One of the first substitutions I made when I was researching about healthy eating was to switch from regular cow’s milk to almond milk, with homemade almond milk being the first and best choice.
Don’t get me wrong…
I still like RAW cow’s milk, straight from the source, but ‘regular’ milk from the store is not the same thing. Cows are being treated in a cruel manner and the product is far from healthy, according to the experts.
Almond Milk Benefits
Almonds have many health benefits, and thus, so does almond milk. If you read the label on your store-bought almond milk, you will notice that is has more calcium than cow’s milk.
Here are other almond milk benefits:
- Almonds are a great source of monounsaturated fat – the healthy kind,
- Almond milk contains magnesium, copper, manganese, and B Vitamins,
- Almond milk can contain 50% more calcium than cow’s milk; helps keep your bones strong,
- It’s a zero cholesterol drink that may reduce the risk of heart disease,
- Contains vitamin E, which helps keep your skin glowing.
Almond milk is so easy to make at home with this homemade almond milk recipe.
You’re not going to believe how simple it is!
How is Almond Milk Made?
Making almond milk is super simple.
The only downfall is that the almonds need to soak overnight, so it’s not an instant recipe. However, I will choose homemade almond milk versus store-bought almond milk 1000 times over because I have more control over my ingredients and know what I put in it.
In contrast, most store-bought almond milk contains questionable ingredients like natural flavors, which can be, in reality, a wide array of things. Here’s the recipe. There are a few affiliate links throughout:
Almond Milk Recipe
2 cups of almonds
8 cups of filtered water
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 tablespoon stevia
- Place almonds in a jug and cover with water. Let soak overnight (6-8 hours.)
- Drain the almonds (they should be plump by now) and wash.
- Add the almonds to the blender with the filtered water and blend on high for about 2 minutes.
- Grab a clean jug and a colander or cheesecloth and strain. This time I used a colander, but I will try the cheesecloth I just got on Amazon next time.
- Store in the fridge for up to a week.
I am using a Bullet Express as my blender. This little machine does the function of a juicer, a mixer, and a food processor all in one. I highly recommend it, especially if you are into juicing as well. It costs only a fraction of what others machines cost, and best of all, it’s easy to clean.
This is the cheesecloth I got to strain the almonds next time I make this. It works a lot better without wasting any almonds in the process.
All in all, this almond milk recipe is one of the easiest you can do if you’re looking to start eating clean. Almond milk is free of animal cruelty and it’s a process you can control almost 100%. Be aware, though, of the source of your almonds and make sure to get the best ones you can get.
Once you make the almond milk, you can now drink it as it is, add it to your cereal bowl, or make smoothies. Here’s a recipe for a delicious almond milk smoothie.
Almond Milk Smoothie
- Homemade almond milk
- 1 bunch of spinach
- 1/2 cup of berries of your choice (blueberries, strawberries, raspberries, blackberries, etc.)
- 1 tbsp. chia seeds (optional)
- 1/2 tsp. honey (or stevia)
Blend it all in a powerful blender like the Bullet Express and enjoy!
I’d love to hear your comments! Please post them below. Have you made your own almond milk or do yo consume it? How has it changed your health? What other recipes have you made with almond milk?