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Homemade Almond Milk

Updated: Oct 21


Like many Americans I suffer from a lactose intolerance. 70% of humans cannot properly digest cows milk along with other dairy products. Sam and I both switched to almond, coconut, hemp, oat, and cashew milk years ago and found that it's way more affordable to make our own dairy free milks! Only $6-7 worth of almonds makes you at least 3 batches of milk.


This recipe is super easy, will save you money, and give you full control over the ingredients you are putting in your body! Many main stream nut milk brands at the grocery store contain several harmful ingredients used for preserving, thickening, taste, and who knows what else!






Ingredients

1-2 Cups Organic Raw Almonds

Filtered Water

1 Pinch of Sea Salt


Extra Optional Ingredients

1/2 Teaspoon of Organic Vanilla Extract

1/2 Teaspoon of Raw Local Honey of Maple Syrup (to add a sweet touch)





Directions

Place almonds in a glass bowl and add enough filtered water to cover them. Let almonds soak in the fridge for at least 12 hours. Drain and rinse almonds. Place drained almonds in a blender and blend with 2 cups filtered water, and a pinch of sea salt. Add any optional ingredients (vanilla extract, honey, or maple syrup)


Pour mixture into a milk bag. (HERE is the milk bag I purchased on amazon for inexpensive and love that it's reusable) Use your hands to squeeze the bag of nut mixture and watch the milk drain into a glass bowl below. Once you have squeezed out all the milk, pour it into a glass container to store in fridge. Add more filtered water if you want to thin the milk taste. The fresh almond milk shouldn’t be stored longer than 5 days. So if you need to cut the recipe half you should.




Extra tips:


Use the leftover almond to make almond meal by drying it in your oven if you wish. You can add this almond meal to smoothies, our protein energy ball recipe, or add to your morning oatmeal.


Store your Almonds in the fridge or freezer so that the natural fat in the almond does not go rancid. You can store nuts in the fridge for a few months or up to a year in the freezer using an air tight container.


You can save money by shopping for raw organic almonds in bulk at Costco or in the bulk section of your local health food store.



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