Almond Milk and Using Leftover Almond Pulp

Almond milk is always available in our fridge and is very simple to make yourself.  It also tastes so much better and can be added to coffee without curdling.  I find the almond milk from the shop curdles in my coffee.  Homemade blends beautifully.

Speaking of coffee you can reduce the amount of water you use in the recipe below and create a coffee creamer.  All you need to do is use two cups of water instead of the four. 

The ratios I use in the recipe below work well for me and I use it in my coffee, porridge, smoothies and basically any recipe as a milk replacement.



Almond Milk

Ingredients
1 cup almonds
4 cups water
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon (optional)

Place the almonds, water and cinnamon (if using) into a blender.  I use a Vitamix and blend for about 20-30 seconds.



Pour into a jug which is lined with either a Nut Milk Bag, cheesecloth or another option is to use an anklet stocking.  Before I had the nut milk bag I used to purchase cheap anklet stockings which worked really well.


Carefully lift the bag and squeeze as much milk out as you can into the jug.  Pour the almond milk into a jar and store in the fridge.

Now you are left with a cup of almond pulp.

Almond Milk pulp.

There are so many uses and different options with leftover pulp.  One option is to line a baking tray with baking paper and spread the almond pulp evenly on the tray.  Place into the oven set on the lowest temperature for at least 2 hours.  Check and if completely dry remove.  To grind a little more place into a food processor and pulse a few times.  This can now be used in baking, crumbing, as a topping on porridge plus more.

If you want to use the almond pulp wet instead of drying there are many options.  If you do a search on the internet you will find recipes using wet almond pulp.  I use it to thicken soups as well.  

I made these Lemon Date Balls with the wet almond pulp and they're delicious.

Lemon Date Balls.

 




2 comments

  1. I use almond milk in my tea, but I bought it from the store. Do you have to soak almonds first, Kylie? And how long can you keep it in the fridge?

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    1. You don't have to soak the almonds however I do as it makes it easier for me to digest plus reactivates them too. You can soak them and then add wet. I soak and then dry as I use them for snacking on too. I keep my milk in the fridge for up to five days maximum. Never lasts that long though.

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