Almond Milk- How to’s

Almond milk is so easy to make, better for you, free of preservatives and cheaper by more than half the cost!!!  Plus it tastes better and you can flavor it however you would like.  I’m seeing a lot of pro’s here!!!  The average almond milk sold on the shelf has 12-15 ingredients in it.  Making your own at home will have anywhere from 2 to 7 ingredients and I bet you will be able to pronounce everything you put into yours.

 

 

Common Ingredient List for Packaged Vanilla Almond Milk:

Ingredients: almondmilk (filtered water, almonds), calcium carbonate, tapioca starch, natural vanilla flavor with other natural flavors, sea salt, potassium citrate, carrageenan, sunflower lecithin, vitamin a palmitate, vitamin d2 and d-alpha-tocopherol (natural vitamin e).

Lets do the math:

  • Bulk almonds are often sold in 9 cup bags for approximately 10 dollars.
  • For ever cup of soaked almonds you can get approximately 4 cups of almond milk.  This totals 36 cups of almond milk.
  • The average store bought almond milk has 4 cups for somewhere between 2.65 and 3.75 depending on where you live and what you buy.  Therefore to get 36 cups of store bought almond milk you would need to purchase 9 boxes of it.
  • Lets say each box was 3.00 to keep the math simple.  This would total 27.00.  The cost of purchasing almond milk is more then double of making your own.

 

How to make Almond Milk:

-  Soak 1 cup of almond milk in a sealable jar for 24-48 hours

-  After soaking, rinse the almonds

-  Blend 1/4 cup almonds to 3/4-1 cup of water

-  Flavor to your liking, i like to flavor to taste

-  For richer flavor use less water, for lighter flavor use more water

-  Strain the almond milk through a strainer or cheese cloth (there will be almond pulp left over, you can make excellent (Almond Pulp Crackers or, Flat Bread with this!!!)

 

 

Flavoring Ideas:

  • honey
  • agave syrup
  • dates
  • raisins
  • cinnamon
  • cloves
  • nutmeg
  • vanilla
  • coconut oil
  • rose
  • pomegranate
  • all spice
  • My favorite is 2 dates, 2 Tbsp honey, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, and 1 tsp. vanilla

 

Further Reading:

Packaged Almond Milk Vs. Almonds

Health Benefits of Almond Milk

All About Sprouted Almonds

 

Almond Pulp Crackers



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