I have been an almond milk aficionado for a few years now. I have almost exclusively used almond milk instead of cow's milk for baking, drinking, cereal, oatmeal, hot chocolate, coffee creamer... you get the idea. I love the clean slightly nutty taste, and find that I digest it much more easily than cow's milk. I have also noticed my skin has improved since making this switch! Bonus!
I finally made the leap and made my own almond milk over the weekend. It turned out great, and was beyond simple. Here's how...
Homemade Nut Milk
Makes 4 cups
1. Cover 1 cup of almonds (or choose any other nut or seed you like!) with water, soak 8 hours.
2. Rinse soaked nuts/seeds thoroughly.
3. Combine soaked nuts/seeds with 4 cups water in a blender. Blend approximately 3 minutes, or until the liquid is white and milky, and the nuts/seeds have been broken into very small pieces.
4. Strain using a nut milk bag, cheesecloth, pantyhose, anything with small pores! I used cheesecloth over a fine strainer, and it worked great.
5. Refrigerate and enjoy!
(keeps 3-4 days)
I love how this recipe can be adapted to any nut or seed. It is also easily adapted for quantity. If you know you won't go through 4 cups of milk, decrease the quantity! Just keep the ratio of nuts/seeds to milk 1:4. I plan to make 2 cups of milk every few days, using 1/2 cup soaked nuts and 2 cups water.
More fun ideas using homemade almond (or nut/seed of your choice!) milk to come.
Have a great week!