Sunday, September 6, 2015

Homemade Almond Milk

I have some major catching up to do with all my cooking the past couple days! First off... homemade almond milk! Guys... seriously if you have never made your own almond milk you are missing out. It may seem intimidating at first, but the process is very easy! Not only does it taste better than store bought almond milk, but it is also way better for you because there is not a bunch of additive crap!

Let's get right to it...

Here is what you need:

1 bag (16 oz.) raw almonds ($6 at Meijer)
1/3 container of pitted whole dates ($3 at Meijer, so technically only $1)- optional 
purified water (I used my Brita filter water)
1/2 tsp. pink Himalayan salt

Plan ahead because you will need to soak the almonds in purified water for 12 hours with the salt. 

After the almonds have soaked, place the dates in a container of hot water and let them soak. Rinse and strain the almonds. Take 1/2 of the almonds and place them in a blender with 4 c. purified water. Blend until smooth and creamy. Place a bowl in the sink and place the cheesecloth over top. Strain the almond milk through the cheese cloth. Repeat with the second half of almonds. **Save the almond pulp to make almond flour*** (Recipe will be in another blog post) Now take the soaked dates and blend them into a date paste in a food processor. Now you can sweeten your almond milk. Take 1/2 of the almond milk and place it in the blender with 1/2 the date paste. Blend together and pour into a container that you will store your almond milk in (I bought a cheap container at dollar tree for $1). Repeat with the second half of the almond milk. Store in the fridge for up to 1 week. 

This is the almonds in the blender with the water. 
Here are my dates soaking in hot water. 
Here is the final product! All natural homemade almond milk! It makes quite a bit, so I put the extra into my shaker cup to store in the fridge. 
Here is what the almond pulp looks like. You can dry it out to make almond flour, so don't throw it out! I hate wasting things!

Here is my homemade almond milk mixed with my homemade cold brew coffee. If you want the recipe for cold brew coffee just click this link: Homemade Cold Brew Coffee .

Don't be afraid... TRY THIS and you will not be disappointed. You can also make the almond milk with just water and almonds or you can sweeten it with whatever you would like. I prefer mine without added sugars or artificial sweeteners. Comment below if you add anything special to your almond milk or if you have a favorite use for homemade almond milk!

Later Taters! xoxo


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