I discovered a healthy raw almond milk recipe while watching a couple of Ani Phyo‘s YouTube videos. She was a guest on my online radio show, Carla’s Cooking not too long ago. She’s wonderful! I have adapted her recipe to my liking, as she is general about the portions so that you can adjust it accordingly. You can watch her video below.
UPDATE: I no longer use vanilla extract or vanilla bean in my milk, and sometimes use little or no dates at all. I’ve always skipped the salt, but feel free to add a pinch to yours.
A sweet or unsweetened raw almond milk recipe that is sure to please everyone; makes a great dairy-free substitute, and is delicious!
6 Medjool dates
48 raw almonds
8 dates, pits removed, or stevia, to taste (optional)
6 cups water*, or as needed, divided
1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract, or to taste (optional)
Salt, to taste (optional)
Xanthan gum, guar gum, or gum Arabic (optional)*
Place almonds in a glass or bowl. Cover with plenty of water as the almonds will absorb some liquid. Allow to soak overnight.
The following day, rinse the almonds several times until the water runs clear.
Add the almonds to a blender. If using dates to sweeten your almond milk, add them as well.
Add enough water to just cover the almonds and dates, if using.
Add vanilla, if using. If desired, add a pinch of salt.
Puree the mixture until creamy.
Add about a cup of additional water* and allow it to wash down the sides of the blender to clean off debris. Blend again until no pieces of almonds or dates remain. Add the remaining water. Strain, if desired.
If you prefer the creamy texture of commercial almond milk, add your desired gum a little at a time and shake or stir. Add additional as needed. I add about 2 tablespoons of gum Arabic sometimes when I use it for drinking. However, xanthan and guar gum thicken more easily and you can use considerably less. Begin with 1/8 teaspoon and add additional as desired.
*If you wish to use the almond milk immediately for drinking or for cereal and want it to be cold, add ice instead of all of the water during the second blending.
To use less or more almonds, keep in mind that 6 almonds contain 42 calories. I like to use 6 almonds per 8 ounces of water. If you add dates, each date will increase the calories by 20. Therefore, the sweetened version contains about 62 calories.
Most commercial brands of almond milk contains gum. If you are making this almond milk to use in place of commercial almond milk used in a baking recipe, definitely add some gum.