Almond milk is the latest trend in a series of fads that have swept over our country. But do most people who consume it have any idea why they’re doing it or what they’re actually drinking? Look I get it, people are trying to go dairy-free for whatever reason and they think this is a good alternative. And it might be.. but not unless you make it yourself. You see, almonds are expensive.. and companies like making money. That’s why the almond milk at your local supermarket chain is actually less than 2% almonds. You’re essentially paying ridiculous money for sugary water that lacks any of the nutrients that milk has like Vitamin D and Calcium. But wait! There’s protein in almonds, so at least I’m getting that, right? Sadly all that protein content is in the pulp of the almond which is filtered out of the final product… So let’s get educated and make our own today!
All you need to get started is a blender and almonds… That’s it. Really! First we soak 2 cups of almonds overnight in water in order to plump them up and absorb all that moisture. The next morning we toss those in a blender with a few cups of water and grind them up. What we’re left is a milky drink with almond bits floating at the top. Now you have a few options.. You can flavor the milk with honey, stevia or some other natural sweetener (I just use it plain in my coffee which works for me) and you can filter out all the pulp with some cheese cloth. Keep in mind you’ll be losing that protein content once you filter out the almonds so best bet is to keep it!