Making your own almond milk is cost effective and actually very easy! The best part? No UHT packs from the supermarket anymore and NO ADDED SUGAR. The whole process took me 20 minutes max. Almond milk is dairy free, so great for those that don't tolerate dairy. Make a protein packed smoothie using fresh fruit, cacao, coconut flesh, a dollop of nut butter or coconut oil and of course your freshly made almond milk.
250g Almonds (derrrrr...but actually feel free to experiment with Brazil's, walnuts or cashews)
3-4 cups filtered water
Strainer or muslin cloth
Place your almonds in boiling hot water and wait till slightly cooled to remove their skins. Leave them in whilst it continues to boil for 2-3 mins and then place on a plate to cool. Spread them evenly to assist cooling time. The almonds will just pop out of the skin with your fingers or use a rubbing action.
Next, Give the blanched almonds a quick rinse. Whack your almonds (cool to the touch) in the blender with 3 cups of filtered water. You may need to do this in batches depending on the size of your blender.
Blend for approx 2 minutes and then pour the liquid through your sieve. If you drained it using a muslin cloth over a bowl (which is the preferred method however a sieve still yields a result!) you'd do a better job squeezing out all excess moisture. I'm not fancy, so I just used my hands to press down on the almond mush. I'm also a bit of frugal chef, so I passed the almond mush through again with a little more water (1 cup plus mush) to get ALL I could out of it! There's no rules, so just do what you feel with this one.
You should be able to produce 1L (4 cups) of almond milk from this recipe. I found it to taste nice and light, not too heavy but still creamy and almondy. Place in sterilised glass jars or an old glass milk bottle. Use within 7 days.
I haven't added any sweetness to this recipe because my sweetness will come from adding fresh fruit to the milk when I use it for smoothies. You could add stevia for a touch of sweetness, frankly it doesn't need it in my opinion.
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