There were a whole bunch of nuts just lying around in water for 48 hours....
.... and it was time for the nuts to get a bath!
I love it when nutty things happen... almond milk is my new love... and it brings me great pleasure to make it myself!
I wonder who first found out that nut milk is possible? Whoever it was, I thank them...
And I found that the fun just kept growing!
Nuts and more nuts making nut milk!
But the fun didn't stop with the nut milk! Nope! It just kept getting better and better!
The nuttiness continued! These nuts just kept giving and giving!
While the leftover nuts took a little heat... here is the result of 2 cups of soaked nuts! 1 gallon of milk, plus 1 cup! Wow!
Oh the deliciousness! Beautiful nutty milk!
Drying both ground and soaked nuts to extend the goodness!
While the remaining nuts and nut grounds were drying... I made my morning smoothie with the fresh almond milk... (If you would like to know how I make my smoothies, here is a link to a post about how I do it... http://mountaintopspice.blogspot.com/2014/12/my-berry-box-smoothie.html).
After the nuts dried out...
... they got transformed into almond flour/meal ...
Never made almond milk before? It is so easy, you will wonder why you didn't get a little nutty before!
After the soaking water is drained after soaking for approximately 36-48 hours, you are ready to make milk! Simply place the soaked almonds in your blender, and add 4 cups filtered water and blend. Watch the beautiful frothy milk appear!
Pour the blended almonds into a gallon jar through muslin, or nut milk bag (which is what I used) to filter out the grounds. Squeeze as much liquid as possible from the muslin/nut milk bag, and then pour nut grounds back into blender and add another 4 cups of filtered water. You can keep doing this for approximately 3 times until the grounds become very dry and coarse. Then... if you want to keep the goodness going, you can place the almond nut grounds in the oven on your oven's lowest setting (my oven lowest setting is 170 degrees). Leave in oven for several hours until all moisture has been dried out. You can place the grounds back in your blender and blend until the mixture is very fine, and your almond flour is ready to use! Use in any recipe calling for almond flour or almond meal.
I like the fact that making my own almond milk extends the almonds from milk, to nut flour, which is a huge savings over just purchasing nut milk at the store!
And one of my favorite recipes for using almond flour is highlighted in a previous post of mine, where you can make "Grab-n-Go" hot pockets. Yummy!