Because we love almond milk, I watched a video on how to make your own homemade almond milk and thought I’d give it a try. You can watch the original video here at Eating Rules
Although a bit messy, it was quite easy.
You will need:
A metal strainer
a plastic or glass container
two glass bowls
and a blender, not a food processer
paper towels for drips
1 cup of raw almonds
4 cups of water
1/2 tsp. – 1 tsp. of vanilla, optional (to your tastes)
any sweetener, optional, if you’d like
Put raw almonds in a glass bowl, cover with water and set aside. Allow to soak for at least 4 hours.
After this time period, take almonds and strain off the water they soaked in and rinse under fresh water.
Add the cup of almonds to the blender and add 4 cups of fresh, filtered water, cover and blend for 2 full minutes.
Pour blended almonds through a strainer into a glass bowl.
Take a plastic spatula and push through the milk and allow the milk to separate from the almond particles. You will end up with almond paste. *Do not throw this away if you make smoothies.
Once you have the strained milk in the glass bowl, rinse your strainer and strain the milk through once more, this time without pushing around with the spatula. This time you will have very little almond paste.
Voila! You have almond milk! Place in a glass or plastic container and place in the refrigerator.
Use on cereal, use in cooking or drink it straight from the pitcher!
I doubled the recipe above and used 2 cups of almonds and 8 cups of water. This recipe, although very healthy, is also very bland. I added 1 teaspoon of vanilla to the finished product and it was pretty tasty after that. If you use the original 1 cup of almonds and 4 cups of water, try using 1/2 tsp. of vanilla first. You can add any type of sweetener to boost it’s flavor to your taste too.