My Favorite Homemade Almond Milk Recipe
I’ve been wanting to make homemade almond milk for ever now, but I was hesitant at first because I thought it would be difficult or that I would need a special blender, like a Vitamix. A few months ago I decided to try making it anyway, and I’ve been making my own almond milk ever since! I was blown away at how easy it is to make and how much better it is than the store-bought kind! All you need is a blender (regular or high-powered), raw almonds, water, and a few dates! Homemade almond milk tastes so fresh and creamy. My daughter loves it and I love knowing it’s organic and exactly what went in to it!
So I’ve tried making it a few ways now, and I think I finally came up with the perfect recipe for the best ever homemade almond milk! If you drink almond milk, I highly recommend making your own and you will be blown away with how easy it is to make! It requires a little time to let the almonds soak, but other than that, it is super easy! Here is, the recipe for the best ever homemade almond milk!
1 Cup Raw Almonds
3 Cups Water, plus more for soaking the almonds
3-5 Dates, if hard, soak in water first (I usually use five dates in one batch, use less or not at all if you like unsweetened almond milk)
Cheesecloth or nut bag for straining (Order one off Amazon.com here)
1. Place almonds in a bowl, and cover with an inch or so of water. Let soak, uncovered, for about 24 hours. You can soak the almonds for longer or shorter, and it will still work, but I’ve noticed that the longer they soak, the creamier the milk is.
2. Strain and rinse the soaked almonds.
3. Blend the rinsed almonds, dates, and 3 cups of water for 1-2 minutes, on high. (If you like extra creamy almond milk, use less water. Use more water for light almond milk.)
4. Strain the blended milk using your nut bag or cheese cloth. The easiest way to do this is to place a strainer over a bowl, line with the cheesecloth/nut bag, and slowly pour the blended almond/water mixture into the cloth.
5. Enjoy your fresh, homemade almond milk!! Store covered in fridge, should keep for 2-3 days. Stir before serving.
But what should you do with the left over almond paste in the bag??
Don’t throw it out!!!
I made that mistake the first time because I didn’t know what to do with it. <–Kicking myself for that! Such a waste and there are many uses for it!
You can use the almond paste for a few things. You can add the wet version to smoothies, yogurt, oatmeal, etc. Or you can make almond flour!! Aka a great gluten-free flour that can be quite pricy in the store!! (This website has some great recipe ideas, using almond flour) Simply place the almonds on a foil lined baking sheet, and bake for a few hours, at your oven’s lowest temp, until the paste is dry. (For me it was 170 degrees) Next blend the almond meal to a fine flour consistency.
And there you have it, homemade almond milk and homemade almond flour!!