I’ve mentioned previously that I’ve given up dairy, but lamented paying so much more for almond milk. Even buying in bulk, I was paying about $4 for a half-gallon, which was more than I wanted and so I switched to making my own instead.
There are a couple different recipes based on how much time you’re willing to put into this.
First, here is I would call a full recipe:
- One cup of almonds
- Two teaspoons of maple syrup
- One-half teaspoon of vanilla extract
- A pinch of sugar, salt, cinnamon, and nutmeg
- Soak: Submerge one cup of raw almonds in water and soak them overnight in a sealed container
- Blend: In the morning, toss the bloated almonds into a blender with one cup of water and blend into a paste
- Blanche: Stir in 1 1/2 cups of boiling water and let it sit for fifteen minutes
- Strain: Pour the the liquid through a strainer (do not throw away what’s left in the strainer! Also, if you have cheesecloth, that would work even better but be safe)
- Flavor: Add a teaspoon of maple syrup, 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract, and a pinch each of sugar, salt, cinnamon, and nutmeg
- Chill: Let it cool in the fridge for an hour
Do all this and you’ll be left with about 2 1/2 cups of a creamy, nutty vanilla milkshake that I love as a recovery drink post-workout.
Bonus: If you leave the stuff that’s left in the strainer out to dry, you end up with a nutty flour that is great for mixing in with wheat flour to make pre-workout snacks (I’d love to hear your recipes in the comments).
What you may be thinking is that no one has time for this. Fair, but I’d try it at least once before you read on. Now, here is the express recipe that I actually use more frequently:
Ingredients: Just almonds and vanilla extract
- Submerge a handful of raw almonds in the blender cup (for me, a Magic Bullet) before going to bed
- After a morning workout, turn on the tea kettle
- Add half a cup of water to the almonds and blend it until the almonds are pasty
- Add half a cup of boiling water and blend it for a few minutes
- Add a few drops of vanilla extract and four or five ice cubes and blend one last time
- Send it through a strainer straight into a cup or straight onto breakfast cereal.
And so, just a few minutes after a workout, it’s ready to go. I’m very happy with this result. Tasty, easy, less preservatives, and at around $0.15 per cup, its 1/3 the price I’d pay at the store.