We have noticed that a couple of the local supermarkets in Egypt are starting to sell almond milk. This is good news but when your only option is buying the imported ones at about 35 pounds a carton, homemade almond milk starts sounding more appealing for two reasons: zero preservatives (healthier) and less expensive! Eating healthy or drinking in this case doesn’t have to cost you a fortune. If you drink it occasionally then, it’s not that big of a deal. But for someone like me who substitutes almond milk for dairy in almost everything, its get a little too much. So, the good news is that we can make our own almond milk at home and all you really need is almonds, water and a food processor (you can scroll down for the ingredients)
Homemade almond milk ensures that the milk is raw with zero preservatives and full of its optimal nutritional power. You also get to control the sweetness, fat content, thickness, and taste. I don’t know about you, but I like to know what exactly goes into my food. Almond milk is a rich source of vitamin E, magnesium, and potassium. Not only that but it is cholesterol free.
Place raw almonds in a container and cover with water. Allow to soak overnight in a fridge then drain and rinse. It can be soaked for up to 48 hours, however water will have to be changed every 12 hours.
After soaking, drain and rinse the almonds. No need to take the skin off the almonds.
Add the almonds and 3 cups of filtered water to the food processor.
I usually use about 3 cups of water for every cup of almonds. The more water you add, the lower in fat the milk will be per serving and the thinner it will be. So you can play around with the amount of water you add for every cup of almonds depending on the thickness and texture you want. But, don’t add less than 2 cups or more than 4 cup.
Add water in small batches to get the texture you desire.
Start the speed on low, then slowly raise the speed to high for about 2 minutes until the milk is completely smooth. If you choose to add a sweetener (1 date or honey), add it once the milk is smooth and blend again to combine. And of course adjust the sweetness to taste.