I am just so in love with my Vitamix ! The possibilities are endless. On my latest Vitamax adventure, I made homemade raw almond milk with cinnamon and vanilla. This stuff is good. Real Good. Deliciously creamy and rich in flavor - it's infinitely better than what you buy in a box from the store. Seriously, what the heck took me so long to make my own?!
The key to making creamy almond milk is soaking the nuts overnight. The longer you soak your almonds the creamier the milk will be. I suggest soaking for 24 hours. Many recipes suggest using cheesecloth to drain the milk, however, this method did not work for me. It was actually quite a disaster and milk leaked out everywhere. So without a milk nut bag and in a pinch, I became very resourceful and used a pair of tights ( of course clean ones ) to strain out the milk. Surprisingly it actually worked great for me. However, if you have a nut bag, I would suggest using that instead. No girl should have to sacrifice her tights!
Commercially purchased, prepackaged almond milk does not provide nearly the same benefits as whole almonds, so go ahead and give this alternative a try! I PROMISE you will not be disappointed.
R E C I P E :
Makes Around 4 Cups
1 cup raw almonds
3.5 cups filtered water ( plus more for soaking)
1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
2-3 pitted Medjool Dates ( depending on how sweet you want your milk )
I N S T R U C T I O N S:
1. Place almonds in a bowl. Cover with enough cold water that the almonds are completely submerged. Set aside and let soak overnight.
2. Drain and rinse the almonds, place in your blender along with all ingredients. Cover and process on the highest setting for one minute. Pour the almond mixture through a nut milk bag, using your hands, squeeze out as much liquid from the almonds as possible into a large bowl. Discard or save the almonds for another use (once I come up with some good ones I’ll be sure to share!). Pour into a jug and refrigerate.
3. Stir or shake before use. This should stay good for up to 5 days. Enjoy!
SPROUT TIP :
Almonds are rich in nutrients such as protein, fiber, vitamin E, magnesium, selenium, manganese, zinc, potassium, iron, phosphorus, trytophan and calcium. Almond milk also contains flavonoids, which help to lower levels of "bad" cholesterol and protect the heart. US researchers found the powerful antioxidants in almonds help inhibit the growth of free radicals and support a strong immune system.
Have you made your own almond milk? I'd love if you could share your tips!