So I have been buying almond milk for a while now and having just almond milk lattes in the morning for the last 2 months in order to make my morning coffee addiction a little healthier. I have been wondering for a while now what is really in my almond milk. So I read the ingredients of my unsweetened original almond milk ( I don’t like the vanilla or sweetened). It appeared pretty basic so I figured why not give it a shot making it myself. So after consulting Pintrest Posts that lead me to other bloggers pages like The Mama’s Girls and All Sorts of Pretty I figured I was ready to give it a try!
I went and found some Raw Almonds from my local Shoppers Drugs Mart and brought them home and started the surprisingly long but tasty process.
Things you will need:
- Almonds (Best to get Raw) 1 Cup
- Water 3 Cups
- Salt – 1 Pinch
- Cheese Cloth
- Jug or Bowl (to strain your almond milk into)
- Container that is sealable to soak almonds in
- Fine Strainer or Metal coffee strainer
So first thing is to go buy your almonds and get them ready for soaking
Next you are going to want to soak 1 Cup of Almonds over night in water.
Next day – Dump out the water. Put the almonds in our blender with 1 cup of water.
Slowly add the rest of the water once your almonds are thoroughly pureed
Keep blending until everything looks frothy – while blending add salt and if desired some vanilla extract if you like the vanilla flavor. Some recipes I have read suggest 1 tsp of Maple Syrup or honey to sweeten if you want a sweet version.
Now that it’s all frothy and blended prepare your strainer and bowl or whatever your are straining into – this recipe makes a little over a liter so make sure your container will hold that.
Try and push out as much of the liquid as you can from your pulp.
I ran the first stained mixture again through cheese cloth back into my blender. After I got it strained I twisted the cheese cloth to get out all the liquid. *** I put all my almond pulp onto a lined bake tray to dry out and use later as almond flour***
Now you will want to put this into a container you can put in your fridge over night
Some say 24 hours and some say just over night – I left mine overnight in the fridge (remember to shake or stir your almond milk to make sure that it is not separated.)
My big test was my almond milk latte in the morning! It tasted more like almond then my store bought almond milk but other than that it frothed just as nice and I had a very nice latte this morning with my fresh almond milk!
The average time this will last is 5 – 7 days, I also think I should note in my store bought almond milk (which I still plan to buy as it is in tetra packs which means it has a way longer shelf life) has tapioca starch in it to give it a thicker more milk like consistency. You could do this to yours as well but I liked mine without just fine.
Hope you have fun giving this a try!