Is it worth making your own almond milk?
In my opinion…yes and it’s super easy so it’s worth it!
Out of curiosity and in my quest to ensure my family is eating less processed food and more whole real food I set out to see how easy it would be to make on my own almond milk.
I’m always looking to find ways to make our own food, but because we are a busy family (two toddlers, a dog and both my husband and I work outside of the home) we have to side with convenience more often than I prefer.
Honestly, I was not anticipating making our own almond milk to be something I would stick with which is why I think I took me almost a year to actually do it.
So finally I broke down and did it and once I did I realized how easy it was to make. Bonus, it made much more than I anticipated and I had enough almond milk for the the week. I make slightly more than the recipe calls for but not much more. I was able to fill my quart size mason jar with about an extra cup to spare.
Ready to try for yourself?
Here you have it! A simple and easy way to make your own almond milk.
Simple & Easy DIY Almond Milk
What you’ll need:
-high powered blender
-nut milk bag (this is the one we use) Ellie’s Nut Milk Bag
-bowl to catch the milk
-mason jar or other glass container to store milk (I use these mason jars) Quart sized mason jars
-1 cup almonds
-4 cups water
-2-3 pitted dates
-1 tsp vanilla extract
- Soak the almonds in water for 3-4 hours. You can do this without soaking the almonds but they are easier to blend if soaked. You can also soak them for up to 8-9 hours so don’t worry about over soaking.
- After soaking pour soaked almonds, 4 cups water, dates and vanilla into blender.
- Blend on low/medium until you reach a milky consistency. Can take a few minutes.
- Once blended, place nut milk bag over the bowl to catch the milk. Then pour contents of blender into the nut milk bag and squeeze out all the milk.
- Pour the milk into your mason jar or glass container. Place in the fridge.
- What you will be left with in the nut milk bag is the “pulp”. Keep this pulp and pour it into smoothies, yogurt, oatmeal, etc. It’s full of fiber and adds a nutty flavor to your food. Plus, why waste it all.
The milk will separate so give it a good shake before using.
It will be good in the fridge for about a week. We mostly use it in smoothies, but I also use it to make overnight oats or chia cereal.