When I first went vegan, I missed cow milk. A lot. But I quickly realized that there are many amazing vegan options for milk! It seems like a lot more people nowadays are interested in vegan milk, since there are quite a few options at the store. Sometimes it’s more economical and even more fun to make it yourself.
Cow milk is full of hormones that are pumped into them to make them produce more milk. The problem is that when we consume milk, we are also getting those hormones which in turn mess up our hormones. Not to mention, cows milk can make calcium build up in our veins, can give us diseases that maybe that cow carried, can increase our allergies and more. In looking at how cows are treated to produce all this milk for us, it is horrible and that alone should make us reconsider consuming it. There aren’t many benefits to cows milk, luckily that isn’t the case with plant based milk!
Almond milk is one of my favorites. Unfortunately, the pre-made almond milk at the store has sugar in it and since I have been severely hypoglycemic I have to avoid sugar. (Especially after learning the negative effects of sugar on the body, I want to avoid it all together.)
Almonds are high in protein, healthy fats, magnesium and vitamin E. Using almond milk will give you a good start to your day!
This almond milk recipe is SO easy and requires only 4 ingredients. It usually takes me about 15 minutes to make and it is Oh, So, Good!
- 1 cup raw almonds
- 1 cup warm water
- 3-4 pitted dates (you can use as many as you would like, this makes it sweet)
- 1/2 tsp sea salt or himalayan salt
- 3 cups cold water
Place in your blender: almonds, warm water, dates and sea salt.
Once you have all your ingredients in the blender, blend it until it is smooth. (you will always see small things that don’t completely blend up because of the dates and almond skins but don’t mind that.)
It should look like this:
Then add the 3 cups of cold water and blend just a little to mix it all together. Then you want to get a bowl and cheese cloth and pour this over the cheese cloth.
Gently squeeze cheese cloth. Don’t squeeze hard or try to do this too fast or you will rip a hole in the cheese cloth.
When you aren’t getting anymore milk out, then you are done! You can save the pulp to make dehydrated crackers, or to use in nut loafs, or you can throw it away.
Wash out the cheese cloth with warm water, don’t use any soap in it or you can risk your milk tasting like soap next time you make milk! Rinse it a lot until it is all rinsed out and then hang it up to dry.
Here’s how it should look! Pour it into a glass jar and stick it in the fridge! The water and almond will separate while sitting, but just shake it a little before you use it.
I hope you enjoy your almond milk!