Elana’s Non-Dairy Almond Milk


Elana’s Pantry – Almond milk is one of my favorite drinks. Rich and creamy, it’s easy to make and super nourishing. While almond milk is a good alternative beverage for those on a dairy-free kick or raw food plan, I think it’s just plain delicious, whatever your dietary predilection! My children drink it by the glassful, while I drink it in my tea and blend it up in smoothies. I used my favorite nine-year-old hand model to take the pictures above and while he’s been a bit of a wild stallion of late, I have to say he was a model passenger for the almond milk photo shoot. Got milk? Yes, we do! He gulped this cupful down as soon as we were finished photographing.

Non-Dairy Milk Mustache


Elana maintains her blog, Elana’s Pantry, as a guide to “gluten-free, organic wholesome goodness.”  The blog contains a wealth of recipes (from chocolate chip cookies to vanilla lip balm!), all gluten-free, and many catering to other special diets, such as dairy-free, vegan, etc.

Elana's Non-Dairy Almond Milk
Making this almond milk is quick and dirty, you will definitely get your hands wet as you squeeze it through the paint bag. After you’re done, you can enjoy this rich gluten-free almond milk in chai with a splash of agave; perfect for fall.
  • 2 cups almonds
  • 4 cups water
  • 1 vanilla bean (or 1 teaspoon vanilla extract)
  1. Soak almonds and vanilla bean overnight
  2. Discard soaking water and rinse almonds in a deep bowl of water, repeat until water is clear
  3. Place soaked almonds, vanilla bean and 4 cups of water in blender
  4. Blend on highest speed for 90 seconds
  5. Strain milk through cheesecloth or a fine mesh paint strainer bag, discarding solids
  6. Serve

About Author

Alisa is the founder of GoDairyFree.org, Food Editor for Allergic Living magazine, and author of the best-selling dairy-free book, Go Dairy Free: The Guide and Cookbook for Milk Allergies, Lactose Intolerance, and Casein-Free Living, and the new cookbook, Eat Dairy Free: Your Essential Cookbook for Everyday Meals, Snacks, and Sweets. Alisa is also a professional recipe creator and product ambassador for the natural food industry.

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