Why would I possibly make my own almond milk? Sounds like WAY too much trouble!! Especially since we use it everyday in our shakeology – for me and the hubs.
These were my thoughts for quite some time now, but as I try to improve what’s going into my body more and more with each passing year (because of all the research, literature and lectures I read and listen to) I decided to finally just try it and see if it was hard, easy, a pain in the b— , if it tasted ookie ~ I just wanted to try it out.
SO!!! I’m here to tell you that it’s surprisingly EASY!! AND here’s the real plus for us ~ it was fabulous in my coffee!
Previously to using this homemade almond milk in my coffee I had searched high and low for a 1/2 and 1/2 substitute and ended up being pretty happy with the SOdelicious coconut creamer – BUT I still didn’t like some of the ingredients in it. (I can’t do 1/2 and 1/2 because it causes too much mucus for hours afterwards I’m constantly clearing my throat – I know that’s TMI but….)
If you’re a coffee drinker who uses cream then you know just how much cream to add to get the right color so that when you taste it – perfection. I was able to do that this morning with this almond milk. Surprised the heck out of me!
A couple of things you might not know that are good to know – in order to make almond milk you need to soak your almonds – soaking them is good because
- Nuts have natural nutritional inhibitors. One of the inhibitors is called phytic acid, which acts as a protectant for the plants. This inhibitor means it stops the absorption of minerals and vitamins that your body needs and why you’re eating the nuts in the first place. Soaking them neutralizes the phytates and makes them bioavailable which just means easier to digest
- Nuts also have high amounts of enzymes inhibitors. Enzymes help in the digestion of food. So un soaked nuts are hard to digest. Soaking nuts neutralizes the enzymes allowing for proper digestion.
- they taste better
It’s actually good to soak all your nuts before eating them. Once soaked you can then roast them or just eat them raw.
How to make almond milk ~ super easy!
What you’ll need:
1 nut bag or super mesh strainer
1 glass bowl
high powered blender like vitamix or blendtec
4 cups distilled water per 1 cup of nuts
1 TBSP himalayan salt to 4 cups of nuts
Note: I soaked 4 cups of nuts with 1 TBSP himalayan pink salt, then each batch of almond milk is 1 cup almonds and 4 cups water plus 2 pitted dates.
NOTE: if you have almonds that float discard them as they’re most likely rancid and you don’t want to eat those.
Step 1: Soak your almonds in distilled water for 8-12 hours with 1 TBSP of himalayan pink salt per 4 cups of almonds. Pour enough water in to cover the almonds completely. Keep them at room temp and cover with a cloth that breaths, like cheesecloth.
I soaked mine overnight – super easy.
Step 2: Rinse the nuts – the water will be murky in the morning and there may be little particles of almond bits, just rinse them off really well.
Step 3: To your blender add, 4 cups of distilled water, 1 cup of almonds, and I added 2 pitted dates. Some say to add sweetener afterwards, like stevia, honey, or even some vanilla. I prefer adding the dates.
Step 4: Blend in a high powered blender for about 1 min. It should look nice and smooth.
Step 5: Pour into your mesh bag, let drain out and then squeeze out the rest of the milk. Get every last drop :)!
Pour into a jar and store in the fridge. I made two batches, so 2 cups of almonds and it lasted us 4 days.
Check out the video to SEE how easy this really is!
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