I made a new vegan homemade almond milk. Due to treatment of factory farm animals, I am trying to move towards a more vegan lifestyle. We have been buying the “humane” milk; however, that doesn’t change the way that milk is produced. Baby cows are still taken away from their mothers so that the milk can go to us, instead of the cows. I can’t support this. But I still crave a morning bowl of cereal sometimes. Enter in Almond Milk.
I had made coconut milk and I still love that; however, I was left with a lot of coconut pulp that I wasn’t sure what to do with. I do have almond pulp left over from the process, but I can easily find a way to incorporate this in more foods we currently eat than coconut.
- Buy unseasoned raw Almonds. Organic is preferred, however it is way more expensive.
- Don’t forget to soak. Soak for at least 12 hours. This softens the almonds for a better texture of the finished milk.
- Make sure the water to nut ratio is correct: 4 parts water to 1 part nuts.
- Blend long enough and make sure you strain well.
- Flavor your milk.
- Use fresh nuts.
- Soak nuts over night. 12 hours is a good average. Your water should be murky when it’s ready to go. Strain from water.
- Rinse well.
- Add nuts to high speed blender. Add the appropriate amount of water given the ratio above.
- Most recipes indicate to use cheese cloth but if you have a great strainer, that works too. I don’t want to use cheese cloth once then throw it away so I used my metal cheese strainer and it worked pretty good. Some of the smaller bits got through but I’m okay with that.
- Store in mason jars and refrigerate. This may be the time to add flavoring like vanilla extract, cinnamon, a date or agave extract. Source says to use it within 2 days.
My next goal is to figure out what to do with yummy almond pulp.
I will slow bake it in the oven to dry it out but below are a couple of options.
What to do with left over Almond Pulp:
- Grind it finely in order to make Almond Flour. This will be great for many baking purposes.
- Coat chicken breasts and bake.
- Add to salads, smoothies or muffins.
- Add to cookie batter.
- I am making homemade biscotti tomorrow for the first time so I’m going to add a bit to the dough before I bake it.
- Add it to crusts, make crackers or add it to facial scrubs or homemade soap as an exfoliator.
I would love to hear your experiences in making Almond Milk. Have you made other nut milks? What is your favorite? And please, I would love more ideas on what to use almond pulp for.