Today I decided to make almond milk. I have been drinking soy milk and it is fine, but I have been hearing so much about how good almond milk is I wanted to try it. It is remarkably simple.
You need a blender, almonds, filtered water and a “nut bag” (don’t laugh, that is what it is called) to strain the milk through. I soaked the almonds last night. Simply cover 1 cup of almonds with water and leave overnight.
Rinse the soaked almonds.
Put rinsed almonds in the blender.
Add 3 ½ cups of filtered water.
The recipe called for a few dates and a vanilla bean. That sounds delicious, but I wanted to try simple, unsweetened almond milk, so I just used almonds and filtered water.
Put the “nut bag” in a bowl.
Pour the almond milk in.
Squeeze all the liquid from the bag and you are left with a lovely lump of almond meal.
Pour your almond milk into a container. I used a canning jar, because I had one, but I think an old fashioned glass milk bottle would be wonderful.. I will look for one of those.
And Voila! Almond milk and almond meal! How does it taste? Well..it tastes like almonds. A vanilla bean might be nice..but it is fine. In coffee it is wonderful! Just a hint of almond mixed with the coffee is pretty special.
And the almond meal?
I just happened to find a recipe for almond meal chocolate chip cookies. Really, what could be better than chocolate chip cookies and milk?