Hello friends! I’ve been making my own almond milk for the past 8 months, and haven’t turned back. I remember reading about how few almond are actually in store made almond milk, and that most are just water and artificial thickeners with a few almonds thrown in.
I did a rough analysis of the nutritional information that Silk offers for their Unsweetened Almond milk vs my homemade almond milk using the nutritional facts for 1 almond. I used the calories, fat, and protein values of 1 almond to determine the average number of almonds that would need to be in Silk’s almond milk to give the calories, fat, and protein values that they quote. I also used my homemade almond milk ratio (1 cup of almonds : 4 cups of water) to determine the calories, fat, and protein in homemade almond milk.
|Item||1 Almond||1 cup Silk Unsweetened Almond Milk||1 cup Homemade Almond Milk|
(calculated using average ratio of calories, fat, and protein)
One thing to note: I didn’t account for the almond pulp, which is discarded when making almond milk.
Beyond the nutritional difference, store bought almond milk typically contains artificial thickeners and emulsifiers. As someone who is trying to live as naturally as possible, it just didn’t make sense to keep putting those ingredients in my body.
HOWEVER–if you are deciding between cow’s milk and store bought almond milk, I would still 10000% go with store bought almond milk or even soy milk (organic, please!). Approximately 65% of people lose the enzyme needed to digest lactose, the protein found in milk, after infancy. Dairy consumption can lead to bloating, gas, stomach pain, and even breakouts as your body has an immune response to the proteins.
Interesting in making your own almond milk now? It really isn’t hard!
The first step is soaking your almonds, 8-24 hours. I usually do it right before I go to bed and wake up and make my batch the next morning. I’ve also gone out of town and let them soak longer, up to 3 days, and they were fine. Keep them in the fridge.
You will also need a nut milk strainer. I use this one. Jay-Z uses an old cheesecloth and that seems to work fine as well. I also like to add maca to my almond milk. Maca is rich in vitamin B vitamins, C, and E. It also provides plenty of calcium, zinc, iron, magnesium, phosphorous and amino acids, which are all great things. It can also help regulate hormonal activity. By blending maca directly into my milk, I don’t need to worry about making an additional smoothie to get maca into my diet. I can have my coffee (or matcha) and feel good about it! I love almond milk making days because I get super foamy milk for my lattes, which makes them a million times better.
- 1 c raw, organic almonds
- 2 Tb organic maca powder (optional)
- 1 ts vanilla
- 6 c water
- Soak the almonds in 2 cups of water for 8-24 hours.
- Discard the soaking water.
- Place the almonds, maca powder, and vanilla into a blender with 4 cups of water.
- Blend on high until smooth.
- Pour the almond milk through the nut milk bag and into a bowl.
- "Milk" the leftover liquid in the nut milk bag until the almond pulp is dry.
- Discard the almond pulp.
- Enjoy your newly made almond milk! This will keep in the fridge for several days.
Have you ever made almond milk? Do you have any questions about how to make it? Let me know if the comments below if you do!