Whether you’re sensitive to dairy or you just want to make healthier gut choices, almond milk is a great alternative! Not only are almonds a delicious from of healthy fats, but they are also rich in prebiotics. Prebiotics are an essential component to improving gut health as they work to feed the good bacteria in your gut. (You can find about more about prebiotics and there benefits here). Before we get into the step-by-step process of making homemade almond milk, here are a few basics to remember.
Choose Raw, Organic Nuts
I know that toasted nuts may be tastier than raw nuts, but the heating process involved in toasting them destroys some of the nutrients as well as their prebiotic potential. Basically choose nuts with zero processing!
Activate The Nuts
Soaking the nuts overnight might seem like a slow process, but the activation process is absolutely essential. Without activation, many nutrients can pass right through you, and on top of this, nuts that aren’t properly prepared can actually quite mean on your gut.
How To Make Almond Milk From Scratch
- 1 ½ cups of raw almonds
- 1 teaspoon of sea salt
- 2 tablespoons of raw honey
- 1 teaspoon of vanilla (optional)
- Water for soaking
- 4 cups of water for milk
Step 1: Pour the almonds into a large ceramic bowl, add 1 teaspoon of sea salt and fill with water. Cover the soaking nuts with a clean tea towel and leave to sit for 8 hours or overnight. Pour the soaked nuts into a sieve and thoroughly rinse with running water.
Step 2: Pour the activated nuts into a blender. Add 2 cups of water and blend on medium speed for 5 minutes or until the nuts are a creamy paste.
Step 3: Add the raw honey and vanilla and blend for another minute.
Step 4: Finally, add 2 further cups of water and blend until well combined and you have a creamy milk consistency.
Step 5: Optional. Run the blended nuts through a nut bag or a piece of muslin cloth to remove the pulp.
Step 6: Pour the nut milk into glass jars and store in the fridge until ready to use. Nut milk is best consumed in 3 or 4 days.