"The hardest part about being vegan is having to wake up at 5am to milk all the almonds."
There's a lot of basic almond recipes out there and this is the version I make for my spouse. He loves cereal but his tummy can't handle processed dairy milk. And I'm quite happy to help us decrease our dairy intake.
1 cup raw unpasteurized almonds from Terra Bella Farm
2 1/2 medjool dates (or to taste)
a goodly pinch of sea salt
1/2 inch vanilla bean pod or a teaspoon of vanilla extract
Soak almonds in spring water for 12-24 hours (this makes the milk creamier).
In a blender, add almonds and enough water to measure 4 cups. Add dates and salt. Blend on high for 2 minutes. Strain with cheesecloth, or better yet, a linen napkin (this part takes forever because I want to squeeze all the liquid I can out of the cheesecloth - save that almond paste for other recipes). Scrape vanilla bean seeds into the milk and shake to combine.
Makes about 3 1/2 cups. Lasts about 3 days.