Wednesday, July 3, 2019

Homemade Almond Milk + what I use to make it

I started making homemade almond milk for a few reasons. Although it takes a little work on my end, it is something I am willing to take on for the health of myself and my family. 

Here are the main reason why I make 
our almond milk homemade:

 less or no sugar at all

I was having a hard time finding almond milk without a ton of sugar in it that tasted anything like homemade almond milk. I was excited about this because everything under the sun has added sugar in it, just check out your labels.

no fillers

Ever wonder why they put a ton of extra "stuff" in milks? Ya, me too. There's always a ton of added ingredients in almond milks that doesn't need to be in them when you make it fresh. When it's homemade it's just the basics: almonds, water and whatever else YOU decide to add in it.

sprouted almonds

Since I soak my almonds overnight - my almond milk is now sprouted which makes it easier to digest (insert heart eyes). haha the things I get excited for these days are really quite funny.

less waste

I save a ton of plastic from littering the planet. 
Something I am passionate about and try to be more friendly to mother earth when I can. I bring my almonds and dates home in a mesh bag and then store it in glass meaning there is zero plastic involved during the making of our nut milk. So cool, right? I thought so too!

organic almonds

Purchasing raw, organic almonds means my almonds aren't sprayed with pesticides. 

stored in glass

After I make my fresh almond milk, I store it in these awesome glass jars which means I 100% avoid any chemicals found in plastic leeching into our milk during the process. Equaling a lower toxic load to my family and especially my kids because chemicals used to make plastics affect kids at a higher rate than adults. 

filtered water

I use filtered water through the entire process which increases the quality of our milk significantly. This might be something you overlooked too, I didn't even think about this one until I started making almond milk regularly. 

Straining the blended almonds into my nutmilk bag
for easy pouring into my glass jar.

After I have strained my almonds

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Homemade Almond Milk

  • 1 cup raw organic almonds
  • 4 cups filtered water
  • 4-5 pitted dates soaked in warm water
  • 1 tsp pink salt 
  • 1 tsp alcohol-free vanilla extract

Place 1 cup of almonds in a pyrex tubberware or jar, cover with filtered water and add 1 tsp of pink salt. Soak overnight. No refrigeration necessary.

Next day: rinse almonds well. Place rinsed almonds in your blender. Add 4 cups of filtered water, dates, vanilla and pink salt. Blend well. 

Make sure you have clean hands for this part, it will get a little messy.

Once blended, pour half of the mixture slowly into nutmilk bag. Let drain and pour into the jar. Pour the other half into the bag and with your other hand pinch the top of the bag and slowly twist the bag to help pour the remainder of the milk out. 

Store in the refrigerator up to 1 week.

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I like to soak my dates in warm water so they are softer and easier to blend. I also knead through them to make sure no pits were left behind because even pitted dates will sometimes have some stragglers. 

I like to set my nutmilk bag into the strainer then place the strainer on top of my pyrex measuring cup for easy pouring into my glass jar. Do what works for you but sometimes I have to put out fires between my toddlers so I need to be able to set my little project down.

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