After trying various homemade non-dairy milk recipes I’ve finally found the one that works (the one my kids love). Ive tried Rice milk, Oat milk and soaked almond milk, all of which were a drag to make. The rice required cooking, the oats were thick and starchy, the almonds needed to soak, all of them required straining and prep time. Uh…no. In the words of the now infamous Sweet Brown, “ain’t nobody got time for that”! There is a better way. Enter homemade, no waste almond milk.
Here’s what you’ll need:
- About a pound of almonds (raw or roasted, your choice)
- 1/4 cup Canola oil
- 6 cups Water
- 1 Tbsp honey (or sugar, agave or maple syrup…all optional)
Here’s what you’ll have to do:
1st, make almond butter
Combine almonds and canola oil in a high speed blender and blend on high until smooth. Best to use a Vitamix blender (click to purchase one with free shipping), which has a tamper so you can push the almonds down onto the blade. Add more oil if you need to in order to get a nice, smooth blend. Transfer to a storage container. It should look something like this:
Next, milk the almonds
Scoop out 1 Tbsp of almond butter for every 2 cups of water. Combine the two in Vitamix (don’t bother cleaning the almond butter out of it) and add your sweetener (totally optional). Blend on high speed for a minute or less.
No straining required, just hold the top of the blender pitcher while pouring into your storage container to keep the foam out. The above recipe makes about 6 cups of almond milk so keep that in mind when choosing the size of your container. I used to use an old glass milk jug but it was a hassle to clean. I now use a large, re-purposed honey jar with a wide mouth…
Super easy, low maintenance.
Store the almond butter in the refrigerator, especially if using raw almonds. When used exclusively for making almond milk, the almond butter will last you 1-2 months and keeps well in the fridge. Use almond milk within a week, as you would store bought almond milk after opening.
Remember, no recipe is written in stone at Home Aide Good. Play around with this recipe, see what works for you and come back to report your findings.