What is almond milk
Almond milk is a plant milk produced from almonds. It is non-dairy milk. Four times water is added with almond and blended to make a mixture and later the mixture is squeezed out to make a silky smooth product which is almond milk. It is really a good substitute for dairy milk. This non-dairy milk appeared in cookbooks from the 13th century. It was first invented in the middle east. Various kinds of drinks and desserts were created with this milk.
The demand for almond milk is increasing day by day. As non-dairy milk and a good substitute for milk, it has gained popularity over the years. Sweetened, unsweetened and different flavored almond milk is available in the stores. But it can also be made at home and it only takes a few steps which are super duper easy.
What is non-dairy milk?
Milk which has not been manufactured from any animal is non-dairy milk. Soy milk, almond milk, oats milk, etc are some of the well known non-dairy milk. Non-dairy milk like almond milk does not contain calorie, carbohydrate, protein, and fat as much as cow milk(whole). That’s why they are treated differently. Non-dairy milk is getting more popular among the general because of its low calories and fat.
This allows people who have an intolerance to lactose to obtain calcium and other minerals and vitamins without the horrid side effects such as bloating, intestine and stomach problems and much-dreaded diarrhea that are a consequence of drinking cow milk. As it is plant milk it is also preferred by vegans. People are ditching dairy milk day by day and adding non-dairy milk in their diet because of its goodness.
How to make almond milk at home
Soaking the almond
In order to make almond milk at home, first of all, you have to soak the raw almond from at least 8 hours to 48 hours. Then add water 3-4 times the almond and then add sweetener. You can add flavor like vanilla or chocolate if you want.
After soaking 1 cup of almond put them in a blender and add sweetener. You can add honey, maple syrup, sugar or dates. For 1 cup of almonds, you can use 1-2 tbsp of honey or 1-2 tbsp of maple syrup. And if you want to add dates 3 to 5 pitted Medjool dates are enough. Or you can use 1-2 tbsp of sugar according to your taste. Add 3-5 cup of filtered water depending on how thick you want the milk to be.
Also, you can add vanilla extract to have a vanilla flavor in your almond milk. 1 tsp of vanilla extract is enough. But if you want chocolate-flavored almond milk you can add dark chocolate with vanilla extract according to your flavor. I like to add 1 cup of dark chocolate or unsweetened chocolate Don’t forget to add a pinch of salt to give it a taste.
Finally, put the lid on and blend the almonds until they turn into a creamy texture. Now its time to strain your milk out of the mixture. Take a bowl big enough to contain all the milk. Then put a cheese-cloth on top of it. After that pour the almond mixture in the cheese-cloth and let it strain all the milk into the bowl. Finally, squeeze out the last drop of milk from the mixture. Don’t throw away the almond pulp. Because I got a recipe to make a delicious dessert to prepare from the pulps.
Nutrition:- Calories:- 984 | Fat:-74 | Protein:- 32 | Carbohydrate:- 66
- 1 cup almond raw
- 3-5 dates pitted
- 4 cup water filtered
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 2 tbsp chocolate (optional) powder
- Put the almonds in a small bowl and soak them in water for around 8-48 hours.
- Put the almonds in a blender along with dates, water, and vanilla extract.
- Blend them properly until they turn into a smooth texture.
- Put a cheesecloth on top of a bowl.
- Pour the almond mixture on top of it then squeeze the last drop of milk out of it.
- Put the pulps aside and add the chocolate powder in a blender and blend.
Is almond milk good for you?
As long as it does not contain any kind of lactose or gluten it is appropriate for people with lactose intolerance and allergies to gluten. And if you are looking for a way out to lose without losing the pleasure of milk made meals almond milk is an easy escape for you. It contains way less fat and calories than cow milk. Not just it is low in fat and calories it also contains healthy nutrients like vitamins and minerals including copper, zinc, iron, magnesium, calcium, potassium and many more.
But there are some cons of almond milk. People who are allergic to nuts or almonds can get serious health issues by consuming almond milk. Almond milk does not contain healthy nutrients as breast milk, that’s why it can not be given to babies. This milk contains a low amount of calories, protein, and fat, as a result, it can not provide enough energy and nutrition to people who need them.
It contains 50mg extra sodium per cup than cows milk and much sodium is not really healthy for your body. Excess sodium increases blood pressure because it holds excess fluid in the body, and that creates an added burden on the heart. Too much sodium will increase your risk of stroke, heart failure, osteoporosis, stomach cancer, and kidney disease.
How to preserve almond milk
Premature nut milk souring is really a problem and it needs to be solved. Your homemade nut mil or almond milk has a high chance of getting sour the next day you make it. Even though it is contained in an air-tight jar. If you can stop the milk from getting affected by bacterias it will help the milk to stay healthy and consumable for a longer time. There are several ways to keep your nut milk safe from bacterias. Some of them are…
Rinsing your seeds properly can help the milk from getting affected by bacterias.
Cleaning your blender can keep the bacterias away from your nut milk. There are various ways to sterilize your blender. You can use the stove, microwave oven, dishwasher to kill all the bacterias in your blender. Before making the nut milk make sure to dry out the blender and then use it. If you can open up all the parts and sterilize them properly it’s better. Soaking the blades in vinegar for around 10-20 minutes is enough to sterilize the blender.
The jar you are gonna preserve the almond milk in is also important as the blender. Sterilize it following the same method as the blender and preserve your almond milk in it.
Nut milk bag
An organic nut milk bag is really a good way to preserve your almond milk. Boiling or soaking them in vinegar will make them sterilized enough to store your nut milk. But be aware of the fake nut milk bag. Bags made in India or China are mostly made out of fake material which can get dissolved in the vinegar and milk, as a result, it will be a cause of various health issues.
Vacuum Seal Jar
You can get a vacuum seal attachment to improve the shelf life of plant-based milk. Stainless steel lids are the safest.
As soon as you make the nut milk try to store it in an air-tight glass jar with a stainless steel lid on it and refrigerate. After usage makes sure to lock the jar again and put it in the freezer as quickly as possible.
How to use the almond pulp
Almond chocolate chip cookies
- 2 ripe banana
- 1/2 cup unsalted peanut butter
- 2tbsp honey
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 4 tbsp all-purpose flour
- 1 cup almonds pulp
- 1/3 cup chocolate chips
1.Preheat oven at 350° F or 176° C with a baking tray and parchment paper on it.
2. In a bowl add bananas, peanut butter, honey, baking powder, and salt.
3. Mash it all together and then add the almond pulp along with all-purpose flour. Mix well.
4. Take 3 tbsp amount of batter and put it on the baking tray. Then bake them for around 20 minutes.
5. Take out the tray and cool down the cookies for 5 minutes.
You can preserve the cookies in an airtight container for up to 5 days.