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 yummy and all good 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, to be able to digest them better. You can get fresh, clean yummy tasting milk without any of the fillers of the additives. You can also use the pulp in oatmeal, pancakes, cakes or add it to your smoothie! Here’s a link to a *You can skip that step if you’re pressed for time* but I dare you not to!
A cup of nuts will yield 4/5 cups of nut milk depending on how watery you like it.
Start by putting your almonds in the blender, and then add 4 or 5 cups of water. Then, 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. You can also control how much and what kind of sweetener you add- we like it with a few dates and a hint of vanilla, but some raw cacao powder would be great for the kids or grown ups who enjoy their chocolate milk (like me!!)
After that, you just have to blend it all and strain it with a very fine mesh/colander or cheese bag* 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 😛
*If you don’t have or don’t want to invest in a cheese cloth, a clean kitchen towel or even a paper towel will do the job as a colander.