I go through a lot of almond milk. It’s never occurred to me that I should make it on my own instead of buying it. So I did a little research on nut milk and discovered that it’s one of the simplest things to make at home. The options are endless when it comes to making nut milks. You can use almonds, walnuts, sunflower or pumpkin seeds, sesame seeds, brazil nuts, cashews, hemp seeds, hazelnuts, macadamia nuts, or anything else you have in your pantry. The recipe can be as simple as two ingredients: the nut of choice and water. Or you can make it a little more personal by adding subtle flavours like vanilla bean, ground cinnamon, maple syrup, or dates.
I started out with an almond milk as my first homemade nut milk. I was surprised at how good this tasted. I usually buy the unsweetened Earth’s Own Almond Fresh from the store, but I like the home made version much better. It’s so easy I can’t believe I didn’t start doing this earlier. You’ve got to try this one at home, it will change your life. But plan ahead, the nuts need to soak overnight before you can make them into milk.
1 cup raw organic almonds
3 1/2 cups water
1 tbsp natural honey
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
tiny pinch of sea salt
Place your almonds in a bowl or jar and cover with water. Soak them overnight (10-12 hours).
Drain the almonds and rinse with fresh water. Place them into a blender along with 3 1/2 cups water, honey, and vanilla. Blend until smooth (about 1 minute).
Place a nut milk straining bag inside a large jug or bowl (whatever you have) and pour the blended mixture into the bag. Gently squeeze the bag to make sure you get all the milk out.
Give your blender a quick rinse and pour the strained milk back into the blender. Add the cinnamon and pinch of sea salt and mix again just to combine. Transfer this into a glass jar and store in the fridge. Drink this within 4-5 days and shake well before drinking because the milk will separate when left sitting. Enjoy this delicious and nurturing beverage with granola, in your smoothies, on its own, or added to any recipe. Can you imagine making a really nice hot chocolate with this on a fall night? I’m excited.
You will have a bunch of left over almond crumbs in the straining bag. Save these in the freezer for later. You can add a spoonful of these in your morning smoothie for extra fibre, or use them in other recipes like energy balls, etc. Get creative with them!
Don’t you love these mint and cream coloured straws? They’re so cute and I love how they go so well with the vintage milk jars. I got them from a new boutique in Gastown called Meadow. They’ve paired up with Sickelmores Fine Flowers to create the sweetest little gift shop. Check it out, they’ve got lots of good stuff.
Sarah Britton of My New Roots put together a lovely video on how easy it is to make nut milks. Check out her video here. Angela Liddon from Oh She Glows also has an excellent step-by-step tutorial on how to make great almond milk, check out her post here.
Thanks for reading. Love and happiness and freshly ground almond milk to you all.
(photos from my kitchen ♥)