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Homemade Almond Milk

I don’t buy almond milk regularly, but sometimes I like to add it to my smoothies (when it’s not like, ten below). I was talking to a friend a few weeks ago and she had some almonds soaking in a bowl on her kitchen counter. She told me she makes her own almond milk regularly. She has a baby my daughter’s age so I figured if she could do it, I could at least try it once.

Homemade is (almost) always better so I picked up a big ol’ bag of almonds from Costco and made me some milk!

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Now that I’ve made my first batch of almond milk, I’m now realizing this bag from Costco will last me a lifetime (I think there’s almond butter in my future).

I measured out 1 cup of almonds, covered them with water, then let them sit overnight.

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The next day, I drained the water, rinsed the almonds, then added them to my food processor. Next, I poured 2 cups of water in with the almonds and started to pulse. I blended the almonds for a couple of minutes (or maybe around 4?) until it was a white liquid.

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Next came the tricky part. I’m pretty sure it wasn’t that tricky I’m just..special.

So, get out your cheesecloth or nut bag (yes, those are a thing). I picked cheesecloth. I attempted to cover a colander with my cheesecloth and place a bowl beneath the colander. I poured the almond milk over the cheesecloth and I think I kept most of the almond meal out….but my almond milk may be a little chunky.

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Kind of a mess…but this is on me not the almond milk process. I just need to become more familiar with my cheesecloth I think.

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Almond meal mess.

You might notice some maple syrup back there in that picture….After I had a little bowl of almond milk, I added some maple syrup just to sweeten it a touch. I just added it to taste. You could use honey, stevia, sugar-or nothing! You could also add vanilla, cinnamon, whatever you’d like really. I think next time I will try some vanilla bean.

As for what to do with the almond meal, I’m not sure yet. I know I can add it to muffins or breads but I haven’t really looked into it. I stuck it in the refrigerator so hopefully I can think of something soon!

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I tried some in my coffee too! 🙂 Yum.

 

Have you ever made almond milk? Any ideas on what to do with almond meal?

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