How To Do Homemade Almond Milk Recipe
Almond milk not only is a healthy substitute but milk but also tastes better than cow’s milk! Almond milk is a great alternative to dairy milk and a healthy component for any smoothie or shake.
Almonds are gluten-free, low in carbs, and promote a good cholesterol balance. As it is lactose free, it is great for people who are lactose intolerant. Store bought almond milk is loaded with tons of preservatives, so it is always better to make your own almond milk as it is quite easy and worth making at home. Want to make your own almond milk? Read on to know how to do it:
Things you need:
- 1-2 cups almonds
- Water (as per requirement)
- Muslin cloth (even normal clean cloth would do)
- Soak almonds in water overnight
- No need to peel the almonds as you are anyways going to strain it
- Add the almonds in a blender and add little water to blend it
- Tie muslin cloth on top of any container and pour almond milk on it
- Strain the liquid completely
- Store it in a closed container or bottle in refrigerated conditions
- Your almond milk is ready!
To make almond milk, you simply blend together almonds and water, until the almonds are completely broken down. The resulting “milk” is creamy, with a mild almond flavor that blends almost seamlessly into any recipe.
Once blended, all you have to do is strain out the pulp for a smooth and silky milk. I use a nut milk bag (like this one) to make sure I get every piece of pulp, but you could also use a fine mesh strainer if you don’t need it silky-smooth.
Almond Milk without Carrageenen
One of the biggest perks of making your own homemade almond milk is that you can make it without preservatives or additives, like carrageenan which is found in many store-bought brands. Carrageenan is derived from seaweed, and helps thicken and stabilize foods, but it may also cause inflammation and gastrointestinal discomfort in the body.
For people with autoimmune conditions, or sensitive digestion, it could be a good idea to avoid these additives by making your own almond milk at home.
What are the Health Benefits of Almond Milk?
What are the benefits of drinking almond milk vs. skim milk, or another type? Here are a few:
- Almond milk is dairy-free, so it has no lactose or casein, which can cause digestive distress up to 75% of the world’s population.
- Assuming all of the nutrition from the almonds gets distributed into the homemade milk, almond milk can have up to 6 grams of protein per serving. (About the same as 1 ounce of almonds.)
- Thanks to the nutrient-rich almonds, 1 cup of homemade almond milk may also have up to 8% of your daily recommended calcium needs, and 6% of your daily iron needs.
I hope you’ll enjoy this easy almond milk recipe whenever you need a dairy-free alternative.
How to Make Homemade Almond Milk Cheaper than Store-Bought
The advantage of making your own almond milk at home is that YOU get to determine the ingredients. There are no added sweeteners or fillers in this homemade version! That also means that you can decide how many almonds to use in this recipe.
For the creamiest almond milk, I recommend using the ratio noted in the printable recipe card below, but you can save money by using less almonds to water. I’ll often use only 1/2 cup of almonds in 4 cups of water when I’m making almond milk to use in cereal or in smoothies, which makes this homemade version much more affordable. I also think it tastes better than anything I’ve ever bought at the store! I hope you’ll think so, too.