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