Almond Milk

May 5, 2012

Making your own fresh almond milk is very easy, and it tastes amazing!

I make a batch several times a week. It is delicious on its own, or can be used over cereal and granola, poured into your coffee, and in smoothies and protein drinks.

Almonds are a rich source of protein, vitamin E, omega-3 and -6 fatty acids, calcium and magnesium. Soaking the almonds releases their full nutritional value and makes them easier to digest.

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Use fresh organic dates to sweeten the milk. 
medjool dates

Place the ice in the blender, then add water to make 4 cups. 
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Blend for 2-3 minutes, until the almonds and dates are pulverized. 
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Pour the milk into a nut milk bag and squeeze to extract all the milk from the nuts. 
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 Pour the milk into a jar, refrigerate and enjoy. 
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Almond Milk
1 cup almonds, soaked overnight and drained
2 cups ice cubes plus filtered water to make total of 4 cups
3 dates, pitted and chopped
½ teaspoon vanilla extract

Place all ingredients in a blender jar and blend on high speed for 2-3 minutes. Place a nut milk bag into a large bowl and pour milk mixture into the bag (hold the top of the bag open while pouring the milk in so the bag doesn’t fall into the bowl). Twist the top of the bag to seal it tightly and gently squeeze the bag to squeeze out as much milk as possible from the nuts. Keep twisting the top of the bag while squeezing the bottom to extract the milk. Once all the milk is extracted from the nuts, pour it into a jar and keep refrigerated. Enjoy!
Makes approximately 1 quart.

Nut milk bags can be purchased through Amazon.com
and The Raw Food World

I absolutely love my Blendec blender, available through Amazon.com

Vitamix also makes a good high-speed blender.

You can strain the mik through several layers of cheesecloth, but you will get some fine bits of nuts in the milk.

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{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }

Anne May 5, 2012 at 3:07 pm

Where can one obtain nut bags?

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Missy May 5, 2012 at 8:32 pm

Nut milk bags can be found online through the links above (Amazon.com and The Raw Food World).

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nathalie May 7, 2012 at 8:44 am

How do you use the leftover solids ? If at all?
Thanks Missy. I drink almond milk everyday but l will try to make own from now on.

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Missy May 8, 2012 at 7:58 pm

I use the leftover pulp in these http://creativemissy.com/archives/532 and in cookies, almond macaroons, and veggie burgers. If I make a lot of milk it’s difficult to use all the pulp, so I feed it to the compost pile.

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LU May 8, 2012 at 9:47 pm

Oh… straining into a bowl! Silly me, I would put it in the mason jar and the bag would bulge up and suction out weird. Thanks for your beautiful lovely photography to make these so simple for us right-brained-visual-types! Can’t wait to have your glossy gorgeous cookbook on my shelf one day. xo

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