All Things Almond

I’ve been wanting to make almond milk for awhile now so I finally went for it. That and the fact that I realized I didn’t have milk for my morning coffee. So I knew something needed to be done to avert a crisis. Everyone talks about how easy it is and well- it is easy. I would recommend something good to strain the milk with though because even the cheese cloth I got still leaves a few residues. I don’t mind the added texture though.

Travis saw me soaking the almonds the night before and after telling him how it turns into milk, he wanted to be sure to help when it came time to in the morning. He liked pushing the button for the blender and watching the almonds turn into a white milk. 

He didn’t drink it which is fine with me because I used it for my coffee and with some other baking I did. How cute are these milk bottles? I saved them a few years ago after a camping trip we took up Maine. The farm had lots of farmish stuff for sale including their homemade strawberry and blueberry milk. I knew the bottles would come in handy one day.

After making my homemade almond milk I had a lot of this leftover pulp. I hated to see it go to waste so I made them into energy bites. My kids love dried fruit so I like adding some fat and carbs to help keep them full a little bit more. They’re also easy to take in the car or for school lunches.

Homemade Almond Milk & Energy Bites

Ingredients

  • 1 cup raw almonds
  • 6 cups water
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • optional: 2-4 pitted dates for sweetness
  • For the Energy Bites
  • 1 cup almond pulp
  • 1 cup oats
  • 3/4 cup teddies smooth peanut butter
  • 1tblsp flax seed
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup dried mixed berries (cranberries, blueberries, cherries)

Instructions

  1. Soak almonds in 2 cups water overnight on counter.
  2. Rinse almonds, put in blender with 4 cups fresh filtered water.
  3. Add vanilla, cinnamon and dates to blender.
  4. Strain over cheese cloth into a bowl/mason jar. I recommend having a strainer underneath the cheese cloth as well to catch any extra residue.
  5. Store in refrigerator.
  6. For the Energy Bites
  7. Simply mix all ingredients together and form small balls. Store in refrigerator.
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I made everything in the morning without much effort. It’s always nice to have some homemade milk once in awhile and an easy, healthy snack for me and the kids. What are some of your favorite things to make with almonds? Let me know!

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