For those of you on strict diets, this two ingredient homemade Vanilla Almond Milk recipe could be just what you've been looking for!
1cupraw unsalted or seasoned almondsrinsed
4cupsfiltered watersplit into 1 and 3 cups
1-2podswhole vanilla beans
Rinse the almonds and then place them and 1 cup of filtered water in a glass container that’s able to hold about 5 cups of liquid.
Allow the almonds to soak for about an hour, then dump that water and pour in the remaining 3 cups of filtered water. (This will help remove anything left over on the almonds you may not want.)
Add in the vanilla and allow the almonds to soak at least 8 hours, preferably overnight.
When you’re ready to finish the milk, remove and set the vanilla beans aside.
Pour the almonds and water into your blender and blend on high until you have a smooth consistency.
Set the nut milk bag or cheese cloth in/over the container you plan to put the almond milk in. The bag will collect the pulp left over from the whole almonds that hasn’t broken down. TIP: Use a rubber band to hold the bag in place and a small spatula to stir what is poured into the bag to help it filter through faster.
Squeeze the remaining almond milk out of the pulp as best as you are able to.
The almond milk is all set here, or you can split the vanilla pods, scrape out the beans and add them into the almond milk. It is ready to enjoy and can be stored in the fridge for a few days.
NOTE: You will need a nut milk bag like this one or this one, or a fine cheese cloth would work too. I find that our bag (no longer available online) is really convenient in its slightly smaller size of about 8” x 8” as much larger might be too cumbersome.
Homemade Vanilla Almond Milk Recipe from Surf and Sunshine at https://www.surfandsunshine.com/diy-homemade-vanilla-almond-milk-recipe/