Recipe: Fresh Almond Milk

Fresh almond milk is one of the easiest foods to make at home! There’s very little reason to buy store-bought almond milk. Most  contain harmful additives like synthetic vitamins, sweeteners, inflammatory vegetable oils, homogenizing agents, etc. Fresh almond milk takes 5 minutes!

The delicate fats and oils in almond milk go rancid very quickly, causing inflammation. Make it fresh and enjoy it quickly! You’ll find that making a small effort to make almond milk equals a big investment in your health. You can adjust flavors, sweetness, and best of all, you can feel a sense of pride in having created your own almond milk from scratch.

Servings 2-3 | Prep time 8 hours | Cook time 5 minutes

Ingredients


  • 1 cup almonds
  • 4 cups Spring or filtered water
  • 5 Medjool dates or other sweetener to taste like raw organic honey, date sugar, coconut sugar, xylitol, stevia, etc
  • pinch Sea Salt

Instructions


Step 1

Place your almonds in a glass container completely covered with water. Soak the almonds for at least eight hours (longer is ok), but an hour is fine if that’s what you’ve got! Soaking sprouts the nuts, increasing vitamin content exponentially and makes the protein easier to digest.

Step 2

Next, blend all ingredients including your almonds, sweetener, salt and water for a minute on high in a blender.

Step 3

Strain your almond milk. To do this, you’ll need a glass or stainless steel bowl, some cheesecloth or a nut milk bag. Hold the bag inside the bowl and pour your almond milk inside the bag. Squeeze the milk out of the bag, leaving only the nut meal. You can use the nut meal for baking or putting in smoothies.

Step 4

Store the almond milk in the fridge in a glass mason jar or other container. It will last 2-3 days.

Recipe Variations


Vanilla Almond Milk

1 cup almonds, or other nuts, soaked 8-12 hours
4 cups water
5 dates or other sweetener to taste
1 tsp pure vanilla extract (or the contents of a vanilla bean)

Chocolate Almond Milk

To the recipe for vanilla almond milk, add 2 tbsp raw cacao nibs or unsweetened cocoa powder.

Cinnamon Almond Milk

To the recipe for vanilla almond milk, add 1 tsp cinnamon and a dash of nutmeg.

Chai Almond Milk

To the recipe for vanilla almond milk, add 1 tsp cinnamon, 1/2 teaspoon garam masala, and 1/4 tsp. nutmeg.

Sugar-free Almond Milk

In place of the dates, add stevia to taste.

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Wendy Myers, FDN, CHHC, is a functional diagnostic nutritionist, certified holistic health coach and founder of Live to 110. Her passions include getting you healthy, Modern Paleo, retoxing and detoxing. Discover her Mineral Power Program and enjoy freedom from fatigue and brain fog with metal detox.