My almond milk brings all the boys to the yard…

by Khushboo on June 24, 2013

I’ve expressed my love for Apple products in the past, but I’ve felt differently over the past weekend…specifically towards my iPhone.  Is it me or is updating software to iOS 6.1. a royal pain the glutes?  First I got an error message that I didn’t have enough memory which prompted me to delete a huge amount of photos.  Once it started downloading, I received this error message several times:

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Although I had no luck (hence my state of distraught), I managed to update my Instagram app to view videos…all is well again ;)!  While deleting photos I came across a number of almond milk images I took way back in February and have been meaning to blog about since.

Almond Milk

Especially as “Almond milk in Mumbai” is a common search engine term that frequently lands people up on my blog, it’s probably about time I put those pictures to use.  If you’re looking for almond milk in Mumbai, stop right now!  I’ve done the groundwork, searched high & low.  While tetra packets of almond milk are nowhere to be found, raw almonds, water, and vanilla extract freely are available…and I promise making a batch at home isn’t as time-consuming as it seems:

Raw Almond Milk

Ingredients:

  • ½ cup almonds
  • 1-2 cups water
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Method:

1) Soak almonds in water for at least 4 hours

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2) Drain nuts & rinse

3) Add nuts & 1-2 cups of water to blender.  Blend on low for 1 minutes.  Stop & then blend on low for 1 more minute.

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4) Set a strainer over a large bowl and line it with a cheesecloth.  Pour blender mixture into cloth so that the milk can go through it and the strainer into the bowl.

5) Press the pulp with a spoon to squeeze out the last of the liquid.

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6) Re-add the smooth milk to your blender with vanilla extract and do a quick whizz. For a bit of variation or a hint of sweetness, try adding in the cinnamon, cocoa powder or dates.

7) Store in the fridge for up to 2-3 days.  As it doesn’t keep for too long due to the absence of preservatives, I prefer to make smaller batches at a time

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Tips:

  1. To avoid separation, give the milk a good shake prior to use.
  2. The leftover almond pulp may be tossed into baked goods or used as a skin/facial moisturiser.

And because it’s almost impossible to talk about milk without this playing in my head:

♫ ♫ My milkshake almond milk brings all the boys to the yard, damn right it’s better than yours ♫ ♫ 

…I’m talking to you Blue Diamond!

Ever tried making almond milk, or any milk, at home?

What milk do you drink regularly?

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Sophia June 24, 2013 at 2:18 pm

Wow this reminds me of the Chinese medicine book my mamma bought in the 80’s, it has recipes for nut milks! Very cool and good on you for taking the initiative and making your own when none could be found! Looks delicous too 🙂 I drink raw jersey milk from my nonna or another local farmer I know- so creamy and delicous- jersey has even higher fat than normal cows milk “Holstein” and such varieties! It’s so good and the thick level of cream at the top which I swipe a teaspoon of before mixing in is such a treat 🙂

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Khushboo June 24, 2013 at 6:47 pm

Oh wow- I can only imagine how delicious a cup of coffee with that creamy milk tastes like 🙂

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Z @ kickingkilos June 24, 2013 at 2:35 pm

hey, im going to try that like now!
I’m going for S4. I feel I need to wait for iphone to allow bluetooth transfer from all device, till I buy that!
I hope you have a safe flight to u.k!

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Khushboo June 24, 2013 at 6:47 pm

Thanks Zainab…enjoy your new phone 🙂

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Nikhita June 24, 2013 at 3:16 pm

Never tried almond milk – how does it taste?! Super obsessed with soy milk though – it’s so creamy and yummy and I can’t believe it’s low calorie 🙂 it’s a staple in my oats and lattes now. I actually can’t stand the taste of normal milk, unless its yoghurt, so I usually only mix it my coffee. I love almonds though, so let’s see – maybe I’ll make a batch soon!

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Khushboo June 24, 2013 at 6:49 pm

If you don’t make a batch, I highly recommend giving it a shot when you’re in New York- it’s yummy! Although when it comes to coffee, soy milk is my fave 🙂

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Jess @thefitspirit June 24, 2013 at 3:35 pm

Wow I need to try this! I love almond milk but it is so expensive here!!! This looks doable!

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Khushboo June 24, 2013 at 6:51 pm

Let me know if you do 🙂

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Lucie@FitSwissChick June 24, 2013 at 3:37 pm

Oh Gosh, I feel you on the technology thing – it sucks big time when something doesn’t work, I am so bad at being patient when it comes to this. I still have the iPhone 4 and it goes crazy once in a while, so I definitely need to look into a possibility to buy a new one.
And same here with almond milk! We can only buy the sweetened, which I don’t want to, so I might need to give the homemade one a try, thank you for sharing!!

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Khushboo June 24, 2013 at 6:52 pm

I completely understand about not buying sweetened almond milk- it’s nice once in a a while but I rather not drink it regularly!

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Amanda @ .running with spoons. June 24, 2013 at 4:17 pm

I just upgraded all my Apple software this weekend too. It was definitely a pain in the butt, and I had some issues initially, but it helped when I connected my phone/iPad to the computer and updated through iTunes. It’s nice t to have those update notifications on my home screen though 🙂

I don’t really drink a lot of milk (except for in my cappuccinos), but when I do, lately it’s been almond. I don’t have a problem with cow’s mik, but almond has been tasting pretty good lately. And I’ve never tried to make my own because we have an abundance of it here, buuuuut I do have to get relative when it comes to a lot of other products that don’t cater to my allergies.

Happy Monday, girlie!!

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Khushboo June 24, 2013 at 6:54 pm

Ooh woah – does Starbucks in your town offer almond milk as an option?

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Amanda @ .running with spoons. June 24, 2013 at 8:29 pm

Noooo, no. I meant I’ve started keeping almond milk at home. I get regular 2% in my capps.

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Chelsea @ Chelsea's Healthy Kitchen June 24, 2013 at 5:17 pm

Um why didn’t I realize that making your own almond milk is so easy? I really want to try this now! I drink cow’s, soy, and almond milk – I like them all, so I rotate between them.

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Khushboo June 24, 2013 at 6:55 pm

I’m excited to get my fix of cow’s milk in London next week – if only the organic kind was available here!

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Alex@Veggin' Out June 24, 2013 at 6:06 pm

Yay, a fellow Apple lover! I just updated my iPhone too, and it was so frustrating. I decided to do it while I was sleeping, but about 30 minutes in, it got all upset and woke me up and then took about another 20 minutes to finish. Not the best night of sleep 😉 But at least it’s done haha.

I used to make almond milk at home fairly often. It was so tasty, and I loved eating the almond pulp with fruit + almond milk. I’ve kind of gotten lazy though… maybe I’ll do it again though! It really isn’t too hard.

Have a great week!

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Khushboo June 24, 2013 at 6:56 pm

I never thought to actually eat the almond pulp- is it anything like eating almond butter?

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Alex@Veggin' Out June 25, 2013 at 2:04 am

No, it pretty much just tastes like soaked almonds which I love! By itself it’s kind of grainy, but with the almond milk, it becomes almost like soft cereal? It’s been a while since I’ve had it, but that’s how I remember it 🙂

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Khushboo June 25, 2013 at 8:56 am

This sounds interesting…I’ll have to give it a try, thanks :)!

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Lisa June 24, 2013 at 6:37 pm

I haven’t tried uploading the new software! And now I kind of don’t want too. I sometimes find my phone goes a little crazy whenever I upload big things like that.
I’m not the biggest milk lover, like I’d never drink it alone but in smoothies or dressings I love it. I just made hemp milk over the weekend and I was surprised by how much I enjoyed it!
Your almond milk looks so good! I actually haven’t made my own almond milk but hemp milk? That sounds wrong. I need to try this!

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Khushboo June 24, 2013 at 7:00 pm

I have never tried hemp milk but I’m kinda curious now…I bet it tastes rather earthy?

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Lisa June 25, 2013 at 10:14 pm

Definitely not as sweet as almond milk, I’d say it’s a bit earthy! But, it’s good with vanilla extract added:)

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Parita @ myinnershakti June 24, 2013 at 7:07 pm

I love that you make your own almond milk! It’s readily available here in the states so I don’t think I’ll be making it at home any time soon. Although, I bet it tastes so fresh that I may just have to try it out. Yum!

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Khushboo June 24, 2013 at 10:45 pm

I won’t lie- if it were readily avail here, I probably would just head to the supermarket whenever my stash ran low 😉

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Sam @ Better With Sprinkles June 24, 2013 at 8:05 pm

Almond milk is my go-to for milk, but I’ve never thought to try and make my own! I might have to do that sometime soon. Although I’d have to try and do an at-home version of my favourite unsweetened vanilla.

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Khushboo June 24, 2013 at 10:46 pm

Adding vanilla extract is a must for me- don’t love homemade almond milk nearly as much without the hint of vanilla!

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Hannah @ CleanEatingVeggieGirl June 24, 2013 at 9:32 pm

I LOVE almond milk, but I have never though to make my own. I love this idea, though. It would be nice to know EXACTLY what is going into my milk.

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Khushboo June 24, 2013 at 10:47 pm

In that case, this recipe seems right up your alley 😀

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Tara @ Sweat like a Pig June 25, 2013 at 1:04 am

This is so clever! I always wondered what happens to the leftover pulp!

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Khushboo June 25, 2013 at 8:54 am

Initially it used to go in the bin…but I think turning it into a moisturiser is more efficient 😉

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Allie June 25, 2013 at 1:49 am

Haha, oh yes, I love that we both posted about homemade almond milk today! And that we both store ours in flip-top drink containers, even better. Just like homemade almond milk is even better than store bought–short of that really short shelf life business. YUM. And oh-so-perfect in coffee.

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Khushboo June 25, 2013 at 8:55 am

Great minds :)! Have you tried it in hot coffee? I’ve only ever had success with adding it to iced!

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Allie June 28, 2013 at 2:24 am

I tried it out one morning and it worked–But I also did a small ratio–very little milk in my coffee, since I really prefer hot coffee black (while my iced coffee HAS to have milk…who knows why. Tastebuds.).

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Khushboo June 28, 2013 at 9:00 am

I’m the opposite- I can do iced coffee black but my hot cup needs milk…again, who knows why!!

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Jenn June 25, 2013 at 5:51 am

I just can’t manage to make myself like Almond Milk. I’ve tried so many different varieties and I find it so chalky and gross. Maybe homemade is better? I might give this a shot! Thanks for sharing.

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Khushboo June 25, 2013 at 8:57 am

Have you tried Almond Breeze? I really like that variety! Otherwise definitely give homemade a shot, Jenn 🙂

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Alex @ therunwithin June 25, 2013 at 5:59 am

I have never made my own almond milk, so cool!

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Khushboo June 25, 2013 at 8:57 am

🙂

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Shelly June 25, 2013 at 6:14 am

I love almond milk! I’ve thought about making my own, but I’ve never gotten around to it. Maybe one of these days. You make it look so easy!

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Khushboo June 25, 2013 at 8:58 am

It really is as easy as it looks!

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P June 25, 2013 at 6:41 am

Haha, that song pops into my head with the mere utterance of “milkshake”! 😛

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Khushboo June 25, 2013 at 8:58 am

It’s annoyingly catchy!

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honeywhatscooking June 25, 2013 at 7:09 am

love almond milk.. i’ve made it a couple times at home.. need to dig up my recipe. looks so good. I usually drink low fat organic or almond milk (store bought). 🙂

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Khushboo June 25, 2013 at 8:59 am

If your recipe is any different, would love to read about it!

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Alexis @ Hummusapien June 25, 2013 at 8:02 am

Why have I not yet purchased a cheese cloth gosh darn it?!?! Homemade almond milk is calling my name!!!! With some vanilla….omg.

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Khushboo June 25, 2013 at 9:00 am

Although Greek yogurt is freely avail in the US, consider homemade Greek yogurt another thing you can make with a cheesecloth :)!

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Meghan@CleanEatsFastFeets June 25, 2013 at 8:15 am

Alright I have totally been meaning to hop on the homemade almond milk train. I so need to do this. Thanks for the reminder!

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Khushboo June 25, 2013 at 9:00 am

Anytime :)!

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Brittany June 25, 2013 at 8:17 am

Almond milk is my milk of choice, unless getting a latte as we’ve disused..then it’s soy becasue that is all that Starbucks carries hahaha. This homemade almond milk is amazing!! Great job!

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Khushboo June 25, 2013 at 9:01 am

I give Starbucks a year until it starts stocking almond milk 🙂

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Charlotte @ Commitness to Fitness June 26, 2013 at 12:11 am

I’ve never made my own almond milk, but this recipe looks so good and very manageable! I’m new to your blog, and I’m so glad I found it!

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Khushboo June 26, 2013 at 8:34 am

Welcome to my blog, Charlotte- hope you enjoy it 😀

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Sonal June 26, 2013 at 5:59 pm

Excellent DIY K! 😉 Although we get almond milk here I am still so intrigued to try this at home! haha

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Khushboo June 26, 2013 at 7:26 pm

Haha consider yourself lucky…VERY lucky :)!

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Ameena June 27, 2013 at 8:57 am

Had to laugh at the title of this post…cute.

I love almond milk but for some reason I can’t drink it anymore. This looks delicious!

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Khushboo June 27, 2013 at 8:29 pm

I’m glad you appreciate my lame sense of humor 😉

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Shashi @ RunninSrilankan April 17, 2014 at 2:15 pm

I missed this post – think I had just popped into the blog scene – but this is fabulous! Almonds + water = almondmilk – I had no clue!

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Khushboo April 18, 2014 at 4:28 pm

So easy & delicious- please give it a shot! I love to add a pinch of vanilla essence too!

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Anne-Liis Andrades November 13, 2014 at 2:52 pm

Such an easy DIY version just needs a little planning ahead, thank you for sharing 😉
Just thought to share a piece of info for those who don’t know yet- you can now find Silk almond milk from Natures basket in Andheri 🙂 Yayy!!

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Khushboo November 14, 2014 at 8:59 am

Thanks for sharing – fortunately it’s becoming more commonly available in Mumbai…you better believe I stock up just in case 😉

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