I have to admit that I have been somewhat of an almond milk snob. I started out trying the SILK brand and liked it ok until I tried the Califia brand and from that point on, I was hooked on almond milk…….until today when I decided to make my own. WOW , I never knew what I was missing! Homemade almond milk is so creamy and delicious and tastes so much better than store bought almond milk. Believe me when I say, anyone can make homemade almond milk, it’s really not hard at all! The health benefits of almond milk are many. One cup of unsweetened almond milk contains only 30 calories, sweetened with either honey, agave or dates is only 60 calories.There are 146 calories in whole milk, 122 calories in 2 percent, 102 calories in 1 percent, and 86 calories in skim. Almond milk is a great substitute that will help you lose or maintain your current weight!
There’s no cholesterol or saturated fat in almond milk. It’s also low in sodium and high in healthy fats (such as omega fatty acids, typically found in fish), which helps to prevent high blood pressure and heart disease. While it s not as high in calcium as cow’s milk, Almond milk does offer 30 percent of the recommended daily amount, as well as 25 percent of the recommended amount of vitamin D, reducing your risk for arthritis and osteoporosis and improving your immune function. Plus, these two nutrients work together to provide healthy bones and teeth formation.Almond milk contains 50 percent of the recommended daily amount of vitamin E, which contains antioxidant properties essential to your skin’s health, such as protecting it against sun damage. Almond milk (with no additives) is low in carbs, which means it won’t significantly increase your blood sugar levels, reducing your risk for diabetes. Because of its low glycemic index, your body will use the carbs as energy so the sugars aren’t stored as fat (yippee!) below is the recipe I made which is unsweetened. If you would like to add a sweetener, I would recommend either honey, agave or two medjool dates.
Homemade Almond Milk
1 cup of raw almonds, preferably organic
2 cups of filtered water
Put one cup of almonds into a bowl with enough water to completely cover the almonds. Let them soak overnight at least 8 hours or up to two days.
Drain the water off in a colander and rise again with filtered water. Place the almonds in your blender. This is where the magic happens!
Watch your almonds transform into this beautiful creamy milk.
After a few minutes, pour the almond milk into a nut bag held over a bowl. Squeeze away. It’s actually very therapeutic! Squeeze until you can’t squeeze any more and only pulp is left in the bag. (the pulp can be saved/frozen for other recipes).
Add 1 teaspoon of vanilla and some cinnamon (or any flavorings you would like) to your almond milk and pour into your milk bottle and chill in the refrigerator. ENJOY, you will never go back to store bought almond milk! The recommended duration in the refrigerator is 3-4 days for maximum freshness, but I found that it doesn’t last that long, it’s so yummy!