Allow me to introduce to you a life-changing ingredient in a plant-based, healthy, happening kitchen: homemade nut milk. This creamy, nutty bevvy is lower in fat and calories than reduced fat cows milk. It contains no saturated fat or cholesterol. Its a great way to crowd out dairy in your diet with something new, light and delicious.
To be honest I never liked almond milk that much until I tried making it myself. The almond nuances are amazing – and there is just so much flavor! I really hope you give it a try. There are so many amazing smoothie recipes out there and this secret weapon makes them all even better.
Give it a whirl!
P.S. Peeling the almonds is optional. Feel free to mess around with your method. I like to peel them if I have the time because I can use the pulp for almond pulp hummus like my girl Sarah B. does in this recipe. Plus, according to ayurveda a peeled almond is more sattvic, or in other words it brings more balance and healing to the body.
1 cup soaked almonds
3 cups filtered water
optional: 1/4 teaspoon rock or sea salt and 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract (or 1 vanilla bean, scrapped)
Soak almonds in 3 cups of water for 6-8 hours (overnight usually does the trick). Drain almonds, rinse them, and then peel. Discard skins. Add almonds to blender with 3 cups fresh filtered water. Blend on high until a milky consistency (about 1 minute). Pour liquid through a nut bag, cheese cloth, or mesh strainer into a small bowl. Squeeze all the liquid so you are just left with the pulp (which you can save for baking or other treats). Optional: add 1/4 teaspoon sea or rock salt and 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract. Keep in fridge for up to 5 days. If it separates that’s ok, just shake it baby!
This is FANTASTIC! Thanks so much for posting this. I bought a nut bag and made almond milk so fast! And it’s crazy good. Much better than store bought. Thanks, Krissy!
You’re welcome Becky! I totally agree, I’ll never go back. I love opening my fridge and seeing it in a mason jar or this glass bottle I got from our local dairy. For the longest time I tried so hard to “eliminate” dairy from my diet and it was really hard, now I always reach for the almond milk because it is just so damn beautiful and delicious. So glad you liked it. xoxo Krissy
I love this! Your videos are wonderful. This is my favorite way to make a non-dairy milk, as well! Next time I want to try it with a mixture of coconut and almonds. Mmmmm.
Thanks Ashley! You are blowing my mind with the coconut almond combo fantasy – I need to just stop and take that in. Yes, mind blown. I can not wait to try it!! xoxo Krissy
Krissy your site is gorgeous and I loved this video. Its awesome!! Keep them coming 🙂
Thanks Jo! More to come 🙂 xoxo
Great video! I just made cashew milk for the first time yesterday. Blended in some dates and cinnamon and it was wonderful. I actually didn’t strain out the pulp (out of laziness) and the result was pretty frothy and creamy… I’d like to try freezing it for an after dinner treat!
Can you share some recipes using the nut pulp?
Thank you Krissy!
I’ve yet to try cashew milk – thanks for the inspiration! I hear it is one nut milk that you don’t need to strain, love the idea of adding dates and cinnamon to it too! And yes I will definitely add some recipes for nut pulp – I currently have a few really good ones, but I also have a bunch of bags of it in my freezer that I need to experiment with! In the meantime check out the recipe linked to in the “PS” section above from My New Roots (you’ll love her site) and if you are in a pinch simply drying it in the oven on low hear for a few hours gives you homemade gluten-free almond flour 🙂 Keep the recommendations coming! xoxo Krissy
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