Thursday, June 14, 2012

How to Make Almond Milk

Almond milk is very easy to make. Since we buy our almonds in bulk, it is also fairly cost effective. To make my almond milk go further, I sometimes mix it in a 1:1 ratio with banana milk. This makes for a winning combination!

 Here's what you'll need to make almond milk:

4 cups water
1 cup almonds
pitcher
vanilla
liquid sweetener

The night before, put 1 cups of almonds into a pitcher with 4 cups of water. Let it soak overnight in the fridge.

The next day pour the water with almonds in it, into a blender. Puree on high speed until the almonds become pulp-like.

Pour the mix through a tight weaved strainer and into your pitcher. Set the almond pulp aside.*

My almond pulp
Add 1 tsp vanilla and 1/8 cup liquid sweetener, or to taste. Stir. Enjoy!

Yum!
That's all there is to it!

*Don't let that almond pulp go to waste! Use it to make some banana nut muffins or cookies!



GREAT READER QUESTION: Is it really cost effective to make your own almond milk? 
For us, yes. We can buy almonds from our bulk supplier for $21 for 5 pounds, or $4.20/pound. There are 3 cups of almonds in each pound. Therefore, this recipe contains about $1.40 of almonds and makes a half pitcher. It costs about $3 at my local store for about the same amount in a small carton. And don't forget: I still had the almonds to use in baking so really, I got to use them twice for the price. :)

So, what do you think? Would it be cheaper for you to make or buy almond milk? What if you cut it with banana milk?

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