Almond milk – make your own!

plant-based milk Free Spirited SistersI love almond milk. I made the switch from dairy milk about four years ago and I’m never going back! I went through many different brands and varieties until I found the one I liked best. Recently, I came across a recipe in The Moon Juice Cookbook (Amanda Chantal Bacon) that made making it myself sound oh, so easy. And it was! I’ve been making it once or twice a week for a few months now and even dehydrate the pulp to grind into almond flour.

The process is outlined below. You will need a nut-milk bag to press the milk out of the pulp. It’s basically a reusable fine mesh or cotton bag and you can grab one for a few dollars on Amazon or at a health food store. You’ll also need some glass bottles or jars to store your milk in. The salt and sweetener are optional. I don’t add either, but try it with and without and decide which you prefer. Don’t overdo the amount you make at first. Fresh almond milk doesn’t last as long as store-bought, so only make as much as you can use in about 4 or 5 days. Learn from my mistake! Lol.

Almond milk

This recipe has been adapted from The Moon Juice Cookbook

Servings 5 cups
Author Claire Bartlett

Ingredients

  • 1 cup raw almonds (organic if possible)
  • 5 cups filtered water
  • 2 tsp honey, maple syrup or other sweetener of your choice
  • Pinch of salt

Instructions

Almond milk

  1. Pop the almonds in a jar and add enough water to cover. Soak overnight. 

  2. Discard soaking water from the almonds and add them and the 5 cups of fresh water to a high-powered blender.

  3. Blend for about one minute, or until the skins are broken into very small pieces. Don't blend for too long. 

  4. Place the nut bag over a bowl, jar or container that fits the size of the bag. I use a square plastic container and the bag fits securely over the sides. Pour the milk into the nut-milk bag, then unhook the bag and twist and squeeze as much of the milk out as possible. 

  5. Pour the milk into a glass container and keep refrigerated. 

Almond flour

  1. Spread the pulp on a baking paper lined oven tray and place in a very low oven (200F/95C) for about three hours. Check to make sure the pulp doesn't brown or burn.

  2. Allow pulp to cool completely on the tray, then place in a high powered blender for a minute or so until it forms a fine powder. I like to collect dehydrated dried pulp in a bag in the freezer until I have enough to make a decent batch of flour. 

  3. Store in an airtight container. It will last longest stored in the freezer.



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