Almonds are nutritious, containing nutrients such as calcium, iron, protein, potassium, magnesium and fiber. Almond milk, a combination of almonds and water, is known as an alternative milk, something that is used as a substitute for cow’s milk. You can use it with cereal or as a baking ingredient, put it into smoothies or drink it by itself.
Things You'll Need
Decide on the amount of almond milk you want to make. This will depend on how thick you want your almond milk to be. The ratio of almonds to water is approximately one part almonds to two parts water.
Blanche the almonds and remove their skins. Do this to keep the almond milk from being bitter, though it is not necessary if you do not mind a bitter taste.
Place the almonds in a container. Pour water over the almonds until the water rises above them by around one inch.
Soak the almonds in water overnight or for around eight hours. Rinse the almonds once they are done soaking. This soaking process gives the milk a creamier texture. Put them into the blender, and grind them up.
Add the desired amount of water to the almonds, and blend until the mixture has a smooth consistency. The more water you add, the thinner the resulting almond milk will be.
Place cheesecloth or a fine sieve over a bowl large enough to hold the amount of liquid in the blender. Carefully pour the almond mixture into the cheesecloth. Gather the cheesecloth corners, and squeeze the liquid into the bowl.
Taste the almond milk. If you want it to be a different texture, place it back in the blender. Add a measured amount of either water or almonds, depending on whether you want it to be thinner or thicker, and blend until smooth. Strain again, if making it thicker. Write down the ratio of almonds to water that you liked the best, for future reference.
Pour the almond milk into a sealable container, and keep in the refrigerator until you want to use it.
Save the pulp for another recipe.
For desert almond milk, add a sweetener such as honey, agave or stevia. Maple syrup also works as a sweetener, and adds a maple flavor. Flavor the dessert milk with chocolate or vanilla or with almond extract, for a more intense almond flavor.
Try experimenting with toasted almonds to make toasted almond milk.
References and ResourcesUSDA Food and Nutrition Service: Almonds, Whole, Natural, 25 LB
Vegan Reader: Almond Milk Recipe - The Creamiest of Them All
The University of California: Almond