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Let me be real for minute. I spend so much time testing recipes, sadly I don’t have time for cookbooks very often. But when I received a cookbook from my friend, Alisa of Go Dairy Free – Eat Dairy Free: Your Essential Cookbook for Everyday Meals, Snacks, and Sweets – I was really excited to try some recipes. Toward the front of the book is a recipe I fell in love with, which has saved me both time and money on an ingredient I use frequently in my other recipes. Paleo, whole30 unsweetened vanilla almond milk!
Alisa actually calls her recipe a 1-Minute Dairy-Free Milk Beverage, because there are so many different ways that you can make it. You don’t have to use almonds, so technically it doesn’t have to be almond milk. I’ll cover the other options for you shortly.
But, since unsweetened almond milk is the most common dairy-free milk that I use in my own kitchen, my main focus is the homemade vanilla almond milk recipe. It’s so simple, delicious, and even whole30 approved!
And, it’s a wonderful staple that works so well as a base for other recipes in the cookbook. There’s a good number that are low carb, or can be made that way. A few of my new favorites from the cookbook include baked bacon Brussels sprouts, Mexican cabbage rolls, and sun-dried tomato and basil salmon.
I know many of you are looking to reduce or cut out dairy, so grab the cookbook here for more ideas! Every recipe in the book has gluten-free options, and many of them can be adapted to be low carb, too.
In the meantime, let’s talk unsweetened whole30 almond milk. Is it always paleo and low carb? Why make it when you can buy it?
Is Almond Milk Paleo & Keto?
The answer to this question is, it depends. Simple unsweetened almond milk is definitely both keto, paleo and whole30.
Unfortunately, many store bought almond milk varieties have other ingredients added. The most common ones include sugar or syrup, and thickening agents such as carrageenan or locust bean gum. Sometimes you might see “natural flavor”, which could mean a variety of things.
You can find brands that avoid these, but one of the easiest ways to get keto, whole30 approved almond milk is to make it yourself.
Basic Vanilla Almond Milk Ingredients
Fortunately, the basic homemade almond milk ingredients are simple. In fact, you just need two – almonds and water!
For vanilla almond milk, you can simply add vanilla extract. Or if you want to, feel free to mix it up and use real vanilla bean seeds.
Aside from the almonds and vanilla, there is also room to get creative with the ingredients. So many possibilities…
Options for Whole30 Approved Almond Milk
Simply using almonds and water already creates a whole 30 approved almond milk recipe. As long as you don’t add a sweetener or artificial add-ins, it stays that way.
What if you’re allergic to almonds? Or you want some other dairy-free version instead of almond milk? Alisa gives lots of variations in her recipe!
You can use almost any nuts or seeds, but she recommends almonds, macadamias, hazelnuts, or hemp seeds. You can also use sunflower seeds, but sunflower seed butter works better than the actual seeds in that case.
In general, you can use nut or seed butter in place of the actual nuts or seeds. So, that means you can make whole30 almond milk with almond butter, too. Good to know, depending on what you have on hand!
There are also plenty of options for add-ins to your homemade almond milk recipe.
If you don’t need it to be whole30, feel free to add a sweetener. When it comes to sugar-free sweeteners, something liquid like stevia might work best. Erythritol doesn’t dissolve very well.
For those that desire a paleo sweetener but don’t mind sugar, some options include coconut sugar, honey, or maple syrup. You could even blend in a soaked, pitted date for natural sweetness.
And by the way, don’t be limited by the classic vanilla almond milk! You can add an interesting twist by adding cinnamon, or other warm spices like cardamom, cloves, ginger, pepper, nutmeg, coriander, and cumin.
Finally, a tablespoon of flax seeds can be added for an omega-3 boost. They are one of the few seeds that aren’t recommended to replace the almonds, however, because the result doesn’t turn out very “milky”.
Unsweetened Almond Milk Nutrition
One of the reasons I like unsweetened almond milk is because of it’s very light. It’s low carb, low calories, and a good balance between protein and fat. A cup of almond milk contains:
- 40 calories
- 3g fat
- 1g net carbs
- 1g protein
This nutrition info is approximate, because some of the nutrient content gets caught in the sieve and doesn’t make it to the final vanilla almond milk. This is why almond milk actually has fewer calories (and everything else) than the almonds that were used to make it.
To be fair, almond milk does lose many of the benefits of whole almonds. Almond milk nutrition just can’t match up to that of the original nuts.
Whether you make your own vanilla almond milk or buy it, most of the nutrients are lost. This is because we filter out most of the almonds to make the milk, and the end result is mostly water.
Still, almond milk does have anti-inflammatory properties. 1 Besides, the fact that it’s dairy-free, low carb, keto, paleo, vegan, and whole 30 approved makes it a great option for many special diets.
How To Make Almond Milk At Home
It’s super easy to make almond milk at home.
Some homemade almond milk recipes recommend soaking the almonds first, but Alisa didn’t mention this. I really loved the end result, so assume it’s not necessary. Which is great, because I hate extra steps that take a long time!
To begin, whiz your almonds in a food processor for about a minute, until the consistency is powdered or almost like butter. You can also just use almond butter instead. Yay for options!
Transfer to a blender with some water and sea salt, if you choose to include it. Blend until creamy.
Then, pour the almond milk through a sieve lined with cheesecloth or a nut milk bag. I didn’t have either one when I first made this – only a fine mesh sieve – and it still worked pretty well to catch most of the nut bits. But, for the smoothest result, the nut milk bag is recommended.
For vanilla almond milk, you can stir in the vanilla, or for best results, return to the blender and blend until smooth.
See how easy that was? A few years ago, I never would have guessed that I could make whole30 almond milk in just a few minutes!
How Long Does Almond Milk Last?
According to the cookbook, this vanilla almond milk recipe lasts about 3 days in the fridge. I kept mine for about a week without a problem, so use your best judgement. Remember, there are no preservatives!
Of course, storing almond milk made at home is different from the commercial variety. Since there are no stabilizers, it will settle and thicken over time.
You can simply thin it out with more liquid, if needed, and give it a quick blend. For less fuss, I stored mine in a glass jar with a tight lid, and just shook it before using.
Can You Freeze Almond Milk?
Can you freeze almond milk? Yes! You can use any size containers you like, leakproof bags, or even an ice cube tray.
It’s best to freeze almond milk in the container size that you are likely to use at one time. That way, you’ll only have to defrost what you plan to use soon. Always defrost in the fridge, which may take a while. Just move it to the fridge the day before you’ll need it.
So now that you know how to make it and how to store it, will you try making homemade vanilla almond milk with me? I’d love to hear about your favorite ways to use it. As for me? I love it with paleo granola cereal, my morning coffee, and of course, in baking recipes.
Tools To Make Vanilla Almond Milk:
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- Spice Grinder – This little gadget will change your spice game! You will get the freshest flavors out of grinding your own spices. It’s great for coffee and nuts too.
- Nut Milk Bag – Used to strain the nut solids form the milk, this little bag is ideal for making Unsweetened Almond Milk.
- Cheesecloth – This is excellent for an array of straining uses, including hot liquids. It will remove the solids from your Almond Milk with ease.
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- If using nuts or seeds, put them in your spice grinder or small food processor and whiz until powdered or beginning to take on a thick butter consistency, about 1 minute.
Put the ground nuts or seeds, or the nut or seed butter, into your blender and add the water and salt (if using). Once you get used to this recipe, you can adjust the liquid amount up or down to suit your desired consistency. Blend for 30 to 60 seconds, or until creamy.
- Pour the liquid through a sieve lined with cheesecloth or a nut milk bag to remove any remaining nut bits.
Return the milk beverage to your blender, add the vanilla extract, and blend until smooth, about 30 seconds. (You can also stir it in instead if you prefer.)
- Store in an airtight bottle or container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. It will settle and thicken as it sits. Simply thin with more liquid, if needed, and give it a quick blend.
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Recipe from Eat Dairy Free by Alisa Fleming
Serving size: 1 cup
Nutrition Information Per Serving
Where does nutrition info come from? Nutrition facts are provided as a courtesy, sourced from the USDA Food Database. You can find individual ingredient carb counts we use in the Low Carb & Keto Food List. Net carb count excludes fiber, erythritol, and allulose, because these do not affect blood sugar in most people. (Learn about net carbs here.) We try to be accurate, but feel free to make your own calculations.
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