DIY: Almond Milk

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Anytime I have the chance to make something myself, in a controlled environment, to cut down on questionable ingredients, I always consider it worth my time and effort. When a buddy of mine mentioned that he and his wife had been making their own almond milk, I knew I had to try it. I experimented with a few different methods and narrowed it down to just a handful of clean and simple steps.

Ingredients:
1.5 cups blanched or sliced almonds
4 cups filtered water
Agave
Vanilla Extract
Cinnamon

Tools:
Bowl
Blender
Strainer
Cheesecloth

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First, dump your almonds into a bowl and fully submerge them in water. Set in the refrigerator and allow to soak overnight.
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Once soaked, empty almonds through a strainer. Add 2 cups of filtered water into blender.
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Combine your almonds and filtered water.
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Blend until almonds and water combine into a thick paste.
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Now you can make it your own. Add whatever amount of agave, vanilla extract, and cinnamon that you like. Once you get the desired taste, add two more cups of water.
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Blend it all together once more.
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Now place a few layers of cheesecloth inside your strainer. Hold the strainer over a bowl and slowly pour the milk over the cheesecloth. You will start to collect frothy remnants from your blend of ingredients. Shift the remnants arounds to allow the milk to pass through the cheesecloth. You will likely have to dispose of the cheesecloth halfway through and layer down some fresh cloth.
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Your final step is to pour a glass and enjoy!

Bonus tip: Add a spoonful of cacao powder for a clean and healthy chocolate milk.

I hope you enjoyed this article 🙂
Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions/comments.
justinchiazza@gmail.com

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