Unlike animal milk, almond milk contains neither cholesterol nor lactose. As it does not contain any animal products, it is suitable for vegans and vegetarians who abstain from dairy products. Commercial almond milk products often come in plain, vanilla, or chocolate flavors and are sometimes enriched with vitamins. Almond milk can also be made at home by grinding almonds with water in a blender. Vanilla flavoring and sweeteners are often added.
Almond milk is slightly beige in colour and has a creamy texture and nutty taste. It is easy to make at home or purchase in long-life cartons at the supermarket.
In the Middle Ages, almond milk was known in both the Islamic world and Christendom. As a nut (the "fruit of a plant"), it is suitable for consumption during Lent. Almond milk was a staple of medieval kitchens because cow's milk could not keep for long without spoiling.
Historically, almond milk was also called amygdalate. It was consumed over a region stretching all the way from the Iberian Peninsula to East Asia. Le Viandier, a 14th-century recipe collection, contains a recipe for almond milk and recommends its use as a substitute for animal milk during fast days.
In the United States, almond milk remained a fairly niche health food item until the late 2000s, when its popularity began to increase. In 2011 alone, almond milk sales increased by 79%. In 2013, it surpassed soy milk as the most popular plant-based milk in the U.S. Popular brands of almond milk include Blue Diamond's Almond Breeze and WhiteWave Foods' Silk PureAlmond. Almond milk and tofu are popular in China as well. One popular brand in China is Lulu Almond Drink (露露杏仁露).
Almonds are rich in nutrients including fiber, vitamin E, magnesium, selenium, manganese, zinc, potassium, iron, phosphorus, tryptophan, copper, and calcium. "The UK Institute of Food Research found finely ground almonds contain potential probiotic properties that could help boost digestive health by increasing the levels of certain beneficial bacteria in the stomach".
Almond milk has less protein than cow's milk and other animal milk substances. For children with atopic dermatitis under two years of age, almond milk is not a suitable replacement for breast milk, cow's milk, or hydrolyzed formulas due to the low protein.
The basic method to make almond milk at home is to run soaked almonds in a blender with water and any sweeteners, then strain out the almond pulp (flesh) with a strainer, cheesecloth, or nut milk bag. One can also blend almond butter with water and sweeteners.
- "Silk Pure Almond". Silk Pure Almond. Retrieved 2012-02-16.
- Larmer, Christina. "The pros and cons of almond milk". Adelaide Now. Retrieved 26 June 2013.
- "Vegetarians in Paradise/Almond History, Almond Nutrition, Almond Recipe". Vegparadise.com. Retrieved 2012-02-16.
- Chiodo, Tony. "Nuts-and-bolts brekkie". Theage.com.au. Retrieved 2 December 2013.
- With Almond as the New White Milk, Dairy Alternatives Make Further Inroads, Packaged Facts press release, January 19, 2012
- Wong, Venessa (August 21, 2013). "Soy Milk Fades as Americans Opt for Drinkable Almonds". BusinessWeek.
- "露露杏仁露 (Lulu Almond Drink)". Baidu.
- "Nuts-and-bolts brekkie". Almondmilk. Retrieved 2 December 2013.
- Larmer, Christina. "Almond Milk". Body and Soul. Retrieved 26 June 2013.
- Keller MD, Shuker M, Heimall J, Cianferoni A. (April 2013). "Severe malnutrition resulting from use of rice milk in food elimination diets for atopic dermatitis". Isr Med Assoc J 14 (1). pp. 40–2.
- Christensen, Emma. "How to Make Almond Milk". The Kitchn. Retrieved 27 July 2013.
- "Nut Milk Bag".
- "Make Almond Milk Using Almond Butter". MakeAlmondMilk.com. Retrieved 10 August 2013.
- G. H. Docena; R. Fernandez; F. G. Chirdo; C. A. Fossati (June 1996). "Identification of casein as the major allergenic and antigenic protein of cow's milk". In Thomas Bieber. Allergy (Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons). 51 (6): 412–416. doi:10.1111/j.1398-9995.1996.tb00151.x. ISSN 0105-4538. OCLC 119867765. Retrieved 2007-04-29.
|Wikibooks Cookbook has a recipe/module on|
- Karen Knowler (2007-05-13). "The Raw Food Coach: Almond Milk". YouTube. Retrieved 2008-01-23.
- James L. Matterer (2000). "Almond Milk". Gode Cookery. Archived from the original on 6 April 2009. Retrieved 2009-04-12.
- Zel and Reuben Allen (February 2001). The Bittersweet Almond Saga. "On the Highest Perch". Vegetarians in Paradise (Los Angeles, California, United States: Los Angeles Vegetarian) 3 (2). Archived from the original on 27 July 2010. Retrieved 2010-07-01.
- Make your own DIY Almond Milk in Two Minutes