There are all kinds of milk in this world and I have tried very few. Last year I tried box almond milk at a friend’s house for brunch and it wasn’t all that bad. Just recently, I have found out that almond milk is really easy to make so I started making it! Raw almonds can be expensive but you if you go to places like Winco or Whole Foods, you can buy them in bulk for fairly cheaper than the packaged kinds.
I found a recipe here but I did things a little bit differently to get more flavor out of the dates.
1 cup raw almonds & water to soak them in
3 cups of water
3 dates (pitted)
1 tsp vanilla extract
Soak the almonds in water for at least 4 hours. The longer you let them soak the easier they will be to grind.
Drain the water from the almonds and transport the almonds into a blender (I thought maybe a food processor would be ideal but it was quite messy).
Add the 3 cups of water, 1 date and 1tsp vanilla extract. Blend for a few minutes.
Pour the mixture through a cheese cloth. I just clip my cheese cloths around a mixing bowl and let it strain for an hour on it’s own. Afterwards, squeeze the cheese cloth of any excess milk. This takes a while.
Once you got all the milk juiced out, take the remaining dates and pull them apart into pieces. Place them in the mixing bowl and let refrigerate for a few hours. I noticed by doing this, the flavors from the dates really gets incorporated, making the almond milk less watery and more thick and sweeter.
Once it’s chilled, pour milk into a jar or container through a strainer to get rid of the dates.