- Almonds (1 cup)
- Water (2 cups + more for soaking and rinsing)
Activate the almonds by soaking them in water for at least 8 hours but no more than 48. (The longer they are soaking the creamier the milk).
Rinse the almonds very thoroughly under cool water.
Put the almonds in a blender along with the 2 cups of water. Blend them on a high setting for 2 minutes, or as long as it takes to get rid of any large pieces.
Pour the mix into a nut milk bag over a large mixing bowl. Squeeze the bag as tight as you possibly can to get as much of the liquid out as possible.
Store the milk in an air tight container in the fridge for up to 3 days.
The leftover almond bits in the bag is called Almond Meal and can be used in other baking and cooking recipes, so rather than throwing it away, consider storing it in the freezer. Some people like to dry it out first by baking it in the oven at a low temperature, but I prefer not to as this usually results in the smell of burnt almonds filling the house...
How this recipe promotes a healthy gut
Soaking the almonds is an important step in this recipe (and any recipe that uses almonds). Almonds (and many other nuts for that matter) contan phytic acid, which is something that gets in our body's way of absorbing nutrients. When you soak the almonds you are helping to break down that phytic acid, making the nutrients more readily available to us.