Do you know how to make almond milk quickly using a few ingredients? The refreshing, light, and nutty flavor is surprisingly appetizing and easy-to-make. You just need to follow some simple steps of soaking, grinding, and straining the ingredients. Homemade almond milk helps manage the sugar and nutrient content as per your health requirements. Moreover, you can also add flavor according to your taste.
Here is the quick, nourishing, and creamy recipe for homemade almond milk. So, keep reading to learn more!
How to Make Almond Milk at Home? Recipe Guide
You can buy almond milk from the market or food stores, but preparing it home enhances its flavor and nutritional value. So, you can prepare it at home by following these below-mentioned simple steps:
- Almonds: 1 cup raw
- Water: 4-5 cups
- Vanilla extract: ½ tsp (optional)
- Add-ins: Nuts, berries, chia seeds, cocoa powder, or dates (optional)
- Sea salt: 1 pinch
You may prepare almond milk without soaking its ingredients; however, soaking makes your recipe more flavorful and creamy. Preparing it without soaking its ingredients for enough time needs more crushing time in blender on high speed. Therefore, I prefer soaking the almonds for 3-4 hours (better to soak overnight) to make a smooth nourishing recipe.
To make a fine smooth consistency, soak the almonds for sufficient time, then remove the peel, and grind them with water and salt. Soak this mixture in water for 6-8 hours, then strain it using a nut milk bag or cheesecloth.
Squeeze the extract until all the liquid separates from the pulp. Filtration removes the pulp or chunks of ungrounded almonds. You can discard this pulp or use this in other recipes. Moreover, the pulp can also be used as skin glowing and tightening mask.
Almond Milk Nutrition and Calorie Count
Almond milk is enriched with healthy fats, antioxidants and proteins required to fulfill the demands of a healthy body. Moreover, it also contains lesser calories and fat content than dairy milk, thus may help in ideal weight management.
Half cup almond milk contains an estimated nutrient content of:
- Calories: 40kcal
- Fiber: 0.4g
- Protein: 0.5g
- Carbohydrates: 1.5g
- Fat: 3g
- Potassium: 80mg
- Calcium: 240mg
- Cholesterol: 0mg
- Magnesium: 7mg
Health Benefits of Almond Milk
- Almond milk is a low-calorie and highly nutritious alternative to cow and soy milk.
- It is enriched with healthy vitamins and essential minerals, providing multiple health benefits.
- Less sugar and high magnesium content (mineral to control blood sugar level) make it perfect for diabetes patients.
- Being lactose-free, almond milk is super ideal for people with lactose intolerance and dairy allergy.
- It is highly digestible, that’s why helps reduce bloating caused by PCOS in females or common stomach disorders.
- Almond milk has fewer carbohydrates than animal-based milk, making it an excellent low glycemic index food.
- It is full of calcium, essential for strengthening your bones and reducing the risk of osteoporosis.
- The high antioxidant content helps fight free radical damage in the body, increasing your immunity.
How to Use and Store Almond Milk?
Almond milk can be used as plain milk or added to smoothies, shakes, or other nutritious drinks. It can also be used in pancakes, cereals, or homemade almond ice creams. You can store it in the fridge in air-tight glass container for about 4-5 days.
However, certain factors, such as the temperature of the refrigerator, sterilization of the blender and storing jar, and surface cleanliness, decide how many days you can keep it fresh. Remember, storing it for more than a week may lose its nutrition or even make it unhealthy. Shake well all the ingredients before using them next time.
Is Almond Milk Good for Infants?
Plant-based milk (except soy) usually contains fewer amounts of protein, healthy fats, vitamins, or minerals than breast or infant formula milk. Research suggests that plant-based and cow’s milk may prevent iron absorption, resulting in improper growth and development of the child. Therefore, you should consult your doctor about the health benefits and nutritional significance of almond milk. He may recommend you the best milk alternative for your developing kid.
Almond milk is the best alternative to cow’s milk, especially for infants, lactose intolerant and obese people. It is easily digestible, and contains fewer calories, thus helping you improve your gut health. Have you ever tried making it at home? If yes, let us know your method too!