How to make almond milk at home

In celebration of National Milk Day, we gave it a shot!

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (QC Life) - Monday is National Milk Day!

Jan. 11, 1878 is believed by many to be the day that milk deliveries in glass bottles first started in the United States.

The U.S. and Australia export more milk products than any other country. That includes things like cheese, yogurt, ice cream and butter.

And there are so many different kinds of milk to choose from now. Some are healthier than others.

Just looking at the calories for one cup of milk:

  • Whole milk has 150 calories
  • Almond milk has 30 to 60 calories
  • Soy milk has 80 to 100 calories
  • Oat milk has 130 calories.

Did you know you can actually make your own almond milk at home? In celebration of National Milk Day, we gave it a shot!

All you need are almonds, water, a high-powered blender, some salt, and, if you want, things like vanilla, honey and cocoa powder.

There are a ton of different recipes out there.

So we’re just using this one that came with a mesh bag

You’ll need it to strain the milk. You can also use a cheesecloth or a thin dishtowel.

We’ve got a cup of almonds and they’ve been soaking overnight in water. Just leave it out on the counter, or pop it in the fridge. If you’re in a hurry, you can soak them in really hot water for two hours. Otherwise, you need eight to 12 hours. You want to drain and rinse them.

Now they go in the blender with four cups of water and a little salt. This is also when you’ll add any extra flavorings you want. If you like your almond milk a little thicker, use more almonds.

Then, blend it for two minutes on high.

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