Homemade Almond Milk

I LOVE almond milk. Any nut milk really. So my boyfriend Bill pointed out a recipe in Bon Appetit magazine and we decided to make our own. So here it is:

1 cup Raw Almonds (no skin – sometimes labeled “blanched”)
4 cups Hot Water
4 tbsp. Natural Sweetner (we used maple syrup)
1/2 tsp. Salt
(This recipe yields about 1L of nut milk)

1) Soak in room temperature water for at least 12 hours
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2) Drain nuts and toss soaking liquid out

3) Put nuts in a blender along with your natural sweetner, salt and hot water (NOT boiling – this will make your milk creamier) and start at a low speed and slowly build up to the fasted speed – about 2 minutes

4) Using a fine mesh strainer (or if you have nut milk bag lying around that will work too) strain out as much liquid as possible by pressing with a spatula
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5) Et Voila! You’ve got yourself fresh natural nut milk. If you find it too thick for your liking, you can thin it out with some water. Keep chilled and give it a good shake before pouring. Will last for 3-4 days.

Enjoy!

Bonus: if you add a 1/4 tsp of xanthum gum and emulsify with a hand blender; it will keep it from separating!

And what do you do with that leftover almond pulp?? Stay tuned! šŸ™‚

Your,
Natural Groove Gal

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