Homemade Almond Milk
Have you ever tried fresh almond milk? I think it tastes so much better than store bought. This particular recipe calls for a touch more almonds than what most recipes call for. The addition of more almonds makes the milk creamier and more delicious. Almond milk will keep up to 4 days in the fridge or you can freeze it for later use. You will find the more often you make it, the easier it becomes. When I first started making it, I thought it was more pain than it was worth and now I find it very easy!
By making your own almond milk you are avoiding some of these common additives:
carrageenan - used as a thickener, derived from seaweed and may cause inflammation, it has ben linked to intestinal inflammation and cancer
natural flavors - an umbrella term for chemicals that were originally found in a naturally occurring source
ascorbic acid - a preservative that may have been grown using GMO corn
added sugar - if you buy the original almond milk, they typically contain added sugar
gellan gum and guar gum - seem to be safer thickeners versus carrageenan, however they have been linked to bloating, gas and other intestinal issues.
Makes 30-32 oz. Total time 5-8 minutes.
1 1/4 cup raw almonds
4 1/2 cups filtered water
1 medjool date, pit removed
pinch fine sea salt
*you will also need a nut milk bag
Add almonds to a 32 oz mason jar, cover with water and soak overnight or at least 4 hours. If you soak overnight, place the jar in the fridge.
After they have been soaked, drain out the water from the soaked almonds.
Add all ingredients to a blender and blend till thoroughly combined. In a high speed blender, one full minute is sufficient. In a regular blender, I would blend it for about two full minutes.
Place a nut milk bag in a medium sized bowl. While holding the nut milk bag open, pour the mixture into the nut milk bag. Squeeze the bag until you have removed all the milk.
Pour into a 32 oz jar, secure the lid and store in the fridge for up to 4 days. You could also freeze it in ice cube tray to use as needed for recipes or smoothies.