You’d be nutty not to make this: Almond milk in the Vitamix

Recently, you might have noticed Blue Diamond has made commercially available almond milk. Almond milk is a great alternative for those who don’t like or can’t tolerate milk or soymilk. It’s cholesterol-free and has a delicious nutty flavor. It surprisingly isn’t as expensive as I thought it might be, a half gallon costing a little more than a gallon of milk (if I remember correctly). Well, I tasted and thought it was pretty good. But if you know me, in my quest to become more domesticated, I wanted to see how difficult it would be to make almond milk from scratch. Again, this was another thing that was on my list of things I wanted to try with the Vitamix, but haven’t got around to it until tonight. (It seems that every time I have almonds in the house, I end up making these.)

Here’s how I did it:

Soak 3/4 cup almonds overnight in water. You can use whole almonds or sliced. I had both, so I used both.

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After soaking, rinse them until the water runs clear. They will be puffy.

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Put almonds into the Vitamix and add 3 cups of water. (I used filtered water.) Start blending on Variable 1 and gradually increase to 10 and then switch to high.

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Blend until you no longer hear the almond pieces and the “milk” doesn’t look grainy. I probably blended for a minute. You will get something like this:

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You could drink it from this step, but I prefer a strained almond milk and so I used a nut bag to strain mine. Put nut milk bag into a bowl and pour in milk and squeeze! It doesn’t take much time or effort at all.

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You could drink it from this step too, but I prefer to add in a sweetener. I used agave nectar, but you could also blend in a few dates or add in some vanilla for additional flavor. My recipe made 4 cups of almond milk.

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Don’t throw out the pulp as it can be used in other recipes for fiber and nutty flavor. I probably will throw some in my Shrek Juice or some banana bread.

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And there you have it, fresh, homemade, creamy almond milk that took all of 10 minutes to make. It can be used as a milk alternative in cereal, coffee, in a smoothie or enjoyed by itself as a beverage cold or hot. Cheers!

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