If someone told me a year ago I should start making my own almond milk, I’d be like, “boo, I’m a VERY BUSY lady. You’re trippin’ a little hard right meow. Ain’t nobody got time for that..”
However, on a slow day last summer I decided to give it a try, and when I realized how crazy easy and fast it was, I was like, this is AMAZING! Bonus: It comes out super creamy and tastes sooo good!
Try it out, you may surprise yourself too!
Recipe: Fresh, Easy Almond Milk
2 cups raw almonds
6 cups purified water
1) Place almonds in a bowl and add two cups of the purified water. Cover and let the almonds soak for 8 hours while you’re at work or overnight on a countertop. Note, if you won’t be able to get to the almonds around the 8-hour mark, soak in the fridge instead to buy more time (don’t exceed 12 hours).
2) Drain and thoroughly rinse soaked almonds in a colander. Give the colander a couple of shakes to get out excess water
3) Fill your blender with 4 cups of purified water. Add drained and rinsed almonds and blend the shiz out of it until the almonds are finely broken down (if you have a BlendTec blender, just run the “Whole Juice” setting and you’re good as gold). It should look like grainy milk.
4) Pour the unfiltered almond milk through the nut milk bag into a large bowl. Squeeze, squeeze, SQUEEZE that nut milk bag, getting as much milk through as possible, leaving just a lump of almond pulp in the bag.
5) Carefully transfer the milk into a jar and refrigerate. The milk will stay good for ~ 1 week!
Note, fresh almond milk does separate easily, so shake the shiz well before each use. Because it separates, I don’t prefer to use fresh almond milk in hot beverages, but it’s my JAM in smoothies, cereal, oatmeal, etc.
Try adding vanilla extract, maple syrup, honey, or coconut sugar for sweetness, if you fancy!
If you’re still not brave enough to jump with me on the make-your-own train, here are some of my favorite store-bought versions:
Califa Farms Vanilla Almond Milk
The creamiest I’ve ever had! Bonus, it’s now Carrageenan free! I love this brand in my coffee and matcha lattes
365 Organic Unsweetened Almond Milk
Widely available at your local Whole Foods
HEB Organics: Unsweetened Vanilla Almond Milk
HEB is a local grocery store in Texas, so check for comparable versions in your store brand. I would recommend Organic + Carrageenan free!
Lastly, if you are looking for something to make with your left over almond pulp, check out TheFullHelping.com’s ideas!