At first I started with a recipe I found on the internet, such as the one on http://www.thekitchn.com. However, I quickly tweaked the recipe to yield twice the amount of milk using the same amount of almonds. I achieved this by using a natural thickening agent called Xanthium gum. This adds no taste and stretches the almond you can use. This drops the cost of making my own almond milk to about $1.50 for 2 quarts or half a gallon. This is half the price I was paying at the grocery store. Making my own almond milk was the healthier and more economical choice for my family.
After the milk is made, I also use the leftover almond pulp to make almond flour. This flour can be used to create cookies, pancake, and a variety of other baked items.
I have included my instructions to make our own almond milk.
Homemade Almond Milk
What You Need:
- 1 cup raw almonds
- 2 cups water, plus more for soaking
- 1 tsp vanilla abstract
- 1/2 tsp Xanthium gum
- Sweeteners such as; stevia, sugar, agave syrup, honey, dates, or maple syrup, to taste (optional)
- Measure Cup
- Cheese cloth or Fine-mesh nut bag