Maple Cinnamon Almond Milk

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The first time I saw someone make almond milk was a few years ago - you might think its crazy that I remember this. There was an old episode of Keeping Up With the Kardashians on TV and Leah Jenner (as in Kendall/Kylie's half brother's wife) was making almond milk in the kitchen while some drama filled conversation took place. I know, this is super random. But, I have always thought Leah was so cool and I loved (what I could see) of her lifestyle. From then on, I knew I wanted to give homemade almond milk a try. Fast forward a few years and I'm obsessed. 

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Once you get the hang of making a nut milk it really is so easy and pretty quick! All you need is a nut milk back, some nuts, water, and anything else you want to add in. The result is so much creamier than the store bought product and it rewarding knowing you made it from scratch. Compared to the shelf life of the store bought stuff, this home made stuff only lasts about 4 days. But if you make a bottle of it on Sunday, you should be good for the whole week. This maple cinnamon almond milk is one of my favorites! It doesn't usually last 4 days in my kitchen...

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Ingredients

1 cup of raw almonds, soaked
3 1/2 cups filtered water
1/2 tbsp maple syrup (more or less depending on how sweet you like)
1/4 tsp cinnamon

Other items:

nut milk bag
high speed blender

Recipe

Place almonds in a bowl and cover with water. Make sure the water is about an inch or two higher than the almond. Soak almonds over night (8-10 hours).

Drain the almonds and rinse in fresh water. Place almonds in blender with the filtered water, cinnamon, and maple syrup. Blend on the highest speed for about 90 seconds. 

Place your nut milk bag over a large bowl and slowly(!) pour the almond milk mixture into the bag. Gently squeeze the nut bag to get all the milk out. It is better to gently squeeze multiple times in a row, releasing in-between each squeeze, to get the pulp in the bag to move around. 

Pour the milk into a large sealable jar. Store in the refrigerator for up to 4 days. Shake the jar before drinking as the milk will separate when it sits. 

Wondering what to do with that extra almond pulp left in the nut milk bag? There are a bunch of recipes you can use it in, but one of my favorites is homemade almond meal. I will be posting a recipe on how to make this soon!