I have never been a big fan of almond milk. I’ve purchased it a few times at the store and every time I was wholly unimpressed. I couldn’t understand what the big deal was. To me it tasted either bland and chalky or sugary sweet.
When I made the choice to cut down on the dairy in my diet I had to rethink my decision. Almond milk could be very useful. I knew the only way I would use it was if I made it myself. I then could control the process and know exactly what went into it. I wanted all natural ingredients, no added sugars, and it had to be tasty.
Recipes for almond milk are abundant and making my own proved to be quite simple. With a few ingredients and some simple equipment I made a delicious, all natural lightly sweetened almond milk I love. Dates and whole bean vanilla combine with almonds to give this vanilla almond milk a wonderful flavor. I can tell you for certain… my coffee has never tasted better.
- 1 cup raw almonds
- water for soaking almonds overnight
- 4 cups water
- 3 pitted dates
- 1 whole vanilla bean
- Place almonds in bowl and cover with water. Soak for at least 8 hours or overnight.
- After almonds have soaked the required time, drain and rinse.
- Place almonds, dates, vanilla bean and 4 cups water in blender.
- Blend on high for several minutes until almonds, dates and vanilla bean is thoroughly ground.
- Strain almond mixture through nut-milk bag into container.
- Chill and serve.
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