It is incredibly easy to make Almond Milk and Almond Flour in your own kitchen. And you can make them out of one cup of almonds! It’s nutritious, delicious, and cheap compared to buying the milk and the flour commercially.
Let’s start with the money.
I’m going to show you how to buy excellent quality organic raw almonds for $7.66 a pound. (You will see that at the bottom of the article I post here). That makes your almonds about $3.83 a cup.
That may sound expensive. But if you consume or cook with Almond Milk and you use Almond Flour for baking, it is important to understand how far one cup of raw almonds can stretch. Buying raw almonds and making your own can save you quite a bit of money. That one cup of almonds can become a quart of fresh, pure, unadulterated Almond Milk and one-half cup of organic Almond Flour. Both.
Organic Almond Milk.
The last time I checked in my local grocer’s, Organic Almond Milk was $4.67 for 48 ounces. That is commercially processed Almond Milk. I have no idea what all is in it, but I know for certain it is more than almonds and water.
I can make that same amount of Almond Milk from one cup of raw organic almonds and filtered water. I know exactly what is, in it. And more important, I know what isn’t in it. It will cost me $3.83 for the cup of almonds. So I save 84 cents right off the bat. But then I can also make 1/2 cup of organic almond flour from the leftover pulp for FREE and pocket 84 cents of savings on the Almond Milk each time I make it.
Organic Almond Flour.
The best deal I could find on Almond Flour the last time I purchased it worked out to be $6.25 a pound. (I bought it in bulk.) I will give you an Amazon purchase link for at the bottom of this post to the best price I can find on organic Almond Flour.
But keep in mind that I can generate as much Almond Flour as I need in my own kitchen for free simply by using the refuse from my Almond Milk. And so can you. But I often keep a small amount of commercial Almond Flour on hand simply as a backup in case I run out of my homemade version.
Let’s say I typically go through four quarts of Almond Milk a week (which probably a low estimate). And let’s project I use fifteen pounds of Almond Flour per year (which also may be low). If I make my own from the same almonds, I have saved almost $300 over the course of one year.
HOW MUCH YOU WILL SAVE IN A YEAR depends on what ratio of almond-to-water you use when you make Almond Milk and on your family’s rate of consumption. But making Almond Milk and Almond Flour in your own kitchen is going to save you money. I don’t know about you, but for me saving $300 a year is nothing to sneeze at. It’s certainly worth the minimal extra time it takes. Plus, you know exactly what is in what you are consuming. And the routine is quick and easy once you do it a few times. Your first few trys may be a bit difficult. But by the third time you will be an Old Pro and you’ll make it in a snap. You will have upped your nutrition and lowered your food budget in one fell swoop.
All you need besides the almonds, water, and blender you used to make Almond Milk is a nutmilk bag. You can see my favorite nutmilk bags on Amazon here. They don’t cost much. And once you start using one, you will wonder how you functioned in your kitchen without it. It’s useful for all sorts of things.
What about the nutrition?
Commercial Almond Milk has to have additives to make it “shelf stable.” If Almond Milk lasts in your refrigerator more than three or four days, it is a lead pipe cinch that some type of preservative has been added to it. And you know that the carton you buy is already at least several days old before you even bring it home because it had to be transported from the factory to your store. And that carton may have been in the grocer’s cooler for several more days before you pick it up. Look at the “use by” date. The farther it is away from the date you buy it, the more chemicals have been added to it.
BUT THAT’S NOT ALL.
To make sure the pickiest 6-year-old will like it and you will buy more, commercial vendors add sugar even to the “Plain” Almond Milk that you buy in the store. It is not uncommon for commercial Almond Milk to contain 60 to 90 calories, 8 to 19 grams of carbohydrates, and anywhere from 5 grams to 17 grams of sugar. It varies from brand to brand. But you can’t assume plain Almond Milk in a carton is pure Almond Milk, because it’s not.
Compare that to the Almond Milk you can make at home.
Making almond flour in your own kitchen has super nutritional benefits.
Homemade Almond Milk typically has less than 1 gram of sugar. It has only 1-2 grams of carbohydrates that are mostly dietary fiber. It contains naturally-occurring Vitamin B-6, Calcium, Copper, Iron, Folate, Magnesium, Phosphorous, Selenium, Thiamin, and Zinc. Beyond that, it contains very high levels of Vitamin E, Manganese, and Riboflavin. And it’s only 30-40 calories per serving, depending on your almond-to-water ratio.
Compare Homemade Almond Milk also to regular Cow’s Milk with 13 grams of carbohydrates that are mostly sugar opposed to fiber, 146 calories per serving, and Lord knows what lingering pesticides and chemical additives to keep it shelf stable.
You can link to Mimi’s recipe for Homemade Almond Milk HERE.
Link to her recipe for Homemade Almond Flour HERE.
You can branch to Mimi’s “best deal” on Raw Organic Almonds on Amazon here. Mimi loves these almonds from Food to Live not only for the taste and price-to-quality, but also because they are both organic and non-GMO. Be aware, prices are subject to change hourly on Amazon and prices of certain staples like flours are greatly affected by market demand and supply chain. And non-organic almonds are almost always cheaper.
If you are in hurry and want to buy commercial Organic Almond Flour, you can link to Mimi’s top choice by Yupick from here. And since Mimi’s favorite sometimes is out of stock, you can also try a larger amount at an even lower price per ounce here from a vendor called Pure. Prices can change on Amazon from hour-to-hour, but the products Mimi suggests are the ones she has found to be of consistent high quality and the best price for the quality.
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