Almond milk is a big part of my everyday life. That sounds more dramatic than it is, but I don’t eat much dairy anymore, so almond milk is my go-to supplement for anything that needs milk. I used to drink Blue Diamond Unsweetened almond milk, but, as I’ve started to really simplify the ingredients I’m putting in my body, Blue Diamond no longer works for me.
The ingredients for Blue Diamond Unsweetened almond milk read: ALMONDMILK (FILTERED WATER, ALMONDS), CALCIUM CARBONATE, SEA SALT, POTASSIUM CITRATE, SUNFLOWER LECITHIN, GELLAN GUM, NATURAL FLAVORS, VITAMIN A PALMITATE, VITAMIN D2, D-ALPHA-TOCOPHEROL (NATURAL VITAMIN E). Because I don’t know what half those things are, I decided to start looking for an almond milk with fewer ingredients.
A simplified almond milk
I stumbled upon a brand called Three Trees one day and absolutely loved with. With only almonds, water, and vanilla bean making up this almond milk, I realized I actually prefer the simple version much more. Maybe it’s that gellan gum in my almond milk just weirds me out. While I love Three Trees almond milk, there’s only one downfall. It’s $8.99 for only 1 liter. Yuck. So, I decided to look into making almond milk myself. Turns out: it’s really not that hard!
Now, when I say it’s not that hard, I do wonder what someone’s results would be if they didn’t have a good blender. I’ve only ever made almond milk with my sister’s Vitamix which makes things truly a breeze. Ok, maybe not a breeze. I did spill half my almond milk when I was pouring it into the jar, but again it’s all about the products you have! I should invest in a bowl with a spout.
And, the cool thing about homemade almond milk is that you can make it however you want. There are SO many variations, and it’s actually quite fun to play around with them (if you’re into that sort of thing, which I’m using you are if you’re reading this, unless you’re my dad, who won’t ever make homemade almond milk, but is probably still reading this cause he’s a great dad).
Here’s a recipe for the most common variation I make. If you change it up or add other flavors, let me know how it turns out!
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- 1 cup of almonds
- 9 cups filtered water (4 for soaking and 5 for blending with the almonds)
- 1/2 tsp vanilla
- 2 dates
Soak the almonds in 4 cups of water for about 12 hours. It can be more, it won’t hurt it. I’d say to do at least 10 hours though. I usually just put a cup of almonds in a bowl with the water right before I go to bed or go out on a weekend night, then make the almond milk in the morning. If you don’t have time to make it in the morning, you can drain it and leave the almonds in a bowl till you’re ready to make.
Once you drain the almonds, pour them into a blender (I use the Vitamix which is wonderful) and pour in 5 cups of water (doesn’t have to be super exact). The more water you put the less creamy it will be and the less water you put, the more creamy. Add in 2 pitted dates and the vanilla and blend it all up. I usually do it for about 2 minutes.
Once that’s done, you’ll need to drain the milk into a bowl to not get any of the almond meal residue. I’ve invested in a nut milk bag, this one to be specific, but I when I didn’t have one, I just used a thin kitchen towel. If you have a cheese cloth, that would be great too.
That’s it! Pour the drained almond milk into a glass jar to store and enjoy! It lasts about 5 days. If you don’t use almond milk as much as I do, feel free to halve the recipe!