How to Make Almond Milk

This is a comprehensive guide of how to make almond milk using raw almonds. Included you will find information on nutritional value of almonds, the making of almond milk and variations for the almond milk recipe.

You Can Make Almond Milk Yourself

Although grocery stores carry almond milk, you can learn how to make almond milk yourself. It is easy.

Making almond milk is also economical. If you use raw almonds, you can be assured of the most healthy form of almond milk you can get. How much savings, It can be as little as $1 to $2 for 64 ounces.

Simple Almond Milk Recipe

Necessary Ingredients:

  • 1 cup of raw unpasteurized almonds
  • 3 - 4 cups of filtered water
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • sweetener or 6 pitted dates
  • Pinch of Sea Salt
  • blender
  • cheese cloth

Making Almond Milk

Start by soaking one cup raw almonds overnight in four cups of filtered water. This first step will soften the almonds and make them blend easier.

Blend the soaked almonds in the water until the mixture is a smooth consistency.

Next, strain the almond milk using the cheese cloth.

The milk can now have a pinch of sea salt blended in, vanilla extract and sweetened to desire.

Using and Storing Almond Milk

Refrigerate after making. It should be used within five days.

It can replace milk in many ways, including over hot or cold cereal, smoothies, milk shakes, coffee and lattes.

Add cocoa to the blender and you can have chocolate almond milk which kids love. Almond milk can also be substituted for milk in many recipes, especially baked goods.

Sweetening Almond Milk

Sweeten with pure maple syrup, agave nectar, honey or coconut sugar (also called palm sugar) or no sugar at all.

  • Swirl it in a smoothie
  • Pour it over cereal
  • Bake it into muffins
  • Steam it in a latte

Almond Milk: Home Made or Get it Commercially Made

You can buy it ready made, chock full of chemicals.

Store bought almond milk, 64 fl. oz costs about 3.19

The ingredients include all Natural Almond milk (made with filtered water, almonds), calcium carbonate, sea salt, natural flavor, locust bean gum, gellan gum, sunflower lecithin, D-Alpha-Tocopherol (a natural vitamin E), zinc gluconate, vitamin A palmitate, riboflavin (B2), vitamin B12, vitamin D2.

It appears the reason vitamins are added is that during the commercial processing, many nutritional values are lost. Also, note that ineffective forms of some vitamins are added. Buyer beware.

Warnings and Beware

Almond milk is not for baby formula. Feeding almond milk to a baby could result in dehydration and failure to thrive. Hypochloraemic and hypokalaemic metabolic alkasosis is seen in infants who consume pure almond milk.

There have been clinical trials with almond milk based formulas and these have been found beneficial for babies who are cow-milk allergy/intolerance. Note that this is a formula and not pure almond milk.

It needs to refrigerated and last up to 7 to 10 days after opening.

If you are allergic to nuts or have asthma, make sure almonds will not cause a reaction before consuming almond milk.

Nutritional Value of Almonds

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