Homemade Non Separating Almond Milk

>> Tuesday, March 8, 2011



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Have you ever tried almond milk? The taste is a velvety creamy taste with a hint of almonds. It can be sweetened (If I sweeten my I like to use honey, raw cane sugar or even maple syrup), it can also be flavored with vanilla or even chocolate. I find the taste of almond milk to be absolutely divine! I would even go as far as saying it is addictive. The first time I tried almond milk was about one year ago when I bought a liter from my local organic market. I knew immediately that this was going on my rotation of non-dairy milks.

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Last June I shared my recipe for raw Almond milk, and it has been one of my most popular post to date. The recipe that I shared works perfect and it is hassle free. But for some reason when I added the almond milk to my tea or coffee it would separate. The taste is still great but it's not the prettiest looking thing. (I should note that as the almond milk sits in the refrigerator it does separate, but a quick shake and it's ready to drink. ) I experimented with warming up the almond milk before adding it to the tea (coffee) or pouring the brewed tea (coffee) into the almond milk. Both of these methods prevented the separating but it was a pain having to dirty extra dishes or when I just wanted a quick splash. Then the lightbulb when off, cook the almond milk. Viola! This yielded non separating thicker almond milk. Cooking or boiling the almond milk prevented both the separating in tea, coffee as well as preventing the almond milk from separating as it sits in the refrigerator.
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My recipe for non-seperating almond milk is the same as the raw almond milk, obviously the only difference being that at the end the almond milk is boiled. Here is the recipe (doubled) or you can also find it in my archives here.

Ingredients:
-200 grams or 7.5 ounces blanched almonds
(learn how to blanch almonds here)
-4 cups or 1 liter water

optional:
sugar or honey or dates to sweeten

-1 large bowl
-cheese cloth or a clean kitchen towel or very fine sieve colander
-blender
pot

1. Place the blanched almonds in a large bowl and cover with water. Leave to sit overnight.

2. Drain the water, and place the almonds in a blender. Pour 2 cups of water into blender, and if using sweetener add it to the blender as well. Blend until the almonds have completely broken down to a fine almost paste. Place the cheese cloth (or other options) over a large bowl. Pour the liquid over the cloth, then pull up on all ends to squeeze out liquid onto the bowl . Once the liquid is all removed, place the ground almonds back inside the blender and add the remaining 2 cups of water, again repeating the process.


3. Pour the almond milk into the pot, partially cover and under low heat simmer for 15 minutes. Keep a close eye on it as it may boil over. Stir now and then. Allow to cool before storing in the refrigerator. The almond milk will keep fresh in the refrigerator for 5 days.

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Last time I also advised you not to discard the ground almonds because you can used them in baked goods. Or also "An option is to dry the ground almonds then once they have completely dried place them back in the blender and blend into a fine almond flour. Again this can be used in baked goods or any other recipes that might call for almond flour." I have used the leftover ground almonds in a couple of recipes. I will have them written up to share with you very soon.

You may be wondering how to use the almond milk, just like you would cow or soy milk. My favorite way is to just enjoy a cold glass of almond milk, but I have used it in baking, cereal, muesli, and I've seen some people adding it soups. I will experiment further and get back to you. But now go on and enjoy some delicious, healthy, no preservatives, homemade almond milk.
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*Update March 11 : Click here to see how you can use the leftover ground almonds, Chocolate Craisin Almond Cookies.


65 comments:

Sandra March 8, 2011 at 9:47 AM  

wow Nancy..this is really really awesome! for a few mounts now we are only drinking almond milk and since my 4 year old don't eat meat at all it was kind of replacement of protein. But I never made it myself..looks easy when you explain how! Will try this! Amazing photos, so rustic and professional!

Emily Malloy March 8, 2011 at 9:55 AM  

You are awesome.

That is all.

Spicie Foodie March 8, 2011 at 10:04 AM  

@Sandra, So you know how good almond milk is:) Let me know how it works for you, and if you tweaked the recipe I would love your input. It's a lot cheaper making it at home and you can control the sugar and preservatives too. Thank you, you are so sweet:)

@Emily, You are also such a sweetie :) Hehe

Victor March 8, 2011 at 10:17 AM  

This is the first time I hear of almond milk. Looks so simple.

Great pics as always!

Paaka Shaale March 8, 2011 at 10:24 AM  

WOW Nancy!!! This recipe is really cool. Thanks for sharing this :)

Pegasuslegend March 8, 2011 at 10:32 AM  

i have only had store bought and know how heart smart this is for you thanks for posting i love this one~

Spicie Foodie March 8, 2011 at 10:35 AM  

@Victor, Thank you and you should try it, it's delicious.

@Paaka, Thank you glad you like it :)

@Claudia, Yes very heart healthy. Glad to hear it:)

Roxan March 8, 2011 at 10:48 AM  

Hi Nancy! It's been a while since I last visited. Thank you for this recipe for homemade almond milk! My husband loves almond milk and i think this would be fun for the two us to make together.

Spicie Foodie March 8, 2011 at 10:51 AM  

Hi Roxan, It's been a while since I visited you as well, I'll be stopping by later. Yes it would be fun for you guys to make, and a great treat to enjoy together.

Fresh and Foodie March 8, 2011 at 11:17 AM  

I just adore this. I like almond milk but have never even considered making it myself. Very cool

Nithya March 8, 2011 at 12:17 PM  

Looks totally divine :) yummm

Evan @swEEts March 8, 2011 at 12:33 PM  

You know, I've never had almond milk but now I'm curious.. I think it sounds like it would be delicious over some granola!

Spicie Foodie March 8, 2011 at 12:43 PM  

@Fresh and Foodie, Thank you and you should try it.

@Nithya, Thank you, it was :)

@Evan, Yes it's delicious over granola!

apiciusapprentice March 8, 2011 at 12:43 PM  

I really want to try this. REALLY REALLY want to. It's just that almonds are so expensive right now. So I'm left with drooling over your picture for now. Love it!

Spicie Foodie March 8, 2011 at 12:51 PM  

@Rocio, Yes I've also noticed an increase in almond prices. But if you buy the un-blanched ones the price is a bit lower. Hopefully the price will go down so you can try almond milk at home :)

Joy March 8, 2011 at 2:32 PM  

That looks lovely. I am loving this recipe.

fooddoodles March 8, 2011 at 3:06 PM  

Yum! That looks fantastic! I've been wanting to make almond milk for a while now. I'm very curious to see what you do with the leftovers too :)

Kankana March 8, 2011 at 4:33 PM  

This is gorgeous. I love almond and I bet it ca taste good.

muppy March 8, 2011 at 5:13 PM  

I have never had almond milk but you have convinced me to try this.

Spicie Foodie March 8, 2011 at 6:23 PM  

@Joy, Thank you!

@Fooddoodles, Thanks, I have to write up the recipes in the coming days so I can share it.

@Kankana, Thank you and yes it did :)

@Muppy, Good, you should try it :)

Jason Phelps March 8, 2011 at 6:34 PM  

Very interesting indeed. I can't say I would have thought of making this myself and I am glad somebody. It was my something new for the day!

Jason

Lindsay March 8, 2011 at 8:00 PM  

I have never tasted almond milk but it sounds delicious. I have granola every morning with vanilla yogurt, but I bet this would be an awesome variation. Thanks for sharing the recipe!

Elin March 8, 2011 at 8:19 PM  

Wow...homemade almond milk...thanks for sharing..it is good for health and what more homemade !

Have a nice day,
Elin

Spicie Foodie March 8, 2011 at 8:32 PM  

@Jason, Hope you try making it.

@Lindsay, It is delicious! It would go perfect with granola, you could even add some vanilla extract for a different flavor.

@Elin, Yes healthy and delicious! You too have a great day.

Torviewtoronto March 8, 2011 at 8:35 PM  

delicious healthy drink lovely pictures and post Nancy

Claudia March 8, 2011 at 8:50 PM  

I love almond milk and it makes a nice blanc fromage. Grand recipe and oh that photo of the milk is stunning.

penny aka jeroxie March 8, 2011 at 10:00 PM  

hmmm.. how about almond pannacotta?

whatsfordinneracrossstatelines March 8, 2011 at 10:07 PM  

I want to try this, I think I would have not liked the separating either. I haven't had almond milk in years, time for a revisit. I hope you are having and nice and warm week. The photos are stunning as always.
-Gina-

scrambledhenfruit March 8, 2011 at 10:43 PM  

I love almond milk but have only ever had the kind that you buy in the store- I've never tried to make it myself. This sounds like a wonderful alternative to store bought- especially since you've figured out how to keep it from separating. I will try this!

Tiffany March 9, 2011 at 8:00 AM  

What a great idea! And I love that it will not separate! :D

A little bit of everything March 9, 2011 at 8:57 AM  

i thought making almond milk is such a long process, I was so wrong. we love almond milk and always have almonds in the house. i'm going to make my own almond milk from now on, yesss, Nancy, you're a treasure. Thanks for sharing

Spicie Foodie March 9, 2011 at 9:43 AM  

@Torviewtoronto, Thank you.

@Claudia, Thanks for the tip I'll look into the blanc fromage.

@Penny, Oh that sounds great! I might give it a go soon.

@Gina, Yes time for a revisit :) Thank we have been having beautiful weather, so happy.

@Scrambledhenfruit, I hope you do try it!

@Tiffany, Thanks!

@ A little bit of everything, No it really is very easy. You're a sweetheart :)

Mary March 9, 2011 at 10:14 AM  

This is the type of recipe I love to have in my files. I am relatively new to your blog and rarely comment. I just wanted you to know how much I appreciate the food and recipes you feature here. You've created a lovely spot for your readers to visit. I know I always enjoy my visits. I hope you have a great day. Blessings...Mary

Spicie Foodie March 9, 2011 at 10:44 AM  

Hi Mary, Welcome and I'm glad to hear you are enjoying my blog:) Thank you for your kind words and I hope to see you here often. Have a beautiful day :)

Trix March 9, 2011 at 4:36 PM  

How clever! I love that you went back and tweaked a recipe so that it would look good. My kind of gal!

Stella March 9, 2011 at 7:04 PM  

Hi Nancy! I love almond milk too, but I've never made my own. I bet your homemade recipe renders an awesome milk. Yum! Ooh, and I bet heating it not only keeps it from separating for tea but also probably helps it keep longer-maybe?!
Bookmarked;-)
XOXO

Marta´s Kitchen March 10, 2011 at 2:34 AM  

this is great! I love almond milk ice cream! I will try your recipe and see if it works ;)

Sandy - Everyday Southwest March 10, 2011 at 3:05 AM  

Thanks for the post on almond milk... I'm already thinking of other ways to use it.
Congratulations for making the top nine!

Cakewhiz March 10, 2011 at 4:25 AM  

I like almond milk so much better than regular milk. It's has this subtle flavor that i can't get eniugh of. I use it in my baking recipes and i have even tried adding a bit of cardamom powder. It adds an incredible aroma to the milk :)
Thanks alot for sharing your method and your pictures are breath-taking as always...

Junia March 10, 2011 at 6:53 AM  

i love almond milk!!! i can't wait to try to make my own :)!

Spicie Foodie March 10, 2011 at 8:47 AM  

@Trix, Aw you made my day:)

@Stella, Yes I think it does last longer by boiling it. I did notice the taste was much better on the cooked than the raw after 3 days.

@Marta, Almond milk ice cream sounds delish!

@Sandy, Thanks for letting me know:)

@Cakewiz, Thank you:) I also prefer almond milk to regular milk, the taste is way better. Yes cardamom and almonds go so well together.

@Junia, I hope you love it .

Sortachef March 10, 2011 at 10:21 AM  

Way cool! I've used almond flour in breads before, but now I'm going to have to try your almond milk. Beautiful photos, too. Thanks!

visda March 10, 2011 at 11:36 AM  

wow! this is gorgeous. It wouldn't even come to my mind to make almond milk but you have made it look so doable. Thanks for sharing and congrats on top 9.

leeksoup March 10, 2011 at 11:50 AM  

I'm always on the lookout for a good almond milk recipe and I think I may have found the perfect one. You really did a fantastic job of simplifying making almond milk.

She's Cookin' March 10, 2011 at 12:42 PM  

I've never had almond milk, much less made my own, but your beautiful photos exude such a clean, fresh, wholesome quality that I feel like I simply must! Congrats on the Top 9 today :)

Chef Dennis March 10, 2011 at 1:19 PM  

hi Nancy
I must say that although that the thought of drinking almond milk has never crossed my mind, you make it look so appealing that i wish I had a glass right now! Great tips for recycling the almonds once your done...
I may have to give almond milk a try!
Cheers
Dennis

Hilary March 10, 2011 at 1:24 PM  

Cool idea! Never would have thought to make almond milk at home!

Cake Duchess March 10, 2011 at 2:39 PM  

Hi Nancy-Thank you for your sweet words and support this past week. :) This almond milk looks delicious and your photos are stunning! Congrats on Top 9:) You are a sweetheart. Xx

alyce March 10, 2011 at 3:44 PM  

Very cool. I really like the taste of almond milk too.

Kate @ Diethood.com March 10, 2011 at 4:40 PM  

I love almond milk! I just didn't think to ever make it at home... thank you for sharing the recipe, I will definitely give this a try.

Your photos are gorgeous!

Congrats on Top 9!

Caramella March 10, 2011 at 6:08 PM  

Che delizia! Looks beautiful! Almond milk is very typical here in southern Italy! Beautiful blog, I really enjoy it! :)

Michelle Pleadwell March 10, 2011 at 8:03 PM  

Great tip for stabilizing the milk. I've been making almond milk for about 2 years now and don't really mind the separating but I have tried using lecithin which works well but I find it leaves a bit of a funky taste. I can't wait to try your idea.

Tam @ A Little Bit Burnt March 10, 2011 at 9:25 PM  

I love this - I only really drink almond milk these days anyway and can't wait to try making it at home!

Sarah March 10, 2011 at 9:29 PM  

Brilliant! We are always on the search for non-dairy alternatives and I am so looking forward to trying this out.

Shirley March 11, 2011 at 5:41 AM  

Lovely post! and congrats!

Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen March 12, 2011 at 5:33 AM  

What a great tip, I've been making nut milks for a long time now and this will certainly come in handy. I've always wondered why my homemade milks separated but the store bought ones didn't seem to, this must be the reason.

Conor @ Hold the Beef March 12, 2011 at 8:11 AM  

Great timing Nancy, I'm trying out non-dairy milks at the moment! Up to rice milk now and enjoying that, but I think I'll definitely be trying almond milk now after your glowing review :) Thank you!

Magic of Spice March 12, 2011 at 1:33 PM  

Beautiful recipe and photos of course. I have never tried almond milk, but it sounds lovely :)

Liv Wan March 13, 2011 at 3:19 PM  

Wow Nancy, this post is amazing. I love the sound of this almond milk and it's sounds amazingly tasty. I must give it a go some time and especially almond is a really healthy food. Thank you very much for sharing this great recipe. I can't wait to try it soon. :)

Emily Ann March 13, 2011 at 8:18 PM  

This is a great post! Almond milk is also on my rotation of non-dairy milks (along with rice and soy milk). I think I might try your almond milk recipe! :)

Sommer J March 21, 2011 at 2:24 AM  

Girl, the last time you said something was addictive, you were right. That Hokkaido squash is my drug! I am DEFINITELY trying this soon! Will let you know how it goes for sure!! I am so excited :D

Radhika April 1, 2011 at 4:47 PM  

Gosh! I love that first picture Nancy...So beautifully composed that it epitomizes "simplicity is the greatest sophistication"

Jo April 12, 2011 at 11:17 PM  

Looks really delicious and healthy too. Will definitely try this out! Thanks a lot!

Angela FRS April 16, 2011 at 1:47 PM  

I am so going to try this--thank you!

Meeps June 7, 2011 at 3:17 AM  

how have i never seen your blog before? love this!!!! thanks for the tip!

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