Making your own almond milk is not as taboo as it sounds. According to The Joy of Cooking, nut milks were made by the peasants hundreds of years ago as a substitute for cow and goat milk. It’s also quite frugal. I can make a quart of almond milk for about $1.20. It’s anywhere from $2.00 to $2.50 at the store, so I save about $1 a quart on average.
There are so many different ways to make almond milk. Some recipes call for soaking the almonds first, others require blanching, and some use plain raw almonds. Some nut milks are made in a mortar and pestle while others are made in a blender. You can strain the milk or leave the nut meat in the milk. Play around with different variations and decide what you like best.
I’d been buying unsweetened Almond Breeze and though I love the taste it can get quite expensive at $2 a quart. Knowing that it’s completely fresh and unprocessed is also important to me. If you’re used to store bought almond milk, this is going to taste different – notice I didn’t say bad, I said different.
You can sweeten this to taste or leave it unsweetened. I leave it unsweetened unless I have a specific use in mind. Some sweetening ideas include:
- yacon syrup
- brown rice syrup
- whirl it in the blender with dates
- soak with raisins and then whirl in the blender
You can also flavor almond milk with a teaspoon of organic vanilla extract by soaking the almonds with a vanilla bean.