Friday, 31 May 2013

How to make your own almond milk

Almond milk is a delicious, versatile drink that I've come to love over the past few years - I use it over my cereal in the mornings; as a base for smoothies; as a substitute for cow's milk in baking; and for making Banana Nicecream.  And in addition to tasting fabulous, almond milk is also a good source of iron, riboflavin, Vitamin E and omega-6 fatty acids [source] - what's not to love, right?

Finding ready-made almond milk on a shelf in a South African (or is it just Bloem?) shop is, however, a rare thing.  Boo.  I've come across a powdered form once or twice, and a rice/almond milk combination once, but that's it.  Enter this quick and easy recipe for homemade almond milk that I discovered a few years back - with only 5 ingredients, it's super easy to make and it tastes soooo good.  Hope you love it just as much as I do!

Homemade Almond Milk

1 Liter of Purified Water
1 Whole Vanilla Pod
5 Pitted Dates
1 Tablespoon of Honey (Don't skimp on this one - I love mine sweet!)
1 Cup of Whole Almonds


Blend everything together for 1-2 minutes in a blender.  Strain through a sieve or a muslin cloth, refrigerate and enjoy!  :)  (Will keep in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.)




The nice thing about making your own almond milk, is the fact that the strained off almond meal can be dried in a low heat oven for 2 to 3 hours and used for baking - two for the price of one, yay!  I love it when nothing goes to waste :) .


Do you drink almond milk?  Any good recipes to share?

4 comments:

  1. Thanks for posting this! We've been buying store bought almond and soy milk for awhile now and now that we have a strong enough blender, we've been kicking the tires on making it ourselves.

    We'll have to give this a try!

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  2. I am in awe of your resourcefulness!

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  3. Thanks for the recipe, I have to try it. I love the ice cream with chocolate and almond.
    However in the morning I drink an italian "cappuccino" and I eat a muffin.

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  4. That's a very good recipe. Very resourceful- and I bet the almond bits are good in candy :)

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