We buy it, but prefer making it. Partly because we find homemade so much more delicious, but also because the leftover puréed almonds are equally great in everything from smoothies to on it's own as a healthy dessert topped with honey, fruit and nuts. For this Rewind Wednesday I decided to highlight this Almond Milk recipe which debuted on weelicious 6 years ago -- although it seems like just yesterday that I discovered the joy and simplicity of making my own. As I said, we still buy almond milk in the store, however I'm surprised that I've only encountered one store-bought brand that rivals what we can do at home with some good almonds, water and a touch of honey and vanilla. Even if you don't opt to make your own almond milk regularly, I think it's something everyone should try at least once. It's an extremely satisfying experience and you will be surprised at just how utterly simple it is.
Oh. My. Lusciousness! I just tasted my first batch of homemade almond milk minutes ago and it is so delicious I ran to the computer, bumped today’s planned “recipe of the day”, and started writing this. This almond milk is so creamy, frothy and easy to make, you’ll wonder why you ever bothered to buy it in the store. Not only is the milk itself incredible and perfect to add to your own cereal or coffee, but my best little taster just made a case for drinking it all on its own! You should have seen Kenya chowing down on the ground almonds and milky solids which are strained out of the finished milk. He totally made a meal out of it (as did I, stealing bite after bite).
Almonds are rich in the antioxidant vitamin E, which boosts your little one’s immune system. They're also a good source of calcium which plays a part in healthy bones, teeth and immune function. Don't feel limited to only almonds, though. You could make this exact recipe with cashews, brazil nuts, walnuts and more. Just pour a touch of this over fresh berries and it's as good as the taste of fresh cream. Obviously, if your little one has a nut allergy, this recipe isn’t for them.
Again, I do realize that you can buy a box of almond milk at the store to keep handy, but one taste of this recipe and you will understand why it's worth the MINUTES it takes to make your own.
Homemade Almond Milk (Makes 3 1/2 Cups )
- 1 cup organic raw almonds
- 2 tablespoons Agave Nectar or Honey
- 1/2 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
- 4 cups filtered water, plus extra for soaking
Preparation1. Place the almonds in a large bowl and cover with water. Soak at least 4 hours, up to 2 days. Overnight is ideal.
2. Drain the almonds and place them in a blender with the remaining ingredients. Puree until the almonds are in tiny pieces. Discard the soaking liquid and use new filtered water for pureeing.
3. Place a strainer in a large bowl and cover the top of the strainer with cheesecloth (this step is important because the almonds will be in such small pieces that the cheesecloth and strainer need to stop them from going into the milk).
4. Pour the almond milk through the cheesecloth. You may need to do this in stages so the milk can slowly strain through the cheesecloth. It may help taking a spoon to scrape the bottom of the cheesecloth so the milk can pass.
5. Pour the milk and the almond puree into separate containers and refrigerate until ready to drink.
Note: the pureed almonds can be saved and eaten as a breakfast with typical oatmeal toppings, or as a dessert topped with fresh berries!