Make Your Own Almond Milk

2 cups almonds – soaked 12 hours, minimum
4 cups pure water
4 – 5 dates
1 teaspoon almond flavoring (or vanilla if you prefer)

Drain soaked almonds and place in blender (Vita Mix brand blender is the best). Add water, dates, and flavoring. Blend until nuts are pulverized (about 2 minutes in standard blender, 1 minute in a Vita Mix). Pour into a fine mesh bag or cheese cloth and “milk the almonds.” Refrigerate well before serving.

*Save the almond mash for cookies.
** This recipe may be made without the dates and flavoring to use the milk in soup recipes. If a dessert milk is wanted, add honey and flavoring later.