It’s quick and easy to make fresh, too!
- Almonds* (1.5 cups, soaked)
- Water ** (2.5 cups)
Optional for taste:
- Agave syrup or honey (or 3 soaked, pitted medjool dates)
- Sea salt
- Black pepper
- Vanilla extract
- Kitchen blender & cheese cloth or fine-mesh strainer
- Alternatively: nut milk maker
Before you start: soak your almonds for 8 hours to neutralize phytates. Soaking or sprouting (=soaking/rinsing/soaking over a number of days) is a great idea for all nuts/grains/legumes you consume, because it makes nuts/grains/legumes easier to digest). DO NOT USE OR DRINK the soaking water.
There are nutmilk makers*** on the market, but from my own experience, the kitchen blender works perfectly fine, too! You’ll need a cheese cloth or fine sieve to strain the milk after blending.
Here’s how it works with the kitchen blender:
- Place 1.5 cups of water, the almonds (and optional dates) in the blender. Blend on a high speed until very smooth.
- Add remaining cup of water and desired additional seasonings and blend until smooth.
- Place the cheese cloth or fine-mesh strainer over a medium bowl and let the almond/water mix run through it. You can use a rubber spatula to extract the maximum amount of almond milk from the pulp.****
- Pour yourself a cup of you delicious fresh almond milk!
- The rest of the almond milk will keep for 5 days in an airtight container. It wants to go in the fridge. Make sure to stir well before using, as it will separate.
** The cleanest quality available to you - non-carbonated, of course. At the moment, I use tap water, run it through a carbon filter, and energize it with 8 healing crystals (1 for each of the 7 chakras plus a clear quartz). I have bought spring water in glass bottles before on the expensive end of the spectrum. On the no-frills end (even in major US metropolitan areas!) I have used tap water purified with the help of baby carrots. It all works. The important thing is that you do it. No excuses!
*** After about 2 years of using my regular kitchen blender to make my almond milk, I’ve bought a nutmilk maker. I love it! But it’s a question of optimizing money/space/time, so you may be perfectly happy with and well-served by your blender.
**** You can discard the pulp, or keep it to add to your next green smoothie or make your own pralinés by adding dried dates, shredded dried coconut and cocoa powder