Homemade organic almond milk can only be describe as heavenly. Making nut milk is actually ridiculously easy to make. I can't imagine why I used to buy store bought Almond Milk. If you have never tried it before, you will not understand the creaminess compared to the watery run-downed almond milk with tons of fillers like locust bean gum, sunflower lecithin, and gellan gum.
Making almond milk requires three to five ingredients only! It can be made in small batches to last the week. Once you've made your own almond milk, you may never want to drink milk again. I love how healthy it is and has really low carbon foot print. Plus you can totally taste the almonds.
How To Make Creamy Almond Milk At Home
1.5 cups raw almonds (organic optional)
1 L filtered water
3 dates (pits removed, more if you prefer it sweeter)
Soak Your Raw Almonds Overnight
Soak your raw almonds (not roasted). Place the nuts in a bowl and cover it with water. Let is soak overnight.
Rinse and Wash Your Almonds
The next morning once your nuts have soaked thoroughly. Drain and rinse the almonds with fresh water.
Blend the Soak Almonds with Fresh Filtered Water
Put the nuts in your blender and add fresh filtered water. Most people use Vitamix or Blendtec. Actually any high power blender will work like this one I've been using. Blitz for a few minutes or until smooth.
Strain the Milk
You can skip this step if you prefer your milk grainy. This would be great with overnight oaks or oatmeal. However, I prefer mine silky smooth. You will need to strain your almond milk through an old t-shirt, cheesecloth or a nut bag. It is easier to strain in stages with smaller quantities. Divide your almond milk into quarters and pour into nut bag over a large bowl. Repeat until you have strained every last drop of milk.
I like using a nut bag instead of cheesecloths. Every time I use cheesecloths, the edges always seems to slip and I have to re-sift.
Save the leftover meal to make Chinese Almond cookies.
Customize Your Nut Milk
Now that you've made almond milk. You can customize your almond milk in many ways. If you like it to be sweeter, you can add a few dates. I usually use three, but can try five instead. You can also add natural sweeteners like maple syrup. Adding a pod of vanilla bean is also lovely. Two drops of natural vanilla extra will do the trick too! Have you tried adding cocoa powder? It taste juice like chocolate milk!