After my month of clean eating, I didn’t want to continue my habit of taking milk or cream with my coffee every single day, so I started looking into almond milk. I’d found out that while it was a wise alternative and nutrient-rich, store-bought almond milks contain synthetic vitamins and other additives, so I wasn’t crazy about that idea either (although I’m not against buying it in a pinch). The only option I could come up with was to make my own. Initially, it seemed a little intimidating. Just the idea of “making milk” invoked images of intensive labor.
But no, it’s easy! With the soaking of the almonds, it takes some ample waiting time, but once the almonds are soaked and soft, you just pop ’em into the processor and let it do the work for you.
Vanilla Almond Milk (adapted from Deliciously Ella)
makes about 2-3 cups
1 cup of blanched almonds
2-3 cups of water for soaking, or enough so that the almonds are completely submerged
2 cups of filtered water for blending
1/2 teaspoon of good quality vanilla extract
1 nut milk bag for straining
Soak blanched almonds in water and leave soaking overnight.
Strain and rinse almonds with cold water.
Place the almonds with water and vanilla extract in a food processor or blender. Blend until a smooth milk is produced and the almond pulp is finely ground.
Strain through the nut milk bag. Squeeze the excess milk out of the nut milk bag (It’s kind of like milking a cow’s udders! Kind of).
Add more water if you like the milk runnier.
Store in an airtight container. Will keep for a couple of days.
Freeze the leftover almond meal (all the pulp that’s caught in the bag) and use in smoothies or in any of these foods.
I’m loving how fresh and creamy the homemade version is. It’s nuttier than the store-bought kind, which I don’t mind at all. It’s absolutely delicious in coffee, so much so that I don’t even need to add sugar. Of course, I’m realistic about it and while I most definitely will give in to the occasional caramel latte or foamy cappucino, it’s good to know that homemade almond milk is easy, accessible and so so good!