It is this reason I prefer to make my own almond milk when ever possible. Since home made almond milk only contains nuts, medjool dates, vanilla extract and purified water, I know my family is getting clean nutritious nut milk when ever I make it.
One thing to know about homemade almond milk. When you make your own nut milks, the taste and testure is usually much richer than the store bought kind. That means you control the thickness of the milk by adding more water to thin it out. It only takes a single cup of sprouted almonds to get 6 cups of almond milk using my recipe. However, I often add more water for those times when I want to keep it on the lighter side and in doing so, I get more milk.
Once you make your own almond milk you will see the huge difference in taste and quality from those you can buy at the store. It's not always convenience to whip up a batch of home made almond milk, but when you can, it so worth it!
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- 1 cup almonds
- 3 medjool dates, pitted
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 4 cups purified water, divided plus extra for soaking
- Soak almonds in water overnight, to sprout.
- Drain and rinse almonds and place into Vitamix or high powered blender.
- Add 1 1/2 cups purified water and blend on high until liquified.
- Pour milk into milk bag that is sitting inside a bowl. Squeeze bag until all of the milk is extracted from the pulp.
- Place pulp into the blender, adding dates and 2 1/2 cups of water. Blend on high for 60 seconds.
- Pour liquid back into mesh bag on top of other milk and strain until all liquid is removed from pulp.
- Pour milk into container and refrigerate until ready to use.
Freshly made almond milk has a very short shelf life so be sure to use it within 2-3 days.
If you prefer flavored almond milk, add vanilla extract or cacao powder for a delicious alternative to plain milk.
You can dehydrate the almond pulp to make almond meal for other recipes.
I’d love to try this, but where does one get a milk bag? Thank you!
Great Question! Most specialty grocery stores and co-ops sell milk bags, but you can also order them on Amazon for a great price. Here is a link to a bag that I like. http://amzn.to/2yzy53Q
Let me know how your nut milk turns out! I know you will love it! Lisa~
I wish I had you in my kitchen every day. Oh, that’s right, I can, with your blog. This almond milk sounds amazing!
Haha! Thanks, Paulette!
Homemade almond milk is far superior to store bought! Hope you give it a try!