Homemade Almond Mylk
It’s nearly impossible to avoid preservatives, thickening agents and added sugar in nut mylks. I know this because I’ve searched out and bought all kinds of mylk from the Cleveland suburbs to San Francisco North Bay, from basic generic grocery chains to Whole Foods. I know that eventually, I’ll be making my own. However, the task got put on the bottom of my “Crunchy Mom Wannabe” To Do List.
I’ll be honest- what got me started on finally making my own mylk was the romantic idea of creamy bubbly homemade goodness in an old school milk carafe. When I came across this pretty bottle, I thought, it’s time.
There are a lot of different variations – I kept mine simple.
Homemade Organic Almond Mylk
Preparation Time: 10 Minutes, Overnight for soaking
Yield: About 30 ounces
1 cup raw organic almonds
4 cups filtered water
1/4 teaspoon pure vanilla extract (optional)
1. Soak almonds overnight (8-12 hours).
2. Drain the almonds.
3. Place almonds in a high power blender with 4 cups filtered water and blend for about 1 minute. Add pure vanilla extract and blend for a few seconds.
4. Strain the mylk over a cheesecloth into a bowl.
5. Store in the fridge for 3-5 days. Shake before pouring.
You’re left with a little less than a cup of almond pulp- bake it into breads or dehydrate to make almond meal. Here’s a delicious banana bread recipe I made using almond pulp.
My toddler loves this bread for a snack.
I love almond mylk for making smoothies, oatmeal, ice pops or to flavor coffee. I’ve seen sweeter variations where cinnamon, dates and coconut extract are used. Lots of possibilities!
Note on the Vitamix blender pictured here: it’s the 5200 Series. I had wanted one for a long time but balked at purchasing one because of the price tag. Meanwhile, I’m spending $50 here, $50 there on buying different low cost blenders and food processors that produced less than desirable results. Let me tell you, the Vitamix is worth the price. You truly get what you pay for. I use it multiple times daily. I make green smoothies, healthy batters, nut butters, nice cream and of course mylk. I also use it in place of a food processor. I’ve gotten the whole family drinking smoothies packed with greens and super foods like chia seeds. The Vitamix produces such an icy, creamy and rich smoothie that it seems like a treat! Nowadays, we are all getting more fruits and vegetables in our diet. Check out the blender here- Vitamix 5200 Series Blender, Black.
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