Creamy homemade almond milk, with its nutty scent and gentle sweetness, is a milder non-dairy milk than its cashew cousin. It’s the perfect base for a smoothie, and equally appealing when splashed in tea or coffee.
Blending nuts and fresh water together take only a matter of minutes; it’s the preparation that takes time. Most nuts need to be soaked before consumption (no matter if they are made into nut milk or enjoyed whole). In fact, soaking nuts in salt water improves their digestibility and increases their bioavailability of micronutrients. This is because enzyme inhibitors found in nuts are neutralized during the soaking process.
Homemade Almond Milk:
- 1 cup raw almonds
- 1 Medjool date (optional)
- A pinch sea salt
- Filtered water, enough to cover the raw cashews while soaking
- 4 cups fresh filtered water
- High-Powered Blender
- Nut milk bag or cheesecloth
To begin the process, place the raw almonds, date, and salt in a medium bowl; then, add as much water as needed to completely cover the nuts.
Next, soak the nuts for a minimum of 8 hours and a maximum of 12 hours (overnight may be easiest). Post soaking, drain and rinse the nuts and date.
To make the almond milk, begin by blending the soaked nuts and date with 4 cups of fresh filtered water until smooth, white liquid forms.
Depending on the power of your blender, this can take as little as one minute. A Vitamix, for example, can be set to the 1-minute smoothie setting, producing an ideal consistency.
Finally, pour the white liquid through a nut milk bag for straining, to collect the nut milk in a bowl below, and separate the remaining pulp.
Of course, the almond pulp can be incorporated into batters or dried and used as almond pulp flour. It can also be enjoyed as a luxurious homemade almond pulp salt scrub.
In the meantime, refrigerate your homemade almond milk (and separate almond pulp) for up to 5 days in an airtight container.
- Store-bought nut milks often contain added refined sugars, emulsifiers, and additives which can cause digestive distress. If buying nut milk, look for brands like Three Trees, which use only organic whole foods without additions. Otherwise, making your own nut milk allows you to control the ingredients.
Disclaimer: Material presented on this website should not be considered medical advice. Always speak to your doctor or qualified health provider to determine what’s right for your health plan.