Homemade Almond Milk: Make Almond Milk Easily for Dairy-Free Meals ~ Friendly Eco Might

Monday, 12 May 2014

Homemade Almond Milk: Make Almond Milk Easily for Dairy-Free Meals

Almond Milk

Many people, like you and someone in your family may be lactose haters, or sometimes you may be worried about the animal welfare in the dairy industry. So the question to be asked is "Got dairy-free milk?"

For the lactose intolerant, and those avoiding dairy for some or the other reasons, making homemade almond milk is simply the best possible choice for a non-dairy beverage.

How do you milk an almond?

I grew up drinking a lot of milk and eating cheese and think nothing else other than these, and it was what everybody did. I contemplated that dairy products are the best foods for me. However, some 10 years ago, I gave up dairy products and I found that the health issues I had were cleared up, even digestive problems and sinus issues. My health improved only due to avoiding those dairy products. I used to eat some form of dairy products at the party, and ended up with an upset stomach, so it's obvious that dairy is not for me.

Not buying cow's milk is not a hardship us. There are many options for alternative milks on the market, like soy milk, almond milk, rice milk, and hemp milk. The drawback of these is their cost, which is much higher than cow's milk.

We have been making homemade almond milk for years now just to save the expenses. It is not only tasty, but also simple to make.

Recipe for Preparing an Easy and Delicious Homemade Almond Milk

The apparatus you need to make this homemade almond milk is a blender, a strainer, and also a container to store. The ingredients required are very simple, as almond milk can be prepared with just water and raw almonds, and it can be sweetened with honey or flavored with essence.

Ingredients:

Soak 1 cup of almonds in a bowl for about 12 hours.

Instructions:

Pour out the soaked water when you are ready to make almond milk and rinse if desired. Then, put the almonds in a standard almond blender. Some recipes say to remove the skins of almonds after soaking them, but still our almond milk turns out great.

Now, add 4-5 cups of water to the almonds and then blend them thoroughly. The thickness of almond milk depends on the quantity of water added. If you want creamier almond milk, add less water (about three cups of water to a cup of almonds). We have found that it yields a consistency when 5 cups of water were added to 1 cup of almonds.

Your blender decides the time needed to blend almonds into almond milk. But, a high speed blending for a couple of minutes is enough to make them into smooth, creamy consistency. If you find still larger almonds, continue blending until all almonds are blended.

Next, pour the almond milk through strainer into a glass jar and then store it in the refrigerator so that it is fresh for a couple of days. You can also use mesh bags which are exclusively made for making nut milks. But it is not necessary unless you want fine almond milk.

Don't put the leftover almond pulp into the trash. It can be food dehydrated or dried in an oven and can be used in other recipes which require almond flour or it can be eaten fresh as 'almond cheese'.

The prepared homemade almond milk is usually plain. So, you may make it sweeter or flavored milk by adding honey, vanilla extract (or vanilla bean), agave nectar, or blended dates to the almond milk while blending. In the same way, we can prepare cashew or sunflower seed milk, which provides a nutritious non-dairy beverage.


Now, shake the homemade almond milk. Our most favorite breakfast is oats with raisins, chopped fruit, coconut flakes, and sweetened with honey and topped with homemade almond milk.

If you made a different and special homemade almond milk, you can share your experience in the comments below.




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Somanath Yadavalli is 19 year old guy, who is pursuing his B.Tech (Electronics and Communication Engineering) in The National Institute of Engineering, Mysore, Karnataka, India. He is managing several blogs from his own living room. His passion is to do something for his planet. Read more...

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