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Homemade Almond Milk A Zero Waste Alternative

Almond milk is by far my favourite dairy alternative. Since I tried making homemade almond milk at home, I am a true convert. It’s creamy and nutty which makes it delicious to use in my morning coffee and smoothies. Much, much, tastier than the store bought ones.

Almond milk, or at least the popular brands that make almond milk, have faced some interesting backlash in the media. I mentioned this in my last Make From Scratch post and shared a link there for some further reading on this subject. The claims that certain companies are not using enough almonds as they advertise in their milk makes me wonder if making this milk at home would have more health benefits.

Either way, I wanted to give it a try.

Almond milk and the Environment

I recently learnt that almond milk has more of an environmental impact than a lot of other plant milks out there. The main concerns being the amount of water needed to produce a few almonds. Another interesting health concern is pesticides often related to almond crops. Here’s an article that you might enjoy if interested in this subject.

My opinion? I believe this is another concern that I have about supporting commercially produced nut and plant milk companies. By developing a greater demand for large brands to capitalize on will further exacerbate the environmental challenge. If you’re like me and love your almond milk, then I’d suggest reducing your intake by switching with another plant milk that has a low environmental impact, and try to mostly make homemade almond milk from now on.

Also – choose organic nuts so you don’t have to worry about pesticides!

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The Basic Almond Milk Recipe

Makes approx. 1l

  1. Soak 1 cup of natural, unsalted organic almonds in water overnight with a pinch of sea salt.
  2. Strain and rinse before adding it to a blender.
  3. Add 4 cups of water (optional: add sweetener) and blend on high for about 2min or until it is a smooth consistency.
  4. Strain with a nut milk bag or a fine mesh sieve lined with undyed cheesecloth. Squeeze the bag or cheesecloth to get the maximum amount of liquid out.
  5. Dispense into an airtight bottle or jar and keep refrigerated

Flavouring and Sweetening Options

Sweeten with 3 Medjool Dates OR 2 teaspoons of pure maple syrup. Add the sweetener option with the water in the blender.

Flavouring options are endless! Play around with flavours you like. Here are a few options I enjoy:

Vanilla – Add 2 teaspoons of Pure Vanilla Extract or 1 teaspoon of Vanilla Bean Paste before the blending process.

Chocolate – Add a tablespoon of Cocoa to your strained milk, then blend till completely combined. I’d suggest sweetening your milk so it isn’t too bitter from the cocoa.

Cinnamon – Add a teaspoon of cinnamon before the blending process.

Matcha – Add a teaspoon of matcha powder to your strained milk, then blend till completely combined.

Make it Zero Waste

If you have the option to source your almonds from a local bulk store this can really help reduce your grocery waste. Think of all those almond milk containers now being eliminated from your garbage!

On the topic of waste…

Now it comes to the part where you’ve made your almond milk (happy days) but you’re left with the mushy remnants of almond pulp. It seems a shame to just throw it away.

Luckily, this pulp (called almond meal) can be used in many various recipes. I’ll be writing a post soon sharing some of my favourite recipes that use almond meal.

Another option is to turn the almond meal into flour. You can use a dehydrator or an oven. Technically almond flour is made using blanched almonds, but it still works well using the almond meal.

So, before you throw out your almond meal, maybe hit Pinterest for some inspiration.

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Homemade Almond Milk
Cook Time
15 mins
Soak Time
12 hrs
Total Time
15 mins
 

Make almond milk from scratch as a zero waste alternative

Course: Beverage
Keyword: Almond Milk, Nut Milk
Servings: 1 litre (approx.)
Ingredients
  • 1 cup Organic Almonds Natural, Unsalted
  • 4 cups Filtered Water
  • 1 pinch Sea Salt (For Soaking)
  • 2 tsp Pure Maple Syrup (For Sweetened Version)
Instructions
  1. Add almonds to a bowl with a pinch of sea salt, cover with water and soak overnight (8-12hours)

  2. Strain and rinse before adding it to a blender.

  3. Add 4 cups of water and sweetener option (3 Medjool dates or 2 tsp pure maple syrup) blend on high for about 2min or until it is a smooth consistency.

  4. Strain with a nut milk bag or a fine mesh sieve lined with undyed cheesecloth. Squeeze the bag or cheesecloth to get the maximum amount of liquid out.

  5. Dispense into an airtight bottle or jar and keep refrigerated

Recipe Notes

Flavour Options:

Vanilla – Add 2 teaspoons of Pure Vanilla Extract or 1 teaspoon of Vanilla Bean Paste before the blending process.

Chocolate – Add a tablespoon of Cocoa to your strained milk, then blend till completely combined. I’d suggest sweetening your milk so it isn’t too bitter from the cocoa.

Cinnamon – Add a teaspoon of cinnamon before the blending process.

Matcha – Add a teaspoon of matcha powder to your strained milk, then blend till completely combined.

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