Vitamix almond milk is for anyone who wants a healthy low carb almond milk or alternative to dairy milk. It is great for those who want to lose weight (fantastic for making weight loss smoothies), people on a ketogenic or low-carb diet, people with dairy allergies or food sensitivities, vegans, and people on a low vitamin A diet (who may have hypervitaminosis A). Also people on the Love Your Liver program by Dr. Garrett Smith might enjoy this food.
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For one thing, many brands of pre-made almond milk have problems with them. When it comes to almond-based foods, you need to be especially careful. The methods used to pasteurize almonds are often less than healthy.
The spray used on many kinds of almonds is quite toxic. To avoid these toxins, it is best to stick with almonds that are certified organic, or use a brand that is highly reputable such as Wild Soil.
So making you own Vitamix almond milk allows you to ensure what your drinking is truly good for you.
Both almond and coconut milk make a great base for delicious smoothies. You could even mix them together.
I used to think coconut milk was one of the best foods that increase metabolism, but now I have had to reevaluate-- you can find my latest thought on this page: "is coconut milk good for weight loss?"
Also, many pre-made brands of almond milk use additives and thickeners such as carrageenan, which are controversial. Even organic brands may contain carrageenan!
According to the Cornucopia Institute1., carrageenan may:
In other words it could possibly cause cancer in some individuals. After first giving some a stomach problem.
Who wants that?!
Yes, yes you can! Another reason to make almond milk at home is cost.
It is simply more affordable to make your own almond milk at home.
Especially if you want organic almond milk, which you should if you care about your health!
Besides health reasons and price, home made Vitamix almond milk actually tastes better.
MUCH better than store-bought, in my opinion.
It also has a better consistency. You can make it thicker and creamier or a little thinner by adjusting the ratio of water to almonds.
If you're making almond milk for the first time, it might seem like too much work.
There are definitely some who are naysayers to making your own almond milk.
Pearl Barrett, who co-authored the Trim Healthy Mama books, even recommended against making it in the original Trim Healthy Mama book (which is surprising to me, because she takes great pains to make other recipes which seem [in my opinion] more complicated--but we're all entitled to our own preferences!).
Because when you make it for the first time, it can take a while.
But I have created some methods that allow you to have your own home made almond milk very quickly, anytime you want it, once you get started in the routine I will outline here. The first time you make it is the ONLY time it needs to take a while.
My method makes having home made almond milk super simple and easy!
Yes! The Vitamix blender is the best tool I have used to make almond milk. I highly recommend it! (I even use it sometimes to make small batches of things like rice flour that I use in recipes like my gluten free bread machine recipe).
A regular blender will work to make almond milk, but it will take more time to blend, and other regular blenders will probably not blend the almonds as thoroughly as a Vitamix will.
The Vitamix almond milk is more creamy and you will likely get more milk out of the same amount of ingredients when you use a Vitamix.
Perhaps, but the less powerful the blender, the longer it will take. And again, you will not likely get as much almond milk with the same ingredients that you get when it is more thoroughly blended, as when using a Vitamix.
I use my Vitamix to blend up almond milk and smoothies more than any other food. Vitamix weight loss smoothies are quick, smooth and delicious! And this almond milk is an ideal base for them.
Almond milk is simply a blend of pre-soaked almonds and water, which is blended and then strained. The resulting liquid is called almond milk.
Vitamix almond milk is almond milk made in a Vitamix blender.
The procedure is similar to making it in a regular blender, but it works faster and better in a Vitamix in my experience.
In fact, the Vitamix is so much better at blending the soaked almonds into the water, it kinda makes straining optional.
You can actually leave the fiber from the almonds in if you’d like a higher-fiber, whole almond beverage. If you do this, you may want to blend the milk a bit longer so the pulp is finer.
At home in your kitchen, of course! But I suppose you could also make it
The first time you make it, you can start the soaking process the day before, to get the almonds ready. If you're short on time, you can start the almonds soaking in the morning, and blend the milk __ hours later.
Soaking is absolutely necessary for making almond milk, but if you want more detailed information about the benefits of soaking almonds, check out my almonds nutrition page. There's also a video there that demonstrates the soaking process, too.
Be sure to follow the steps I will give you and you will be able to either whip up a fresh batch or defrost some you have frozen any time you want some almond milk!
Now we get to the good part—how to make Vitamix almond milk!
1. First, get some good quality raw almonds, either organic or a very reputable brand like the one pictured.
2. Soak at least one cup (one per batch of almond milk) in enough filtered water to cover the almonds. Seal with a lid, and let the almonds soak overnight (8 hours), or at least 4 hours.
3. Drain the almonds, discard the soaking water (or use it to water plants, a garden, or a tree).
4. Next, blend one cup of soaked almonds with 4 cups of filtered water till the almonds are liquified, about 2 minutes (longer if using most other brands of blender).
5. Strain the almond milk.
A simple method using items that you may already have uses:
Once the items are layered together (fabric on top, resting on the wire strainer, which rests on the funnel, which sits on the jar or bowl), pour the blended water and almonds through the fabric until all the almond pulp is caught in the fabric, and the liquid has settled into the jar.
Then squeeze the pulp inside the fabric to get the last bit of liquid from the pulp.
6. You can either dehydrate the pulp to use in other recipes, add it to a compost pile or garden bed, or simply discard it. It is no longer needed for this recipe.
7. Use and enjoy your new batch of almond milk.
But to get the most out of this article, keep reading!
Here's the best part!
If you want to get the VERY MOST out of what I am sharing with you, you can take any extra almonds you have and dehydrate them at about 105 degrees F until thoroughly dry, the time will depend on the humidity in your area.
Once fully dehydrated, save them in a jar.
When you want to make your next batch of fresh almond milk, you will not have to wait for your almonds to soak!
Just add one cup of dehydrated almonds into a blender with 4 cups of filtered water and blend just as you would with freshly-soaked raw almonds.
It's super quick and very convenient!
You can simply add a cup of dehydrated almonds to four cups of water and blend, just as in the original recipe, above.
When you notice your soaked and dehydrated almonds are starting to run low, just pre-soak and dehydrate more before you will want to make another batch.
Another great option is to blend more Vitamix almond milk all at once than you will want to use right away, then freeze it.
1. You can freeze them in ice cube trays, then once frozen, put the frozen cubes in a ziploc freezer bag to have handy in your freezer.
When you want to defrost some cubes, just toss them in a saucepan and warm for a few minutes on the stove over medium heat, while stirring.
But with the Vitamix I am actually skipping the step of melting the cubes, and instead just throw them in my blender for smoothie recipes.
They blend up and defrost immediately. It works so well!
2. Or you can do what I most often do, which is measure out one cup of almond milk into quart size freezer bags. I like to lay them flat in a stack on a plate in my freezer, so the liquid is super-thin in the bag and thus defrost very quickly.
When I want to defrost the almond milk, i just rinse the baggie under warm tap water, dry the outside of the bag, break the frozen liquid into a few pieces, and dump them into a saucepan.
Or, as pictured, I just put the thin broken pieces of frozen almond milk into my Vitamix blender with liquid smoothie ingredients and they immediately blend into the recipe beautifully.
It just takes a very short few minutes for them to melt on the stove, and then my almond milk is ready to use!
3. Or other times, when I know ahead of time that I will want to use some almond milk, I will just lay the bag of frozen almond milk on a plate either in the refrigerator or at room temperature, and the milk melts in just a few hours and is good to go.
While doing research for this article, I came across another convenient-looking way to make your own almond milk quite quickly. It is a product called Joi Almond Milk Concentrate.
The company also makes Organic Joi Almond Milk Concentrate.
From what I can tell, the company uses blanched almonds as its only ingredient. It seems they grind it into a paste, and then you mix up some of the paste with water whenever you want to have some almond milk.
Looks like you can make other foods with it too, such as ice cream, sauces, soups and other desserts.
It seems to be very well reviewed by those who have tried it.
As of this writing I have not tried it yet, but if you have, please let me know what you think of it!
Love recipes with almonds?
Check out my paleo apple crisp recipe with almond flour topping.