Homemade Vanilla Almond Milk
We’re not dairy free at my house, but we’ve got family members who are dairy, gluten and soy free. Trying my hand at Almond milk, well it just made sense.
Making your own almond milk takes some time, but most of that time is soaking time.
The “milking process” was not that lengthy, once I figured out that less was more.
- 4-5 cups of water
- 3 cups of raw, whole almonds
- Place then into a container, put the container into the fridge and allow to soak for at least 6 hours. I soaked them overnight.
- 1 cup of chopped dates
- The seeds from 1 vanilla bean (or 1-2 teaspoons of vanilla)
Once your almonds have had time to soak, add the vanilla and the dates to the mixture.
Blend mixture in batches, on a high-speed in your blender.
Place a thick layer of cheese cloth over the opening of the container you’re using for your milk.
Pour a small amount of the almond mixture into the cheese cloth. Allow enough time for the liquid to drain through.
Do not over fill.
Pouring as much of the almond mixture as you can into the cheese cloth seems like a brilliant idea (at least it did to me) until you have to squeeze the liquid out and you splatter the wall with almond gunk.
Small, easily squeeze-able batches are the way to go!
Squeeze the cheese cloth to remove as much liquid from the almonds as possible.
Repeat the draining process until all the almond milk has been processed.
Rinse the cheese cloth, and pour the almond milk back through to strain it one last time.
I ended up with just over a quart of almond milk.
Store your almond milk in the fridge for up to one week.
The Almond Milk will separate while it’s being stored so, give it a shake before pouring.
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