I finally got around to making my own almond milk and yes, it's a game changer. If you haven't tried homemade almond milk, it's time. It tastes nothing like the store bought kind and it doesn't take that much effort to make it yourself. You do need a crazy powerful blender, I have the Kitchen Aid Diamond Blender which is a much cheaper version of the Vitamix...$100 vs. $400 and it does the same thing.
I like to add honey, dates, vanilla extract and salt to the almond milk to give it that extra zing. Drinking this will make you feel "healthy" (for a minute) since it's raw and vegan.
1 cup of raw almonds
4 cups of filtered water
2 Medjool dates (pitted)
2 tablespoons of honey
1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
1 teaspoon of salt
Soak the almonds in water for at least 4 hours or you can overnight it. Drain the almonds. Rinse them. Drop them in the blender with 4 cups of filtered water. You can use tap water but it will affect the taste of the milk in a not-so-good-way.
Blend it on the highest setting for at least a minute. Pour it through a mesh bag in a bowl.
Squeeze out the milk. Transfer the milk back into the blender with the pitted dates, honey, vanilla extract and salt. Blend again for another minute.
Pour into a container and keep it in the fridge for up to 4 days.
Makes about 4 cups.