I am a huge fan of smoothies in the morning (and not in the morning) and am always doing crazy experiments to try and mix them up. In my adventures, I have tried a few store bought varieties of almond milk but none have really stuck as I find the plain ones kinda gross and the flavoured ones laden with sugar. And let's just say I like to save my sugar for CAKE. So I took matters into my own hands and made my own guilt free vanilla almond milk.
Step 1 - Soak almonds in plenty of water overnight (or at least 8 hours). This will plump up your almonds and get them ready for milkin'.
Step 2 - Into a blender put 2 parts warm water for every part almonds and whizz until smooth.
Step 3 - Gently squeeze milk through 2 pieces of cheese cloth (or a nut milk bag if you are fancy) to remove the pulp.
Step 4 - Flavour 2 cups of milk with a splash of agave nectar, a pinch of sea salt and the seeds of 1 vanilla bean. You can also add a couple of tablespoons of cacoa for a rich chocolate milk. Enjoy!
PS. If you're more of a visual person there's a great video on nut milk on the Loving Earth website which I found really helpful.