Have you ever tried or prepared fresh homemade almond milk? If not, today you will learn how easy it is and which are its health benefits. Basically, almond milk is an excellent raw vegan alternative to dairy milk. With a silky and delicate texture and nutty flavor this all-natural milk is healthy, delicious and unprocessed. This milk substitute is produced by finely grinding almond with water so it involves only two ingredients. It's versatile and can be used in different recipes and it's delicious on its own or with smoothies, cereals and desserts.
Making homemade almond milk is quick and simple, just plan ahead to let the almonds to soak. You can leave them overnight or up to two days. The next day, drain and rinse the nuts and grind them with fresh water in a blender. And voila, you prepared fresh almond milk. At this point you can add different flavorings or sweeteners such as vanilla extract, cinnamon, maple syrup, honey or agave syrup.
This recipe doesn't involve cooking, therefore you can take full advantage of all the health benefits almond milk has. It's rich in nutrients such as Vitamin E, Vitamin B complex, fibers, magnesium, zinc, calcium and phosphorous. Almond milk prevents high blood pressure and heart diseases because has no cholesterol or saturated fats. It also has a low glycemic index which important for weight management.
Almond milk is a wonderful option for those who are lactose-intolerant, raw-vegan or for those who are in a search for healthier alternatives. Even though it's much more convenient to buy almond milk from the store if you look at the ingredients you will see that there are more than two ingredients on the label. So, try preparing it yourself and you will notice the difference.
Yield: 1l (1 quart)
- 3 cups raw almonds
- 5 cups water plus more for soaking
- desired flavorings and sweeteners (vanilla extract, cinnamon, maple syrup, honey or agave syrup)
- Place almonds in a bowl and cover with 1-inch cold water. Soak them, uncovered, overnight or up to two days.
- Drain the almonds from the soaking water and rinse them under cool running water.
- Place 2 cups of almonds in the blender and cover with 2 cups of water.
- Blend at the highest speed for 2 minutes. At this point the water should be white and opaque.
- Strain the mixture thru a cheese cloth, kitchen towel or sprout bag.
- Rinse the blender and pour the milk back in. Add the desired flavorings and sweeteners and blend to combine.
- Repeat steps 3 to 6 with the rest of the almonds.
- Pour the milk into a glass jar or pitcher and store in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.
- Serve almond milk on its own or enjoy it with cookies, cereal or smoothies.
Tips and Tricks:
- Shake the milk well before using as the mixture separates when sitting.
- Place the remaining almonds pulp on a cookie sheet and dehydrate it in the oven on the lowest temperature until it's dry (2-3 hours). For a fine almond meal, run it through a food processor or blender. Use it instead of flour in recipes like muffins, cookies, oatmeal and so on.