Homemade Almond Milk

homemeade almond milk  - make it at home without all the funky additives, then add it to your fave smoothies and baked goods!

I went away this last weekend . . .

into the freezing ___ cold.

Whatever insulation I used to have that bolstered me from arctic winds has long since gone the same way as my washboard stomach.

We mostly stayed indoors, talking, eating cupcakes, and burning calories doing this:

moms at home acting normal

Yes.

That is us.

Jumping on a bed.

Needless to say, our husbands and children were nothing less than perplexed by our choice of activities.

But, when one BFF says to another, “Hey – let’s set the camera timer and try to catch ourselves jumping mid-air like those old Chevy car commercials,” it’s just not possible to shoot that idea down.

Plus, we got to see what we’d look like if we had Troll Doll hair.

Which, by the way, = Awesome.

The tall Barbie doll-ish one is not me.

The stubby little one in full-on cannon ball mode is.

This was our weekend away. Just the girls. Time to hunker down, sleep, recharge, get a grip on what’s next, help each other do a little soul-searching.

And the funny thing about jumping on the bed – besides the literal part – was that it was like an underline and exclamation point to this excerpt from Erma Bombeck’s essay, “If I Had My Life to Live Over Again”:

I would have invited friends over to dinner even if the carpet was stained and the sofa faded. I would have sat on the lawn with my children and not worried about grass stains. I would never have bought anything just because it was practical, wouldn’t show soil or was guaranteed to last a lifetime. When my child kissed me impetuously, I would never have said, “Later. Now get washed up for dinner.” ย There would have been more I love yous, more I’m sorrys, but mostly, given another shot at life, I would seize every minute, look at it and really see it, live it, and never give it back.

 

We talked about this very thing – about our “momming” and the rolls we play in our own lives and the lives of our loved ones, about the ways we fritter our time away on activities that really mean nothing in the end.

It seems to be a focus I need remind myself of over and over and over again because life. . . well, it’s just so darn distracting.

We practically pinky swore to get back to present and purposeful living, exactly, precisely, when we returned to normal life.

Then we drank hot cocoa, ate Chewy Sprees and popcorn, and watched romantic comedies until we fell asleep.

Not once did we talk about almond milk except for when she asked, “So what are you going to blog about next?”

“Probably almond milk. . . ” I trailed off.

“Almond milk?”. . . she trailed off.

End of conversation.

I know it isn’t that exciting, but it is kind of cool – to make your own nut milk.

No weird gums, lecithins or unpronounceable unknowns added – just almonds and water.

Then you have the freedom to sweeten (honey? maple syrup?), spice (cinnamon? cardamom?) or flavor (chocolate? coconut?) however you choose.

And almond milk is a fancy pants ingredient in fancy pants health drinks like this vegan green smoothie,ย this creamy chocolate smoothie, and this hot chai tea latte.

I’m pretty sure too, that we can make almond butter out of that leftover pulp like we did with the cashew butter.

I’ll get back to you on that one – because I’m going to try it.

Meanwhile, life is here right in front of my face and I must honor it.

Until next time, my friends!

xoxo!

Homemade Almond Milk

Prep Time: 24 hours

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Yield: about 4 cups

Ingredients

  • 2 cups raw almonds
  • 4 cups water

Directions

The night before:

Place almonds in a medium sized bowl and cover with water. Almonds should be submerged and there should be about 2 inches of water over the top of them.

Let soak over night.

The next day, drain almonds. Add nuts to the pitcher of a blender. Add 4 cups of water (or more or less depending on how thick you want your milk).

Blend until almonds are smooth as possible.

Place double folded cheesecloth or a very thin kitchen towel over a bowl.

Pour almond milk over the towel slowly and allow the liquid to filter through.

After the liquid has passed through, gather the towel at the corners and pick it up to drain. Squeeze excess liquid into bowl. Transfer liquid into a jar and store, covered, in the fridge.

Save or discard leftover pulp.

Source

Sara| Home is Where The Cookies Are

https://www.wherethecookiesare.com/2014/01/24/homemade-almond-milk/

14 thoughts on “Homemade Almond Milk

  1. Everything about this is adorable! That tiny hand! Cannonball Sara! I love it.

    I seriously chug almond milk like a pro, but I always buy it like a sucker. Hmm. Thanks for the DIY inspiration! Have a great weekend.

    xo,
    d

  2. Ummm….first of all, you are epic- that picture is awesome! Secondly, thanks for linking to me! I just love homemade almond milk…no extra ingredients that leave you wondering!

  3. I echo everything Danguole said! I came for the chubby hand but stayed for the cannonballing blogger. I’ve made almond milk before but I always forget to do it consistently and just end up buying it out of laziness. Now I’m inspired to give it another go!

    • I know right? These things are so easy and such a pain in the behind at the same time, right? Why DON’T we just do them all the time??

  4. This is so cute! I love to read your interpretation of our times together….you always make it seem so sweet and innocent. (Which, by the way, it obviously is if we spent a whole day jumping on the bed like 12 year olds.) Gosh, when was that trip?! Feels like a hundred years ago already! Miss you so ๐Ÿ™‚ xo

  5. I love how you write like we’re just hanging on the couch together swapping stories. ๐Ÿ™‚ That sounds like an awesome time away and I’m going to have to try making almond milk now!

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