Almond milk is one of the dairy free options that can replace the use of milk. Making almond milk is actually not a new thing that has come out of the gluten-free or dairy-free world. It is readily available in the shops, but you can easily make it yourself at home.
Simple homemade almond milk is real, fresh, creamy and delicious. The best thing is that you can customise it to your own taste. It can be used with cereals, for baking and a variety of drinks. You can also make almond yogurt.
- 1 cup raw almonds, soaked in water overnight, or for up to two days. Soaking for longer periods will give you a creamier milk.
- 2 cups of water. This will give you approximately a consistency of 2% milk. You can adjust this to make it thicker or thin consistency.
- Optional: 1 tsp vanilla extract ; sugar; honey; pinch of salt; strawberry; banana;
- Drain and rinse the almonds and put it in a blender together with water. Blend the mixture for up to 2 min at high speed to get a smooth nut-milk mixture.
- With clean hands strain the nut-milk mixture using a clean thin cheese cloth or thin dish towel. Lay the cloth over a mixing bowl, pour the mixture on the cloth and carefully gather the four corners. Lift the cloth and squeeze the cloth to force out the milk leaving behind the almond pulp. You can use the pulp in smoothies, cooking or baking.
- Fill the milk in jars or a covered bottle and refrigerate.
For added taste you can add the vanilla extract, salt or even make other flavours by blending in fresh strawberries or banana.
Almond milk will generally keep for up to 2 days, but you may find that it tend to separate. Therefore share well before drinking.
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