Homemade Almond Milk- Fresh raw almonds that have been soaked in water overnight are drained, rinsed, then blended until milky. The milky mixture is then strained and squeezed through a cheesecloth to create a rich, creamy, and dreamy almond milk that you can use in countless meals, drinks, or straight from the glass.
Almond milk is a type of milk made from almonds. It is a dairy-free and lactose-free milk alternative rich in nutrients like calcium, vitamin E, and protein. Additionally, almond milk is a good source of antioxidants, which can help to protect the body against disease. You can use almond milk in place of cow's milk in many recipes, and it can also be enjoyed on its own as a refreshing and nutritious drink.
Homemade almond milk is a vegan's dream come true. It's easy to make, and it's packed with nutrients. Plus, it's much cheaper than store-bought almond milk. It's delicious and a healthier alternative to dairy milk. Best of all, homemade almond milk doesn't contain any of the artificial ingredients that are often found in store-bought brands. So if you're looking for a dairy-free option that's both healthy and affordable, homemade almond milk is the way to go.
Why You'll Love This Homemade Almond Milk Recipe
Budget-Friendly- Another advantage of homemade almond milk is that it's very cost-effective. A half-gallon of store-bought almond milk costs about $4, whereas making your own almond milk only costs a fraction of that.
Easy To Make- This recipe is super simple and only requires a few ingredients. All you need is a blender, almonds, water, maple syrup, and a little time.
No Artificial Ingredients- One of the best things about homemade almond milk is that it doesn't contain any of the artificial ingredients found in store-bought brands. This means that it's a healthier option for you and your family.
Versatile- You can use almond milk in a variety of ways. It's delicious on its own and can be used in place of cow's milk in your favorite recipes.
Creamy & Delicious- This almond milk recipe is creamy and delicious. It has a rich, nutty flavor that is sure to please.
Equipment Needed To Make Homemade Almond Milk
- 2 Bowls
- Cheesecloth or Nut Milk Bag
- Container With Lid (for storage)
- Measuring Cups and Spoons
Ingredients For Almond Milk
- Raw Almonds
- Maple Syrup
How To Make Fresh Almond Milk At Home
Before making your almond milk, you will need to soak the almonds in water anywhere from an hour to 24 hours. Soaking the almonds softens them making them easier to blend.
Once the almonds have been soaked, drain and rinse them in a sieve.
Add almonds to the blender, cover with water, add the maple syrup, and blend on high for a couple of minutes. You want the mixture to be milky without any bits of almond.
Place a strainer over a bowl, pour the mixture, in batches, into the cheesecloth or nut milk bag, and squeeze the mixture through the mesh, wringing out all of the liquid. There will be pulp left in the mesh. Dump the leftover pulp into a separate container to use in other recipes.
Continue the straining process until you are all done. Once done, add almond milk to an airtight container with a lid. Before serving, shake well, and enjoy!
Note: Blending times will differ depending on the wattage of your blender.
What to Serve/Pair With Homemade Almond Milk
There are so many ways to enjoy almond milk. It's delicious on its own or can be used in place of cow's milk in your favorite recipes. Here are a few ideas:
-Serve it with cereal or granola
-Add it to smoothies or protein shakes
-Use it in baking recipes
-Enjoy it in a cup of coffee or tea
-Add it to oatmeal or porridge
-Make vegan almond milk ice cream
-Serve it with vegan pancakes or waffles
Popular Substitutions & Additions
-If you don't have maple syrup on hand, you can substitute it for date syrup or agave nectar.
-Add 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract to the recipe for vanilla almond milk.
-To make thicker and creamier almond milk, add ¼ cup of raw cashews to the recipe.
-If you don't have a nut milk bag or cheesecloth, you can use a coffee filter or fine mesh strainer. Just keep in mind that your almond milk won't be as smooth.
-Add ¼ cup of cocoa powder to the recipe for chocolate almond milk.
How To Reheat & Store Almond Milk
What Is The Best Way To Store Homemade Almond Milk?
The best way to store almond milk is in an airtight container in the fridge.
How Long Will Fresh Almond Milk Last In The Fridge?
When properly stored, homemade almond milk will last 3-5 days in the fridge.
Can I Freeze Homemade Almond Milk?
Yes, you can freeze almond milk. Just pour it into an ice cube tray and place it in the freezer. Once frozen, transfer the cubes to a freezer-safe bag or container. Frozen almond milk will last for 3 months.
How To Reheat Almond Milk Made At Home?
There are a few different ways you can reheat almond milk. Just choose the one that best suits your needs.
The easiest way is to heat it up in the microwave. Pour desired amount into a microwave-safe mug or bowl and heat for 30-45 seconds.
Another option is to heat it on the stove. Pour almond milk into a saucepan and heat over low heat, occasionally stirring, until heated.
No matter how you choose to reheat it, homemade almond milk is just as delicious as when it's first made.
Homemade Almond Milk FAQs
Can almond milk be used instead of cow's milk in any recipe?
Yes, you can use almond milk in place of cow's milk in most recipes. However, the flavor and texture may change slightly.
What is the difference between almond milk and soy milk?
There are a few key differences between almond milk and soy milk. For one, almond milk is made from almonds, while soy milk is made from soybeans. Additionally, almond milk is slightly sweeter than soy milk and has a nutty flavor. Soy milk, on the other hand, has a more neutral taste. Finally, almond milk contains more vitamins and minerals than soy milk.
Do I have to have a blender to make almond milk at home?
No, you don't need a blender to make almond milk. You can use a food processor instead. Remember that the texture of your milk may be slightly different if made in a food processor.
Can homemade almond milk be used in coffee?
Yes! You can use almond milk in coffee. It gives it a more rich, creamy, and nutty flavor.
What can I do with the leftover almond pulp?
You can do a few different things with the leftover almond pulp. Add it to smoothies or oatmeal. Use it in vegan baking recipes or dehydrate the pulp, blend it, and use it as vegan almond flour.
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Homemade Almond Milk
- 1 cup Almonds - raw, buy in bulk if you can, it is much more economical
- 6 cups Water - 2 cups for soaking and 4 cups for blending
- 1 tablespoon Maple Syrup
- Fine cheesecloth - or a Nut Milk Bag
- Soak the almonds in 2 cups water from 1 hour to overnight so that they will soften a bit. If you have a very powerful blender then you don't have to soak at all. You can even let them soak for 2 days but it's not necessary.
- Drain the almonds and rinse clean in a sieve.
- Put in a blender. Cover the almonds with 4 cups water.
- Add the maple syrup. Blend on high speed for 2 minutes.
- The almonds and water will now be milky. If you have a blender that is not very high wattage you can blend longer. You should not see any bits of almond.
- If you are using regular cheesecloth - double it up. If you are using fine cheesecloth you should be fine. If you have a milk bag - use it. Place the Nut Milk Bag or cheesecloth over the strainer.
- Place the strainer over the bowl or measuring cup. Pour some of the mixture into your Nut Milk Bag or cheesecloth.
- Twist the top if using cheesecloth or pull the drawstrings on the Nut Milk Bag. Start squeezing the mixture through the mesh. Wringing out all of the liquid. There will be meal leftover in the bag.
- Open the bag and dump the meal that is left in the bag into another container to save. See the note below for ideas on how to use the leftover meal.
- Continue until you are all done. I need to do two batches in the Nut Milk Bag.
- Put in a container with a lid because it separates and you'll want to shake it before pouring into your glass.
- Shake it before serving. So cold, creamy and delicious.