how to make vanilla almond milk

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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.

almondsVanilla 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.

almond meal

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!

23 responses to “how to make vanilla almond milk”

  1. Natasha says:

    Thank you for sharing how to make this, I love almond milk and I bet homemade with vanilla is even better. I will have to give this a try someday.

  2. Elisa says:

    I have been wanting to make this, but I have to blanch them myself before I do that! However I am looking forward to having both homemade almond milk and almond meal that is entirely free of peels 😉
    Thanks for the recipe!

  3. ashley says:

    Oooooh yeah. I always wondered just how “easy” it was to make this. It’s not bad at all! (Cause MAN do I love almond milk!)

  4. Emily Smith says:

    So easy, and soooo delicious!!

  5. Emily Smith says:

    Also…I really hate that the store bought ones contain synthetic vitamins. I also have to use it in a pinch because I can’t do milk… but it makes me sad that they can’t just omit them, you know? I think using bpa-free canned coconut milk (the ones with coconut and water, no additives) is better than the cartons still…. it also bothers me that they still say ‘organic + all natural’ on the cartons. ANY-way, just thinking outloud.

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