If you are here you probably already know what Almond Milk is, but did you know that you can make it yourself, and it is easy? Before I share how I make my own utterly delightful Almond Milk, I thought it would be a good to talk about what Almond Milk is, Why Make Your Own and Nutrients in Almond Milk.
What Is Almond Milk?
Almond Milk is a nut based drink made from ground Almonds, it is often used in place of Cow’s Milk… If you go into any large grocery store today you will find Almond Milk in the dairy case…
Why Make Your Own?
Commercially made Almond Milk comes in many varieties, and is easy to get and use so why make your own?
- Because you love making things from scratch.
- You want to provide your family whole real foods with the least amount of processing, preservatives & fillers possible.
- You will know what goes into it, you can source the best ingredients possible.
- So you won’t be dependent on the grocery store for milk.
- You will be ready if there is ever a shortage of milk.
Nutrients In Almond Milk
I found this information on the Almond Board of California
One Ounce Of Almonds Contain:
- 6 Grams of Protein
- 12 Vitamins & Minerals
- High in Vitamin E
- Rich in Magnesium
- 13 Grams of Heart Healthy Monounsaturated Fats
- No Cholesterol, Sodium or Gluten
Almonds & Food Storage
Almonds can be part of your food storage. The shelf life of shelled Almonds is 2-4 weeks, not as long as if stored in the freezer. If stored in the freezer in an airtight container, you can store them for up to 2 years. I tend to keep mine much longer than recommend, but after soaking and slightly sprouting them I don’t notice any difference.
Let’s Make Almond Milk
You will need:
- 1 Cup Raw Unprocessed Almonds
- Filtered Water As Needed
- Nut Bag Strainer (this is not actually a nut bag strainer but a bag that works great for straining)
- Large bowl
- Soak Almonds in Filtered Water Overnight (I used tap but filtered is better if you have it)
- Rinse Almonds, Drain and let set for 8 hours to begin Germinating (I think the Almonds have more nutrients if I wait a few hours before using them)
- Add the Almonds and 4 Cups Filtered Water to Blender, I use the juice setting, any setting that can grind it very fine would work.
- Fill your Nut Bag Strainer with the ground Almonds and water, and strain over Large Bowl.
- When strained put your Almond Milk in the refrigerator to cool, when cool enjoy!
You can sweeten your Almond Milk if you like… If you are a natural sweeter kind of person just use your favorite. Honey, Maple Syrup or other liquid sweeteners can be added after the nuts have been strained and you have Almond Milk.
You can add any of these below to the blender with the Almonds and grind them at the same time. If you can think of any more let me know.
- Soaked Dates
- Date Sugar
- Coconut Sugar
If you love to make things from scratch, or just like to provide good whole foods for your family, consider making your own Almond Milk, maybe like me you may come to think that homemade Almond Milk is Utterly Delightful…
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