We were frequent visitors at Number One when it was open at Highland Park Village here in Dallas, and became addicted to their home made almond milk lattes, among other things on the menu. So, when Number One closed, we were crushed. We decided we couldn’t live without that creamy deliciousness and started experimenting with making our own almond milk. We were surprised to find that it’s so incredibly easy!
The process essentially involves soaking almonds in water overnight or for up to two days. The longer you soak the almonds, the creamier the milk will be. Drain and rinse the almonds from their soaking water and grind them in a blender or food processor with fresh water. The resulting liquid, drained from the almond meal, is almond milk. If you are a fan of almond milk, we highly recommend trying to make your own. Let us know what you think!
- 2 Cups raw whole almonds (we like to use organic)water for soaking the almonds
- 2 Cups water for blending with the almonds
- Sweetener; organic agave, maple syrup or honey (we find that the milk doesn’t need much of any sweetener)
Place the almonds in a bowl and cover with about an inch of water. They will plump up as they absorb the water. Let stand, uncovered, overnight or up to 2 days. The longer the almonds soak, the creamier the almond milk. Drain the almonds from their soaking water and rinse them thoroughly under cool running water. At this point, the almonds should feel a little soft if you squeeze them.
Place the almonds in the blender and cover with 2 cups of water. Pulse the blender a few times to break up the almonds, then blend continuously for two minutes. The almonds should be broken down into a very fine meal and the water should be white and opaque. Line a fine mesh strainer with cheese cloth, and place over a measuring cup. Pour the almond mixture into the strainer. Gather the cheese cloth around the almond mixture and twist close. Squeeze and press with your hands to extract as much almond milk as possible. You should get about 2 cups. Taste to see if you need to add sweetener.
Store in a sealed container in the refrigerator for up to two days.