Many of my patients have been looking for alternatives to cow's milk, soy milk, and rice milk. Almond milk or other nut or seed milks are good alternatives.
Almond milk is very easy to make at home. It will stay in the fridge for a few days. Use it on cereal, in tea or coffee, or in baking.
2 cups water (for the milk itself)
1 cup whole, raw almonds
1 tsp vanilla
pure maple syrup, agave syrup or honey (optional)
Put about an inch of water in a frying pan and bring to boil. Add the almonds. Blanche for about 1 minute or until the skins pop off easily. Pour in strainer and rinse with cool water. Pop the skins off and discard. Put the almonds in a blender with the 2 cups of water, vanilla, and sweetner if desired. Blend thoroughly. Strain the almond pulp. You can use the pulp by itself as a snack, in yogurt, in oatmeal or whatever. I have also used it as a scrub in the shower! This is especially effective if you left the skins on.
Options: 1) If desired, you can just use the almonds raw and not blanche or skin them. 2) You can leave the milk unstrained. This I only recommened if you are using it on cereal because the pulp will settle to the bottom in a cup of tea.