Saturday, October 22, 2011

Vegan MoFo - Pumpkin Spice Almond Milk

If you're like me, you go crazy for the Silk Pumpkin Spice beverage that is available this time of year. I love it in my coffee even though I normally don't put anything in my morning caffeinated beverage.

Well, guess what? You can make it at home! The original is made with soy, but you can easily whip up a batch using nuts in your own kitchen. Watch and learn.

Pumpkin Spice Almond Milk
  • 1 cup raw almonds (or other raw nut of your choice)
  • 6 cups water, divided
  • 2 tablespoons pumpkin puree
  • 1 tablespoon Spice Blend or store bought pumpkin pie spice
Remember that time when I made nut milk? Same idea here. Start with the almonds and 2 cups of water in the blender. Blend for a good 5 minutes, until you have a pretty creamy consistency. Strain through a fine mesh strainer, reserving the milk. (A cheesecloth would probably come in handy here so you could squeeze it, but I never have one on hand.) Add the pulp to the blender and blend with 2 more cups of water. Repeat straining & blending once more with additional 2 cups water. You'll do this a total of 3 times. Reserve your pulp, covered, in the fridge (I have plans for that later).  At this point you should have 4 cups of almond milk. Reserve 2 cups of it, and store it, covered, in the fridge. Rinse your blender and strainer well. Pour your remaining 2 cups of almond milk back into the blender and blend well, strain. Now to your blender add your milk, spices and pureed pumpkin. Blend & strain, again. I know it's a pain to keep blending and straining, but look at that! You're all finished! Store your pumpkin spice beverage in a covered container in the fridge.

Definitely try it out in your coffee, it make a standard cup of coffee rich and creamy. Add sweetener of your choice, if you prefer. I promise, this will be the new star of your coffee station at your weekend autumn brunch!


Don't Fear The Vegan said...

I need to get off my butt and make my own milk. You have inspired me. Thanks!

michelle (meiji) said...

Great idea! I'll need to make a batch of this.

Heather @ Better With Veggies said...

I love this idea! I haven't tried to make almond milk yet because of the work it requires and I need a better strainer to really make it work.

BRW - I just tagged you for a Liebster award in my latest post: I'm so glad to have found your blog during VeganMoFo!

A Vegan Food Snob said...

Heather- it is a tedious process, but worth the results! (FYI, I use my cheap-y $5 strainer from good ol' "Targeh")
Wow, soo much thanks for the nomination!!! It's extra special coming from a blog that I read on a regular basis!! Thanks again!!

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