Almond milk is very nutritious and has a great taste! This is a very easy recipe to make your own fresh raw almond milk at home! You may enjoy it as an alternative to regular milk. It also tastes great in smoothies!
Research affirms that it is, in fact, a good alternative to breast milk (of course breast milk is always the number one choice for infants). Almond milk has nearly four times the nutrition of cow's milk except for vitamin B6. In other words, one cup of soaked and peeled almonds plus four cups of water will be equivalent to cow's milk nutritionally (with the exception of vitamin B6). It will last in the refrigerator about the same period of time that cow's milk will. You can add two tablespoons of milk from a young coconut to supplement the vitamin B6. Otherwise, you may need to add a supplement of the B6 vitamin.
1 cup raw almonds
Water for soaking
3 ½ cups of filtered or mineral water
½ teaspoon fresh vanilla seeds (scraped from the pod)
Honey or agave syrup to sweeten (optional)
Soak the almonds in water, covered, for at least 6 hours or overnight. If it’s too warm keep them in the fridge while they soak. Strain the almonds and discard the water. Add the almonds in a blender with the 3 ½ cups of water and blend really well. Add the vanilla and honey, if you wish, and strain using a very fine sieve, or a nut milk bag (or just a piece of voile or cheesecloth). Put it in a (glass) bottle or jar, well-sealed and store it in the fridge. It will keep well for 3-4 days! Always shake before use. You may also sweeten it with dates if you prefer. Instead of the honey add in the blender 3-4 dates (soaked) and blend well!