Can you milk an almond? Yes. Yes you can.

Hopefully you all saw my homemade crackers! As I mentioned, it only cost about $.75 cents for all those crackers. Way cheaper than a box and much better for you! (No preservatives, HFCS, etc.)

So I started wondering, what else could I make myself? I know lots of people make their own almond milk, but for some reason, it scared me. I imagined I’d end up some some watery liquid punctuated with chunks of soggy almonds. Blech. But wait… why not try it?

The cool thing about this is, you can play around with how creamy you want it. I don’t like mine super creamy, so I used less almonds. Here’s what I ended up doing:

Homemade Almond Milk

  • 1/3 cup almonds
  • 3 cups water
  • 1-2 packets of stevia (you might want more, I didn’t want mine very sweet)

I threw the almonds and water in the Vitamix, and blended on high for about a minute. Then I added in some stevia and blended some more. This was too easy! If you have a Vitamix, or a good food processor, you should totally try this. After it was blended, I played around with filtering it. I didn’t have cheesecloth (because who does?!) so I actually ran it through a coffee filter. This was a slow process but it really did filter out the gritty bits. Honestly, I didn’t mind the tiny almond pieces, so I left them in. I just played with the filter for fun. (Because for some reason, I find things like this to be fun.)

The hardest part was figuring out where to store my almond milk! I put half of it into an ice cube tray and the other half into an old kombucha bottle :) I froze it in an ice cube tray to make some Banana Soft Serve and it worked perfectly! I’m so excited, I don’t need to buy soymilk/almond milk anymore!! So instead of paying $2.99 for a half gallon of almond milk, I can make half a gallon for ~$.50. Seriously, how cool is that?!

I’ve also been snacking on some tasty things. I made Kale Chips yesterday! Or Salad Chips, as my BFF refers to them :)

Warning: These chips will cause strange looks from your coworkers :) “What are you eating?!” “Kale chips!”

It’s also worth noting, you can buy Kale chips in the store… for $8… or you can make your own… for about $.80! Just tear up some kale, spritz with olive oil, add some salt, and bake at 350 for about 10 minutes! Easy, my friends.

Happy Friday, loves!

<3 Liz

Comments

  1. That almond milk look so good!! As do the kale chips – I love kale chips! :)

    And I just saw your crackers! I’m definitely going to have to try those sometime! :D

  2. No need to buy almond milk people! Liz is a genius! =) hehe

    I wonder if I could go buy coconuts and make my own coconut milk this way? coconuts are still pretty pricey around here though… hmmm…. grr! must. find. cheap. coconuts!

    and now i’m singing the song from lion king. greeeat =)

  3. I made some kale chips in my dehydrator last night…. and now they’re gone, lol! ;)

  4. Almond milk is just so expensive that this looks like a way better alternative! Love the idea :D

  5. Kale chips are so expensive if they’re prepackaged! I don’t think a lot of people realize how cheap it is to make them yourself :)

  6. Ahh! You made almond milk! That is so incredibly cool! I totally have got to try that now!

    And I love kale chips! So yummy!

  7. Everytime I see a Vitamix on a friend’s blog…I am jealous! Do you think if I register for a Vitamix for our wedding, we will get it? lol. Maybe is Santa was coming to my wedding right?

    I love Kale chips. have you tried sprinkling it with a little paprika? It’s a good flavor and I love it.

  8. The almond milk looks too easy! I’m definitely going to try and make it myself.

  9. WOAH you made your own almond milk??? serious props to you!!!

  10. Looks awesome I always thought it was funny if you bought kale chips in the store too! they are always crazy expensive. not sure why..Homemade is definently the way to go!

  11. Hahahaha love the title of this post :)

  12. ack, I want a vitamix just for this reason right here!!!

  13. Nice! Coconut milk’s really good too, and Choosing Raw has a few more really good nutmilk recipes.

    Kale chips are such addictive suckers it’s not funny.

  14. YUM!!! I have never even thought of making my own almond milk but it looks so doable :P great job, your smoothies are gonna taste wonderful!

  15. I really want to try this!

  16. Homemade almond milk is SO MUCH BETTER than anything you can buy in the store. I like making mine with 3 or 4 dates instead of stevia. Yum!

  17. that is awesome! I wish i had a vitamix!!

  18. haha love the title of this post! Almond milk is so much better than cow’s milk!!

  19. i haven’t made almond milk just yet….although i have made rice milk :)
    and as far as kale chips: YUMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMM! i refuse to ever buy them. $8??? ridonkulous.

  20. Jenn from PeasandCrayons told me about this, and I had to just come and check it out! I can’t wait to try this! <3

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