Homemade Vanilla Almond Milk

Frothy, foamy, fresh almond milk

Almond milk is one of those items that once you make it at home for pennies an ounce, you’ll wonder why you ever paid upwards of $4.00 a half gallon for it. It requires 5 ingredients: raw almonds, dates, vanilla, cinnamon and water. Yep- water.

Nothing fancy and nothing you can’t find in your pantry. Don’t have dates- use agave or honey to sweeten it.

Soak the alomonds over night in clean, cold water.

Rinse.

Add 2 cups of water, vanilla, cinnamon and almonds to a heavy duty blender. Blend.

Strain put the almond pulp with cheese cloth or a very clean dish towel.

That’s it- now you have almond milk.

Pretty simple.

See my notes below for what I do with the leftover almond pulp.

A heavy duty blender makes easy work of almond milking. I soak the nuts overnight to soften and plump them.

Vanilla Almond Milk

  • 1 cup raw almonds

  • 2 cups cold water

  • 2 dates, pitted

  • 1 tsp vanilla

  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon, optional

About 2 cups of nuts soaked overnight is all you need to make almond milk

Method- total time 24-hours, makes about 2 cups of milk

  • Soak almonds overnight, at least 24 hours, in a jar with a tight lid.
  • Drain and discard the water from the soaked almonds. Place plumped almonds, vanilla, pitted dates, cinnamon in a heavy duty blender with 2 cups cold water. Blend on high for 1 minute. Then blend another 2 minutes until mixture is full liquidfied.
  • Place a strainer lined with cheese cloth over a large bowl. Pour the almond mixture through the cheese cloth to remove all the almond pulp/solids. Squeeze out all the liquid through the cloth into the bowl. you should have about 2 cups of milk.
    Fresh almond milk last about 2-3 days in the fridge in an airtight container.
    Shake well before serving.
Strain the solids out with cheesecloth and a strainer.
I use cinnamon, vanilla and dates to sweeten my almond milk
A big bowl of fresh almond milk. So much less money and better for the enviroment.
Almond pulp- so many things you can do with it.

After making almond milk, you will be left with a pile of almond pulp. There are loads of baking ideas on the web for what to do with it, but I just make a simple body scrub. Add cold pressed olive or grapeseed oil, 2 TBSP of sugar and a few drops of essential oils like lavender or rose. You have an inexpensive and very green body scrub. It lasts about 4-5 days in the fridge.

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