Once you make your own almond milk, it's pretty hard to go back to the shop bought stuff. It's incredibly easy to do and can be used in so many ways - like to make coffee, chocolate milk, smoothies or on cereal. Plus you can use the leftover almond meal so nothing goes to waste. It's definitely worth investing in a nut milk bag - they're cheap and can also be used for making cheese, teas and cauliflower pizza.
When you soak nuts you 'activate them' because when you wash away the water they've been soaking in, you get rid of the phytic acid. Phytic acid is sometimes referred to as an anti-nutrient. This basically means that it binds with some minerals, like iron and calcium, and makes it harder for your body to absorb them. So by soaking nuts it means your body is able to absorb more of the nutrients. But don't let this scare you off eating regular nuts, because they're pretty damn great, and phytic acid is actually thought to have some beneficial effects too. For example, it's an antioxidant and it might decrease your risk of iron-mediated colon cancer.
- 1 cup or 140g almonds
- 2 cups or 500ml water - for soaking
- 2 cups or 500ml of water - for blending
- Place the almonds in a bowl and cover with the water. Leave to soak overnight or for up to 2 days - the longer you the it the creamier it gets.
- Pour the almonds into a sieve and discard the water they've been soaking in.
- Rinse the almonds thoroughly under cold running water.
- Place the almonds into a blender (or alternatively a food processor) and add the water.
- Pulse the blender a few times initially and then put the blender on full power for 2-3 minutes. Sometimes a food processor can take a bit longer.
- Place a fine sieve over a bowl or pot and cover the sieve with your nut bag or cheese cloth.
- Pour the almond milk into it and squeeze out as much liquid as you can.
- Store in an airtight container in the fridge and for up to 2-3 days. Shake the almond milk each time before using.
*Keep the remaining almond meal and use it for baking. We like to use the leftovers in our Choco Puffs or in a smoothie.