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.
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.
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.
Active time: 10 minutes
Total time: 8 hours 10 minutes
Makes: 1 L
Almond x 1 cup
Water x 5 cups
Sugar to taste
- Soak almond in water for 8 – 12 hours.
- Rinse soaked almonds and place into a blender.
- Add 5 cups of water.
- Blend until smooth (1 to 2 minutes using a powerful blender).
- Pour nut milk over strainer to separate gritty almond pulp from the milk.
- Boil almond milk (optional).
- Chill and keep in the fridge.