Not too long ago, I was having a conversation with my mom where I was telling her how much I loved my newest discovery, almond milk. It was light, refreshing, and low in calories, so I loved drinking it. The only draw back was that my newest habit was getting expensive.
My favorite brand of almond milk was Malk. I usually read the ingredients list in food, and I found that Malk was the most natural since they listed only almonds and water in their ingredients list. Malk was also the most expensive brand…
In response my mom said,
“You know, almond milk is the easiest thing to make.”
I didn’t know almond milk was easy to make, but if it was in fact easy, I wanted to learn how to make it. My mom proceeded to explain how to make almond milk, but it sounded too easy, so I turned to the internet to verify what I was hearing.
I found dozens of recipes that confirmed what my mom said, and after a few tweaks, I found the recipe that works best for me.
The ingredients list is simple:
You will also need a strainer, cheese cloth or thin kitchen towel to strain your milk, and you’ll need somewhere to store your milk unless you plan to drink it right away.
My recommendation is to make the simplest version of this recipe first
You can tweak the recipe to taste later by adding vanilla, cinnamon, or a pinch of salt, but I think it’s important to know what your almond milk tastes like in its natural state before adding other flavors.
There are recipes that will tell you to soak almonds over night, not soak them at all, or soak them for a couple of hours. If you have the patience, I found that soaking the almonds overnight brings out more flavor.
Here are the steps and portions that work well for me:
- boil water and pour over 1 cup of almonds, cover and allow to soak overnight
- drain the almonds and place them in blender
- add 5 cups of water and blend for 3 minutes
- strain & enjoy
I like Almond milk because it’s refreshing on it’s own, but I’ve also used it as an alternative to milk and found that it’s even better than milk in some instances. Here are a few ideas for replacing cow’s milk with almond milk.
- Replace cow’s milk with almond milk when making oatmeal
- Replace cow’s milk with almond milk in your coffee
- Replace cow’s milk with almond milk when making smoothies
Lastly, don’t throw away your almond pulp! Set it on a cookie sheet and bake at 250F until dry. Once dry the pulp can be used as almond flour. Pancakes anyone?
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