Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Homemade Almond Milk

When I started researching the paleo lifestyle one of the first things I wanted to try was almond milk. I remember the first day I created my paleo friendly grocery list and went to the store with my head held high and left with all sorts of paleo goodies including my almond milk. Unfortunately at that point in my paleo journey I didn't realize the importance on label reading. Had I done so, I would have realized that most, if not all, store bought almond milks contained chemicals, sugars, starches, and other various things to help shelf life. At that point I found Trader Joe's unsweetened almond milk which still had preservatives but it was the best I could find.

I read an article the other day that gave me the sudden urge to finally try making my own. I mean, why not? So back to the grocery store to grab my almonds! I decided to get creative and make a lightly sweeter version too, Maple Almond milk :)

Recipe: Almond Milk
1 cup almonds
2 cup water

(don't be too overwhelmed with ingredients :P )

Put your almonds and water together in a large cup. Leave it for 24 hours. Once 24 hours have passed, pour out the water and rinse the almonds. In your blender or food processor (or cup because I used an emersion blender) place the almonds and a new fresh 2 cups of water. Blend it until it reaches your desired consistency. With a cheese cloth (or a clean hand towel..) slowly pour the mixture into a clean glass and squeeze out all the liquid. I decided to add a tbsp of maple syrup just for a little sweetness! I couldn't believe how great it tasted! Much better than store bought. With a little planning I'll be making sure this stays in the refrigerator on a regular basis!

Home Made Almond Milk


Unknown said...

Were the alomds raw or cooked?

Kimberly Ross said...

This time I used cooked .. My usual grocery store didn't have raw almonds but next time I will try raw :)

Sophie Patrick said...

I make this with 3 - 3.5 cups of water and it still comes out fairly creamy (makes those almonds go a bit further, otherwise it can get a bit spendy!).

Also, get yourself a nut milk bag! Makes straining it super easy and you will laugh everytime you use it.