Almond Milk

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When I was pregnant, and during the first 6 months postpartum, I drank a lot of almond milk – in smoothies, pancakes, oatmeal and over cereal. Although I’m drinking dairy again, I still have a soft spot for creamy nut milk, especially when it’s homemade. Not only does homemade nut milk let you control the thickness and sweetness of your milk, but also you can make it with no extra unpronounceable ingredients – just almonds and water, as well any extra flavorings you like.

I add dates for sweetness and a tiny bit of vanilla extract to enhance the flavor. You could also add a pinch of cinnamon, cocoa, or anything else you would mix into regular milk. There are so many varieties to try and with small batches you can keep experimenting until you find the right balance.

The only crucial step to making almond milk is the soaking of the almonds, ideally overnight. This allows the almonds to be easily blended and therefore you get the most milk out of them. Also, to avoid any funky flavors, make sure to use a good filtered water. Almond milk is mostly water, so you want to make sure you’re using a pure foundation.

In terms of special equipment, you will need a blender and a nut bag. You can purchase nut bags online or in some health food stores.

Almond Milk
yields approximately 28oz

Ingredients:
1 cup of almonds, soaked overnight in cool water, rinsed and drained
3 1/2 cups of filtered water
2 dates, pitted and halved
1/4 tsp vanilla extract
pinch of salt

Combine ingredients in your blender and blender for several minutes, or until the almonds turn into fine meal. Pour the mixture through a nut bag and squeeze as much liquid as you can, leaving dry pulp in the bag. Refrigerate almond milk and use within 3 days. Separation is completely normal, so make sure to give it a good shake before using.

Use it up!
almond pulp – the sand-like pulp can be dried in an oven on your lowest heat setting for two hours, more if not sufficiently dried. Alternatively, you can place the meal in a dehydrator overnight. Once dried you can use in any recipe with almond meal or almond flour. Note: this is best if you do not sweeten your meal with dates, but you should be able to pick out the dates if you need to.

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