Homemade Almond Milk Recipe
So if you follow me on instagram you would know that I recently got a vitamix! I remember cracking a smile telling Shane that I never thought I would grow up to be the girl ecstatic about getting a blender. (Funny story I got a new iron a few weeks later and was pretty thrilled about that as well). But the second we got home with that baby, I watched the DVD a few times and went through the mini cookbook until I pretty much memorized the recipes. Needless to say, the Vitamix has it’s work cut out for it. One of my favorite things to make now is pure, delicious, raw, almond milk!
I was having trouble buying most almond milk brands due to the fact that the majority of them use carrageenan, which is a neurotoxin. Carrageenan is a process where extractions from edible seaweeds are used in meat and dairy products. I have even seen this ingredient in juices, which is a shame. This neurotoxin is used as a thickener and stabilizer. Carrageenan is prohibited in the EU for infant formula and organic foods, however in the US it is legal to be in both organic and infant formulas. Please please, do your research and learn about this ingredient, this sneaky thing is showing up in more and more processed foods.
Update 2016: I have started seeing more almond milk brands saying their products no longer use carrageenan! Way to go, our consumer choices are making a difference!!
“The problem is we are not eating food any more, we are eating food-like products.”
-Dr. Alejandro Junger
Anyways, back to the almond milk…after getting my vitamix, I decided that I was going to start making my own milk! I got a nut bag from Natural Grocers, dates for the sweetener and organic raw almonds in bulk! Got home and was able to make my very own almond milk in 45 seconds!! Of course the “milking” took a little longer than that, but I actually enjoy the milking part…I feel like a vegan farmer! ha!
I have to be honest and tell you that when I first tasted that milk it was something that I had no expected it to taste like.
It was seriously……the.best.almond milk…. I’d ever sipped.
Shane had no words, only gulps. That first batch disappeared fairly quick actually now that I think about it. In this time I have experimented with a few other sweetener such as maple syrup and honey and they just weren’t up to par with the dates.They just go so well with the almonds and helped to make it frothy and more like real milk texture in my opinion.
- Pour all ingredients into your vitamix or blender
- Start on variable 1 to 10, then high for 45 seconds.
- Get a large bowl or pot to lay your nut bag in. Pour the milk through the bag and then “milk” the bag. I have a pretty legit system where I loop the strings through my upper cabinet knobs to make milking easier.
- Use a funnel to pour your milk into an air tight glass container, I use old mason jars or juice bottles.
- Sip and enjoy!
- This is actually amazing with my vegan chocolate chip cookies.
Be sure to snap a photo & hashtag #omlivin during or after making this recipe! I would love to know how it turned out for you!
Question of the Day:
What is your favorite non dairy milk? Let me know in the comments down below!
Written By: Ashleigh Nicole
Ashleigh is a mother & wife who enjoys blogging in hopes to change this world for the better. Wanting to heal others inside-out as well as healing our planet Earth. Her passions include balancing the mind through meditation, knowledge & conscious parenting, the body through plant based eating, alternative medicine, & yoga, and the soul through up cycling, gardening, & sustainability. Keep your life balanced & subscribe to her weekly emails, follow OmLivin’ on instagram, twitter, pinterest or check her out on Google+ for more.
Want more plant based recipes?
Follow Om Livin’ on Pinterest for hand selected plant based recipes. For more boards vist Om Livin’s pinterest page here!
Don’t Miss These Tasty Tuesday Posts:
Read Recent Posts from Om Livin’