Almond milk is a great option for those wanting to try an alternative to dairy milk and it has less of an impact on the environment.
Making your own almond milk reduces the environmental lifecycle footprint compared with buying manufactured nut milk, while also giving you a sense of self-sufficiency.
As with many home-made options, milking your own almonds eliminates:
- Manufacturing of milk packaging
- Factory processing of almonds to milk
- Transporting of heavy milk products
- Waste from milk packaging
Like most nuts and seeds, almonds are an incredible source of Omega 3 fats, which are vital for mental health and healthy cholesterol levels. They also contain essential fibre, protein, magnesium and vitamin E - making them a serious superfood!
Home-made almond milk is perfect in smoothies, baking and your morning coffee. All you need is a blender and a few added ingredients to get you started.
(Makes 500ml which may be stored for 5-6 days)
1 cup almonds, rinsed then soaked overnight
2 1/3 cups filtered water
1 tbsp. brown rice malt syrup or 2 Medjool dates
½ tsp beans from a vanilla pod or 1 tsp natural vanilla extract
Pinch of cinnamon (optional)
- Place all ingredients in a blender and process on high speed until it reaches a creamy consistency.
- Strain liquid ingredients through a nut milk bag, muslin, cheesecloth, fine sieve or (in the absence of any of these) stocking will work well, too.