It can be said that incorporating more almonds into our daily diet would be a wise and healthy decision. Almonds not only have a low glycemic index, but they also have magical superpowers that lower the “bad” LDL cholesterol levels in our bodies. They are also loaded with manganese, copper, riboflavin, magnesium, potassium and vitamin E. Almond milk is one of the most delicious and nutritious alternative milks available. And just by pouring yourself a single serving of almond milk, you’ll be drinking in half of your daily requirements of vitamin A.
However, because packaged and store-bought almond milk is often full of additives and synthetic vitamins, its nutritional content is drastically lower than the homemade version. Paleo-friendly, heart-friendly and blood-sugar friendly, almond milk is ridiculously easy to make at home. Just be sure to soak your almonds for a full 24 hours beforehand, in order to help decrease the phytic acid so that your body can absorb the minerals easier. With this simple recipe, it’s easy to incorporate almond milk into your diet.
Paleo Almond Milk Recipe
Total Time to Make: 1 day
Prep Time: 24 hours for soaking
Make Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 4 cups
- 4 cups filtered water
- 1 cup raw almonds
- Pinch of sea salt
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- Sprinkle of cinnamon
- Raw Honey (to sweeten)
- Put 1 cup of raw almonds in a bowl and fill it with enough water so that it covers the almonds. Soak for 24 hours. At least once during the soak, dump out the water, rinse the almonds, and pour in fresh soaking water.
- Once the almonds have been soaked for 24 hours, drain the soak water and rinse the almonds thoroughly.
- Place almonds in a blender and add 4 cups of filtered water. (It definitely helps if you have a powerful blender for this recipe).
- Blend for at least 3 minutes in order to chop up and break down all of the nuts.
- Using a nut milk bag or multiple layers of cheesecloth, strain the mixture into a pitcher, jar or container. Using your hands, make sure to fully squeeze out all of the liquid from the almond pulp.
(Very Important Note: Don’t throw away the almond pulp just yet! Read below to find out about all the different ways you can use it so that it doesn’t go to waste).
- Add a pinch of sea salt to the milk.
- If you want to add vanilla extract, cinnamon or raw honey to your almond milk, add them in now and stir well to incorporate them fully.
- Refrigerate and store almond milk in a glass jar or tight container. It will keep fresh for up to 5 days in the refrigerator.
After you’ve made your batch of paleo almond milk, you’ll have quite a bit of almond pulp left over. You’re probably wondering what you can do with it so that it doesn’t go to waste. Well, baking is the answer you’re looking for. The leftover almond pulp from your almond-milk-making-adventure can be baked into quite a handful of recipes. You can bake the pulp into loaf bread, muffins, breakfast bars and even pizza crust. By drying the pulp out, you can also use it in any recipe that calls for almond meal. Try your hand at this recipe, knowing that nothing will go to waste and that you can perfectly pair your chilled glass of homemade paleo almond milk with some freshly baked, delicious warm cookies.