Something very sad happened a couple of years ago. I inexplicably became lactose intolerant! It was a terrible tragedy in my life considering I am one of those people who enjoys the milk part of “cereal and milk” more than the cereal! Cookies and brownies were never the same after that…because without a tall glass of ice cold milk to go with them…what’s the point??!!
I first tried soy milk as a replacement but I just didn’t like it. But then I discovered almond milk! (I think my love of almonds is pretty well documented.) I quickly became a fan. But I have never been a fan of the price! It’s so expensive! And since I’m the only one who will drink it…I always seem to end up wasting much of it.
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A few days ago I had one of those “lightbulb”moments when I came across a blog post on Cafe Zupas website (a great restaurant in Salt Lake City) titled “How To Milk An Almond”. Let me see if I have this straight. I always have raw, whole almonds in the house (they are my go-to snack!) and I could have been making my own almond milk this whole time???? Oh man…I hate when I realize how dumb I’ve been. lol. Oh well…no point in crying over spilt almond milk. At least today I was able to rectify the situation! And oh what a DELICIOUS experience it was!!
- 1 cup whole raw almonds (not toasted or roasted, etc), enough water to cover
- 3 – 4 cups water, more if desired
- a pinch of salt
- honey, to taste
Soak the almonds overnight in a bowl with enough water to cover. Drain and discard the soaking water.
Put almonds in blender with 3 – 4 cups water and blend on HIGH speed until smooth.
Would you look at that??? BEAUTIFUL!
Lay a linen or cotton towel (not terry cloth) inside a bowl large enough to hold all the liquid. Pour the milk into the towel, and squeeze out the excess liquid. What’s left in the towel is called ALMOND MEAL and is like GOLD…so don’t throw it away. :-) (More on that later.)
Taste the milk and if it’s a little too nutty for you, add a pinch of salt, and 1-2 teaspoons of honey. I added a little more honey…I like it a teeny, tiny bit on the sweeter side. You could even add some homemade chocolate syrup and make Chocolate Almond Milk! :-)
Store in a glass jar or bottle. The liquid will separate between uses, just be sure to shake it up before each use. Now go find something yummy to drink it with, or pour it on! Or better yet…when it’s nice and chilled…enjoy a nice, cold glass all by itself and savor the natural deliciousness homemade by YOU! :-)
Oh yeah……I almost forgot about the almond meal. I spread mine out on a cookie sheet and baked it in the oven for about 15 minutes at 350 degrees. I then let it cool completely and put it in a ziploc bag and threw it in the freezer for use at a later date. It will be delicious in some gluten-free cookies! (Bob’s Red Mill Almond Meal is $9.00 a bag!!!)