Unless you’ve got a nut allergy, almond milk is one of the best dairy alternatives out there. It’s incredibly easy-to-make and has a similar consistency to that of milk. You can also flavor it however you like, should you choose to do so.
Now you could go out and buy pre-made almond milk which is now sold in both tetra-paks as well as in those milk cartons in the refrigerated aisle, however I’ve got a few reasons why it’s better to make your own:
- Almond milk at it’s simplest is TWO ingredients: Almonds and water. Everything you buy in the store is loaded with other junk.
- The packages that hold your almond milk (aka. tetra paks) aren’t recyclable in most areas making them highly wasteful.
- It just takes better.
If you aren’t yet on the non-dairy bandwagon yet, I’ll tell you this much…
If you’ve still got digestive problems even after going gluten-free, then consider taking ALL dairy out. Dairy proteins can also cause inflammation by elevating your immune system since they are very similar to that of gluten. Plus, there’s a whole slew of other reasons why it’s really not the best food of choice which you can check out here.
You can also make milk from other nuts or add in other nuts to your almond milk. Sometimes I’ll add some Brazil nuts to the mix as they are a good source of Selenium and other nutrients. Either way, you’ll have a great base milk for all of your cooking needs: breakfast, adding creaminess to coffee or tea, cooking, baking, etc. And yes, you can add almond milk to things that are savory when you want more creaminess. I will add it, rather than cow’s milk, to pasta sauces which ask for a bit of cream such as my Bolognese Meat sauce.
[Need help going dairy-free? CLICK HERE for my easy ways to rid dairy from your diet!]
One note about the almonds:
You’ll want to buy raw almonds rather than roasted or blanched. Buy a package which is sealed rather than in the bulk nut aisle since you can easily purchase food which is contaminated with gluten. Once you find them (I tend to buy a larger pack since bulk buying will save you a bit of money in the long run), store them in the freezer as I suggest in my GF Freezer Guide.
All the supplies that you’ll need include:
- High-speed blender or really powerful food processor
- 1 Large glass Mason jar
- 1 Nut Milk Bag
Without further adieu, here is the simplest recipe of Almond Milk out there!