Flashback Friday: Homemade Almond Milk

Last year Jd and I made our own almond milk, however, I didn't have a blog or anywhere to post these pictures, so until now they have been sitting on my computer waiting to be revealed. Why make almond milk? Well, I hate cow's milk because it tastes awful (unless it is full on cream) and it's not good for you. I actually wrote several papers about how cow's milk unhealthy for humans back in high school. I stopped buying milk 3 years ago and started exploring alternatives, like soy milk, or my personal favorite Pacific Food's Oat, which is sweet and tastes like the milk leftover after a bowl of cereal.

Jd absolutely loves milk and is not a fan of the alternatives. He hardly gets to drink it anymore and when we do buy it, he pounds the entire gallon in 2 to 3 days. It is insane. One day, while snacking on almonds, he came up with the idea to make his own almond milk and try something new. Of course I was all for it because It's more fun to try something new when you make it yourself. Read below to find out how we did it.

First, soak your almonds for about 12 hours. We soaked ours overnight and the next morning they had doubled in size. They should look puffy and bloated when they are ready to be used.

We started to blend our almonds and hot water in a food processor, but quickly realized that it was not big enough, so we switched over to a blender. We had to blend the almonds in several batches.

Your mixture will start to take on a milky color and be somewhat frothy.

Straining the milk using a t-shirt because we didn't have a cheese cloth

Straining the milk using a t-shirt because we didn't have a cheese cloth

Finally, strain the almond milk. This part is the worst because the mixture is hot and it gets messy, but the end result is worth it and so delicious. 

The finished product

The finished product

Voila! I wish I had a better picture of the almond milk in a mason jar, but we got too excited after I took this one and drank most of it the first day. Read the recipe below to make your own! Enjoy!


INGREDIENTS:

• 1 cup raw almonds

• 4 cups VERY HOT WATER, but not boiling

• 4 teaspoons honey

• 4 teaspoons sugar

• 1/8 teaspoon salt


DIRECTIONS:

1. soak almonds over night in a bowl filled with water

2. drain/rinse almonds

3. blend almonds, honey, sugar, salt, and water together in blender. (NOTE: we tried to use a food processor at first, but apparently they cannot hold a lot liquid at one time, which is why half way through the photos you see the mixture in a blender instead of the food processor.)

4. strain the mixture over a bowl using a cheesecloth. (NOTE: the mixture will be VERY hot so we used a spoon to help strain the milk from the nuts.)

5. pour your homemade almond milk into a jar with a lid or another air tight container and chill in the fridge.