Almonds are cholesterol free and rich in vitamin E, protein, and magnesium. Not only are they great for you, but they are also versatile, and delicious in their many forms. You’ve probably bought almond milk, almond butter, and almond meal at the grocery store many times if you enjoy eating clean, healthy, vegan food. It can get a bit expensive though, so today I’m going to show you all how to make all three (almond milk, butter and meal) at home using raw almonds bought in bulk. It’s easy, cheap, delicious, healthy, and vegan. :)
First Up: Almond Butter
Ingredients (yields about 2/3 cup):
1 Cup Almonds
Dash of Salt
Preheat oven to 350F and spread almonds onto a lightly greased baking sheet. Bake for 15 minutes until lightly roasted and crunchy.
Throw almonds into a food processor, and blend away for about 15 minutes. You should mix between pulsing and continuous processing until the almonds turn into “butter.” You may have to stop a few times and push the mixture down on the sides with a spatula.
Sprinkle with sea salt and blend for another 30 seconds.
Tip: If you want your almond butter to be super smooth, you can throw in a small spoonful of coconut oil while blending.
Second Up: Almond Milk
Use a ratio of 1 cup almonds: 2 cups water
Dash of vanilla extract
Drizzle of honey for desired sweetness
Soak almonds in water overnight
Drain almonds, and throw into a blender with the correct amount of water.
Blend until slightly chopped
Spread out cheesecloth over a large bowl, and dump out mixture on top.
Drain the almonds, squeezing to get the maximum amount of liquid
Add a tiny amount of vanilla extract, and stir in honey until it is as sweet as you would like it to be
Third Up: Almond Meal
Leftover almonds from making almond milk
Preheat oven to 300F, and spread your almond mixture out onto a baking sheet
Bake for about 1 hour
Place into the food processor until finely ground