Creamy Almond Dream
Creamy Almond Vegan Milk
Creamy Almond Dream is a delightful and nutritious vegan milk made from fresh almonds. It offers a smooth and velvety texture with a subtly nutty flavor. This homemade plant-based milk is a perfect alternative for those who are lactose intolerant or follow a vegan lifestyle. It can be enjoyed on its own, poured over cereals, used in baking, or added to your favorite hot beverages.
- 1 cup raw almonds
- 4 cups filtered water (plus extra for soaking)
- 2-3 Medjool dates (optional, for sweetness)
- 1 tsp vanilla extract (optional, for flavor)
- Soak the almonds: Place the almonds in a bowl and cover them with water. Allow them to soak for at least 6 hours or overnight. This process softens the almonds and makes them easier to blend.
- Rinse the almonds: Drain the soaked almonds and rinse them thoroughly under cold water. This step helps remove any residue and ensures a cleaner taste for your almond milk.
- Blend the almonds: Transfer the rinsed almonds to a blender or food processor. Add 4 cups of filtered water and blend on high speed until you achieve a smooth and creamy consistency. This may take about 2-3 minutes.
- Strain the milk: Place a nut milk bag or a fine-mesh sieve lined with cheesecloth over a large bowl or jug. Pour the blended almond mixture into the bag or sieve, allowing the liquid to strain through while capturing the almond pulp.
- Squeeze out the milk: Carefully squeeze the nut milk bag or cheesecloth to extract as much milk as possible. Continue this process until only dry almond pulp remains.
- Sweeten and flavor (optional): If desired, add pitted Medjool dates and vanilla extract to the strained almond milk. Blend again briefly until the dates are fully incorporated and the milk is sweetened to your preference.
- Store and refrigerate: Pour the almond milk into a sealable container, such as a glass bottle or jar. Store it in the refrigerator for up to 4-5 days. Remember to shake well before each use, as separation is natural.
- Enjoy the creamy and nutritious Creamy Almond Dream in your favorite recipes or simply savor it chilled for a refreshing and dairy-free treat!