RECIPE: Homemade Almond Milk

I’m not one of those who avoid dairy; I love milk and cheeses. But I also believe in eating in moderation and having a huge variety of diet which includes more plant-based food. So, I alternate my morning cup of cow’s milk with soymilk.

Almond milk is something I’ve wanted to include in my diet. My good friend, Yasmine, who is a pescetarian had stop consuming cow’s milk entirely, suggested that I might want to make a change.

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Pricing of almond milk
However, the pricing of almond milk is a major deterrent to switching to nut milk. When I went looking for almond milk in certain supermarket (they are not stocked in every supermarket), I was shock to see its price: a litre of almond milk costs an average of RM 34!

Alas, I put it back to the shelf; I can’t make myself pay more than four times the price of regular milk. Okay, perhaps its not fair to compare organic almond milk to regular (non-organic) milk. But then, even organic cow’s milk is still half the price of almond milk. It’s simply not sustainable for most household.

Almond Milk Happy Fresh

Pure Harvest Activated Almond Milk RM 35.10 | Australia’s Own Organic Almond Milk RM 33.10

Affordable homemade almond milk
I gave up on drinking almond milk until I was testing Froothie’s Optimum 9400 high speed blender. I blended 1 cup of soaked almonds with 5 cups of water, and had almond milk in a matter of minutes! Of course, the caveat is that you need a blender powerful enough to crush the nuts, which in itself is rather expensive.

But assuming that you have one, making your own almond milk is much more affordable. I got a 500 g packet of almond for RM 23. It translates to two litres of milk. One litre of homemade almond milk will amount to RM 11.50. That’s 3 times less than store-bought almond milk.

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Active time: 10 minutes
Total time: 8 hours 10 minutes
Makes: 1 L

INGREDIENTS

Almond x 1 cup
Water x 5 cups
Sugar to taste

TOOLS
Powerful blender
Strainer
Pot

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INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Soak almond in water for 8 – 12 hours.
  2. Rinse soaked almonds and place into a blender.
  3. Add 5 cups of water.
  4. Blend until smooth (1 to 2 minutes using a powerful blender).
  5. Pour nut milk over strainer to separate gritty almond pulp from the milk.
  6. Boil almond milk (optional).
  7. Chill and keep in the fridge.

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Enjoy!

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