I haven’t mastered this recipe yet, so I wasn’t going to post it until I had made it again–but when it resulted in something drinkable, I was so excited that I couldn’t help but post it!
Making homemade almond milk is another one of my attempts to stick to our New Year’s resolution of generating less waste (you can read more about our resolution here). Graham and I go through about a half-gallon of store-bought almond milk a week, and while the container that it comes in is recyclable here in Mecklenburg County (you can see if your local recycler takes cartons here), it still represents part of our waste stream (while better than going to a landfill or incinerator, recycling still takes energy). Worried about the impact of the over 50 cartons almond milk containers we go through each year, I started looking online to see how difficult it would be to make our own homemade almond milk. I was happy to see that there are several other people who have posted about their experience making almond milk online, and that the recipes don’t seem that difficult to make.
I found that making the almond milk was pretty straight forward, and I didn’t have any problems until I started blending the almonds and water together. Basically I overfilled our little blender, and when I turned it on, liquid started to spew out the top and spread all over the counter! Next time, I think I’ll try blending the almonds and water in two batches, rather then packing them all into one.
After blending, I strained the almond milk and was left with about a cup of ground almond pieces. I think that with a little salt and some fresh herbs, the leftover almonds could make a nice spread for crackers or bread. Please let me know if you have any other ideas for the leftover almonds though—we may have a lot if I make this milk often!
Homemade Almond Milk
Several different recipes severed as the inspiration for this recipe, so I don’t have one to credit, but I don’t think I can call it my own either. Just google “homemade almond milk” for further ideas.
- 1 cup of raw almonds (not roasted or salted)
- 3 cups of water
- 1 pinch of salt
- 2-3 drops of vanilla extract
- 1 teaspoon honey (optional)
Put the almonds into a small bowl and cover them with water. Soak the almonds for about 6 hours or overnight. Drain and rinse the almonds.
Put the soaked almonds into a blender and add 3 cups of fresh water (depending on the size of your blender, you may have to blend in batches). Blend until almonds are finely chopped and liquid is creamy and frothy. Blend in the salt, vanilla, and honey.
Strain almond milk into a bowl through a fine mesh strainer lined with a few layers of cheesecloth. If the cheesecloth gets clogged with almond pieces, carefully pick it up by the corners, squeeze out any remaining liquid, and dump the solids into a container. Continue straining the remaining almond mixture. Transfer strained liquid into a jar or covered container and store in the refrigerator.
Tasty Easy Healthy Green Recipe Ratings:
|Recipe Report Card||Notes About Recipe Ratings|
Four Chefs (Delicious!)
|It tasted like real almond milk, and we might even like it better than the stuff we usually buy at the store – not as thick or as sweetened.|
Three Easy Chairs (Average Difficulty)
|The cheesecloth and the almond pieces get a little messy, and I did have some problems blending the milk—but overall almond milk was a lot simpler to make than I thought it would be. With a little more practice, I think it will get even easier. Also, be sure to clean off the strainer quickly before the almond pieces dry and get stuck in it.|
Four Apples (Healthy, Wealthy, and Wise)
|Almond milk has a variety of different vitamins and minerals, and is relatively low in fat, which makes it a good alternative to cows milk. Almonds do have a fair amount of calcium, although not as much as you would probably get by drinking cows milk.|
Four Leaves (Mother Earth Approved)
|The almonds were organic and from the bulk bins at our grocery store. There also will not be a container to throw away or recycle once we are done with this milk!|