I love making anything I possibly can from scratch. I’ve always had this thing for homemade stuff, it just feels a little more special and when it has to do with cooking or baking you can totally feel the love that’s put into it, which is the best. The thought of making homemade almond milk used to scare the crap out of me though for some reason! I can’t explain it because honestly, I’m not shy in the kitchen, but it just seemed like too much work, when I could run to the store to buy some already made for me.
I’ve recently started to do a lot more research about the food I’m eating and the ingredients that are in said food. Every day I feel like you hear something is bad for you but it’s really scary to think about some of the ingredients in our food. Today, for example, I poured some hemp milk into a bowl of granola and quickly scanned the back to check the ingredients (yes, I should have done this in the store but didn’t, oops!) and saw the ingredient carrageenan. I had literally just a few minutes before heard a blogger mention how bad carrageenan (basically a derivative of msg) is for you and immediately did some research and bam, another ingredient to look out for when buying food from the grocery store. All the more reason to be making as many things as you can from home and to make sure to really read labels!
And in comes this insanely creamy and flavorful two-ingredient homemade almond milk! Not only did I branch out and finally make homemade almond milk, but it’s WAY way better than any store-bought almond milk I’ve ever had, with no added anything so I don’t have to worry!
My Vitamix and Green Blender made this process a serious breeze. I’m officially converting to making my own almond milk every week because it is SO good. Already soaking another batch of almonds for more milk! And for a limited time, purchase any qualifying Vitamix blender and you’ll receive a free Vitamix Starter Kit with fresh, pre-portioned ingredients for five popular Vitamix recipes, including the items needed to make your own almond milk (valued at $49)! Heck yes!! What a sweet deal for you babes considering purchasing a Vitamix! Now is definitely the time to do it!
2-Ingredient Homemade Almond Milk
Okay so back to this insanely easy recipe and process! All you need is raw organic almonds and filtered water and a high-quality blender, like a Vitamix! I have the A2300 series and I just adore it, I use it every single day and that is not an exaggeration!
Start the evening before by placing 2/3 cup of raw organic almonds in a bowl and covering them completely with filtered water and allow them to soak overnight, covered. Then when you wake up in the morning make sure to drain and rinse the almonds and add them to your Vitamix or blender.
Then add 2 cups of filtered water to your Vitamix or blender, make sure to secure the lid and then start blending. I started mine low and when all the way up to the highest setting slowly and let blend for a full minute and a half. Blend until you get the consistency you like!
Once you’ve blended it’s time to filter the almond milk. Green Blender provided an amazing nut milk bag but if you don’t have one don’t worry, a few layers of cheesecloth or a clean kitchen towel will do the trick here too! If you do have a fresh nut milk bag, make sure to wash in a bowl of warm soapy water and rinse well before using!
Take your filtration system, in my case, I used the provided nut milk bag and lay it inside a clean bowl. Begin slowly pouring the almond milk into the milk bag. Some of the liquid will drain right through into the bowl, once everything has been poured it’s time to start squeezing. Squeeze the excess liquid from the milk bag/cheesecloth/towel until all you have left is the almond pulp.
And now my friends, you have your very own homemade DIY almond milk. Completely free of sugar, fillers, GMOs, and carrageenans. This recipe will yield about 2 cups of almond milk and will last in the fridge for about 4 days, mine was used up in 2 days easily! Next time I’ll be experimenting with making a bigger batch!
Have you ever made your almond milk or any other dairy-free milk? I’m thinking of experimenting with other nuts now as well, maybe pecans and I would love to try coconut milk as well! Let me know in the comments below if you’re going to try this, if you’ve made almond milk before and how it turned out!
Not only is this almond milk so much better for you, but it's also so much more flavorful than store-bought brands. You can actually taste the almonds! If you want you can always get creative and add in a bit of vanilla, honey, cinnamon, and make a naturally sweetened version of this same milk! As always if you recreate this recipe make sure to tag me @fittybritttty and use the hashtag #fittybrittttyEATS on Instagram so I can see your creations!
***This recipe was brought to you by Vitamix and Green Blender, however, all opinions are my own.***