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Homemade Almond Milk

Servings 3
Author Brandi Doming

Ingredients

Vanilla Almond Milk

  • 1 cup whole raw plain almonds
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup or agave adjust to your preference or omit completely if you prefer it plain
  • 3 cups filtered water plus extra for soaking I like my milk creamy, so use more or less depending on how creamy you want the milk
  • Pinch fine sea salt

Chocolate Almond Milk

  • 1 cup whole raw plain almonds
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup or agave
  • 1 tablespoon + 1 teaspoon dark unsweetened cocoa this is important to achieve the authentic chocolate taste, I used Hershey's
  • 1 teaspoon regular unsweetened cocoa
  • 3 cups filtered water-you can add more if you like but I wanted it to be a little thick do not use tap!
  • 1 tablespoon coconut cream from a can stored in the fridge overnight optional for a really rich milk!
  • Pinch fine sea salt
  • Note: You will need a nut bag for best results. Some stores have them or it's easier to just order them online. Here is one.

Instructions

  1. The ingredients are slightly different, but the process is the same for both vanilla and chocolate. If you want to make both at the same time, use two separate bowls.
  2. Add the almonds to a cereal bowl and cover with filtered water by at least an inch. Let it soak for 8 hours or overnight.
  3. After soaking, drain and rinse the almonds in the sink. Add them to your blender, the 3 cups filtered water and turn on high and blend until the almonds are pulverized and the milk is frothy, about a minute. Add the sweetener, vanilla and salt and blend again. Taste and add any more sweetener or water if desired.
  4. Strain the milk over a pitcher or bowl using a nut bag for best results. Really squeeze the almond pulp in the nut bag to really get all the milk out. You can still make it without a nut bag, but it won't be quite as smooth and you will need to strain it a few times. With a nut bag, it was SO easy and delicious.
  5. Tip: As you store the milk in the fridge, it becomes richer and slightly thicker. You can shake and stir it before each use if preferred.