Almond milk is not just a favorite milk substitute among vegans – it's a favorite among omnivores, too. Between 2011 and 2016, sales of almond milk grew 250 percent, while the total milk market shrank by more than $1 billion during that same time period. Clearly, almond milk is popular, so it only makes sense you might want to try to make your own homemade almond milk. After all, what better way to ensure you know what's going into your food?
Never made homemade almond milk before? Not to worry! Fresh, homemade almond milk is very simple and easy to make from scratch. It does take a little bit of time and effort, though, as you need to soak the almonds until they are very soft so they can be completely blended up, which can take six hours or more.
This easy homemade almond milk recipe is vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free and it's also a completely raw food recipe, a real raw vegan treat.
Use your homemade almond milk in smoothies or shakes, soups and other raw food dishes. If you like homemade almond milk, you might also want to try a homemade cashew milk recipe or another dairy substitute.
- 1 cup raw almonds
- water for soaking nuts
- 3 cups water
- 2 dates (optional)
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla (optional)
- Soak the almonds in water overnight or for at least 6 hours.
- Drain the water from the almonds and discard. Blend the 3 cups of water, almonds, and dates until well blended and almost smooth.
- Strain the blended almond mixture using a cheesecloth or other strainer.
Store leftovers in a sealed container in the refrigerator. Homemade raw almond milk will keep well in the refrigerator for three or four days.
- Be sure to use whole, raw, unsalted almonds, and not roasted, toasted, salted or slivered almonds for this recipe.
- A very fine mesh strainer will work in a pinch, but cheesecloth is better and a cheesecloth nut milk bag is best.
- Soaking almonds is an important step in the process because it will help soften them up. Also, almonds tend to have a much more appealing taste after they are soaked and rinsed, which will improve the taste of your final product. Some proponents of a raw vegan diet purport that soaking nuts increases enzyme activity and can result in greater absorption of the food's nutrients by the body and increased digestibility.
Americans are nuts for almond milk. (2016, March 31). Retrieved December 4, 2016, from Nielsen, http://www.nielsen.com/us/en/insights/news/2016/americans-are-nuts-for-almond-milk.html