DIY Almond milk
Hello! Today I want to teach you how to make almond milk at home. I have received requests for an almond milk recipe for quite a while. Almond milk is a basic recipe to learn when you start making nut and seed milks at home. I regularly make almond milk or some type of nut milk or seed milk at my home as a nice substitute for milk in my breakfast bowls, smoothies and pasta sauces.
Almond milk has gained popularity with a surge of vegans who do not consume dairy as well as because of a lot of people are suffering from dairy intolerances. I have switched to organic cow’s milk which is quite expensive and I use it mainly for making my yogurt. I prefer using a variety of nut and seed milks at home for varied protein and nutrition as well as a way of eating more nuts and seeds on a daily basis.
I wanted to share three versions of almond milk recipe with you. One a thick creamy version-akin to full fat milk and another light version akin to skimmed milk, perfect for smoothies or cooking your porridge with and a third sweetened almond milk made with the addition of dates perfect to make your chia pudding or smoothie bowl. My favourite is the full fat almond milk version!
What’s in almond milk?
Almond milk is not similar to the popular Indian version Badam milk. Making badam milk involves grinding almonds, sugar and saffron into a fine powder and boiling it with regular dairy milk. Almond milk however is dairy milk substitute made using only two ingredients almonds and water. I strongly recommend that you use organic almonds to make them. Organic almonds will ensure as healthier drink as it will be pesticide and chemical free and in its most natural form. I buy organic almonds in bulk to save money and find it quite cost effective! Also I feel organic almonds make a tastier almond milk at home.
Can I cook with almond milk? Can you heat up almond milk? You can definitely cook with almond milk and heat it up. The thick almond milk recipe of mine is perfect for a creamy pasta sauce or a vegan panacotta or a chia pudding. The lighter almond milk recipe can work very well in cooking your oatmeal or adding to your soup base. I find my thick almond milk recipe works really well in making Indian style boiled tea as well. I however recommend adding the milk right at the end, letting it warm up for less than a minute and taking it off the heat immediately. This will ensure a perfect cup of chai!
Is Almond milk healthy?
The benefits of almond milk is that it is a good healthy alternative to dairy milk especially for those who are vegan or need to be dairy free. My recipe of full fat almond milk has 15g of fat and 9g of protein with 3g of fibre and the low fat version has 7g of fat, 3g of protein and 2g of dietary fibre. The Almond milk calcium level is decent and the minerals and vitamins in almond milk include iron, magnesium and potassium as well as vitamin E.
The alternatives of soya milk is really not very good. Firstly if the soya bean used is non-organic then there are high chances they are genetically modified and it can have a negative impact on our health. If the soya milk is packaged then it might have all sorts of stabilisers and additives and even sugars to extend its shelf life and improve its flavour. The same goes for most packaged nut milks or almond milks. They are either made form non-organic nuts, contain mostly water and have variety of sweeteners, stabilisers to increase its shelf life. Hence I believe it is best to make and consume your own fresh homemade almond milk or nut milk. My recipe for a healthy almond milk is made using only organic almonds and filtered water and with no additives or stabilisers, just natural ingredients. Almond milk is naturally sweet in my opinion but sometimes you want a more obvious hint of sweetness in your food. The sweetened version has an addition of dates to give a tinge of sweetness. Even soya milk made fresh from organic soya beans is a great option but this is something even more difficult to make or procure for many people.
Making almond milk
Homemade almond milk is such a simple recipe which needs a blender and a nut milk bag. If you do not own a nut milk bag you can use an alternative version of a sieve and a muslin cloth. The nut milk bag or the sieve helps to make the almond milk into a ‘milk’ texture, smooth and without any bits. Alternatively you can blend the nuts with water and keep it as it is if you do not mind the nut pulp. An important step is soaking the almonds overnight or for six-eight hours. This ensures we remove the phytates and make the almond milk more digestible.
This Almond milk recipe comes in three variations, on a ‘full fat milk’ version, a ‘skimmed milk’ version and a ‘sweet’ version. Try them all and decide which recipe suits you the best. This recipe can be followed for hazelnut milk or walnut milk substituting the almonds with the walnuts or hazelnut.
I do hope you have learnt something new today. Do let me know how this recipe works out for you in the comments below. I would love to know how you consume your almond milk and how you add it to your everyday meal! Tag me on Instagram @meghnas_ and use #meghnas so that I can see your creations as well!