I love homemade Almond milk! I use it to make tea “lattes”, as a creamy base for fruit smoothies, and for making decadent “raw” ice cream. It is so easy to make and is full of vitamins and minerals, omega-3 fatty acids, good for your heart, protein, low in calories, calcium and a perfect alternative to cows milk. Here is my simple recipe. I’m not a fan of commercial almond milk and once you make it from scratch you will see the difference.
2 cups of raw almonds
6 cups of filtered water
2 teaspoons of lecithin (good for brain function) I need this
1/4 cup of agave, or coconut nectar, or maple syrup, or 3-4 dates or whatever sweetener you desire
1 vanilla bean or vanilla extract
pinch of salt
Soak almonds overnight in water.
Drain and measure out half of the almonds about 1 cup. I learned the hard way about putting all the almonds and water in the vitamix at once–a big mess!
Put half of the almonds in vitamix with 3 cups of water, vanilla bean, lecithin, sweetener and salt.
Blend on high speed until creamy and smooth. Strain in nut bag or cheesecloth, and that’s it…
Repeat with the other half of almonds. Refrigerate. Almond myilk should last about 3 days…not really sure because mine never lasts that long…Enjoy!