered water. Blend until the almonds are finely ground and the liquid is a milky color. If you choose, add the vanilla and sweetener. Blend again.

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Grab a jar (or other container) and begin to strain the almond”pulp” from the liquid using a nut milk bag (you can find these cheap on Amazon!) or a cheese cloth. I don’t recommend using a coffee filter because they tend to rip once soaked, letting the “pulp” back into the strained liquid… nobody wants gritty almond milk.

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Once you’ve strained the liquid and almonds and have only the liquid in the jar, gently squeeze the remaining almond in the cheese cloth or nut milk bag, making sure not to let the pulp get into the liquid.

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That’s it! Once you’re done, store in the fridge. This recipe makes a very small batch, about 2 cups. For a larger batch, multiply the recipe. The important thing to keep in mind is to maintain a 1:4 ratio of almonds to water.

Let me know how this works for you!

Naturally,

Ari.

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