Homemade Almond Milk is fun to make and the taste is out of this world! Compared to store bought almond milk homemade is in its own league! Well, most homemade anything is downright delicious but seriously, this almond milk is delish!!! Mmmm
A lot of people are choosing non-dairy alternatives nowadays…whether it be because they are vegan, have an allergy, or simply a taste preference.
How similar are milks and non-dairy “milks?”
Well it just depends. Soy milk is a healthy option because it has similar amounts of potassium as cow’s milk. Rice milk can be very high in carbohydrates, so that is something to watch out for. Almond milk is also a great option, but it does not come close nutritionally like soy milk does. But, for people who do not care for the taste of soy and are not allergic to nuts, this almond milk is a wonderful option.
Here is a breakdown of 6 Non-Dairy Milk Alternatives
(Information based from the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Food & Nutrition magazine)
- Almond: Often lower in calories and sugar than other milk alternatives, it is high in vitamin E and low in protein. (You will find more protein in cow’s milk, and only about 1g protein in a serving of almond milk).
- Soy: This is thicker than other non-dairy milk alternatives, it has the most protein of non-dairy milks and can make as a good creamer in coffee! Try swapping out the milk in your Starbucks latte for soy milk next time.
- Coconut: As you may assume, this has a higher fat content and contains some saturated fat. Coconut beverage in the carton is best for drinking.
- Oat: Provides fiber and iron, but is low in protein. It contains phytochemicals which may help prevent heart disease.
- Hemp: This is good in baked goods because it doesn’t have an obtrusive flavor. Good source of omega-3 fats.
- Rice: This is cholesterol free and a good alternative for people with nut or soy allergies, but it is also low in protein and high in carbohydrates.
- Choose unsweetened or plain varieties of milk alternatives for savory dishes
- Do not freeze non-dairy milk
- Look out for carrageenan…some people are sensitive to this seaweed-based thickener
- Be aware of the added sugars
- Shake the beverage before serving because some of the nutrients settle at the bottom
- 2 cups almonds
- 4-5 dates (pitted)
- 2 tsp. vanilla
- Cinnamon, Maple syrup, other flavorings are optional.
- Soak almonds in 4 cups of water overnight in the fridge
- Drain almonds and add to a powerful blender. Add fresh water into the blender, how much you use depends on the desired thickness.
- Soak dates for a few minutes to soften, start blender on low setting and gradually move it to high. Once almonds turn white liquid, stop the blender.
- Place cheesecloth over a bowl and start pouring the liquid over the cheesecloth in batches. Grab and gather the cheesecloth into a closed top sack like shown in the picture below.
- Squeeze the cheesecloth to remove the liquid and the cloth will hold the remaining almond pulp. Set the pulp aside.
- Once almond milk is strained, add the vanilla and other flavorings if desired. Store in fridge in closed jar.
- Don't throw away the almond pulp! Use it to make energy balls or bake with it!
- This recipe make 4 cups almond milk.