This almond milk is so creamy and flavorful, you'll want to drink it on its own. Store-bought almond milk is convenient, but homemade almond milk is relatively easy to make and less expensive too. Plus, making your own almond milk at home allows you to control sweeteners and other additives. Apart from the dates, which are inherently sweet, this recipe is unsweetened--add a little honey, maple or agave syrup for sweetness, if desired.
To make ahead: Refrigerate the almond milk for up to 3 days.
Tips: To prepare in an Almond Cow machine, place almonds in basket of the machine. Pour water into the base, up to minimum line, adding more if necessary. Close and grind for 1 minute (2 cycles). Discard almond pulp or reserve for another use (see below). Place dates in the basket, grind for 1 minute. Discard date pulp. Whisk vanilla, salt and sweetener, if using, into the almond milk.
You can add the leftover almond and date pulp to hot cereals and smoothies.
Serving Size: scant 1 cup
10 calories; protein 0.3g; carbohydrates 0.6g; dietary fiber 0.2g; sugars 0.3g; fat 0.6g; vitamin a iu 0.4IU; folate 0.6mcg; calcium 6.8mg; magnesium 2.4mg; potassium 5.3mg; sodium 103.5mg.