Homemade Almond Milk!

 Almond Milk

My friend and I both only drink almond milk. Her and I have been talking about wanting to make our own for a while, but assumed it would be difficult. Then one day she pointed out to me that the unsweetened almond milk we were drinking actually had a lot of chemicals in it. I was in shock! I am normally very diligent about checking ingredients, but I guess I just assumed it was fine because it is unsweetened. Boy was I wrong! Once I checked the ingredients in the store bought almond milk, making my own became more of a NEED then a want!

Store bought nutrition facts

So Wednesday night my friend and I set out to make almond milk thinking it would be some crazy endeavor. After looking at a bunch of recipes we decided to make our own based on what we thought would work best for us.

Yes, it is a lot of steps. But, SUPER EASY STEPS! If you don’t count soaking the almonds overnight, the whole process took 5 minutes and it tastes better than store bought almond milk! You can’t beat that! From now on I am making homemade almond milk! No more store bought almond milk for me!

We came up with a bunch of delicious flavors! Below is the base recipe along with the variation of flavors!

Almond Milk

Original Almond Milk 

Recipe by: Amy Clevenger, Fit Fun and Fantastic

Makes 3 cups

First, place in a bowl or pitcher:

• 1 cup almonds

Then add water until the water is above the almonds an inch or more. Stir slightly.

Soak for 8 hours or more

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Strain the almonds and then place in a blender. Look at those almonds nice and plump!

Add to the food processor:

• 3 cups of water

• 1/2 tsp vanilla extract

• 6-7 drops of liquid stevia (could also use: dates, maple syrup, agave, or honey)

Almonds in food processor

Blend for 3 minutes on high. Then strain the almond milk over a bowl in a strainer and/or cheesecloth- I used a fine mesh bag!

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Squeeze the cheesecloth to get most of the juice from the almond pulp!

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Do not throw away the almond pulp this can be used in baking or turned into almond flour.

Taste the almond milk and determine if you need to add any more sweetener. Store the almond milk in the fridge!

FLAVOR VARIATIONS: Each recipe is for 1 cup almonds and 3 cups water (can easily be doubled etc.) Place the listed ingredients in the food processor to blend with the almonds and water.

Vanilla Almond Milk

Vanilla Almond Milk

  • ½ tsp vanilla
  • 6-7 drops Vanilla Crème Stevia (SweetLeaf Brand)

Cinnamon Almond Milk

Cinnamon Almond Milk

  • ½ tsp cinnamon extract
  • ¼ tsp vanilla extract
  • Cinnamon
  • 6-7 drops Liquid Stevia

Chocolate Almond Milk

Chocolate Almond Milk

  • ½ tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tbsp unsweetened cocoa
  • 6-7 drops Chocolate Stevia (SweetLeaf Brand)

Coconut Almond Milk

Coconut Almond Milk

  • ½ tsp coconut extract
  • ¼ tsp vanilla extract
  • 6-7 drops Coconut Stevia (SweetLeaf Brand)

Pumpkin Almond Milk

Pumpkin Almond Milk

  • ½ tsp vanilla extract
  • ¼ cup pumpkin puree
  • 6-7 drops Liquid Stevia
  • Pumpkin Pie Spice

There you have it! EASY PEASY!!!!