Homemade Nut Milk
I've been wanting to try making my own almond milk for so long now after seeing foodgrammers left and right trying it out. I usually just buy the store bought kind, but after trying this, I'm definitely never buying it again. It's SO MUCH BETTER. It's so creamy and you can actually taste almonds in it, unlike the kind from the store. Isn't that crazy? Almond taste in ALMOND milk? I know- mind blown.
Really though, if you haven't tried this yet, I recommend you do.
I adapted the Minimalist Baker's recipe on her site to make my own almond milk- I've never been a fan of sweetened almond milk, so mine omits all the sweet jazz. It's still pretty sweet on it's own (cinnamon adds its own sweetness) and I definitely don't think it needs any more sweetness. Unless that sweetness is chocolate.
-1 cup raw almonds
-4 cups water
-cinnamon (I just sprinkled it in to taste)
-pinch of sea salt
Almonds need to be soft if you want to blend them, because it would probably break the blender if you just threw a bunch of raw almonds in there and expected them to turn into milk. So, I soaked the almonds for about 4 hours in hot water (you can also do overnight in cool water).
Once the almonds are soft, drain the water out and throw them into the blender with the 4 cups of water. There's no need to peel them because you'll be straining this blended mixture anyways. Blend for about 30 seconds.
Using a nut milk bag (I have one by meshberry, it was 5ish dollars on amazon), strain the blended nuts and water into a big bowl. Squeeze the nut milk bag gently to get all of the milk out. It's like you're milking a cow! Milk those almond utters.
You'll end up with almond milk in the bowl and almond pulp in the bag (which I am still trying recipes for. Soon to come.
Rinse out the blender and put the almond milk back in, adding cinnamon and salt. Blend again and pour into a container to keep in the fridge.