Phil and I have been almond milk drinkers for quite some time now. We like its health benefits and the way it tastes. The little boxes we purchase(d) from Costco are easy for storage and the milk lasts forever!
However, just when you think things can’t get any better with your almond milk, they certainly can, and did! When I was in Hawaii a few months ago, my dear friend, Polly who is by the way, the poster child for healthy and environmentally-conscious living, shared with me her homemade Almond Milk recipe. “Why would I want to make my own almond milk when the store-bought almond milk is good?” Well, like I said, things can get better even when you think they can’t. This recipe is so easy and everything in it is natural with no preservatives (ever wonder why the store bought stuff lasts FOREVER)? The homemade almond milk tastes so fresh and only lasts a week, but we go through a batch of it in about that amount of time, so it’s perfect for the two of us! Also, I feel like I’m helping the environment by reusing a glass milk jar! Here’s the recipe:
- 1 cup raw almonds (I buy the big bag from Costco or Sam’s)
- 3 pitted dates (also the big bag from Costco or Sam’s)
RECIPE: Soak 1 cup almonds in water for 10 hours or over night.
Discard the water the almonds were soaking in and pour almonds into blender with 5 cups water. Add 3 pitted dates. Blend on high for 3 minutes. Slowly pour milk through nut milk bag and squeeze out milk into bowl. It’s kinda like milking a cow. Ha!
Funnel milk into quart-size glass milk bottle and place in refrigerator.
And voila’ – you have your very own, fresh almond milk!
You can also use the almond pulp from the bag to make almond pulp muffins and crackers. I’ve made the muffins, and they are really good. I have not tried the crackers yet, but I hope to very soon.
So there you go! A fun, easy, healthy and environmentally friendly recipe for you!
The nut milk bag may be purchased here.