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Do you find yourself wishing you could drink milk but have a lactose intolerance? Maybe you are just interested in a healthier option than that store-bought milk. Making your own almond milk is actually very easy, fast, and is very healthy for you.

Following is a step-by-step guide to making your own almond milk.

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Step 1: Soak almonds for 6 hours or overnight in filtered water.
* Be sure to cover the almonds with extra water because they will swell as they soak.

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Step 2: Drain and rinse the almonds after soaking.

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Step 3: Transfer the almonds into your blender and add filtered water.

* Most recipes call for 1 cup of nuts and 3 cups of water. I choose to put in twice as many nuts and as much water as I can fit in the blender. Once the milk is made, you can always add water as you drink it.

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Finished almond milk to be drained in the nut milk bag. My blender is full to the brim as you can see in the picture.

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Step 4: Place nut milk bag inside of a pitcher and pour some of the blended almonds in. Take the bag off of the pitcher and squeeze the bag slowly to get the milk to drain into the pitcher and to keep all of the almond pieces inside of the bag. After squeezing all the milk out, pour the milk into your milk container (an airtight one is best).

* You can use a cheesecloth instead. However, if you do, you will regret not buying a nut milk bag and may never try making your own almond milk again. It takes a looooooong time and is a pain. I did the cheesecloth method the first time and immediately got online and ordered a nut milk bag. My second time making almond milk with the nut milk bag was much easier and faster (thus more enjoyable).

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Step 5: Empty the almond meal from the nut milk bag onto a pan lined with parchment paper. Preheat the oven to 200 degrees and let the almond pieces dry for an hour or so.

* Break up the chunks and spread it out to allow for faster drying.
** If you increase the temperature of the oven to allow for faster drying, the almond meal will cook instead of just drying.

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Repeat Steps 4 and 5 until all of the liquid in the blender has been processed into almond meal and almond milk.

When doing a double batch (2 cups of almonds before soaking), it yields a full 39 ounces (airtight container on the left) and then a good bit more in the pitcher on the right.



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I highly recommend the airtight container. I bought it on Amazon (the Bormiolli Rocco Frigovere Jug with Hermetic Lid). I will probably end up getting the larger size as well. I wanted to make sure that it worked well before getting the larger one.

As the almond milk sits, it separates out and you have to shake it well. If you don't have an airtight container, it would be impossible to shake it accordingly.

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Optional: Add sweetener

If you look at the ingredients on the store-bought almond milk, you will see a lot more than just almonds and water. In fact, unless you buy unsweetened almond milk, it will have added sugar.

We use a lot of Stevia in our house because it is natural and has zero calories. It does not spike your blood sugar and is much better for you than table sugar or any of the artificial sweeteners.

Instead of adding Stevia to the whole batch of almond milk, I add it as I go. When I pour a glass of milk, I add in a couple of drops of Sweet Leaf Vanilla Creme Stevia, and I can adjust the sweetness to the person's liking.

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This is the almond meal that dried in the oven for about an hour at 200 degrees. You can check it every 15 minutes or so and stir it around a bit. You may want to break up any chunks when you stir it around.

After it appears to be dry, take it out of the oven. Once it is dry and cool, you can stick it in a coffee bean grinder (or a Vitamix if you are lucky enough to have one of these) and grind it some to turn the almond meal into almond flour.

Conclusion

If you've looked at the price of almond flour, and don't mind spending a little bit of time to make your own, you can take almonds and make two healthy products- almond milk and almond flour. Sounds like a win-win situation to me. Whenever i can save money and eat/drink a healthier and junk-free product, I jump at the chance.



 


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Brandy Ferguson
05/23/2013 6:05am

That is a pretty nifty idea. A way to make use of it all.

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