Low Carb Almond Milk Recipe
Now that you’ve decided to go keto, or you’ve been doing this way of eating for a while, what have your choices for milk been? Low carb almond milk has been my go to since working towards a state of ketosis. Did you know you can make it yourself? This low carb almond milk recipe will make life that little bit cheaper and help you feel accomplished with how easy it is.
Back in the day before all of these easy to buy convenience foods came onto the market, people used to make their own milk. Think coconut milk, goat’s milk, pea milk, soy milk. That means dairy milk wasn’t much of an option for many parts of the world. So we used to make our own. There are still communities making their own milk using ingredients local to them. With the explosion of information sharing we can all enjoy learning to make our own foods and beverages thanks to google and social media.
When following the keto diet, there’s a few things to consider, this includes drinks as well. The goal of being in ketosis is to for your body to convert fat to ketones which burns both body fat and consumed fat. So what you put inside makes a difference to whether you lose that body fat or not.
Beverages are no different. You’re either fat burning or carb burning.
Personally, I’m a big tea drinker. That might have had something to do with my family of origin. My dad was raised by an English mum and Irish father. They moved to Australia when my dad was very young, but that didn’t change their food and drinking habits. So later down the track, I too became indoctrinated into their tea drinking habits. Luckily for me having a cup of tea means I can still keep myself in ketosis. The process of making tea can also have a mindfulness quality and a calming effect too. Cow’s milk, however, was the only option for us back then.
What’s Wrong with Dairy Milk
When I switched from carb burning for energy to fat burning, I quickly realized how high in carbohydrates dairy milk is.
In one 250 ml glass of dairy milk, there is 12.5 grams of carbohydrates.
If you were to have at least 6 cups of coffee or tea, each with about 1/4 cup of milk, this would easily put you over your carb count for the day. I know that sounds like a lot of milk in one cup, but hey, some people like their coffee and tea milky :)!
What if you were to have a protein shake during the day? What do you usually add to yours? Personally I have mine with almond milk because I prefer the taste of it instead of just water.
If you were to use one cup of dairy milk with your protein shake this would account for more than half of your carb count for the day. When you take into account other beverages such as your morning coffee or tea, and maybe one or two more during the day, do you think you might run out of your carb allowance for the day? I think so. This would drastically limit your meal times to very few vegetables with your fat and protein. It is best to opt to have as few carbs for drinks to help you manage what you eat at meal times.
What’s in Store Bought Almond Milk?
Despite the convenience of buying off the shelf or online, it also includes the extra ingredients that help to extend the shelf life of foods and drinks. Over time, these additives have been coming into question about how safe are they really? Some have also questioned the 2% of almonds that is generally stated included in Almond Milk. This means that most of what you’re paying for is water and other ingredients such as those listed below:
Evaporated cane juice – a fancy name for sugar
Carrageenan – an emulsifier that helps keep oil mixed with water. Although its approved by the FDA, it has come under scrutiny as it has contributed to various side effects including:
- irritable bowel syndrome
- gluten intolerance
- colon cancer and
- food allergies
Various added vitamins – artificial/synthetic.
Sunflower oil – one that low carbers avoid due to it’s inflammatory response in the body.
Guar Gum, Xanthan Gum – These help bind the oil with the water.
As you can see, there are quite a few extra ingredients in store bought almond milk, and far less almonds than one would expect of a product that says it’s made from almonds. How natural is the product you’re buying and consuming?
To Activate or Not
You can choose to activate the almonds by leaving them in filtered water for minimum 12 hours. Overnight would be ideal. This helps with reducing enzyme inhibitors for easier digestion for our bodies to absorb its nutritional value. By activating them, you are tricking the nut into thinking it’s sprouting releasing its nutritional value – healthier for us!
If you are time poor, it’s okay not to activate the almonds. I generally don’t go through this step, as I tend not to be organised enough. However the choice is yours.
I usually find myself putting the almonds in the thermomix, blend for 90 seconds, then pour, strain, transfer into my bottle and pop in the fridge. It really is that easy.
I’ve found that by using only 50 grams of almonds, I have been making a pretty significant saving of my fortnightly food bill.
For Australian readers in particular: A 250 gr packet of almonds from Aldi for $3.99.
Instead of paying $1.79 per 1 litre pack of store bought almond milk, I make my own costing me only $3.99 for every 6 litres per week. The same amount would cost $10.74.
$3.99 Pack of 250 gr Almonds VS $10.74 x 6 1ltr Premade Almond Milk
I’m saving $6.75 per week – That’s a pretty significant saving in my budget. And it only takes a few minutes every few days to make it fresh. This would usually last me longer than one week. However it depends on what I’m doing.
This almond milk can be used in various recipes including scrambled eggs, homemade quiches, sugar free pancakes, smoothies, protein shakes, tea, coffee, and many other recipes that call for milk.
Additionally, I’m saving myself buying almond meal, as I can use the pulp from my almond milk for many keto friendly recipes such as bread, pancakes, cheese cakes, fat head pizza, protein balls etc etc.
The Recipe – Low Carb Almond Milk
It’s really so simple
What you’ll need
Wide bowl or jug
Bottle for storing Almond Milk
50-60 grams of Almonds
1.25 Litre (42 fl oz)
pinch of salt (optional)
- Soak the almonds overnight if you want to activate them – this is optional.
- Add all ingredients to your blender and blend on high for 2-3 minutes.
- If using a thermomix – 90 seconds at speed 9.
- Pour the milk mixture into the nut milk bag resting inside the bowl.
- Lift the bag and squeeze the milk out of the pulp.
- Pour the strained milk into your bottle/jug then store in the fridge for up to 4 days.
Save the pulp for recipes such as sugar free pancakes and various other sugar free desserts or keto breads.
Have you tried making your own almond milk?
Happy keto’ing friends