I recently watched the documentary ‘Forks Over Knives’ and it was a life changer. The movie provides some stunning scientific evidence supporting the relationship between animal product consumption and disease. I want to live a long healthy life! I’m nowhere close to maintaining an exclusively plant-based diet, but I’m making changes. For example, I’ve never been a big meat eater but I consume quite a bit of dairy. To offset this, I’ve been alternating between milk and non-dairy alternatives.
Out of the wide array of non-dairy milk alternatives available, my favorite is almond milk. It has a mild, smooth flavor and works great in cereal, coffee and smoothies. I have yet to try baking with it but I’ve heard many success stories. I decided to try making my own to see how it compared to store brands such as Almond Breeze.
This recipe is a winner. The milk is creamy, flavorful and tastes much less processed than the store brands I’ve tried. And it’s so easy! Here’s a link to the nutritional information to compare with store brands.
Update: I’ve been making this a lot, so I purchased a Nut Milk Bag to avoid wasting cheesecloth. Definitely worth it!
It's easy to make almond milk at home!
- 1 cup raw almonds
- 3 cups filtered water
Place almonds in a container and cover with filtered water. Leave them in the fridge to soak for at least 8 hours, preferably overnight. Make sure to add plenty of water, since the almonds will absorb and expand.
Rinse the almonds in more filtered water and then place in a sturdy blender (I use a Vitamix, it's amazing). Add 3 cups of filtered water. For creamier milk you can add less water.
Puree the almonds and water.
Place a fine mesh strainer and cheesecloth over a bowl large enough that there is space at the bottom. Allow the almond mixture to strain for at least 2 hours. Alternately, you can use a nut milk bag (see link) which takes about 15 minutes.
Discard the leftover pulp or, even better, look online at the assortment of recipes using almond meal.
If you want to flavor the milk so it tastes more like store brands, try adding a splash of vanilla and agave nectar.
Consume within a few days. Don't worry if you see separation in the milk. Shake it! Unlike this all-natural milk, store brands contain stabilizers and preservatives.
Adapted from Forks Over Knives