Make Almond Milk…Make Hemp Milk…and Why You Should

 

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For those of us who can’t (or choose not to) drink cow’s milk, the only supermarket option is to buy non dairy drinks in one of those unrefrigerated cardboard containers.  Now I’m  thankful for the convenience of those containers when I’m baking or making quick smoothies, but sometimes I just crave something “fresh” to drink or dip my cookie in.  I finally realized that the answer is to make almond milk…from scratch.  It’s so, so easy!  And besides the fresh taste, there are so many other benefits to make almond milk at home:

*  Your almond milk will be free of the many additives–like soy lecithin–which seem to be in every commercial almond milk.

*  Your body will more readily absorb the vital minerals in your homemade almond milk because of soaking to remove phytic acid.

*  Homemade almond milk is the only milk that can be successfully used in almond milk yogurt.  (which yes, I’m still working on  and a recipe will be coming soon)

I’m sad to report that although you would think that making almond milk at home would save you some money,  it really doesn’t.  Even if you buy raw almonds in bulk like I do, your homemade almond milk will probably cost the same as those boxed cartons at the supermarket.

But, boxed almond milk tastes like the box and there’s no making almond yogurt out of boxed almond milk.  So there are times when it’s definitely worth the effort to make your own almond milk.  And the good news is that you can use the same technique to make other non dairy milks.  Hemp is readily available in stores now and it makes the quickest, easiest non dairy milk ever!

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HOMEMADE ALMOND MILK

*  2 cups raw almonds

*  4 cups filtered water

*  2 tablespoons sea salt

*  2 tablespoons honey, maple syrup, or cane sugar (or more to taste)

1)  Combine sea salt, filtered water and almonds and soak for 12-24 hours.

2)  Drain and rinse almonds well.  Place in blender or Vitamix and add 4 cups of fresh unfiltered water and sweetener.

3)  Blend on highest setting for two minutes

4)  Using unbleached cheesecloth, or “nut bag”** squeeze the almond milk from the pulp.

5)  Use immediately or refrigerate to enjoy for up to 3 days.

**You can purchase “nut bags” specifically made for making nut milk online.  Another simple option is to use “paint straining” bags available (at a very low cost) at your local hardware store.  (see picture below)

 

HOMEMADE HEMP MILK

*  1/2 cup shelled hemp seeds

*  3 cups filtered water

*  1 tablespoon honey, maple syrup or cane sugar

*  pinch sea salt

1)  Combine all ingredients in blender.  No soaking necessary!

2)  Blend on highest setting for two minutes

3)  Let sit for ten minutes (to allow hemp pulp to settle) and carefully strain.

4)  Use immediately or refrigerate and enjoy for up to 3 days.

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Linking to:  Fat Tuesday, Waste Not Want Not Wednesday, Gluten Free Homemaker, Allergy Free Wednesday


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  1. Hi – for the almond milk, at which point did you add the sweetener? Pre-soak or post?

    • Hi Sarah,
      For the almond milk, the sweetener is added after soaking (and rinsing). I like to add it before blending but you can also add it after straining. Thanks you and Happy Labor Day! Aloha, Lori

      • Thanks Lori – I’ve had almond milk on my To Do list for awhile now and my nut bags just came in the mail the other day so it seems like a perfect day to give it a go! :)

  2. Hi Lori!
    Another great post! Thanks for spreading the word about making your own non dairy milks, most people don’t know just how simple it is! We have been making our own almond milk for ages and the kids now don’t like the almond milk from the store. Our recipe is a bit different in that we skin the almond first which when using a Vitamix (or even when we used the regular blender) we don’t need to strain it. When the almonds have soaked (or you can lightly steam them for about 10 minutes to loosen the skins) just pinch them and the nut flies out of the skin. We give our kids this job! ;o) We use about 4-5 dates to sweeten it.
    Love your gluten free dairy free recipes, thanks so much for sharing them!
    xo
    ~ joey ~
    ps. Do you buy your organic almonds on line? We’re trying to find a less expensive supplier by buying in bulk.
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  3. Great post! I’ve never gotten around to making my own milk (I’m ok with cow’s milk and buy organic to make yogurt and save a little for my coffee/tea) but I really ought to give this a go!
    Thanks so much for sharing this on Waste Not Want Not Wednesday, I’ve pinned it :)
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  4. Great site! I am glad to have found it today. :)
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    • Hi Tiffany,
      Thanks so much for visiting and for your comment. Please come back again and I look forward to a “blog” friendship! :) Aloha, Lori

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