I know that store-bought almond milk is a convenient dairy-free alternative. And I would be lying if I said I never buy the stuff myself.
But what if I told you that the homemade stuff tastes better than store bought and is most likely cheaper?
Yeah. I did the math* and realized I was saving money by making
my own almond milk and keeping the ingredients:
Homemade Almond Milk
Makes: 68oz. almond milk
1 cup raw almonds $2.30
8 cups cold water FREE
Dash of sea salt (optional) FREE--assuming you have this optional ingredient in your pantry
Store-Bought Almond Milk
Average carton: 63oz. almond milk
1 carton store-bought almond milk $2.56
Typical ingredients: Almond Milk (Filtered Water, Almonds), Calcium Carbonate, Natural Flavors, Sea Salt, Potassium Citrate, Sunflower Lecithin, Gellan Gum, Vitamin A Palmitate, Vitamin D2, D-Alpha-Tocopherol (Natural Vitamin E).
*Cost of ingredients may vary, depending on your location.
Makes 8 1/2 cups
1 cup raw almonds, soaked in water overnight
8 cups cold water
Dash of sea salt (optional)
Add to a blender and blend for 30-60 seconds, or until almonds are well-blended. Using a nut milk bag or sieve, place your straining tool of choice over a large bowl. Pour blender contents through your strainer, catching the liquid in the bowl. If using a nut milk bag, you will want to squeeze the contents to ensure you get all of the almond milk from the bag into the bowl.
Once you are done straining, transfer almond milk to a few glass containers and store in your refrigerator for 4-5 days.
For more recipes like this, check out my dairy-free recipe book!