Almond milk not only tastes great but is very nutritious. Regular blenders are just not up to the task, however, which is why we recommend using the Vitamix Professional 750 blender. It’s perfect for making all kinds of specialty foods, and mixes solid plant foods like nuts with water or any other liquid. When preparing a batch of Vitamix almond milk, all you need are almonds, water and your preferred flavoring (cinnamon, vanilla, etc).
One of the best things about this blender is its power. Typical kitchen blenders just are not in the same league as professional appliances like these. Executive chefs in top-ranked restaurants all over the world use it for literally hundreds of meal preparation tasks.
Making Vitamix Almond Milk in Minutes
When preparing this delicious, nutritious drink, be sure to soak the raw almonds for at least 6 hours, but sometimes it’s simplest to just soak them overnight. That is actually the most important step in the recipe because the Vitamix blender does the rest of the work!
If you’ve never made almond milk before, there are a few “tricks of the trade” that will make the task very easy, and the milk as tasty as ever.
Preparation, Ingredients and Directions
Preparation is simple. Acquire raw almonds that are as fresh as possible and soak them for a minimum of 6 hours in water. Discard the soak water and rinse the almonds before placing them into the Vitamix Professional 750 blender. Don’t worry about skinning the almonds, and be sure to just use room temperature water for soaking, not hot water.
Use 1 cup of raw almonds and 3 cups of fresh water to make about 32 ounces of Vitamix almond milk. If you want thinner milk, use slightly more water. Sweeteners and flavorings are optional, but a bit of sugar, honey, cinnamon, vanilla or cocoa (or a combination of these popular additives) will make for a fantastic overall taste.
After soaking and rinsing the almonds, place them along with the 3 cups of fresh water into the blender. Secure the lid and put the Number 1 setting on. After starting the blender, slowly increase the setting up to the number 10 level. Mix for about 1 minute. This is the time to add whatever flavorings you desire. Re-secure the lid and blend for another 10 or 15 seconds.
It’s up to you whether you want to strain the milk or not. Keep in mind that straining will remove most of the fiber, which is one of the key benefits of almond milk. Whether you strain or not, it is important to shake almond milk each time before serving it.
Nutrition, Storage and Freezing
Almond milk is essentially a mixture of raw almonds and water and flavoring, which means that the nutritional value can be easily calculated. Each cup of almonds contains about 830 calories, 20 grams of protein, 20 grams of fiber, 28 grams of carbohydrates, 20 grams of sugar, as well as healthy doses of vitamin E, riboflavin, manganese, magnesium, phosphorus, calcium and iron.
Each 8-ounce serving of almond milk, as prepared above, and without any flavoring, contains 207 calories, 5 grams each of sugar, fiber and protein, 7 grams of carbohydrates, and about 10 percent of the recommended daily amount of calcium, 60 percent the RDA of vitamin E, 44 percent RDA for riboflavin and manganese, 36 percent RDA for magnesium, 29 percent RDA of phosphorus, and 4 percent RDA for iron.
Note that almonds do contain a moderate amount of natural sugar, so be sure to try almond milk without added sugar at first to give your taste buds a feel for the natural stuff. Many people realize that there is no need for extra sugar, but things like cinnamon and vanilla are usually a smart addition, and blend quite well with the wholesome taste of the almonds.
Almond milk keeps for about one week in the refrigerator, but many people freeze the mixture into ice cubes immediately after preparation. The cubes can be used in smoothies and ice creams later on. Frozen almond milk lasts for about two weeks.
Vitamix almond milk made with Vitamix Professional 750 is a perfect stand-alone snack any time of the day. You can also use it as a drink with your favorite meal, or as an add-in for ice cream milkshakes.