Sunday, 12 January 2014

Homemade Almond Milk

Making your own almond milk is inexpensive and surprisingly easy.  It just requires a little planning in order to benefit from the simple ingredients, minimal sugar, and delicious taste!

1 cup almonds
4 cups water, plus water to cover almonds
Maple syrup, agave nectar or other sweetener to taste
Vanilla to taste

Place almonds in a bowl and cover with water.  Allows almonds to sit in water for a minimum of 2 hours or over night. Overnight is best should you have the time as it allows for a better breakdown of the almonds. Drain the almonds and place them in a blender and add 4 cups of water.  Blend until the almonds are a pulp.  Use a find mesh strainer to drain the Drain the liquid into a medium sized bowl.

Rinse out the blender and place the liquid back in the blender.  Add the sweetener and vanilla and blenr for a few moments.  

Pour the liquid in a glass jug or container.  The "milk" will keep for three days in your fridge. 

To make chocolate almond milk, add 2-3 tsp of cocoa and more sweetener to taste to the above. This is a nice change to regular almond milk and a nice treat warmed up on cold winter days!