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DIY Almond Milk & How To Store It

We have been so energized, for a while now actually, about all the different non-dairy milk options out there. You look left and there’s coconut milk and right and there’s a plethora of nut-milks.

The debate on the table of course and often is, is it worth buying store-bought almond milk vs. making your own and is it worth it financially. If you are interested in making it yourself it is actually a pretty simple process and requires way less ingredients and no additives.

1. Start with store-bought almonds! Not salted or flavored, just plain almonds. Soak 1 cup of these almond 8hours-overnight then rinse off and re-add to a blender.
2. Add almonds back into the blender with 4 cups of water. Add a pinch of salt, dates for sweetness and a splash of cinnamon. Blend on medium for 1-2 minutes.
3. Strain the mixture through a fine cheese cloth or nut-milk bag and add into an airtight container.
4. You can keep this homemade almond milk in the refrigerator for 7-10 days.
5. Make sure when you take your homemade milk our of the fridge that you you shake it well! It is so important to do that since calcium deposits settle at the bottom of the container in the fridge.

Now this is the fun part. We like to mix up the added flavors when we make it at home! For sweetness you can add dates, maple syrup or even a simple syrup. To balance out any sweetness make sure you are adding in a little bit of salt to the 4 cups of water – just a pinch should do the trick. For some depth of flavor add a splash of madagascar vanilla. In the past we have played with difference spices like nutmeg  and vanilla powders too. Truly, anything works here!

We’ve already chatted about why almond milk separates in hot coffee! It is very natural for these homemade nut-milks to separates in the fridge! Just make sure to shake it before you use it!