This may be the easiest recipe that I routinely make in my Vitamix blender. Most almond milk recipes involve straining out the pulp, but I’ve found that not to be necessary. When drinking it you can notice the fiber (it’s a bit chalky), but it doesn’t bother us. We usually use this almond milk to pour on cereal, which makes the fiber less noticeable. It’s so fast to prepare that I often make it when I realize that we’re out of milk, but really want a bowl of cereal.
Among people who have never made it, I’ve noticed a perception that making nut milks must be a major undertaking. But it can be really easy–just blend nuts and water, and you get nut milk! With a powerful blender you don’t even need to pre-soak the nuts, though some people think that you should be soaking all your nuts anyway. So if you have been overwhelmed with the idea of making nut milk, try making an unfiltered batch and see if you like it. I imagine that the filtration wouldn’t be hard, but it does seem like it would take a while and make for more cleanup.
1 cup raw almonds (soaking and peeling optional)
3 cups water
4 ice cubes
~½ tsp vanilla extract (optional)
I don’t add any sweetener, but many people do.
Combine in pitcher and blend on high for about a minute. You can add more almonds or water if you want it thicker or thinner. You could also scale the recipe down if you just want to try it; I always make a couple of cups, but you could easily just blend a single cup. Unlike most other blended drinks that I drink immediately, this keeps fine in a jar in the fridge for a few days. The fiber will settle to the bottom of the jar, so I just give it a shake before pouring.
If the fiber bothers you, you can of course use the technique that everyone else on the web seems to use, which is to pass it through a fine strainer/cloth or a purpose-built nut milk bag. I guess I’m a bit too lazy to be bothered, and then you’re left with the question of what to do with the fiber.
One last note: if you have a powerful blender I don’t see any reason to add nut milk to smoothies; you can just make maximally fresh instant nut milk in the smoothie by including nuts and water (you may have noticed that I often add nuts to my smoothies).