How to Soak Almonds for Almond Milk

Overview

Almond milk is a tasty and healthy alternative to cow's milk, particularly for people with lactose intolerance. Almond milk can be blended with a banana, honey, and nutmeg for a low-calorie and cholesterol-free alternative to eggnog. According to Stephanie Gall, Registered Dietitian, almonds are one of the healthiest nuts humans can eat---rich in magnesium, potassium, manganese and copper, almonds also contain selenium, vitamin E and calcium. You can make your own almond milk at home; it's lactose, gluten and cholesterol free.

Step 1

Put 1 cup of almonds in a glass bowl or jar and cover them with water. Cover the top tightly and refrigerate it overnight to soak the almonds.

Step 2

Drain the almonds. Rinse them till the water runs clear. Put the drained almonds in a blender.

Step 3

Add water till the almonds are just covered. Top it with a lid and blend till it is very smooth, adding a bit more water if necessary.

Step 4

Wring out the jelly bag in cold water. Put the jelly bag over a mixing bowl. Pour the blended almond mixture into the jelly bag.

Step 5

Let the almond milk drip into the bowl. Squeeze the bag very gently to remove all the liquid.

Step 6

Transfer the almond milk to a canning jar or other clean glass container with a secure lid. Stir in a spoonful of honey if you prefer the almond milk sweetened, or add a couple large soft dates or a whole vanilla bean for sweetening and flavor.

Step 7

Keep the jar sealed tightly in the refrigerator; it will keep for 4 or 5 days. Shake the jar well before drinking; blend almond milk with a banana, honey and nutmeg for a low-calorie and cholesterol-free alternative to eggnog.

Tips and Warnings

  • Do not use bitter almonds. An allergic reaction to nuts can progress rapidly to anaphylaxis, according to the Cleveland Clinic.

Things You'll Need

  • Raw almonds
  • Blender
  • Jelly bag
  • Large mixing bowl
  • Quart canning jar with lid
  • Honey or dates (optional)
  • Whole vanilla bean (optional)

References

  • Stephanie Gall's Guide to Non-Dairy Milks
  • Cleveland Clinic

Who Can Help

  • Guide to Non-Dairy Milks
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