Dairy Free-Homemade Milk

A dairy free diet doesn’t mean giving up all milks. Unfortunately Guar Gum, the preservative in most almond and coconut milks, can be irritating to someone with digestive issues.

When I read this I decided to give homemade milks a try! Be warned, without those harsh preservatives your almond milk will go bad in only a few days. Above you can see the beautiful results of my new routine.

Kicking the creamer, milk, cheese (by far the hardest to give up) does NOT sound easy. Luckily there are so many alternative ways to consume non-dairy cheese and milk. You will find multiple recipes on my blog . Though Almond MIlk is not a nutritional replacement for cows milk it sure helps replace the craving. You can add Almond milk to you coffee, tea, smoothie, cereal, and various recipes! Below is a simple alternative milk recipe I make every week.

Almond Milk  

Yields about 4 servings

Ingredients and Tools 

  • 1 cup of soaked almonds (see directions for soaking)
  • 4 cups of filtered water
  • A pinch of Sea Salt (optional)
  • Vanilla Extract (optional)
  • Stevia for sweetening (optional)
  • A blender or Food processor
  • A large bowl or pitcher
  • glass bottle or mason jars to store the milk in
  • Cheese cloth or Nut Milk bag

Directions 

  1. Soak almonds overnight for 12 hours or at least 4 hours prior to making the nut milk
  2. Rinse almonds well before combining with 4 cups of water and  adding them to the blender
  3. Blend several minutes until the nuts are broken down
  4. Strain mixture into a large bowl or pitcher through a nut milk bag or cheese cloth
  5. Once all the liquid has settled into the bowl or pitcher, take each side of the cloth and bring it up to form a ball around the nut pulp
  6. Squeeze the pulp in the cloth until no more liquid is seeping out
  7. Put the liquid (without the almond pulp) back into blender for a few seconds if you are adding salt, sweeteners or vanilla extract 
  8. Pour into a tightly closed or
  9. Make sure to shake the bottle before serving
 NOTE: Homemade Almond Milk does not contain preservatives, therefore it does not last as long. Keep sealed in fridge for 4-7 days. Like Milk, you will know when it has spoiled. If I haven’t used my almond milk up by the 4th day I typically freeze it into ice cubes and add it to smoothies.

 

I love when you set up and plan a situation to yield a certain outcome and life gives you something even better. Heart not intended, but how perfect is that?

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