Being that almond milk is a staple on my grocery list and I’ve had amazing homemade almond milk in the past, I decided it’s about time I try making it myself. I had everything I needed on hand except the cheesecloth, which I found easily at my local grocery store. I found the hardest part of the process to be waiting for the almonds to soak – I was too excited to have to wait. But it’s worth it.. the almond milk came out creamy and perfectly sweet! Here’s how I did it:
What you’ll need
- 1 cup raw almonds
- 3-4 cups filtered water
- cheesecloth (or nut milk bag)
- any additional flavoring ingredients (I used liquid stevia extract, vanilla extract, and two different types of agave, but you can use whatever you’d like – dates, cinnamon, salt, maple syrup, whole vanilla bean, cacao powder… have fun with it!)
Ideally you’ll soak the almonds in water overnight, but if you’re eager or in a hurry, a couple of hours will be fine. Once you’re ready, drain the almonds from the water it was soaking in.
Next, put the almonds in a high-speed blender along with 3-4 cups filtered water (I used alkaline water) and any other ingredient you’d like to flavor the almond milk with. I added 3 drops of liquid stevia extract, 2 organic raw blue agave packets and 3 drops vanilla extract for my first batch.
I actually wound up having a little more than a cup of almonds, so I played around with a second batch and added a few sunflower seeds and maple flavored agave for flavoring.
Next, put the blender on high and let it go for 1-2 minutes. Then lay your cheesecloth or nut milk bag over a large pot or bowl, and pour the contents of the blender into it.
Most of the liquid will come out on its own, but you may have to fold up the cheesecloth and squeeze a bit to make sure you get all the almond milk out.
Lastly, pour it into a jar and store in the refrigerator. Shake the jar before each use as the mixture can separate while sitting in the refrigerator.
The possibilities are really endless as far as the ingredients go. I can’t wait to play around with ingredients and create new flavors to try.
I’d also like to note that rather than tossing the almond pulp, you can use them to make fun things like brownies, cookies, muffins, smoothies – get creative.
Time to enjoy my homemade almond milk. The one thing that would really make this treat even better is a Liz Lovely Cowgirl Cookie to dip in it!