I recently signed up for Snap Chat. After hearing all the ‘cool kids’ talking about it for months I finally caved. I was pleasantly surprised to discover that quite a few my favourite bloggers were already signed up and I quickly followed them all. One of them was Erin Ireland, who is a popular Vancouver based vegan food writer. She posted a snap chat of an extremely easy video recipe tutorial for homemade almond milk. I could not believe how easy it looked and I just so happened to have all of the ingredients in my pantry. So, after doing my due diligence researching recipes, I came up with my own based off of Erin’s instructions, a recipe from Oh She Glows and my personal penchant for a little extra sweetness. Follow my easy 5 step instructions below to see how easy it is to make almond milk yourself. I used it as an alternative to coffee creamer and also put it in my teas. I used the leftover pulp to make gluten-free almond flour cookies, I’ve posted the link to that recipe at the end of these instructions.
Here’s what you’ll need:
- 2 1/2 cup raw almonds
- One large jar or bowl for soaking
- A pinch of fine salt
- 1 tsp Vanilla Extract
- 4-6 figs
- Cinnamon & honey (optional)
Add 2 1/2 cups of almonds to a Mason Jar and fill with filtered water. Let soak over night (at least 8 hours). Soaking causes the nuts to germinate, releasing the enzyme inhibitors, and majorly increasing the nutritional value. Soaking also breaks down phytic acid and enzyme inhibitors that can bind minerals (especially calcium, magnesium and zinc) found in nuts making them less available for the body to digest.
Drain almonds and rinse. Saving about a 1/4 cup of the leftover almond water from soaking.
In a blender pour in almonds and 3 cups filtered water with 1/4 cup almond water (from soaking over night). Blend on high for 1 minute. Add a small pinch of fine salt, 4-6 dates (depending on how sweet you want it), 1 tsp vanilla extract. If desired a 1/4 teaspoon of cinnamon and 1/2 teaspoon of honey can be added.
This is when it gets interesting… Find an old, thin and most importantly clean t-shirt or if you’re really fancy a nut milking bag (yes those are a real things!). Drape the shirt across a bowl and slowly pour mixture onto the fabric, a little bit at a time.
For each pour, slowly squeeze the milk through the t-shirt as you would if you were milking a cow (I told you this is where it gets interesting!).
Find yourself a large area to work in and get to squeezin’. I must warn you, this can get messy. However, it’s also fun and a bit of a stress reliever too! Repeat the process of slowly pouring in liquid from blender onto fabric, squeezing and repeating.
Once finished pour liquid from bowl into a glass pitcher, refrigerate and enjoy!
TIP: You will be left with quite a bit of almond meal. I had just enough to make two batches of delicious Almond Meal Coconut Chocolate Chip Cookies with a recipe via The Minimalist Baker.