Here's the Deal with Homemade Almond Milk
For 99% of us, homemade almond milk won’t replace store-bought.
But here’s the deal:
Homemade almond milk is unbelievably delicious. And in certain situations, there’s nothing better.
Before you read why homemade almond milk is so great, here's what you need
You need two things to make homemade almond milk.
Oh, and a third thing. You need to trust us that the process of making it is worth it. 🙂
Quick background: I used to think homemade almond milk was ridiculous
Homemade almond milk?
Why? (Aside from being officially 100% dairy free!)
Why make your own when you can buy cartons at the grocery store?
Unlike homemade green smoothies which cost MUCH less than store-bought, homemade almond milk is actually more expensive. And that doesn’t even factor the cost of time!
Not to mention, store-bought is fortified with calcium.
Well, my friends, logic is not part of this equation.
Here’s why homemade milk is so great
Homemade almond milk is (in the words of Chef Carolyne, with me in the video below):
- Bursting with creamy flavor.
It tastes nothing like store-bought.
And guys, the color is so vibrant. The brightest, most beautiful white you’ve ever seen.
With nothing but almonds and water! So, so easy.
The best way to use homemade almond milk
Add it to coffee. A bit of homemade almond milk in coffee is unbelievably delicious.
It makes for the richest and creamiest you’ve ever had. Yes, creamier than using cream from cow’s milk.
Normally, I like my coffee black. But if there’s homemade almond milk available, it’s tough to say no.
More great uses for homemade almond milk
What are some great uses? As you’d expect, the following are fabulous with homemade almond milk:
- Baked goods.
- Really, anytime a recipe asks for milk.
But let’s get one thing out of the way. It may not be realistic to exclusively use homemade almond milk.
We make a daily smoothie with almond milk. For those, we still use store-bought almond milk from a carton.
Perhaps someday we exclusively use homemade. It really is one of our favorite Vitamix recipes.
But until then, we’ll make a batch every week and use it to make our coffee out-of-this-world delicious.
Go make some, people. Go make some today!
Video: Introduction to (and demonstration of) homemade almond milk in a Vitamix
Highlights from the video
- Why you want to soak the almonds: 00:47
- What varieties of homemade almond milk you can make: 1:44
- What you can do with the almond pulp: 2:14
- Why the filtration bag is better than a cheese cloth: 3:38
- The shortcut if you’re making a smoothie: 4:07
- What happens when you eat the pulp raw: 5:14
- Side-by-side comparison between store-bought almond milk and homemade almond milk: 6:28
- Comparison from nutritional standpoint: 9:08
Want more useful tips? Here ya go.
Homemade almond milk that's thick, luscious, and bursting with flavor.
- raw almonds - 1 cup (135g), soaked
- water - 3 cups (700 ml)
- A blender (Vitamix 5200 being shown in the video, A3500 is what we uses these days)
- Filtration bag (this one from Vitamix website shown in video, but any one will do)
- Soak almonds in water for 8 – 12 hours
- Strain them (not with filtration bag, just a normal strainer)
- Rinse soaked almonds with cold water
- Add soaked almonds to your blender
- Add water
- Blend for 45 seconds
- Pour everything through filtration bag and squeeze it all through
- Serve chilled
- You can store in the refrigerator up to four days
- Save the pulp! Use it for baking or cooking
Useful tips for Homemade Almond Milk
Get a filtration bag. You will not be able to make homemade almond milk with cheese cloth. (We tried it recently while away and without our filtration bag. It was a total failure.)
Be sure to use raw almonds, not roasted.
Soaking almonds may seem strange, but it’s actually quite simple. Put almonds into a bowl submerged in water.
And remember that you can use the pulp for enhancing baked goods. After all, there’s a ton of good nutrients left in that almond pulp.