Homemade Almond Milk Take 1

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We got cow’s, we got soy and now we almond. Milk that is! Now I’m not going to get all preachy or tell you I’m going dairy free. Although I’ve been thinking about it. There has always been something the creeps me out about drinking milk that’s made made for baby cows. And I never understood the stigma against breast-feeding when we freely drink the “breast milk” of another species. It just seems illogical to me.

Either way, The toddler and I have recently hoped on the chocolate soy bandwagon and we like it very much. The key to trying a milk substitute is not thinking of it as a milk. When I first took a sip I thought, “meh. it’s not chocolate MILK.” Then I thought, ummm yeah.. it’s not, it’s chocolate SOY MILK. Then I tried to taste is again without expecting milk and I was able to appreciate it’s flavor for what it is. And it’s YUMMY! We now buy a half gallon of Light Chocolate Soy about twice a month.

However, just like there are those that will tell you cow’s milk is evil, soy milk has it’s haters as well. But almond? I haven’t been able to find any groups that hate almond milk. Well, except for maybe these guys. It will be always something, right?

So a few weeks ago I bought my first container or Almond milk. I poured a glass and took the same approach I did with the soy. Before drinking it I reminded myself it wasn’t MILK it was “Almond beverage” and to my surprise it was delicious! It has a really smooth, sweet, almond taste (duh!). Nothing really like milk except for maybe consistency and color. Then I tried it with my morning cereal and I was blown away! It added a whole new dimension. Nothing beats a bowl of Grape-Nuts with almond milk and some sliced bananas! Make it chocolate almond milk and I’m in heaven!

The only problem. Almond milk is sometimes hard to find, it’s expensive and there are some who say the store bought kind is not all it’s chocked up to be. Man! It IS always something, isn’t it??

So I set out to make my own. I found more then a few sites that showed you how and they all had the same basic recipe. 1 cup of raw almond blended with 3 cups of water plus any other flavors you may want to add (vanilla, dates, etc.) It didn’t seem so hard and you know me, I’ll try anything once. Plus I like the idea of making my own. That way I know exactly what’s in it.

So let me tell you what a did and then what I will do different next time.

  • 1 cup raw almonds
  • 3 cups water

Measure out the almonds and place in a bowl of water overnight.

1 cup almondsalmonds soaking in water

When you are ready to make the milk. Drain and rinse the almonds. Place the them in the blender with 3 cups of water.

almonds in blenderalmonds blended for almond milk

Blend! I mean what could really be easier? I just cranked it on high for about a minute.

Now here’s where I hit a snag. I searched high and low for cheesecloth ad came up empty handed. I may just have to buy it online. So instead I made my own little filter system with my sifter/strainer and a bowl placed in my sink.

almond milk filtering systemalomond milk draining

I really had no idea if it would work. I just poured the almond milk in and to my surprise it started to filter and I saw “milk” in my bowl and almond grinds in my strainer!

close up of almond milk draining

I poured my almond milk in one of my decorative pitchers (translation: an old vase I use for water) and I took a sip. It was mildly sweet, tasty and… ummmmm… GRITTY! Apparently my filtration system had some flaws. I figured it would. So I strained it again and got a little more grinds out. I’m sure I could have done it a few more time but I accepted the grittiness and vowed to find cheesecloth!

almond milk finishedhomemade almond milk finished

The toddler? Well he just didn’t seem to mind at all! I gave him and glass and he downed it like a frat boy at a kegger party. I was shocked! He drank it so fast I didn’t even have time to snap an acceptable picture!

toddler drinking almondtoddler finish with almond milk

He said it was good and continued with his dinner. That’s a win in my book!

This morning we had it with our grapenuts. I figured the grittiness wouldn’t matter, I mean we are eating grapenuts! We added a few frozen berries and had a delicious breakfast! It’s so satisfying to make something and then sit down with the toddler to enjoy it. It was nice.

So, I’m looking for all almond milk experts out there. Any advice? Tips? Techniques? What do you use the almond grinds for?

For the Almond milk newbies. I urge you to give it a try. You may not like almond milk straight up the way you enjoy a glass of cow’s milk but almond milk in cereal and recipes can add a whole new dimension to your dishes!

(note: there is little info out there on nutritional information about homemade almond milk. Most commercially bought brands are 70 calories a cup with 2.5g of fat and 2g of protein.)

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  1. roni

    I am too! I really can’t find much information about it so I base it on the commercial almond milk. A glass of unsweetened has about 40 cals I think.

  2. AJ

    Hi Roni!

    So – you are also giving it to your baby – or maybe just curious about the nutrition too?

    I guess it just looks more nutrient/caloric dense than store-bought so I was hoping it’d be more?? Hmmmm. Just want my wee one to be getting enough. She seems fine – so I guess that is an indicator that it’s working well!

  3. roni

    My baby is only 8 months so he doesn’t get it yet but soon. You have to remember there is no calcium in it. The store bought stuff is fortified with it. Just so you know.

  4. AJ

    Oh – cool! So, in a few months or so it sounds like you’ll be going this route. Does your baby have a casein allergy or are you just avoiding cow’s milk? After reading a lot this past year – I never knew that cow’s milk is not even that good for us! My husband and I have changed our diet as well after discovering her food allergies. It’s hard feeding her – but I’m learning a new way of cooking:)

    Yes! I do a liquid multi for her and sneak in dark leafies into recipes for extra calcium. She loves ground chicken w/ kale…salmon w/ spinach…I use my food processor and incorporate a meat w/ one or two veggies…patty them and saute in olive or avocado oil. Sooo happy she isn’t picky.

    I do about 15 ounces of almond milk a day, I think??

  5. aCountryVegan

    I know this is an old post but I see a lot of misinformation about the nutritional value of your almond milk recipe and thought I would help clear up a couple things.
    First of all, if you are using 1 cup, 143 grams, of almonds to 3 cups of water then your calories would be approximately 200 per cup. I came to this by taking the calories of the almonds 822 and dividing it by 4 cups since that is about how much milk you are making. If you use any kind of sweetener you will have to adjust that up more.
    link to nutritiondata.self.com
    I find that way too high for me and make my almond milk with 1/4 cup almonds with 3 3/4 cups water bringing the calorie count down to about 50 calories per cup and still tastes good to me as I have only ever had unsweetened almond milk. Sometimes I might add a little vanilla to it but for cereal and cooking I find plain is fine.
    Also your statement about homemade almond milk having no calcium is incorrect. The store bought is probably fortified but if you look at that link you will see under minerals calcium and based on your recipe each cup would have almost 10% of your daily requirements of calcium and 15% of your daily protein.
    As for straining the meal out, if your using it for almond meal or as a body scrub I guess that’s okay but if you use a vitamix to make it you shouldn’t have to strain it and it won’t be gritty.

    1. bob

      That isn’t really accurate either as you aren’t consuming the whole almond, there is a heck of a lot of almond pulp left over as well.

  6. roni

    Thanks for giving us you NI breakdown! I wasn’t trying to misinform. I simply gave the commercial as a starting point and stated I didn’t know how to calculate myself. I’m glad the vitamix works for you, I don’t have one. I actually love to make these cookies aout of the meal… link to greenlitebites.com

    Thanks for clarifying the calcium! I said that in a comment and didn’t glance at the NI for almonds which do contain 7% of your calcium intake per oz!

    Thanks again!

    1. skt

      Amen Roger! I was watching a video on You Tube and I couldn’t get thru it because the child kept interrupting her! Very annoying! I came to the website so I could find just the information but the child is again, in everything. Jeez!

    2. roni

      This is my personal BLOG. You didn’t pay for this information. I’m sharing my experiences to me readers to inspire others to cook more at home WITH THEIR KIDS. If you don’t like it then move on to another site. Jeez!

      -Roni

    3. skt

      I sure as heck moved on to another website. Instead of just deleting Roger’s comment, you had to respond. Eyeroll.

    4. skt

      I sure did, like I said, you could just have deleted the comment and not start a flame war. You sure are rude as a blogger. Go spend time with your brat.

    5. Marla

      Trolls are horrible.
      I admire you Roni for trying to be as diplomatic as possible, but when it comes to trolls like this it’s much easier to delete the OP’s comments. More than likely SKT is Roger… It takes a special kind of hate filled person to pick on a child. What a sad existence they must live in.

  7. Robnowvegan

    Just recently turned vegan after watching the Fork Over Knives DVD and reading the China Study.
    Anyway, this may sound yuk, but I mix my almond milk residue with mashed potatoes and avocados.
    I then pout my beautiful meat free Sri Lankan curry over it.
    I could eat this for ever! :-)

  8. Kannon

    I am making this today…well maybe tomorrow, the nuts are soaking. I personally loved your video. I don’t have kids, but I am a teacher and an aunt. I don’t know a single kid who doesn’t like to put on a show in front of the camera. Your video is very real life. We don’t cook in perfectly white, peaceful kitchens. As for the rudeness above^^You may consider disabling your comments, or requiring a review by you before posting. My sister disabled comments and feels much better about herself ;) People are rude. Anywho, love the recipe!

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