homemade almond milk

almonds: make your own almond milk
almonds: make your own almond milk

Making almond milk has actually been revolutionary for me.  Really.  I can't believe I've lived my whole life without the indulgence of homemade almond milk until recently.

There is a whole other side to baking, making smoothies, protein shakes, and much more using beautiful, homemade almond milk.  (I know I sound dramatically in love-- well I am.)

almonds: make your own almond milk
almonds: make your own almond milk
almonds: make your own almond milk
almonds: make your own almond milk

I knew the flavor I was looking for in an almond milk.  How about vanilla bean, a touch of cinnamon, and sweetened by dates?  Sounds incredible, doesn't it?

To blanch or not to blanch almonds:

Blanching almonds (removing the skin) can be done a few ways.  There is the technique of covering the almonds with boiling water for a few minutes, draining, then submerging them in cold water.  Then you pat dry and the skins slip off.  That works if you remove the skins in a timely manner before the skins tighten again on the almond.

Another technique is soaking in water for 8+ hours and then peeling off the skins.  I like this technique because you're already soaking the almonds for a long time to make a smoother milk, so why not.

I decided to blanch the almonds so I could go without straining my almond milk of skins.  I love the texture with the blanched white almonds although, my dear husband, has purchased a [amazon_link id="B009AZ20FE" target="_blank" ]nut bag[/amazon_link] so we can skip the blanching process and strain the milk. We'll see who's technique wins.

I love Oh She Glows almond milk recipe.  I based my almond milk on her fabulous recipe.

Rich Vanilla Almond Milk

  • 1 cup blanched almonds, having soaked 8+ hours
  • 3.5 cups cold water
  • 4 medium pitted dates
  • 1 whole vanilla bean
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • pinch of fine grain sea salt

1. Put blanched almonds, water, dates in your blender.

almonds: make your own almond milk
almonds: make your own almond milk

2. Snip the vanilla bean into small pieces and add to the blender.

almonds: make your own almond milk
almonds: make your own almond milk
almonds: make your own almond milk
almonds: make your own almond milk

3. Blend on highest speed for about 2 minutes.  The milk should be totally blended with only visible vanilla bean seeds.

almonds: make your own almond milk
almonds: make your own almond milk

 {Blender in action with the ever-encroaching hand-washed dishes visible.}

There you have it!  Homemade, rich vanilla almond milk.  Grab a glass and enjoy.

almonds: make your own almond milk
almonds: make your own almond milk

Pour almond milk into a jar or other glass container and keep refrigerated.  We love our [amazon_link id="B0000DE9B5" target="_blank" ]Bormioli Rocco Frigoverre Jug[/amazon_link] with hermetic lid.  It is the perfect size for 1-2 batches of fresh almond milk.

You'll have to stir the milk at each use as it separates a bit.  And if the texture is not to your liking, try using a nut bag to strain or adding a bit more water and blending again.  Either option will make the milk smoother.

almonds: make your own almond milk
almonds: make your own almond milk

I'd love to hear if you try it!

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