Healthy Hacks: How to Make Almond Milk
By Becca DiCenso
Making homemade almond milk is easier and cheaper than you probably realize!
Get this: Nearly 65 percent of the population is lactose intolerant. And it seems like more and more Americans are ditching dairy in an effort to lose weight every day. That said, it’s really no surprise that dairy-free alternatives like almond milk are more popular than ever before—and we’re totally down with the trend!
Generally speaking, almond milk is a healthy pick. However, many of the store-bought varieties are riddled with sugar and a number of them also contain stomach-aggravating additives like carrageenan, a seaweed-based thickening agent. Yuck! So what’s an almond-milk loving dieter to do to ensure the very best batch? Instead of wasting hours reading nutrition labels like a crazy person, throw on an apron and make some from scratch. Not only is it super easy, the resulting drink contains far more almonds—and subsequently more nutrients—than the store bought varieties. (Our recipe uses an entire cup of almonds, while only 2 percent of an Almond Breeze carton is filled with nuts!) Plus, homemade almond milk tastes fresher, has an unrivaled creamy texture, and is 100 percent free of suspicious additives. In short, there’s absolutely no question that homemade is the way to go—especially if you’re a fan of adding almond milk to your overnight oats or smoothies on the reg. Itching to make a batch? Here’s how:
WHAT YOU’LL NEED
1 cup almonds (soaked in water overnight)
4 cups of water
Vanilla bean (or extract)
Maple syrup, honey, agave or stevia to taste (get all the need-to-know info on all the different sweeteners here)
HOW TO MAKE IT
Mix soaked almonds, water, and optional ingredients in a blender for 1 to 2 minutes, until fully mixed and creamy.
Strain the mixture into a bowl using a cheesecloth, kitchen towel, or nut milk bag.
Squeeze out ALL liquid and set aside remaining almond pulp.
Eat This! Tip
Save the almond pulp and use it to make cookies, crusts, nut butter, or even a body scrub! In need of some culinary inspiration? We love this recipe for almond pulp macaroons from Elana’s Pantry!
Note: Packaged almond milk is often fortified with calcium. However, homemade varieties do not contain significant amounts of the nutrient. If you typically rely on the beverage for your daily intake, you should consider adjusting your diet to ensure you consume enough of the bone-building nutrient.
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