Thursday, February 7, 2013

DIY almond milk (sweetened vanilla)

About a year ago I found out that I was mildly allergic to milk products. It was a horrible day! No more cheese. No more milk. No more butter!

Quite frankly it was one of the biggest changes I've ever had to make, but it's been worth it. I feel so much better, I'm having less sinus infections, and I have more energy. It's been a good, but difficult change.

One of the big changes I made was switching from cows milk to almond milk. To be honest, I actually really enjoyed it.  At least the sweetened vanilla kind. :) But sadly, I looked at the back of the carton one day and realized that there is a lot more in almond milk than almonds, sugar and vanilla. There were things I couldn't pronounce and I had no idea what they were. I decided to do some research instead...

I found out that most commercial almond milk is bad! Here is a great post from one of my favorite bloggers about non-dairy milks and she explains why you should be careful picking a non-dairy milk.

I decided that maybe I could make my own to avoid some of the not so natural ingredients. Come to find out that making almond milk looks really easy and I already had everything I needed to get started.

All you need is:

1 cup of almonds (soaked for at least 8 hours)
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 tsp to 1 tbsp vanilla extract
A large spoonful of honey
4 cups of water

I soaked the almonds for 8 hours. I was wondering if I could skip this step because basically I'm just going to crush the caca out of them in a blender, but during my research I found out that this is actually an important step. It softens the nuts, gets rid of impurities and helps to release all the good stuff inside the almonds so we can absorb them better.

Just blend the ingredients together in a mixer for a while--- the longer the better!      

Remember to strain the liquid at least twice! There is quite a bit of almond residue. And then Tada! You have your own almond milk! 

Also check out my friend's recipe for almond milk from Ribas with Love


  1. i'm excited to try this! looks yummy!!

    1. Mmmm..... It's pretty good, but it will separate so just shake it a lot! :)


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