I love almonds! Whether it is raw almonds as a healthy snack, almond butter on sprouted grain toast for breakfast or almond milk in my smoothies, I enjoy the texture and taste of almonds and they satisfy my appetite.
And best of all, almonds are one of the healthiest nuts you can eat. Almonds are high in fiber and protein and the best whole food source of vitamin E, which is a powerful antioxidant. They are also a rich source of magnesium, calcium, phosphorus, iron, zinc and folic acid. And almonds are high in monounsaturated fats, the “good” fat that helps lower the amount of LDL in your blood and reduce your risk for heart disease.
What I don’t like are all the additives and preservatives found in commercially processed almond milk. That is why I decided to try making my own homemade almond milk and I was amazed to discover how simple it is to do. Now, I am completely hooked. It is much more nutritious and better tasting than anything you can get in a carton and is well worth the effort.
The first step is to soak the almonds overnight.
Next, put the almonds, water and flavorings of your choice into the blender.
Blend on high for 1-2 minutes until the mixture becomes frothy.
Pour the mixture through a nut milk bag (you can purchase one at amazon.com for under $10) into a glass container and store in the refrigerator.
Note – you will have almond pulp leftover. You can save it to use in recipes or dry it out in the oven for several hours to use as almond flour in baking, however, most of the nutrients have gone into the milk.
If you are used to the almond milk you buy in the grocery store then this will be a real treat. Enjoy!
- filtered water for soaking the almonds
- 1½ cups of raw organic almonds
- 5 cups of filtered water
- 1 tablespoon of maple syrup
- 1 tablespoon of pure vanilla extract
- You can also try other flavorings such as raw honey or a few medjool dates.
- Cover the almonds with filtered water and soak overnight.
- Drain the soaking water and rinse the almonds.
- Place the almonds, 5 cups of filtered water, maple syrup and vanilla in a blender. A Vitamix works very well.
- Blend on high for about 1-2 minutes. The mixture will become frothy.
- Slowly pour the mixture through a nut milk bag into a 2 liter glass container.
- Squeeze the bag to extract all of the milk.
- Store the milk in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.
- The milk tends to separate so shake the container prior to each use.