Homemade Almond Milk OTG Style
While out of town recently, I had to use store-bought almond milk to make some of my favorite smoothies for the first time since I began my journey. For this reason, I need to apologize to our readers. I am sorry for not putting this recipe up sooner. Seriously, the recipe below will make store-bought almond milk taste like dishwater. It’s a labor of love to make, but so worth it:
Ingredients (Yields 32 ounces):
1 C. Raw organic almonds
4 C. Cold, filtered or distilled water
4 Organic Medjool dates
1 Tbs. Organic Vanilla flavor or Vanilla extract
1/2 tsp. Sea salt
- Blender (high-speed preferred, e.g., vitamix, healthmaster)
- Nut Milk Bag
- Large bowl or measuring cup (to hold 4-5 quarts of liquid).
- Soak almonds in 2 cups of filtered or distilled water overnight or blanch almonds in boiling water for 60 seconds and remove brown skins on almonds.
- Add almonds and 1 cup of water to the blender. Have the remaining three cups of water ready.
- Start blender slow then build to high.
- Blend mixture until it begins flow slowly.
- Before mixture warms and stiffens, add next cup of water.
- Repeat step 4 & 5 except add the remaining water.
- Blend for up to 1-2 minutes, less if you have a high-speed blender careful not over heat mixture at any point.
- Stop blender and pour mixture into the nut milk bag over the large bowl
- Gently and patiently squeeze nut milk bag to extract liquid while filtering sediment. Be careful not to damage bag.
- Rinse dates under warm water and remove pits.
- Return filtered mixture and add remaining ingredients to blender.
- Blend until smooth.
- Although it might be a little warm at this point…ENJOY!
Off The Grid Health Recommends:
- Soaking almonds overnight instead of blanching.
- Using a high-speed blender to maximize yield (e.g., Vitamix, Healthmaster, Blendtec).
- Himalayan (Pink) Sea Salt for the flavor we have enjoyed most.
- Non-alcoholic organic vanilla flavor instead of vanilla extract for better flavor.
- Enjoying almond milk cold, alone or as the base of a great smoothie.