Homemade Almond Milk

You’ve probably noticed I have been M.I.A. lately.  The 31st was officially my last day of work.  Woohoo to finally being a stay-at-home mom again!  If you follow me on instagram (glamhungrymom), you may have seen a couple ideas I’m going to be cooking up in the kitchen.  Hopefully everything will taste as good in real life as it does in my head!  Isn’t that always the goal?
I love making almond milk at home for my family.  It’s great for my son, for coffee, smoothies, or how ever you use cow’s milk in your everyday life.  I prefer making almond milk at home rather than buy it from the store.  I know exactly what is in it, and how fresh it is.  Another plus?  It is sooooo easy!  I can keep it unsweetened or make vanilla or chocolate flavors….naturally!  I prefer sweetening with dates for the extra fiber.  I make mine in my Vitamix, but you can easily make it with your Magic Bullet, Ninja or blender!
Ingredients:
  • 1 cup almonds
  • 2 1/2 cups water
  • 3 pitted medjool dates (you can substitute with agave or honey if you like)
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • optional: 1/4 tsp pure vanilla extract for vanilla flavored or 1/2 tbsp cocoa powder for chocolate flavored
  • nut milk bag or cheesecloth

Directions:

      1.  First and foremost: Soak your almonds overnight in a bowl of water.  It helps bring your almonds            back to life, plumps them up, makes it easier to blend, and helps your body digest all the great nutrients.

      

      2.  Add the soaked (and plumped) almonds to your blender of choice
      3.  Pour 2 1/2 cups of water into blender, add dates (or sweetener of your choice) and cinnamon
      4.  If you want vanilla or chocolate flavored almond milk add the optional ingredients
      5.  Blend well
      6.  Place nut milk bag/cheesecloth in a bowl

      7.  Pour almond milk into the bowl lined with the nut milk bag/ cheesecloth
      8.  Slowly squeeze all the milk out until all that is left is the almond meal (Don’t throw it away!  You can use it in pastries or other dishes!)
      9.  Pour yourself a fresh glass, add to a smoothie, your coffe, whatever you want!
      10.  Store the milk in an airtight container for 3-4 days (if it even lasts that long)

Enjoy!
P.S.  Now that it’s almost fall time I am totally adding a dash of nutmeg to my almond milk :)

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  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/14250772812867232700 Andiepants

    I was waiting on your post for this recipe!!! I will definitely try to make my own soon!!! Such a natural and healthy way to know what is really in it!

    • http://www.blogger.com/profile/07340155042955636450 AndreaBai @ Glam Hungry Mom

      Thanks girl! Please do…it’s so yummy!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/16618831528564187010 Jana

    I love making homemade almond milk! My sister in law showed me how a couple of years ago and it is so great! :) Sweetening with dates is a great idea-I’ll definitely have to try that.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/10565188666150518885 Guru Uru

    Mmmm your homemade almond milk looks incredible my friend :)
    I hope you enjoy your knew lifestyle! :)

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru

    • http://www.blogger.com/profile/07340155042955636450 AndreaBai @ Glam Hungry Mom

      Thanks friend! Hope school is going well :)

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/18132607324746373495 Ashlee Christopher

    This sounds fabulous! Enjoy staying at home chick i am so jealous!

    • http://www.blogger.com/profile/07340155042955636450 AndreaBai @ Glam Hungry Mom

      Thanks love! XOXO

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/06173178930664126858 Kera

    Yum — Gonna have to try this! Found you through your guest post on ABpetite :) I’m also a mama, who is in need of some good recipes every now and then, so I’m now your newest follower.

    Stop by and say hello, I love meeting new friends!

    Kera @ http://nuggetonabudget.blogspot.com

  • Anonymous

    I was wondering if you know what the calorie content of just the plain Almond milk is, no addatives. Is it the same as what I would buy at the store.