I’ve never been a fan of milk, or a fan of any dairy, really.

So when I started eating better, going non-dairy was no issues at all–

So I thought..

There are so many yummy foods that need milk to make them taste so good!  Ugh!

I guess I never realized that, until I couldn’t have it anymore.

Needless to say, I heard about this new thing called almond milk.

Almond Milk?  Hmm.. interesting, I’ll have to grab some at the store!  It must be healthy!

Do you think it actually was healthy? 

Nope.

Most packaged foods (even the healthy ones) have added preservatives to help their shelf life as well as sugars.

Those sneaky sugars…

That’s when I came across this awesome recipe that I will never go without!  Who knew that making your own nut milk would be so easy.  I love easy.

First step, make sure to soak your nuts, at least 8 hours or overnight to soften–

The Perfect Nut Milk

Ingredients:

  1. 1 cup raw almonds, soaked
  2. 3 1/2 cups filtered water
  3. 2 to 4 pitted Medjool dates, to taste*
  4. 1 whole vanilla bean, chopped or 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract*
  5. 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  6. Small pinch fine sea salt
  1. Place almonds in a bowl and cover with a couple inches of water. Soak the almonds in water overnight (about 8 hours).
  2. Place drained almonds into a blender along with the filtered water, pitted dates, and chopped vanilla bean.
  3. Blend on the highest speed for 1 minute.
  4. Place a nut milk bag over a large bowl and slowly pour the almond milk mixture into the bag. Gently squeeze the bottom of the bag to release the milk. This process can take a few minutes– be patient!
  5. Rinse out blender and pour the milk back in. Whisk in the cinnamon and sea salt.
  6. Using a funnel, pour into a large glass jar and secure lid. Store in the fridge for up to 3 to 4 days. I recommend storing in the coldest spot in the fridge (typically the back) rather than on a door. Shake the jar very well before drinking as the mixture separates when sitting.

Note: Dairy- Free, Gluten-Free, Paleo, Whole30 approved if use vanilla bean over extract

This is the perfect addition to smoothies, raw cereal, and just to drink– straight out of the glass!

Enjoy, Audra