We love Almond Milk in this house! We don’t typically drink it like milk though. Instead, we incorporate it into other dishes like morning smoothies, frozen treats, overnight oats and even creamy soups. So I just had to know how to make Almond milk. And I also wanted to know if I would save any money by making it myself!
When the kids start to show signs of a cold, I keep them away from dairy until they get better. Almond milk is a great alternative to cow’s milk. I use it to make green fruit smoothies, so they are still getting nutritional benefits without the dairy. But aside from that, almond milk just tastes delicious!
Benefits of Homemade Almond Milk
It turns out that there are several reasons why homemade Almond Milk is healthier than store bought milk with several benefits being in the packaging. Store bought almond milk comes in a Tetra-Pak. Even though these are BPA free, they still use PET 1 plastic which is the same plastic as water bottles. I try to avoid all plastic as much as possible, so I consider it a win if I can reduce even a small amount of chemicals by making my own. One less box also means, one less item in the recycle bin that week!
How to Make Almond Milk
I have wanted to make our own Almond Milk for a while now, but for some reason, it seemed so intimidating! I purchased a bag of organic Almonds from Thrive Market and an organic Nut Milk Filter. But they just sat on my counter for several weeks as I tried to figure out how to use the bag. Finally, I decided to just take the leap! I soaked 1 cup of almonds in water for 3 days and I rinsed and replaced the water 4-5 times because it was looking cloudy. The almonds only need to soak for 2 days, but the longer they soak, the creamier the milk will be.
After 3 days, I drained the almonds and added them to the blender, along with 2 cups of fresh water. I put the blender on high for about 3 minutes, or until it looked pulverized. At this point, I read the instructions on the Nut Milk Filter and realized that I was supposed to prep the filter by boiling it in hot water for 10 minutes. I let the almond milk sit as I prepped the filter.
Once the bag was prepped, I placed it over a Pyrex glass and poured the milk into the bag. It didn’t filter as quickly as I had expected and I had to squeeze the bag to push the milk out. It wasn’t difficult, but just not what I expected.
And that’s it! I was so excited to have delicious almond milk and a bag full of Almond Meal. And boy was it delicious. I can definitely see why people would prefer making it over buying it!
You can also change it up by adding the following:
- Vanilla Extract
- Pureed Strawberries
- Cocoa powder and honey
- Maple Syrup
- Cinnamon and nutmeg
Cost: Homemade vs Store bought
The bag of Organic almonds that I purchased on Thrive Market was $7.99 and it had about 3 cups of Almonds. That means the bag will make 6 cups of milk since 1 Cup of Almonds will make 2 cups of Almond Milk. One box of Almond Milk is $2.99 at Trader Joes. So the price is about comparable.
But, there is a bonus with the homemade milk! I discovered that after filtering the Almond Milk I was left with 2/3 cup of Almond Meal. I love the almond meal. Either mix it into baked goods for extra fiber and protein or dry it in the oven and use as a breading. Almond meal is expensive, so making your own is definitely more economical.
Give it a try and let me know what you think! What is your favorite way to drink it?
How to Make Almond Milk
- 1 Cup Almonds Organic
- 2 Cups Water
Soak the almond in water for 2 days. Be sure to rinse the almonds and refill with clean water 2-3 times over the 2 days
Drain the almonds. Place almonds and 2 cups of water in the blender. Blend until well pulverized
Place a nut bag over a glass jar. Pour the almond milk through the nut bag and press out the liquid