You're going to wonder why this is even called a recipe when you see how easy this almond milk is to make. It's a major money saver to make it yourself, and with a little tweaking you can get the taste down just the way you like it.
1 cup Almonds
4 cups Water
1 tsp Vanilla
1 tsp Honey
Dash of Salt
You'll also need a high powered blender and a nut milk bag.
LET'S DO THIS.
Soak your cup of almonds overnight or for at least a few hours. My mom is allergic to almonds and soaks her almonds for at least 24 hours and for some reason she can drink almond milk. I don't get it or advise it, but if you want to experiment, it seems to work for her!
After soaking, drain and rinse the almonds clean and add them to your blender with four cups of filtered water.
Blend your heart out. Blendtec has a "Juice" setting that I use, but high for a minute should do the trick.
After blending, set up your milk container and nut milk bag so that you can pour the liquid in. I do this over the sink because I'm a disaster.
Squeeze all the liquid out of the nut milk bag. It's actually a very satisfying process if you've been having one of THOSE days :)
You'll be left with a clump of almond pulp in your nut bag. I usually refrigerate it and throw it into smoothies throughout the week.
I skipped photographing this step because it wouldn't look any different from the first ones, but add the pulp-free milk back into your (rinsed) blender and blend in the remaining ingredients. A few pulses will do. This is the part you can vary to your own tastes. We found that Erik didn't really like the milk sweetened, so we don't add the honey anymore, but you may like it extra sweet. Just play with the amounts!
Your almond milk will last in the refrigerator for about four days (this is why I don't make a ton at once). It does separate if you let it sit for a long time, but my handy dandy Pampered Chef quick stir pitcher is perfect for mixing it back up again.
That's it! Let me know if you try it or if you have your own version of almond milk. We've been trying to replace dairy milk with almond milk because it's so much healthier, but I made the mistake of buying half almond, half coconut milk at the grocery store that Erik really fell in love with, so I need to replicate that milk's awesomeness. I'm on the case.