Almond milk is now growing in popularity as it is a healthy alternative for dairy milk. Vegans and those who either don’t like the taste of other milk or who are sensitive to dairy are choosing almond milk as a substitute to the traditional choice, which is cow’s milk.
While almond milk does not provide as much calcium or protein as those from other sources, it does give you plenty of benefits, including:
- Weight loss
- Vision improvement
- Stronger bones
- Healthier heart
- Glowing skin
Unlike other milk sources, almond milk does not have a huge impact on your blood sugar, which makes it a great option for those who have diabetes. You don’t need to buy almond milk in stores as you can easily make this on your own. Here are the things you need:
- One cup of raw almonds
- Sweeteners (optional)
- Two cups of water or more
You will need the following equipment as well:
- Measuring cup
- Food processor or blender
- Cheese cloth
With the ingredients and the equipment ready, you can start making almond milk with the following steps:
- Soak the almonds. You can choose to either soak it for one night or two days, which can make it creamier. Simply put the almonds in a bowl with water that covers them for about an inch. Place a cloth on top of the bowl. If you will soak the almonds for two days, make sure you put them in the refrigerator.
- Drain the almonds. Once you’re done with soaking the almonds, drain and rinse them with cool running water. You’re doing it right if the almonds are a bit squishy when you pinch them.
- Blend water and almonds. Add the almonds and two cups of water in your blender. Start processing for at least two minutes. You’re done when the almonds are completely fine and water looks opaque and white.
- Strain and gather the milk. Use the cheese cloth to gather all the milk. You can also use a fine-mesh nut bag for extracting as much milk as you can. From the ingredients, you should be able to get about two cups.
- Sweeten the milk. This step is optional. You can add sweeteners, such as maple syrup, sugar, honey, or agave syrup to boost the flavor.
If there’s leftover milk, you can store it in the refrigeration, but only for up to two days. If you want to extend its shelf life, you can heat the almond milk, which will pasteurize it.