I make a different plant based milk every few days to mix things up for nutrition and flavor diversity. But, unsweetened almond milk is my go-to, because it's loaded with nutrients, is alkaline, mild in flavor, and rich and creamy.
Commercial almond milk is widely available, and is fantastic as a convenience product for use in recipes. But, is largely bereft of nutrients, and often contains additives and preservatives.
With homemade almond milk, you can control the quality and integrity of the finished product - the freshness of the nuts, the sugar levels, and the texture. Furthermore, fresh raw almond milk contains live enzymes with no additives or preservatives.
Make unsweetened almond milk by blending almonds and water. For a richer, creamier milk, add the coconut oil or almond butter and sunflower lecithin. Unsweetened milk is my preference, as it's more alkalizing, and more versatile for use in sweet and savory recipes such as smoothies, soups, salad dressings, sauces, stews, curries, and baked goods. For drinking, or for pouring over breakfast cereals, you may want to add the vanilla and sweetener.
Once you've made the base recipe, mix things up and flavor the milk to your preference. Chocolate or strawberry milk is always popular. Turmeric milk makes an incredibly anti-inflammatory sleep tonic to drink before bed.
Try add unsweetened almond milk to strained green juice (a mix of spinach, cucumber, and celery) to make green almond milk. This blend is delicious and is a fantastic alkaline tonic. I make a batch every week.
For the best results, choose fresh raw almonds, and soak them to neutralize enzyme inhibitors, activate their full nutrient potential, and soften them so they're easy to pulverize. You can find more information on soaking here.
Whole, unstrained almond milk is a full-fiber experience, and contains the full nutrients of the whole nut. For a smoother, more commercial-style milk that is great for recipes, strain the milk using a nut milk bag (purchase these online or from health food stores) or knee-high piece of sheer nylon hosiery. Wash the bag thoroughly and dry fully to reuse.