I swapped out cow's milk for almond milk a few years ago for a variety of health reasons. I never thought I would like it as much as regular milk but now I love it, and I didn't realize just how easy it was to make. If you regularly buy almond milk you can easily save money by making it yourself. Now I'm not one to make things to save money if it requires too much time or effort, but this really is so easy to do and something you could do weekly.
One thing that I love about making it yourself is that you can really customize it to what you like. If you like a creamier milk you can use less water. If you like thinner milk you can add water. You can choose what you would like to sweeten it with. You can even add cocoa or cinnamon to mix things up a bit. It's something you can play around with and find what you like best.
DIY Almond Milk
First you start by soaking the nuts. Soak for at least 12 hours. Next drain and rinse the nuts. Then put in the blender along with water, sweetener, vanilla, and salt. Blend until smooth. Depending on your blender, you may need to blend for a few minutes. Once blended, pour the mixture into a nut bag or fine mesh strainer to filter.
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Then pour the milk into an airtight jar or pitcher for storing and place in the refrigerator. Milk should keep for up to a week. It's as simple as that!
Homemade Vanilla Almond Milk
- 1 cup Raw Almonds
- 3 cups Water
- 1-2 Tbs Honey or Agave, or 2-3 pitted dates, or other Sweetener (Optional)
- 1 tsp Vanilla
- Pinch of Salt
I really hope you guys give it a try. You will realize just how easy it is. Then feel free to customize the recipe and make it just the way you like it. I have found that I actually like Stevia the best to sweeten the milk. Good luck! And if you want to mix it up, here are some fun recipes for Chocolate Almond Milk and Cinnamon Almond Milk. Happy milk making!
What are some of YOUR DIY milk recipes?!?