How to make almond milk (plus almond meal)


Almond milk is a great substitute for regular milk. The creamy texture and nutty flavour make it very flavourful and delicious. It is a great substitute for making drinks like hot chocolate if you are allergic to dairy. Almonds are rich in healthy fat, fiber, protein and vitamin E. While there are several brands that sell almond milk, it is very simple to make almond milk at home. Plus, the leftover pulp can be used to make almond meal which can be used for baking cookies, cake, crackers and even bread. The almond milk stays fresh for up to one week when stored in the refrigerator. You can sweeten the almond milk with either honey or dates for a perfectly healthy drink.

Check out the recipes for almond meal here:
Almond bread
Almond shortbread cookies
Almond coconut cookies
Almond cashew cake
Lemon drizzle cake
Crackers

Ingredients:
Almonds – 1 cup
Filtered water – 5-6 cups (adjust consistency depending on how creamy and thick milk you want)

Method:

To make the almond milk:

  1. Soak the almonds overnight in enough water. Alternatively, you can soak the almonds in hot water for 2-3 hours
  2. Place a muslin cloth over a strainer and place the strainer over a large bowl. Set aside
  3. Rinse the soaked almonds thoroughly and add to a blender. Add 3 cups water and blend it for 2-3 minutes
  4. Pour the mixture onto the muslin cloth. Bring all the ends of the muslin cloth together and gently squeeze out the milk
  5. Once all the milk is squeezed out, add the remaining water and adjust the consistency according to your preference
  6. Refrigerate the almond milk

To make the almond meal:

  1. Line a baking tray with baking sheet. Preheat oven at 60 degrees C
  2. Take out the almond pulp from the muslin cloth and spread onto the baking tray
  3. Put into the oven and let it dry completely (up to 2-3 hours)
  4. Cool the almond meal completely and store refrigerated
Soak almonds in sufficient water
Blend the soaked almonds
Blend for 2-3 minutes
Pour it onto the muslin cloth
Squeeze out the almond milk
Almond milk ready to be stored in refrigerator
Spread the leftover almond pulp onto a baking tray and bake until it is completely dry
Almond meal is ready to be used