I have tried making many versions of almond milk but this one is my favorite. It does take a little planning ahead but I promise it is worth it.
I could go on and on about this but I will try to keep it simple. You should always soak your almonds before you make them into milk because of the phytic acid and enzyme inhibitors. Without getting to sciencey on you I’ll break them down here:
Phytic acid (or phytates) - bind to minerals in the digestive tract and carry them out without absorption; vitamins and minerals such as calcium, iron, magnesium, copper and zinc. Can you see why this would be a problem? We want to digest those minerals, not waste them! Phytic acid is also in grains, legumes (beans), other nuts and seeds. By soaking, we can remove or reduce this pesky anti-nutrient. Adding a little acid (like lemon juice or apple cider vinegar) to your soaking water helps break down even more phytates.
Enzyme inhibitors – this genius compound that almonds (and other foods) have is quite impressive. It stops the almond from sprouting prematurely. Only when the conditions are right will the enzyme inhibitor release and the almond will start to germinate. What this means for you: the enzyme inhibitor when eaten does not break down the food in our digestive tract so we do not absorb the vitamins and minerals. Once soaked, the availability of the nutrients are increased.
This process only works with raw almonds so make sure they have not been pasteurized. If they are not raw, soaking does nothing but soften them up for easier blending.
I hope you guys enjoyed this recipe and technique. Once you know how to make almond milk the possibilities for nut and seed milks are endless!
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1 cup of raw almonds
Water, for soaking
A squeeze of lemon or a splash of apple cider vinegar (optional but recommended)
4 cups water
1 or 2 dates, pitted (optional)*
1/2 tsp vanilla powder or 1 tsp vanilla extract (optional)*
Pinch of pink Himalayan or sea salt
1 nut milk bag or cheese cloth
1. In a medium bowl place almonds and enough water to cover them a couple of inches. Add your squeeze of lemon or apple cider vinegar to the bowl. Let soak for 8 to 12 hours.
2. Drain the almonds after they have soaked. Rinse two or three times.
3. Add the almonds to a high speed blender with 4 cups of water, pitted dates, vanilla and salt.**
4. Start blending on low. Slowly turn up the blender until the almonds are pulverized and the milk is creamy and frothy.
5. Place the nut milk bag over the container you want to pour your almond milk into. Slowly pour the almond milk in.
6. Gently squeeze all of the liquid out of the bag until the pulp is all you have left.
7. Enjoy right away or refrigerate. Keeps about 4 to 5 days.
Notes: *If you plan on using the almond milk in a savory recipe omit the dates and the vanilla. **If you plan on saving the almond pulp to make flour, do not add the dates, vanilla or salt (you don't want these items in your flour). Follow to step 6, rinse out your blender, add the milk back in with the dates, vanilla and salt and blend until creamy and frothy.