What Is Almond Milk? A Quick Explainer

If you keep asking people, what is almond milk and how is almond milk made? But no one is able to sufficiently explain it to you, then rest easy. We’re here to break it down. Read on to finally understand the popular nut milk. (We promise not to say “nut milk” too much.)

Back in the late 1900s, or as the people alive at the time called it “the ‘90s,” when someone said “milk” it was generally accepted that they were talking about cow juice. But as society has evolved, we’ve all come to accept that cow milk isn’t for everyone. So dairy alternatives have proliferated. One in particular seemed to shoot out of nowhere to claim the crown, but it had actually been around for hundreds of years. That old new kid on the block was almond milk.

What is almond milk? 

Almond milk is a plant-based milk made from almonds and water. It has a nutty flavor and watery texture. People have been using the term “milk” to refer to “the white juice of certain plants” for centuries and there have been references to almond milk in cookbooks that date back to the 1200s

What is in almond milk?

You only need almonds and water. Those are the two main ingredients that make up this milk alternative. But the commercial stuff in the stores will have a little more than that, such as preservatives, thickeners, and sometimes different flavorings like vanilla. 

Is almond milk dairy? 

No, there is no dairy in almond milk. It’s a dairy-free and cholesterol-free plant-based milk. Almond milk is low in fat, calories, protein, vitamins, and minerals, such as calcium. There are a lot of varieties of almond milk out there and anything labeled as flavored or sweetened will, of course, be coming with added sugars.

How do you milk an almond? 

Very carefully. Just kidding. Despite it being called milk, there is no milking taking place. I don’t care what pictures you’ve seen on Deviantart or the fan art you’ve commissioned, it doesn’t work the way you’re picturing.

How is almond milk made? 

Almond milk is made by blending almonds and water and then straining out the solids. For a simple, at-home recipe, you can soak around two cups of almonds in water overnight, drain them, then blend in a blender with four cups of water. Strain that mixture through cheesecloth, then adjust the taste by throwing in some sweetener and vanilla to your liking. I like to carry around a couple of jugs of homemade almond milk and sell it for seventy five cents at coffee shops where they charge a dollar for the stuff. Between that and my almond milkers Deviantart fan commissions, I’ll be sitting pretty any day now, all thanks to almond milk!

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About the Author

Will Morgan

Will Morgan, a freelance contributor to Sporked, is an L.A. based writer, actor, and sketch comedy guy. Originally from Houston, TX, he strongly believes in the superiority of breakfast tacos to breakfast burritos. Will traveled the world as one of those people that did yoyo shows at elementary school assemblies, always making a point to find local and regional foods to explore in whatever place he was, even in rinky-dink towns like Tilsonberg, ON. Will spends his birthdays at Benihana’s. Let him know if can make it.

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