Homemade Almond Milk
Ever since going Paleo, dairy has been one of the things that was hardest to give up. I’ve gotten over it because my craving is gone. I have found balance with my very clean eating lifestyle.
But yet, I still miss the small glass of milk or a splash of milk in my coffee. And then I made homemade almond milk and found a slice of creamy smooth heaven in a glass.
Who knew I would be making my own almond milk? If you would have told me this a year ago I would have laughed at you and rolled my eyes.
But I also didn’t know how EASY it was!!! Seriously, it’s a delightful snack that doesn’t require your full attention or a hot stove!
You do need a nut milk bag. Yes. Now is an appropriate time to giggle because I said nut milk bag. It is essential.
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But after all is said and done, almond milk is only two ingredients. Yes. Two.
I have made two-three batches of this delicious concoction and will continue to make this a weekly staple. Mainly for my coffee or to add to smoothies!
Plump almonds are blended with cinnamon and vanilla to produce a creamy, light, smooth, delicious almond milk to satisfy your dairy tooth!
1 cup of raw almonds
2 ½ cups of water ( times 2)
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon vanilla extract ( omit if doing the Whole30)
Get your nuts ready! (giggle)- I am being mature today I SWEAR!
Rinse almonds thoroughly with a colander
Pour almonds in a large bowl or measuring cup with 2 ½ cups of water
Cover with a clean dish towel and let them soak for at least 12 hours but no more than 24 hours
Rinse almonds thoroughly again in the colander
Place the now plump almonds in a powerful blender ( I recommend a Blendtec, Vitamix, or a Ninja) with 2 ½ cups of water, cinnamon, and vanilla
Blend on high until it is liquefied. I used the “ Whole Juice” feature on my Blendtec
Now, place your nut milk bag in a bowl or large measuring cup. Line it with the bag.
Pour the almond milk thorough the filter. Note: most of the milk should effortlessly come straight through
Very slowly and gently squeeze the nut milk bag until you have nothing but dry pulp.
I like to think of the Meet the Parents scene about how you can milk anything and make “ mew mew mew mew “ sounds….but that’s just me….cause I am strange and my friend Amy put the idea in my head and now I can’t think of anything else while I do this…but I digress.
You can keep the pulp and make crackers, hummus, dessert or discard it.
Now pour the milk into its permanent home ( mason jar, glass milk jug, etc.) and enjoy for 4-5 days in the fridge.
Adapted from Nom Nom Paleo