I love almond milk in my soaps. The milk is so good for your skin, providing much needed moisture and nutrients. It's also wonderful to drink. My old recipe for making homemade almond milk took too long and the results weren’t QUITE what I wanted. So, here’s a much better one.
Buy 6 ounces of slivered almonds in a bag (get the no-husk ones). Throw those in your blender. Add 3 cups of distilled water if you are making soap, or drinking water if you plan to drink your water. If your tap water is fine, that will also work.
Blend on high for one or two minutes. Your blender will be full, but not overflowing.
Then, take a fine strainer and lay cheesecloth inside it and over the edges. Pour your milk/meal mixture over a 3 cup measuring cup or medium size container.
If your blender looks perfectly empty, with no almond chunks on the bottom, you’re done. If there is some left, add ½ cup of water and blend again, so you get all of the milk. It will look rich and creamy. If you plan to drink it, you might add honey or artificial sweetener to it. Just add to your taste. Some people don’t like any additives.
Now, don’t throw away the almond meal. It’s good stuff. I squeeze the cheesecloth to get all of the milk out, then I store the meal in a zip lock bag—either in the refrigerator for one week or several months in the freezer. The meal is great in muffins, breads, pancakes—you name it. We can all use a little extra fiber.
And if you’re making soap, it’s a great soap additive, providing abrasion that looks down right pretty.
I also use almond meal in my Almond and Oatmeal Body Scrub, pictured below.
Posted on Wed, February 5, 2014
by Druann Bauer filed under