Before I really started to experimenting more with cooking and playing with my blender I somehow didn't even think about how easy it was to make homemade almond milk. Honestly before my favorite blender came along I didn't even attempt making something like this. I've always had the cheapest $20 blender up until a couple years ago; the kind that screamed at me, literally if I tried to blend up even a handful of ice cubes.
4 Steps to Homemade Almond Milk
Soak the almonds in water overnight or 12-24 hours for maximum water absorption.
Drain and rinse the almonds in a colander after soaking
Blend up your plumped up almonds along with your water in a high speed blender. I honestly do not know how well a standard blender would blend up the almonds so I would just say use caution so you don't burn out your blender. It is a hard job on a less powerful blender.
Strain the blended liquid almond mixture through cheesecloth along with a fine mesh strainer or a nut milk bag. I like to use a large measuring cup underneath the cloth/bag so I can see exactly how much milk I have. It's also just an easy way to hold the strainer.
Uses for Homemade Almond Milk
There's the obvious purpose for people with lactose intolerance to try almond milk. For people like me though I like to use almond milk just as a milk alternative for everything from smoothies to french toast. Weather you're on a dairy free diet or just trying to lose some weight almond milk is a great alternative to try out. The downside of almond milk though is the store bought versions. They are full of added sweeteners, preservatives and lots of other unrecognizable ingredients. In a recipe like this almond milk you know exactly what you're drinking.
If you want to make a treat for kids try making chocolate milk or hot cocoa with some real chocolate with almond milk.
Try making your own homemade almond milk and let me know what you think in the comments below.