Following is a step-by-step guide to making your own almond milk.
* Be sure to cover the almonds with extra water because they will swell as they soak.
* 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.
* 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).
* 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.