almondmilk2Almond milk is one of those staples in our house which we can feel good about drinking. We use it primarily for breakfast in our chia pudding and overnight oatmeal, but it is fantastic with a muffin or a gluten free cookie now and again.

Many people use the store bought almond milk in the carton, and while it is a smarter choice for most than buying cows milk, there are still plenty of ┬ápreservatives and sugars added to that milk! If you are trying to keep your diet clean, and want to try something new, try making your own almond milk. Its a fun project for the kids to get involved in, and you will be doing something good for yourself ­čÖé

Here are my soaked almonds before they went into the fridge for the night.soakedalmonds

This morning, I rinsed them a few times, and dumped them into my Blendtec, and filled the blender with water.alomdsinblender

Blended them really well.blendedalmonds

Strained them with my nut milk bag, and poured the milk into the jar.almondmilk

This is the almond meal that is left over.almondmeal

Soo delish! If your in the mood for a healthier treat, this milk would be excellent with my chocolate chip cookies!almondmilk3

homemade almond milk

Dietary Gluten Free, Vegan, Vegetarian
Meal type Beverage
Misc Serve Cold

Ingredients

  • 2 Cups organic, raw almonds
  • 6 Cups filtered water
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon raw honey (optional)

Directions

Step 1. In lidded bowl or large jar, soak almonds in filtered water - just enough to cover all almonds. Let soak overnight, or for several hours
Step 2. Next morning, or after several hours, rinse soaked almonds thouroughly
Step 3. Put almonds in high speed blender, and add plenty of water
Step 4. Blend untill most specs of almonds are very tiny
Step 5. Pour liquid into nut milk bag over large bowl, and squeeze the milk out (my hand hurts by the time I am done, but it is so worth it)
Step 6. Whisk in vanilla and optional honey
Step 7. Store in sealed container for up to three days (our milk is usually devoured before the three days are up)
Step 8. Enjoy!

(I dehydrate the almond pulp overnight – until completely dry, then use it in various recipes) You can also bake it in a 200 degree oven for 2 hours or until completely dry, then blend in high speed blender to make fine almond flour.

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