2 cups of almonds, soaked for 4-12 hours in water
6 cups of purified water
1 teaspoon vanilla extract (optional)
1/4 teaspoon salt (optional)
Sweetener of choice, if you want to make a sweet almond milk. (maple, honey, dates, etc)
Put 2 cups of almonds in a medium bowl. Cover with water and let sit for 4-12 hours.
Strain and rinse your soaked almonds.
Add all ingredients into a high-speed blender and blend on high for 1-2 minutes.
While holding your cheesecloth or nut milk bag over a large bowl or container, slowly pour 1/2 of the almond milk into the bag and let it strain until all of the milk has come out. You will probably have to squeeze or firmly press the bag in order for all of the liquid to go through. Repeat with the remaining almond milk from the blender until finished.
Pour all of your strained almond milk into a class container (with a lid) and store in the refrigerator for up to 7 days.
You will be left with almond pulp in your nut milk bag or cheesecloth. You can toss it, compost it, or look up recipes that use almond pulp. I've done a lot of baking with it before!
If you're asking yourself why you should drink almond milk, or any non-dairy milk for that matter... here's the scoop..
- Dairy is a highly inflammatory food, which therefore causes inflammation in the body. Even if you don't have a dairy intolerance or an allergy, it still causes inflammation, and inflammation is the pathway for all diseases.
- Most dairy is loaded with antibiotics and hormones, because that's what cows are given in factory farms. Which means you are now ingesting those same antibiotics and growth hormones. Causing your gut bacteria to die off at an accelerated rate, decreasing the strength of your immune system.
- Some studies show that the human body cannot actually digest dairy, and that we weren't meant to consume it. Though this is a controversial topic, I urge people to try cutting it out to see if they notice a difference.
- The FDA tells us we should drink milk to get strong bones, but most research shows that the calcium found in cows milk actually has an adverse affect and can strip the calcium from your body. Causing weaker bones and low calcium levels. (I was told in high school I had low calcium, I then switched to a completely plant based diet and my calcium levels sky rocketed, go figure!)
- Fun facts:
- Most skin issues such as acne, eczema, psoriasis, etc., are all directly related to the consumption of inflammatory foods, such as dairy and gluten.
- When young children are prone to ear infections and have to get tubes in their ears, that's an early sign of a dairy intolerance.
If you have questions, please ask! But I hope you love your homemade almond milk as much as I do :)