If you've never made any type of nutmilk at home, you should consider starting to do so. Having stopped dairy (4 years ago), it was hard for me to find any alternatives that I actually liked. If you look at the ingredients on a nut milk bottle, it starts with the nut, some water, and usually some additives, sugar, and loads of things I can't pronounce. I'm not a fan of that. A few years ago, I tried making almond milk at home, and when I realized how easy it is (though a bit time consuming), I decided to stop buying the store bought stuff and just make it at home from then on. I made a huge jug of it over the weekend, and my husband was very happy with the taste! It has the creamy pure taste of almonds, which I love. And I added nothing to it. If you like your nut milks a bit more sweet, you can add some dates and blend them with the almonds or some maple syrup. I have tried both before and liked the results. I hope to inspire you to make this at home!
Makes one large jug (about 6 cups)
2 cups raw almonds
8 cups filtered water
Vanilla bean (optional)
3 raw dates (optional)
2 tsp maple syrup (optional)
1 tsp salt
Soak almonds for at least 12 hours in pure water with 1 tsp salt.
Rinse the almonds well. Mix almonds with pure water in Vitamix or a high speed blender until creamy and smooth. Strain the milk using a cheese cloth or a strainer into a bowl (it's easier than to try and pour it directly into the jug) until all the water is out. If using sweetener or vanilla, put the milk back into the blender and blend it with the dates, vanilla or maple syrup. Pour into a glass jug or jar and store in the fridge for up to 1 week.