Almond milk is a milky drink made from ground almonds. Unlike animal milk, Almond milk contains no cholesterol or lactose. Regular, unsweetened almond milk can be used as a substitute for animal milk in many recipes, and as it does not contain any animal products, is suitable for vegetarians and vegans. Commercial almond milk products come in plain, vanilla, or chocolate flavors and are often enriched with vitamins. Almond milk can also be made at home by combining ground almonds with water in a blender. Vanilla flavoring and sweeteners are often added.
Makes 3 cups
Making your own almond milk is very easy, just plan ahead to allow time for soaking the almonds.
1 cup almonds
Put almonds in a bowl and cover by several inches with cold water. Cover and set aside at room temperature to soak overnight or 10 to 12 hours.
Drain and rinse almonds. In a high speed blender, blend almonds with 3 cups water until thoroughly combined. The mixture will be very frothy. Strain through cheese cloth, a fine strainer or a nut milk bag. Store almond milk in the refrigerator and use within 3 days. Stir each time before using.
The leftover almond pulp can be dehydrated and used for baking.
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