I am of the philosophy that homemade food tastes better and is healthier for your body. Almond milk is a prime example of something that should be simple and healthy, but store bought versions add a variety of unnecessary ingredients to flavor, thicken, and lengthen the shelf life. Let me share with you how delicious and easy it is to prepare at home and I guarantee you will wonder why you didn’t start making it before now…
What’s in Almond Milk?
The main ingredients of almond milk are simply almonds and water. Almonds are a very nutritious source of magnesium, molydenum, riboflavin (vitamin B2), and phosphorus and contain heart-healthy monounsaturated fat. Where the store bought versions go wrong, is with the addition of synthetic vitamin A, D2 and carageenan. The Healthy Home Economist explains why these ingredients are not a good choice in this blog post . And although there is debate over different types of carageenan, it isn’t necessary in almond milk and I don’t want it in my body. My motto is “if in doubt, cut it out”!
Here’s a glass of my easy homemade almond milk with all of the nutrition and yumminess and zero of the nasty additives!
- Almonds like these
- Pure water
- Optional: Vanilla extract and raw honey for sweetening
- Soak 1 cup almonds and 1/2 tsp salt in a bowl and cover with water. Cover and allow to soak for 12-48 hours.
- Drain the water from the nuts and rinse well.
- Blend the nuts and 4 cups filtered water in a vitamix or other high powered blender for several minutes until thoroughly blended.
- Strain the mixture over a bowl covered with cheesecloth or a fine mesh filter (perhaps from your coffee machine in a pinch?) and separate the almond pulp from the “milk”.
- Flavor: Add 1 Tablespoon honey or other natural sweetener if desired and 1 tsp of natural vanilla extract.
Refrigerate almond milk for up to 1 week. This almond milk is a great non-dairy alternative. Enjoy a glass by itself or use it in cereal or smoothies.
Are you ready to make your own almond milk? It is so yummy and so easy! Give it a try and let me know what you think! If you go through a lot of almond milk it is very easy to make a double batch.
Want to make it even more healthy? Check out The Healthy Home Economists recipe for Fermented Almond Milk