Almond milk is one of the great nut milks and is an awesome addition to any smoothie.
If you prefer to stay away from the store bought, factory processed nut milks, or you just want to save some coins then you can make your own.
Mason Jar for soaking nuts and storage
Nut milk bag/paint strainer
Large bowl for straining
Water for soaking and blending
1/2 lb of almonds
Tip – Nut milk bags can be pricey usually ranging $8 or above, they are also not easy to find locally and often need to be orded via the internet. You can save yourself some time and money by using paint strainers. Paint strainers can be found at your local hardware store in the paint supplies section, you can usually find cheese cloth in this same aisle. I purchased a pack of two 1 gallon paint strainers from Home Depot for $2.48. They are durable and just as easy to care for, just hand wash and hang dry after each use.
Step 1: soak your almonds for at least 4 hours, just pour your almonds into a quart sized mason jar, fill with water, cover and let soak
Step 2: rinse almonds and clean all residue from your jar
Step 3: place almonds back in jar and fill again with water, now you can attached your blender blade directly to your jar and blend. if your blender does not have this capability just pour jar contents into your mixing container and blend until you have a visible milky liquid.
Step 4: hold your strainer over a bowl and pour in your milk, the strainer will separate the almond pulp form your milk. squeeze the bag until all milk is released.
Voila! You have your very own homemade Almond Milk. Now you can put it in the storage container of your choice and add flavors or sweetener if you choose.
This will make a small supply of Almond Milk, less than one quart. It’s great to start with small batches until you have a better idea of how much you will actually use because the last thing you want is for your homemade goodness to go bad in the fridge. You can always add extra water to make it stretch, but of course adding more water will also dilute the flavor.
Don’t throw out your pulp, head over to Detoxinista and try her raw cookie dough bites made with almond pulp.