How to make your own almond milk.

You can buy almond milk from the store but be sure to read the labels... I've yet to find a decent store bought almond milk that doesn't contain a buttload of preservatives and such. Navi is the main milk drinker in our house and she has some lactose sensitivities so I was determined to find something for her to drink... and preferably something whose list of ingredients I could pronounce. Enter making my own almond milk. I know- how very Martha-ish of me ;) First and foremost, full disclosure: this process isn't cheap... though to be fair, it isn't much different in price from a lot of the organic almond milks on the market. It is however pretty quick and easy to do once you get the hang of it and you can have the satisfaction of knowing exactly what's going into the milk you're drinking. On to the recipe...
 
To make the extra work of being homemade worth it, its  really important that you start with raw, organic, unpasteurized almonds. Most almonds from the supermarket are none of these things... so you kinda have to do some hunting around to find the good stuff. Pasteurized almonds will yield a reddish colored liquids when soaked that will sting and dry out your hands when handling them, almond milker beware. We use these ones...
 Soak one cup of almonds in a bowl of water overnight or up to 24 hours. (I've found that a longer soak leads to a more creamy milk...so its all about  your taste preference... or your window of available "free time")...
 After soaking, strain and rinse the almonds and add them to a blender along with three cups of water. Blend on high for two minutes. Adding more water will make for a less creamy milk so just experiment with how much/little water you like.
 Pour your almond milk mixture into a cheese cloth and squeeze to separate the liquid from the pulp. Squeeze, squeeze, squeeze. This recipe will yield a little over three cups of milk. Na likes to drink hers straight... I prefer mine in a 3:1 ratio with coconut milk. You can also add a sweetener such as honey if you prefer a sweeter almond milk. Chill it up in the fridge and enjoy!

I'm not a big fan of store bought almond milk.... actually unless its mixed in a smoothie I can barely stomach the stuff... it just tastes almost oily to me or something. But this stuff is pretty darn good and I like that I can adjust the creaminess/sweetness to my liking. Also, this will only last in the fridge for about 48hours, so keep that in mind when deciding how much/little to make.

Happy milking, friends :)

4 comments

  1. I love milk, but recently switched to almond milk because of things I've read... I almost cried when I read the label on my organic almond milk last week! What? This sounds good! Thanks for sharing!!! :)

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    1. I know, right?! Label reading is so tedious (and nerve-racking!). Its extra work making it on your own but its definitely nice having the peace of mind knowing exactly whats in your milk. Hope you guys like it! :)

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  2. Ugh. I've been wanting to do this for a while but just can't get around to spending even more on milk then we do right now. And then there's the time, and the fact that I don't plan any foods ahead anymore. But maybe one day. I can always dream. ;)

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    1. If you're already buying organic almond milk, it will probably work out to be about the same price per cup.... and the added work of course haha! With a toddler and a newborn in the house I'm not sure how practical it is to find time to milk almonds.... but you're total supermom status so if anyone could do it, you could! :)

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