Some of my favorite recipes are the simplest ones. A little bit of prep, a couple of minutes of work, and a you have a fresh, uncomplicated dish. DIY Nut Milk (this one is almond!) is one of those simple but incredible recipes. So often we all think that that make-your-own staples are overwhelming and time consuming, and thus we ignore how cost effective (and delicious!) these recipes can be. Almond milk? If you dismiss the soaking time it literally takes five minutes to make a quart of milk- you really can’t get better than that!
Also, making your own at home means that you can choose what you like- like it sweet? Add some stevia or sugar, want it spicy? How about nutmeg and cinnamon? They sky is the limit (one of the very first recipes I made on this blog years ago was lavender-blueberry almond milk!)
1 Cup Nut or Seed of Your Choice (I used almonds)
4 Cups Filtered Water
Pinch of Salt (Optional)
1- Soak your almonds in filtered water. Leave overnight or for at least four hours.
2- Drain and rinse the soaked almonds. Optional: remove the almond skins for a more consistent almond pulp!
3- Add the 4 cups of filtered water, soaked almonds, optional salt (for a little bit of a stronger flavor profile) and whatever other ingredients you enjoy into a high speed blender. Start the blender on medium and then gradually turn the speed up until the liquid is a smooth consistency.
4- Line a mixing bowl (or jar, etc.) with your nut milk bag or cheesecloth.
5- Pour the liquid almond mixture into the cloth-lined bowl. If you’re patient, allow the bubbles to subside before straining- I’m not, so worries if you want to move on right away!
6- Gather the cheesecloth or bag and squeeze all of the liquid out into the bowl (save the pulp! It is delicious in SO many different recipes or just popped into a smoothie! Psst.. want to see a pulp recipe? Let me know in the comments!)
7- Pour milk into a sealable jar and pop it in the fridge! It will stay good for 4-5 days and serve chilled!
What are your favorite things to make with almond milk? Let me know in the comments below!
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