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Feb112014

Homemade Strawberry Almond Milk

This is one of those recipes where I’m like, “how is this the first time I’m making this!?”

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Homemade almond milk has been a staple in my kitchen for some time now. I became hooked the day I ditched the cheesecloth and bought a fancy nut milk bag [which I still despise the name of].

They’re inexpensive, reusable, easier to clean, and easier to use. My mom is in town right now and we joked for far too long about nut milk bags and all possible name variations. It somehow never gets old. I still prefer NMB.

Homemade Strawberry Almond Milk | edibleperspective.com

Being a lover of Earthbound Organic’s products well before we started working together I was ecstatic to see their line of frozen fruit start popping into stores. Frozen fruit is always, always in our freezer, and EBF’s frozen fruit has been ripe + sweet every time. There’s nothing worse than buying a bag of sour frozen fruit.

And their bags! First, I just love how vibrant they are. They totally jump out at you when walking down the freezer aisle. Second, they have a resalable zipper. This is a huge convenience, as I always just twist the bag shut hoping it seals enough to prevent freezer burn, which it usually does not.  And lastly, each bag includes a recipe idea on the back to experiment with.

Homemade Strawberry Almond Milk | edibleperspective.com

Their strawberries, blueberries, and cherries have been a staple in my cart for months now. And then one day it hit me while whipping up a batch of almond milk.

FLAVORED almond milk. I’ve made chocolate almond milk before but never thought to experiment with other flavors. Enter Earthbound Organic’s frozen strawberries. Such a no brainer.

It’s refreshing, lightly sweetened, and kind of addicting. Not nearly as filling as a smoothie but it makes a great snack, especially post work out.

Perfect for the kiddos or the kid in you.

Homemade Strawberry Almond Milk | edibleperspective.com

Today’s post is sponsored by Earthbound Farms.  Product opinions and recipes are always my own.  Thank you for supporting the occasional sponsored post that helps fund all the deliciousness + behind the scenes action you see here.

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While I typically wouldn’t sit down to sip a glass of plain almond milk I would most definitely sit down to sip a glass of strawberry almond milk.

I actually drank this straight from the jar.  Because sometimes I not only have a messy kitchen but also no manners.

Homemade Strawberry Almond Milk | edibleperspective.com

Print this!

Homemade Strawberry Almond Milk gluten-free, vegan // yields 4 1/2 cups

  • 1 cup raw almonds, soaked for at least 4 hours or overnight then rinsed + drained
  • 3 1/2 cups filtered water
  • 2 1/2 cups Earthbound Organic frozen strawberries, thawed and halved
  • 4-6 pitted medjool dates, soaked in water for 1 hour then drained
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

Rinse almonds and place in your blender with the water. Turn to low working up to the highest setting and blend until the almonds are pulverized, ~30 seconds. Hold your nut milk bag over a large bowl and slowly pour the milk through the bag. Squeeze all of the milk out through the bag being sure to hold the top tightly so no pulp comes through.

Turn the bag inside out and place the almond pulp in a sealed container for up to 3 days in the fridge. Rinse out the bag.

Place the strained milk back into your blender with the thawed strawberries, dates, and vanilla extract. Blend until completely combined. Pour through the nut milk bag over the empty bowl once again and squeeze all of the milk out. Pour into a jar and store in the fridge for 2-3 days. You can taste when it has gone bad.

notes: To soak almonds, place in a bowl covered by water on your counter for at least 4 hours or overnight, then rinse + drain.  Depending on the sweetness and flavor of your strawberries you may need to blend in more. Feel free to sub in a sweetener of choice instead of dates. Start with 1 1/2 tablespoons then taste and go from there. Fresh strawberries can be used. Cheesecloth can be used instead of a nut milk bag but the bags make straining much easier and they can be used over and over again.  Excess milk can be frozen into ice cubes before going bad and used in smoothies.

Homemade Strawberry Almond Milk | edibleperspective.com

Leftover almond pulp ideas: Almond pulp can be stored in the fridge for up to 3 days or frozen in a sealed bag to use at a later date.

Homemade Strawberry Almond Milk | edibleperspective.com

As far as how to use the milk…

Drink it straight up, use it in a bowl of cereal, or use it in smoothies. You really can’t go wrong with any option.

Ashley

Reader Comments (23)

Love it! Homemade almond milk is miles apart from the store-bought kind and this is such a fun twist, perfect for Valentine's Day. :) Pinned!
February 12, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterKaty
Strawberry almond milk is divine, isn't it? Thanks for the reminder--I'll have to make this for my daughter for Valentine's Day. She'll love it!
February 12, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterMaryea {happy healthy mama}
I desperately want to try making my own nut milk but I only have a Magic Bullet or a food processor. I'm assuming neither of these can be used?! Massive first world problems in my house.
February 12, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterSarah
Such a great treat for Valentines Day! I think this is the push I needed to make my own nut milk!
February 12, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterElizabeth @Positive Changes
How have I not thought of this before?? Ridiculously good.
February 12, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterAbby @ The Frosted Vegan
This is probably my favorite Valentine's Day recipe yet. So sweet yet healthy! I buy almond milk every week for my husband. It's time I try making my own!
February 12, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterDessertForTwo
This looks dreamy!! Yum!
February 12, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterKatrina @ WVS
What a great idea! I've been making almond more regularly and loving it, but never thought of adding a flavour. But I'm so glad you did! Can't wait to try this.
February 12, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterAndrea
SO pretty and cute! And I'm totally a homemade all the way almond milk girl (though mine always turns into cinnamon vanilla almond-walnut milk...or something crazy amazing like that)!
Oh this looks GREAT! :) I bet it would be even more bomb with coconut milk.
February 12, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterMeagan
Love love love! A far healthier and I'm sure tastier alternative to the strawberry nesquik I used to love as a kid. That pink is too pretty as well.
February 12, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterEmma
I love this! it's so natural too-- no added ish like you find in store brands!
February 12, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterLivi
POWWWWWW <-- the sound of my mind being blown. xoxo
@Maryea - I bet she will! xo

@Sarah - I wouldn't use a food processor but a Magic Bullet should be up for the task! However, I would decrease the recipe to 1/3 cup almond and just under 1 1/4 cups of water for the first try. Soaking your almonds overnight [instead of only 4 hours] will help!

@DessertForTwo - Awww, hooray!! :)

@Melissa - Ummm, that sounds amazing! Must try a crazy nut combination next time!

@Emma - Hehe, slightly. ;)

@Ashley - Haha! I bet Ada will love it! :)
February 12, 2014 | Registered CommenterAshley
Oh my, this looks so incredibly good. I have to agree with you on the "nut milk bag" name though - that's brutal!
February 12, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterAmelia
The prettiest color ever! I made homemade strawberry cashew a few summers ago and it was such a hit.
February 13, 2014 | Unregistered Commenterautumn
Healthy and refreshing.. thanks for sharing!!
February 13, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterHari Chandana
Love, love that polka dot picture! So fun. And this looks amazing--I totally agree with you, why the heck didn't I think of this?! Now I want a mint chocolate version for St. Patty's day.
February 13, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterLaura (Blogging Over Thyme)
THIS IS GENIUS! I can't wait to try it!
February 13, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterChristina
Oh what I wouldn't give for a Vitamix.
What a great creation, that is all natural and healthy.
Must share this!
February 13, 2014 | Unregistered Commentervanillasugarblog
I saw this on my Feedly, and Jess and I got almonds and strawberries right away to try it out! Thanks for the great idea.
February 15, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterJon Paretsky
Incredible! This looks so delicious, I just may try it with raspberries and turn the pulp into some yummy dessert chips for sprinkling over coconut milk ice cream. Mmm!
FYI, I would love to spend a weekend eating at your house. I'll even do the dishes that you have behind the lens ;).
February 16, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterAmelia @i_heart_kale
I made this today - DELICIOUS! Thank you for sharing
March 1, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterJessie

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