I can’t remember the last time I had cow’s milk. After watching a Netflix documentary on milk and being confronted with the fact that cows produce milk for the calf and not for human consumption – or at least not at the rate we are drinking it- I realized I needed to find an alternative.
Oat milk, Rice milk and Soy milk are all better options for the planet according to a recent article on The New York Times, but my preference was to make almond milk since it is what I am most used to.
I like to soak the almonds overnight and make fresh milk with them in the morning, as I find the flavor to be richer and, bonus points, this process releases a beneficial digestive enzyme! You can get fresh, clean yummy tasting milk-like beverage without any of the fillers or additives.
You can also use the pulp in oatmeal, pancakes, cakes or add it to your smoothie. I tend to meal prep after I make the milk and create overnight oats for the week with the pulp and milk, usually with a little extra to have fun with later. Stay tuned for our upcoming recipe which we use the pulp in Roasted Walnut Energy bites!
A cup of nuts will yield a varied amount depending on the strainer or cloth you use as well as the blender. With a Vitamix and a fine sieve or mesh strainer similar to this one (however I have seen people use cheese cloth and coffee filters that work beautifully), a little over 4 cups of almond milk can be made.
Start by putting your almonds in the blender (if you didn’t already soak them in the blender), and then add 4 or 5 cups of water. Now it’s time to get creative! A little bit of pink Himalayan sea salt? why not? some dates? Sure! A splash of vanilla? Yeah! some cinnamon? Yes, please! You can even add some nutmeg if you’re into it or raw cocoa if you wanna make it ‘chocolate milk’ for your little ones, just be sure to add dates and taste along so it’s sweetened to your liking. The best part is you can also control how much and what kind of sweetener you add!
After that, you just have to blend it all and strain it and presto! You end up with a foamy and delicious concoction that can last you a whole week in the fridge. That is, if you don’t drink it all in one sitting 😛