2/1/2015

Super Easy Almond Milk

Almond Milk by Ashley Neese

Happy Sunday friends! I am happy to share a staple recipe with you today, Almond Milk. This is the exact recipe I’ve been using for 5 years and it’s amazing. We’re lucky to have found an incredible source for the freshest raw almonds I’ve ever had. This almond milk is so flavorful it tastes like almond extract! Crazy right? It is SO yummy!

Packaged almond milk has been getting a ton of bad press because of all the additives and the heavy processing that goes into it. Some folks are even developing allergies from over consumption of almonds. The beauty of this recipe is that it has no weird additive binders or preservatives. Fresh almond milk spoils in 3-4 days so you can bet that stuff on the shelf at the grocery store isn’t all that nutritionally potent.

Almond Milk by Ashley Neese

Almond Milk by Ashley Neese

Almond Milk by Ashley Neese

Almond milk contains loads of vitamin E which is essential for glowing, radiant skin. It is alkaline (if made from raw almonds) which helps keep our pH levels in check. A healthy body is a body that isn’t acidic. Almond milk contains B vitamins which promote healing and it also a good source of omega fatty acids.

I make 1 sometimes 2 batches of almond milk per week and that is plenty for Jason and I. We stir it in our morning porridge, use it as a base for elixirs and smoothies. It works well as a replacement for dairy milk.

Almond Milk by Ashley Neese

Almond Milk by Ashley Neese

Almond Milk by Ashley Neese

I typically soak almonds 36-48 hours before making milk. Soaking the almonds makes their nutrients more bio-available and eases digestion. Keep the almonds in a bowl on the kitchen counter and change the water every 6-8 hours. It’s super easy. When you’re ready to make the milk you can peel the skin off before blending or blend with the skin on. I suggest taking the 5 minutes to peel the skin if you have any digestive issues.

This no-fail recipe can be used with a variety of nuts and seeds. Pumpkin, hazelnut, and sunflower are some of my other favorite non-dairy milks that are on rotation at the house. For a thinner milk just add more water. This recipe is easy to double. For a flavored variety try my Spiced Almond Milk. For a bit of sweetness add a soft date or two and a pinch of ground vanilla. Enjoy!

Almond Milk by Ashley Neese

Super Easy Almond Milk

makes 3 cups

 

Equipment //

 

Ingredients //

  • 1 c. raw almonds
  • 3 c. filtered water

 

Method //

  1. Soak almonds in water at least 24 hours and up to 48. Rinse and change water every 6-8 hours.
  2. Give almonds their final rinse and add to blender with 3 fresh cups of filtered water.
  3. Blend on high for 60 seconds.
  4. Stain through nut milk bag.
  5. Store in a glass jar in the fridge for 3-4 days.

 

What are some of your favorite ways to use almond milk? Cheers my friends and have a wonderful week!

xoa

 

// Photos by Asami Zenri.

Comments

  • Claudia

    Gorgeous. Where do you source your almonds from?

    • ashley

      Hi Claudia!
      I get my almonds from the Santa Monica Co Op. They are the freshest almonds I’ve ever had. Organic, raw, delicious!
      xoa

  • valentina | sweet kabocha

    I loveit in everything, from soup to breakfast bowl. And I have recently made a recipe using leftover almond pulp, which I have trashed for too much time!

    • ashley

      Me too Claudia! It’s great that you made something with the leftover pulp, it definitely adds up after a while ;)
      xoa

  • Marie

    This looks good! I’m afraid I am one of those people that has issues with nuts (only in moderation for me) – I am thinking that I would like to consume less cow’s milk and am looking for alternatives… If you have any advice I would be happy to hear! xx

    • ashley

      Thank you Marie! Have you tried making milk from seeds like pumpkin or sunflower? Those are two of my favorite alternatives to nuts. Oat milk is also a lovely option, it’s very sweet. Let me know what you try! xoa

  • Jessica

    I’ve been using a simple cheese cloth for a while, but I just ordered that nut milk bag – I think it’ll make my life a whole lot easier.

    • ashley

      Hey Jessica! The bag really makes a difference. I used cheesecloth for a long time too until I discovered these bags, so brilliant. Have a great week! xoa

  • plasterer bristol

    This sounds nice, thanks for posting up this recipe for us.

    Simon

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