Yesterday I had a bit of an incident. Everyday I ride my bike to work – it’s just something I do to save money and also get in a bit of extra exercise. At one point in my ride I have to cut across and head north where the bike lane ends. I never had a problem with this route and I was doing the same thing I always do. Long story short, a car wound up stopping and opening their car door. I went right into the car door, swerved, and hit another car on the right side. I fell to the ground (I’m okay, I promise!) and managed to be FINE. I do not wear a helmet, but now I won’t get on the bike again until I have one. I got away with a stiff neck and a couple of cuts. This story is so significant to my life because everyday I try SO hard to live a healthy life, make the right eating choices, so I can have a long, healthy life. My life could have abruptly stopped right then and there regardless of how healthy I try to be and how many homemade almond milk ounces I make. Life is beyond precious, and along with making proactive choices so you can live a healthy life, also be careful. Wear a helmet. Look both ways. Put on a seatbelt. You don’t realize how short life can be until you face an incident like this.
Anyways. like promised, how to make my homemade almond ‘mylk’.
In my instagram post I wrote, “why I won’t buy store-bought almond milk”. And yes, that is true, I won’t purchase silk or blue diamond or whatever. I just won’t. But a disclaimer, I’m not that anal chick bringing my homemade almond milk to coffee shops (well, most of the time.) and if I’m out to dinner/lunch and I have some milk in my coffee, I will just choose whatever non-dairy alternative they have. Balance. So yes, when I’m at my home and I want milk, I make my own. I make the best choices I can everyday considering that life happens and sometimes you must have processed almond milk.
So why I don’t buy store-bought almond milk. Not a big long spiel here, but why would you buy store-bought almond milk filled with guar gum and ‘natural flavors’ when you could just make your own super fast, super cheap and super easy almond milk? What I try to do everyday is eat every food as a whole only consisting of ingredients I understand. If you don’t know what an ingredient is, your body won’t either. Trust me. I think that is a pretty simple philosophy. Just eat things in their natural state. I don’t worry about food combining, macros, percentages of fat/protein/carb, I just eat foods as a whole and in an untouched, organic state. Simple.
So how do I make my almond milk? We are thinking simplicity here.
What you will need:
1.) Blender (I use a Vitamix)
2.) Filtered Water
3.) Raw/Organic Almonds
6.) Organic Sea Salt
7.) American Apparel Nylon (Haha! Or just any nylon stocking…I will get to this part and explain…I promise…)
First, I soak my almonds for about 8 hours. So just the day before you decide to make your milk, just soak your almonds overnight. This will make them easier to blend.
1.) Drain and rinse the soaked almonds and then put them in the blender. I normally do about 2 cups of almonds and this makes about 64 oz.
2.) So I know I mentioned on my blog before I never use measuring cups. I always just approximate which makes me a shitty recipe writer but bear with me. I put enough water in the blender so that all the almonds are covered plus about an extra 1 1/2 cups. It should look like 1/2 almonds and 1/2 water in the blender.
3.) Then I add in a couple shakes of cinnamon, 3 dates, and a pinch of sea salt. I taste test after it is finished blending and add in a little more of whatever you like. If you like a more savory milk, add some more sea salt. A sweeter milk, add some more dates.
4.) Blend. I let my blender sit on for about 2/3 minutes so it completely blends all the dates and almonds. Then I taste test and see what I need a little more of. Now, the milk is gonna be thick at this point because this is prior to filtering it.
5.) So this part my roommate always laughs at. But I promise it doesn’t take long! So you are going to need a nut bag or cheesecloth and to be completely honest I have no idea where to get one, probably online. What I use is an American Apparel nylon stocking. I cut off the feet part (I never used these stockings) and it works perfectly! All I do is grab a big pot, pour my almond milk from the blender and into the stocking over the pot. I wish I had a video for this part, it kinda reminds me of milking a cow. The goal of this is just to filter out all the leftover almond pieces and just get the creamy ‘milk’. It takes about a couple pours and a couple stocking massages to finally get all the milk out. I’m not sure if I’m using correct terms when referring to my almond milk. But whatever. And wah-lah. That’s all. You are left with a non-chunky, creamy, delicious almond milk. With no weird ingredients.
I’m telling you this almond milk tastes good in just about everything. Especially coffee.
So that’s all for today, try my recipe, tweak it yourself and tell me what you think and what you did differently!