Almond milk is a very healthy plant-based milk made from almond nuts. It is packed with nutrients that are good for you and for those with lactose intolerance and diabetes because it lactose-free and has no sugar. Today I am going to show you how to make almond milk at home. This easy homemade milk recipe is better than the common brands you buy at the stores which are costly and may not contain the right ingredients and nutrients for you.
Homemade almond milk is the best because you get to tailor the ingredients to your taste, you choose whether you want it sweetened or unsweetened; you can add or omit vanilla flavor and whether you need it with salt or not.
- A cup of Organic Almond nuts
- 4 cups of water
- A pinch of salt
- Dates – as a natural sweetener (optional). You can omit this if you want it unsweetened.
Steps on How to make almond milk
How is almond milk made?
- Soak your organic almonds in water and let it sit overnight. They become soft and swollen.
- Wash and rinse properly and then blend into a smooth puree. For every 1 cup of almonds, you need 4 cups of water to blend it and properly extract the milk from the almonds.
- When blending, you can add a pinch of salt, dates (or any sweetener of choice), and vanilla.
- Strain using a fine strainer. I used a cheesecloth over a strainer in order to make it smooth and not grainy.
- The remaining chaff is the Almond meal and can be used in smoothies, and other recipes that need almonds or almond flour.
- Your homemade almond milk is ready and can be enjoyed cold. Any excess can be refrigerated or frozen and used later.
For every 243 grams of almond milk (a cup), there are 39 kilocalories, 1.5 grams of protein, 2.9 grams of fat, 1.5 grams of carbs, and 516 milligrams of calcium. Most brands are fortified with vitamins such as Vitamin A and D.
If almond milk is not fortified it should not be given to babies or children because of its low protein content which is needed for growth and development in babies and children.
Unsweetened Almond Milk Nutrients compared to other forms of Unsweetened Plant-based Milk
A) Almond milk vs Soy milk
For every 1 cup of soy milk, there are 6.95 grams of protein, 4.23 grams of carbs, 3.91 grams of fats, and 80 kilocalories which are less compared to the nutrients in almond milk; but soy milk has 0.5 grams of saturated fat.
B) Almond milk vs Oat milk
For every 1 cup of unsweetened Oat milk contains 120 Kcal of energy, 3 grams of protein, 5 grams of fat, 0.5 grams of saturated fat, and 16 grams of carbs.
C) Cow milk
For every 1 cup of unsweetened cow milk, there are 149 Kcal, 7.69 grams of protein, 11.7 grams of carbs, 4.6 grams of saturated fat, 12.3 grams of sugar, and 276 milligrams of calcium.
You can use this milk in your coffee, yogurt, cheese, hot chocolate, for making chocolates, and for any other recipe that calls for milk. It is a dairy-free, plant-based milk and good for vegans and non-vegans.
Benefits of Almond Milk
- It is lactose-free and therefore good for people with lactose intolerance.
- This is plant-based milk that is good and healthy compared to dairy milk (cow milk) because it has fewer calories and fats
- Very good for people with diabetes especially when it is unsweetened
- Good for people on weight loss diet
You can store it in the freezer or fridge. Freezing it preserves it over a longer period and ensures it doesn’t go bad easily.
How long does it last?
It can last for up to 10 days in the fridge after it has been opened and can last longer than 10 days when frozen.