How to Make Almond Milk
Almond milk makes a great alternative to cow’s milk for those who are lactose intolerant or looking to start a paleo diet. Whether you’re adding it to smoothies, protein shakes or your (paleo!) granola in the morning – almond milk tastes wonderfully nutty and, with a little foresight, is quick and easy to make!
For those of you wanting to know how to make almond milk at home – read on! 🙂
Benefits of Almond Milk
Almond milk and soy milk are often the first choices that come to mind for those seeking an alternative to traditional cow’s milk. However, many people are unaware of the controversy surrounding soy.
One of the main concerns is the phytoestrogen content in soy products. These phytoestrogens can mimic our natural oestrogen and may produce harmful effects for those whose soy intake is unnaturally high. Keep in mind that when consumed fermented (e.g. tofu, tempeh) or in small quantities, soy is relatively harmless; it is when it is consumed in large quantities (e.g. soy milk), that soy becomes a health hazard.
Hence, soy-free almond milk comes out on top. The problem is, many commercially available brands of almond milk contain added soy. By making your own almond milk you can avoid these unnecessary additives and can be sure that the almond milk you’re drinking is actually doing your body good! 🙂
In terms of nutrient content, both almond milk and cow’s milk each offer their own nutritional perks. While cow’s milk contains more protein and calcium, almond milk is lower in carbohydrate. This makes almond milk an option for those following a low carb diet, or those simply seeking to lower their daily carbohydrate intake. Almond milk is also high in vitamin E, selenium, magnesium, potassium, manganese, copper and good fats.
- 2 Cups Almonds
- Nut bag (available from any good online health stores – such as JumpLife!)
- Bottle or jar for storing your milk – be sure to choose something with an airtight lid (no cork stoppers!) as you will need to shake your milk before pouring.
How to Make Almond Milk:
- Empty 2 cups of almonds into a bowl and cover with water. Allow the almonds to soak overnight. This process draws out phytates (phytic acid), an anti-nutrient present in most nuts and legumes that inhibits the absorption of other important nutrients.
- Drain off the water by pouring the almonds into a sieve, and rinse well.
- Place the almonds into a blender with 3 cups of water, and blend for 1 – 2 minutes until the almonds have broken down and the mixture looks milky.
- Place an additional 3 cups of water into the blender and blend again. This will stretch out your almonds further, which is especially worthwhile if you intend to make almond milk on a regular basis. However, if you want your milk to be more creamy, feel free to skip this step.
- Place a nutbag inside an empty bowl and hold open (you might need another set of hands for this part!). Pour the contents of the blender into the bag, and lift so that the liquid runs down into the bowl.
- Using your hands, gently squeeze and twist the bag to force as much milk out of the ground almonds as possible.
- You now have almond milk! As a little bonus, we have also made almond meal. Be sure not to throw the meal away – it makes a healthy base for paleo baking!
- Empty the milk into a bottle or jar and refrigerate. It’s normal for the milk to separate – simply shake before pouring.
So there you go! A bottle will last in the fridge for about 3 days, so be sure to whip up a fresh batch every couple of days. Though if you’re a regular smoothie drinker like me, you’ll easily drink it up in time! If these steps seem a little tricky at first, don’t worry! I promise after a few batches you’ll find your rhythm and be showing your friends how to make almond milk like a pro! 😉
Do you make your own almond milk? What are your tips and tricks for how to make almond milk?