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My test series proves that homemade almond milk isn’t cheaper, but it’s a great enhancement in taste and freshness!
I have been experimenting with plant based milks for about one year, because our youngest daughter doesn’t tolerate cows’ milk. Due to lack of time I tried the store bought alternatives - oat milk, rice milk and almond milk – anything that was available and cheap. Conclusion: The products taste quite OK, but they are much more expensive than cow's milk. And that's also the reason why I decided to start my own test series. Because in our current five-member household (Chilean guest daughter included) we need lots of liters of this precious plant milk. Besides, I was curious about the taste of the original pure plant milk, without additives and any industrial production process.
My number one testing-candidate is the almond milk – the store bought ones were mostly very expensive and not very tasty – either with sugar additives or quite tasteless. So I got really surprised when I tried my first homemade almond milk. It tasted so fresh and delicious, that I drank it all at once. I added half a teaspoon of agave because this stresses the almond flavour a bit more. You can also get a sensational milkshake if you mix it with bananas or other fruits. You can also use frozen fruits (like peeled bananas), because the result is wonderfully refreshing and almost like an ice frappe.
However, there is no price difference between store bought and homemade almond milk, you may save a maximum of a few cents. Unfortunately I didn’t find a good shopping resource for almonds. The homemade almond milk is spoilt after 2 days - so best either consume it immediately or put it into the freezer.
I will continue my test series with plant based milk – I’m planning to make cereal milk within one of the next weeks. So you can look forward to that!
Small supplement in terms of plant milk: A reader pointed out to me that her doctor has advised her of soy milk, because this endangers the health. I didn’t find a good source to prove this assumption, only repeatedly the statement that one should consume soy milk in moderation. There is a lot of speculation about that soy may cause cancer and allergy and could have adverse hormonal effects, which is so far not scientifically established. As I don’t want to demonize any food on this blog here, I would want you to form your own opinion about this – and if you are still in doubt, drink almond milk J - like me. You can find some pros and contras for the consuming of soy milk here: http://www.everydayhealth.com/diet-nutrition/the-truth-about-soy.aspx
- 1 cup almonds (soaked in water overnight and strained)
- 3 cups water
- 1 teaspoon agave syrup
Mix the almonds with water at the highest level in the blender. Filter the liquid through a sieve and then through a clean kitchen towel.
Variations for milkshakes:
1 banana or 1-2 handful of strawberries, raspberries or other fruit (preferably frozen) with the almond milk in blender mix until you get a creamy milkshake.