How to Make Almond Milk?
Unlike regular milk, almond milk is a perfect plant based substitute for people who are vegan or lactose intolerant. Though coming from different sources, it can easily pass away as regular milk because of its plain white color and texture. However, in terms of flavor, almond milk has a hue of nutty flavor in it, since it is entirely made out of almonds and water.
Even though almond milk is slightly different from the regular cow’s milk in terms of flavor, it is still rich in nutrition. This means that it can prove to be a very healthy option for your diet. For example, if you are looking for ways in which you can reduce your total calorie intake per day, switching from cow’s milk to almond milk might just do the trick for you!
Almond milk has a subtotal of 39 calories while cow’s milk has 102 calories in it. This vegan milk also contains amounts of fat, protein and magnesium like your regular milk. However, Vitamin E is also present, unlike cow’s milk.
As mentioned above, almond milk can also be consumed by people who have lactose intolerance. Not to mention, this milk also has a moderate amount of potassium in it, which is great for your body!
The Process of Making Almond Milk
- Cheesecloth/ Fine-mesh nut bag
- Measuring Cup
- Optional sweetener (maple syrup, sugar, honey, agave syrup)
- Raw Almonds (1 cup, preferably organic)
The ingredients and equipment required to make almond milk can easily be found in your regular general stores nearby. If you are a fan of sweetened dairy-free milk (almond), you can try adding your own preferable sweetener to the list. As you can see, a couple of options have been provided above. Feel free to give them a try!
Head to the store and grab a packet of your favorite almonds.
For this step, you need to find a bowl, large enough to fit in 1 cup of almonds and a lot of water. All you need to do is put the almonds inside the bowl and add in a lot of water. However, if you need more precise readings, you can add about an inch of water to be on the safe side. Once you have added the water, you will need to cover the bowl with the help of a cloth and set it aside for a night or two.
Remember, the key is to let the almonds plump up for as long as possible to make the texture of the milk creamier. You can either leave the bowl in the refrigerator or on the kitchen counter to allow the nuts to soak in all the water present in the bowl. This shouldn’t take longer than two days.
Once the almonds have absorbed in all the water they could, it is time for you to get rid of the remaining water in the bowl and wash off the almonds with cold water from the sink. However, you should be careful while rinsing them because the nuts tend to get a little soft after soaking up all of the water and getting rid of the phytic acid. (Phytic Acid prevents the body from absorbing nutrients).
This being the most important step, you will need to have your patience. If you are using a food processor to pulse the almonds, it will take you about 4 minutes before you are left with a perfectly blended opaque or white liquid. You will also need to put several pauses while you are blending it in order to scrape through the surfaces.
Nonetheless, if you plan on using a blender, it will only take you about 2 minutes to get the job done. You should always use the machine that you feel the most comfortable with while working.
If you have done a great job with blending the almonds, this step should be very easy to follow. You will need a fine strainer that you can place on top of a measuring cup. Once you have placed it right, grab a cheesecloth or a nut milk bag and put it evenly on top of the strainer. Make sure the cheesecloth or nut milk bag has covered all over the strainer to make sure that the solid residues don’t fall off into the measuring cup while pouring the almonds.
Carefully pour in all that you have pulsed inside your blender or food processor.
Now, you have to carefully collect all the sides of the cheesecloth or nut milk bag and hold it into one grip using your hands. In either case, you will need to twist and press on the material that you have used to make sure that all the milk is squeezed out of it. You will most probably end up with two cups of milk once you are done pressing and twisting the material.
This step is completely optional because not everyone is a fan of lactose-free sweetened milk. However, if you happen to like sweetened almond milk, you can add it into the milk before drinking it. You can use maple syrup, sugar, honey or agave syrup to sweeten it. Nevertheless, you can also find other substitutes to mix with the milk if you want more flavors and sweetness added to it.
If you don’t like wasting food in general, you can use the pulsed almonds leftover in your cheesecloth or nut bag to use it up while baking food. They go well with any dessert items like smoothies and muffins once dried properly.
Reminder: Make sure to not leave the bowl off almonds and water inside your refrigerator for over two days!