Easy, DIY – Homemade Vanilla Almond Milk {Vegan, Gluten Free & Paleo Friendly}

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For the longest time I have been wanting to make my own almond milk but, for some reason I just kept putting it off.

Making your own almond milk sounds kinda hard so why would I bother when I can just buy it at the store right?!

I mean how much better can it be?!

Answer = so much better!

I’m talking so much better that it doesn’t even really compare.

It’s not even in the same ball park.

Homemade almond milk is a total game changer!

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And you guys, it’s so easy to make!

Seriously, now that I know how easy it is I’m kicking myself for not making it sooner!

All you need is just 3 ingredients that I bet you have on hand already – Almonds, water and vanilla. That’s it!

Once you have gathered up your ingredients you’re already half way there!

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The hardest part about making your own almond milk is waiting for the almonds to finish soaking, which isn’t really hard at all especially if you pop them in to soak as you’re getting dinner ready.

Then you can just set them aside and let them do their thang while you sleep. That way when you drag yourself reluctantly crawl jump out of bed in the morning all you have to do it drain and rinse your almonds, pop them in your blender with a little water, blendy, mcblend and you’re pretty much done.

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The next thing you do is pour your blended almonds into a piece of muslin cloth or a nut milk bag to separate the residual almond pulp from your creamy, dreamy almond milk.

Lastly we need to add our vanilla which is as simple as giving your blender a quick rinse, then pour your strained almond milk back into the jug, add a splash of vanilla, give it quick blitz just to combine and you’re done!

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So, easy right?!

It seriously takes 5 mins!

And you guys . . . the taste . . .

It’s really is so incredibly delicious that to say it’s delicious doesn’t even come close to describing how insanely delicious it really is?!

So did I mention that I think it’s delicious?!

Because it is!

Delicious, I mean!

Ok I’ll stop.

Now, I realize that it doesn’t look that delicious at this point . . .

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Although looking at it now it kind of reminds me of melted soft serve ice cream which is incredibly delicious but again, not very pretty, anyway,

This is what it looks like once you’ve blended it but before you’ve strained off the residual almond pulp which you can turn into deliciously versatile almond meal – I included the how-to’s on that in the recipe section FYI 😉

I know they aren’t the prettiest of photo’s but I wanted to add them in so you know what you’re working with. Hopefully you find them more helpful than disturbing . . .

Anyways, moving on . .

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Honestly could not believe how creamy this homemade almond milk is!

So much creamier than any of the store bought kinds I have tasted.

As much as I (thought I) loved the my store bought almond milk I never could drink it on it’s own, I would use it in coffee or to make smoothies but never just a glass of straight up almond milk you know?!

But this homemade vanilla almond milk I can’t stop drinking! Just as it is, it’s just that good!

It’s light and creamy, deliciously nutty, subtly sweet  and spiked with just a hint of vanilla.

In all honestly I expected it to be a little on the watery side considering it’s made by just blending almonds with water but nope, it’s seriously creamy.

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And would you just look at those little flecks of vanilla?!

So, so good I can hardly stand it!

Homemade almond milk is a total game changer! I honestly don’t think  I will bother buying it ever again!

You guys are going to love, love, love it!

I think it’s pretty obvious how deeply in love with it I am but you know what makes me love it even more, I mean if that’s even possible at this point?!

The fact that it’s 100% natural.

No weird stabilizers, additives or unpronounceable ingredients that tend to hide in a lot of those store bought variety’s – it’s simply almonds and vanilla of course that means it also happens to be naturally, vegan, gluten free, dairy free and paleo friendly ♥♥♥

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If you have been thinking of making your own almond milk then I beg strongly encourage you to do it asap.

I mean it, stop what your doing and get those almonds on to soak already!

That way you will be one step closer to sharing in the blissful deliciousness that is a nice tall, ice cold glass of vanilla almond milk that you made all on your very own!

I mean how cool is that?!

All natural, light and creamy, deliciously nutty, subtly sweet healthy, homemade almond milk  infused with a delicious hum of vanilla;

Life as you know it will be changed forever!

Make it. Drink it. Love, love, love it!

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Homemade Vanilla Almond Milk {Vegan, Gluten Free & Paleo Friendly}
Makes approx 2 1/2-3 cups of All natural, light and creamy, deliciously nutty, subtly sweet healthy, homemade almond milk infused with a delicious hum of vanilla

Ingredients –

2 cups of raw almonds

3 cups of water + more for soaking

1 teaspoon of vanilla extract

Method –

1 – Place almonds into a non porous bowl/jug or jar and then pour in enough water to ensure all your almonds are completely covered.

2 – Cover and set aside to soak for at least 8 hours, I did mine overnight.

3 – Once your almonds have soaked for at least 8 hours and you’re ready to make your almond milk, drain and rinse your almonds in fresh, clean water then pop them into your blender.

4 – Add your 3 cups of water and process on high until smooth and creamy.

5 – Place a nut milk bag or piece of muslin cloth into a colander and set it into a large bowl then pour your almond milk into the nut milk bag/muslin cloth then strain/squeeze all of the milk out into your prepared bowl.

Reserve the strained meal for an alternate use – you can make your own almond meal by dehydrating it in the oven. Simply spread your pulp onto a lined baking sheet and bake at a very low 75-90’C (170 -200’F)  for 3 to 4 hours or until completely dry. Pulse in a food processor to break up any clumps, store in the fridge and use as you would store bought  almond meal.

6 – Rinse out your blender and pour your strained milk back in with the vanilla and pulse just to combine.

7 – Store in the fridge for up to 5 days (if it lasts that long) Shake well before use and enjoy as you would any other store bought milk.

Enjoy xo

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Question of the day –

Do you make your own nut milks? What’s your fave method, recipe or flavor?

Feel free to share recipes or leave links to recipes in the comments below and please, for the love of all that is good in this world when you do make your vanilla almond milk (or any of the recipes you find on this blog of mine) go ahead and snap a pic and share it either on the Facebook page, or tag me on twitter or Instagram. Sharing is caring remember.

Do it, do it You know you want to 🙂

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7 Comments on Easy, DIY – Homemade Vanilla Almond Milk {Vegan, Gluten Free & Paleo Friendly}

  1. Bethany @ athletic avocado
    March 29, 2016 at 11:23 am (12 months ago)

    Its amazing how much better homemade almond milk tastes then store-bought! I love the addition of the vanilla!

    Reply
    • Emma
      March 29, 2016 at 8:37 pm (12 months ago)

      It really is isn’t it Bethany! Honestly I wasn’t expecting there to be such a difference but it’s huge!

      Reply
  2. AZ@...And a Dash of Cinnamon
    March 29, 2016 at 1:34 pm (12 months ago)

    I love making my own stuff! I love that there are only natural ingredients. No added sugar and no chemicals!

    Reply
    • Emma
      March 29, 2016 at 8:38 pm (12 months ago)

      I love it too 🙂

      Reply
  3. Karly
    April 1, 2016 at 8:25 pm (12 months ago)

    This is great! Thanks for linking up with What’s Cookin’ Wednesday!

    Reply
  4. Jessica
    May 18, 2016 at 10:34 pm (10 months ago)

    I almost didn’t believe how creamy your pictures looked, but I made some for myself today. My goodness, the difference is night and day. I don’t think I’ll be able to go back.

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    • Emma
      May 18, 2016 at 11:55 pm (10 months ago)

      Oh I know what you mean Jessica, I didn’t believe it either!

      It’s amazing how much different/better it tastes!

      Enjoy 🙂

      Reply

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