Non-Dairy Milks/ Vegan

How to Make the BEST Almond Milk (Dairy-Free & Vegan)

homemade almond milk in small glass jugs

Homemade almond milk is fresh, creamy, absolutely delicious, with a ever so slight nutty flavour! It’s versatile, and can be made with very minimal effort. THIS IS THE BEST ALMOND MILK EVER!

I remember the first time I made homemade Almond milk, I was thoroughly baffled as to why I didn’t try to do earlier. It’s ridiculously easy to make, and requires only two ingredients to start. I would also recommend those with children, to turn this into a fun activity with your littles. They’ll be thrilled at the fact that they “MADE MILK”! Now, let’s get into it!

Recipe Tips, Notes, and Some Facts

Health Benefits of Almond Milk – Low in calories and sugar especially if unsweetened, high in vitamin E, naturally lactose free, dairy-free, vegan-friendly and of course, a great source of calcium.

How to Make Almond Milk – You start with soaking raw almonds overnight in cool water in the fridge. The next day, the water is drained, almonds tossed into the blender with fresh filtered water (or whatever water you commonly drink), along with any additional additives. You then blend, strain, and bottle and store for up for 4 to 5 days in refrigerator.

Variations – You use almond milk in the same ways you would cow’s milk. However, you can totally customize this milk to your liking. For example, add in vanilla extract for Vanilla Almond Milk, cocoa powder for Chocolate Almond Milk, berries for Berry Almond Milk, lemon, lavender, lemon extract, the options are endless.

Consistency – if you prefer a thicker milk, reduce the amount of water used. A ratio of 1 cup almonds, to 2 cups water will provide the similar consistency like 2% cows milk. Thinner milk – more water, thicker milk – less water. If unsure, start with 2 cups of water, and add more gradually.

Ways to Reuse Almond Pulp – ideas listed below!

The Process

Tip: you can reuse your almond pulp to make gluten-free bread crumbs, crackers, a variety of baked goods, put it in your smoothies/smoothie bowls…whichever way your decide is fine as long as you don’t waste it!

How to Make the BEST Almond Milk

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Homemade almond milk is fresh, creamy, absolutely delicious, with a ever so slight nutty flavour! It's versatile, and can be made with very minimal effort. THIS IS THE BEST ALMOND MILK EVER!

Ingredients

  • Unsweetened Vanilla Almond Milk
  • 1 cup Raw Almonds soaked overnight in cool water, rinsed and drained
  • 4 cups Filtered Water
  • 1 tsp Vanilla Extract
  • Pinch Salt
  • Sweetened Vanilla Almond Milk
  • 1-2 Dates more to taste

Instructions

1

In a high-sped blender, add soaked almonds, fresh water, salt, vanilla, and any additional additives (i.e. dates). Blend for around 1 - 2 minutes, or until creamy, smooth and all almonds have been liquified.

2

Using a nut-milk bag, or cheesecloth, strain milk. Lay over top a 4 cup measuring cup, or medium mixing bowl, pour mixture, gather corners, lift up, and squeeze until all liquid extracted. Discard or save pulp for further use. Note: you may need to double-strain.

3

Transfer milk to an air-tight glass mason jar, or bottle, and refrigerate.

Notes

Don't forget to shake well before use as it will separate when rested. // You rinse and drain the water from the soaked almonds as the skin of almonds contains phytic acid, which inhibits the body's ability to absorb nutrients.

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