DIY Almond Milk and the Importance of Determination {Effort}

I’ve been pretty boring in the kitchen lately—and when I’ve tried to get creative, all I end up with is a big mess.

Since I decided to be “grain-free,” I’ve been using almond and coconut flours when I make things requiring flour (like waffles and….um, waffles).  Almond and coconut flour are both pretty expensive, so I thought I’d try my hand at making my own almond flour.

Kimberly Snyder posted this recipe for almond milk, so I thought I’d just make that and see if I could turn the pulp into flour (even though this is not how the Internet told me to make almond flour).

One of the benefits: the almonds were soaked overnight (and then rinsed). This inactivates the enzyme inhibitors and causes the almonds to be more digestible.


Nut milk bag---or just use a fine mesh strainer


Blended and frothed. Pre-strained.


1.5 liters or just over 6 cups (the mega-big mason jar)


The pulp---with all the water (milk) squeezed out, but still damp


I spread the pulp out on a teflex lined dehydrator tray, and it is currently drying out. It’s pretty clumpy so I’m not sure if it will work, but if it does, it should be a very fine “flour.” I’ll keep you posted. If it works, you can come over and we’ll have waffles 🙂

Update: the almond flour turned out amazingly well! I’ve used it for all of my regular almond flour recipes, and it is so nice and silky and fine.

Social Change

I’m pretty busy changing the world lately—I mean, I’m pretty busy teaching nutrition. As I mentioned before, I didn’t accept a few face-to-face class offers for the spring. I’m slightly sad about it—not about missing out on the additional work and time constraints that face-to-face classes entail. Not about missing out on having to go to work at 6pm, or about driving to satellite schools in three different towns… I’m going to miss connecting that way though. I had 30 face-to-face students last semester, and three sent me emails telling me how much they appreciated what they learned in my class. I can’t help but think that not only did they learn useful food information for themselves, but they’ll tell people in their lives about it too.

Then before I know it….people, in general, will be healthier. 



This weekend, I’m totally solo—Joe is running the Houston half marathon, my mom is in Florida (normally, I wouldn’t name my mom as part of this equation, but she lives across the street from me so when she’s not here, I notice. I have to check her mail and stuff, and our weekend coffee dates don’t happen). I have big plans this weekend—I’m telling you, BIG. I’m about to close out two classes and add four more (total: 8). I want to re-record my welcome to class messages, set up my online classrooms, and try to make things…new and improved. I have my yoga teacher training final exam to do (which I have not started). I’d also like to clean out my closets to find the socks and shirt I am missing.

I thought I’d have more time now with the extra non-teaching time in my schedule, but it’s possible I need to do a better job at organizing and scheduling my time in general so I can make use of it.

It’s all part of this thing I need to re-focus on—-determination. I forget about this concept sometimes. I still want things to fall easily into my lap, but I tend to overemphasize that at times, and I underestimate that I have to be determined (above and beyond wanting something).

Sometimes, my mantra has been, “Effortless Ease.”

Last week, in yoga, the instructor was talking about the balance of “Effort and Ease,” and this hit me pretty hard. Maybe instead of passive acceptance of all my wishes being granted in life, I need to be determined and focused and put in some effort. Hmmm. I probably also need to get off the fence about things, and invest fully in something. My mom helped me figure that one out:

You HAVE to jump in with both feet no matter what you do …You can’t have the joy without the risk. And really, {if you didn’t} that {wouldn’t be} living the life WE want to live” (edited to remove the parts that are too personal)

I also thought the following quote was a funny snap back to reality (or about the ridiculousness of trying to control reality or the future):

Every day we all have one foot in a fairy tale and the other in the abyss” – Paulo Coelho




Have you ever made almond milk?

Almond flour?

Are you good at identifying what you want and working for it? Do you ever feel wishy washy or in limbo? 

What are the most recent words of wisdom you’ve heard that impacted how you feel?


18 thoughts on “DIY Almond Milk and the Importance of Determination {Effort}”

  1. good luck with the almond flour, lisa!! to my (non-cook) mind, it sounds like quite the involved operation. i will be very interested to read how your next batch of WAFFLES!! turns out, assuming the flour turns out!
    enjoy your weekend – and good luck to joe! i wish i (we?!) were with your mom in florida!
    thanks for sharing your reflection on DETERMINATION. i really appreciate your thoughts (and i wish you the best as you tackle your list of projects for this weekend –  i bet you get a lot done, working at your own pace without distractions). i do not find it hard to determine what i want to do, and working for that goal – my challenge is if i get derailed by an unanticipated curve-ball…i am working on going with the flow!
    words of wisdom – yes! when i met up with my friend gina last week, we had a wonderful discussion about living fearlessly – she really helped me to see that it is not failure to go after something that is not 100% certain. life is a journey, right?!

  2. we have made almond milk before and tried making almond flour out of pulp too,  from what I remember correctly it came out pretty good 🙂
    enjoy your weekend!!

  3. I love the idea, but I’ve always been too lazy to make my own almond milk. I don’t drink it very frequently, or even use it in cooking, so I’m afraid to waste it.

  4. i love making pecan milk too! so creamy. I use the pulp for pecan meal cookies as well. Cheap and thrifty, yes?
    Good luck with all the “effort” this weekend. I like what the yoga instructor said, rings true to me right now and a good reality slap….with ease of course.

  5. I love homemade almond milk.  I add a few dates to give it just a hint of sweetness.  When I was working in a nut-free environment, I made sunflower seed milk…it’s pretty good too, but the colour isn’t as pretty (a bit grayish). 

    And I’ve been waiting for ages for a post from you on how you organize your time.  I need heeeeeelp.

  6. Remember when I said I had a nut milk bag post planned…haha…same stuff down to explaining why we soak the nuts! I’ve done almond and brazil nuts in the past but tried a new “nut” recently and it may be my favorite yet!!!

    I never know what to do with the pulp though, and I don’t have a dehydrator 🙁 I may freeze it and use in in a dessert or a bread or something???? I didn’t know what it made a really fine flour that way. Must be delicious!

    I love what you said about teaching nutrition. Your job is so rewarding and incredible…teaching such  wonderful information and knowing that your students will be sharing it and so on. Amazing. I want to be your student!!

    “instead of passive acceptance of all my wishes being granted in life, I
    need to be determined and focused and put in some effort. ” –this is something I really really really need to tell myself. I am definitely uilty of just passively accepting things and being afraid to move forward. I had so much drive in my early 20’s when I started my business, and somewhere along the way I lost that passion and fearlessness.

  7. I get inspiring quotes delivered every day by Bob Proctor. The most recent one that had an effect on me was this:

    “Nothing can add more power to your life than concentrating all your energies on a limited set of targets.”
    -Nido Qubein, Author and Speaker

    I think this is very true for ME. I am much better off when I focus. Not always easy to do!

    Have a great weekend!

  8. I definitely have periods in my kitchen where I love cooking different things, but then I got tired for a little bit and keep my meals pretty simple!
    Your coconut milk looks so good and creamy. Maria’s made her own before, but I have yet  to try! Going to put it on the top of my to-make list!

  9. Gina (Candid RD)

    I’ve never made almond milk, but I’ve made almond butter, does that count?? 🙂  I hope your flour turns out!  If it does, I’m on my way over for some waffles!
    I buy Almond Breeze and from this post I can see why there is only 1 gram of protein.  It all makes sense now.

  10. I can’t believe that I have never made almond milk.  I would love to hear about how the almond flour experiment works out, too.  If it’s a success, I’d love to try it in my own kitchen!

    Right now, I don’t have the time to feel “in limbo” about my life goals.  My nursing program is one of those short, intense ones that requires giving up on doing much else in life until it’s over.  I am trying to do a better job of getting my head out of the books, though (and into internet blogs? haha.)  

    Good luck with your teaching!  Maybe with all that time you save in your commute, you’ll be able to have some other “face-to-face” interactions that wouldn’t have normally been possible?

  11. Hi Lisa,
    I have never used coconut or almond flour but I will give it a try. I used to eat raw almonds before because of the alkalizing and health benefits of doing so.

    I love almond milk but have never made my own yet. Thanks for sharing.

  12. thanks for sharing some inspiring words of wisdom with us! its nice to read more about you, your life and your thoughts. 

    and its so funny that you posted this post about the almond milk NOW. I made almond milk 2 days ago and had so much pulp that i started searching for ways to use it. so i ended up putting it into the oven for a while on really low heat (dehydrator like) and tried to make flour out of it. It kind of worked but i havent tried it in a recipe yet! you definiely have to keep me posted on what you do with your homemade almond meal! 

  13. I like the idea of making my own almond milk or almond flour, but it’s so hard to justify when it’s so cheap to buy! Looking forward to hearing how yours turned out!!

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