I recently gave up dairy and grains as part of a larger healthy eating initiative (more on that later), and almonds are a big part of filling those gaps in my pantry and diet.
I hate DIY recipes that leave you with a lot of waste. Making almond milk at home is a two-for-one deal: after your milk is strained and ready to drink, the leftover bits can be dried and used as flour!
Homemade Almond Milk & Meal
Step one: Fill a bowl with two cups almonds and enough water to cover the nuts + one inch. The almonds will absorb the water and expand. Set in fridge (or on counter) for at least 8 hours. I left mine overnight.
Step two: Drain off the gunky brown water and rinse.
Step three: Using a blender, add 1/2 cup soaked almonds + 1 cup water and blend on highspeed for 1 minute. Remove to a large bowl and repeat until all soaked almonds have been used up.
Step four (optional): Add flavorings to the collected large bowl of milk - I used 1/2 tsp vanilla extract and 1/4 tsp cinnamon, but this is unnecessary. Return to blender in batches to mix in flavorings.
Step five: Strain. The almond milk will still be fairly gritty at this point. Set up a fine metal strainer over a large bowl to drain. I lined my strainer with an old thin dishcloth, but cheesecloth works well too. You can express milk from the strainer by pressing with a spoon or gathering your cloth and squeezing.
Step six: Refrigerate almond milk - I ended up with five cups of milk, which will be good for 4-5 days.
Step seven: Line a baking sheet with foil or parchment. Spread the collected almond bits from the strainer or cloth and allow to dry in a 150 degree oven for three hours. I heated my oven and then let the pan dry overnight with the oven off. Remove to a food processor to grind the almond meal to a uniform fine texture - you just made almond flour!
Banana Chocolate Almond Shake
dairy, gluten, sugar free
(makes one serving)
1/2 cup ice cubes
1 frozen banana (in chunks)
3/4 - 1 cup fresh almond milk
3 tbsp cocoa powder
3 tbsp almond butter
Crush ice in blender, then add remaining ingredients. Blend until smooth. Enjoy!