We use almond milk for a couple of different things:
Cereal - A common question is, "Since you don't drink milk, what do you put on your cereal?". Granola, boxed cereal or my favorite - Buckwheaties - YUM! I make cereal once a week by sprouting buckwheat groats, blending them then putting them in the dehydrator. Really...it only takes about 10 minutes of work total. We do sometimes have boxed oat milk for Judah, but it usually has a few ingredients I don't like and usually a lot of sugar.
Smoothies - I make a smoothie each morning...sometimes twice a morning. This is a great alternative to add some flavor without adding a bunch of sugar.
In coffee - Sounds crazy and not my first choice. Sean and I make coffee each Saturday. On the weeks where I forget to buy whole cream, or we aren't lucky enough to score our friend's raw cream he pulls from the top of his fresh milk, we use almond milk. It has a little vanilla flavor in it so it is quite yummy (just not as "creamy").
On it's own - This can be quite a filling and nutritious snack. It is one of Havah's favorites.
So here's how you make it:
1 cup raw almonds
5 cups filtered water
1/4 cup of low processed sweetener (raw honey, agave and my current favorite grade B maple syrup)
1t vanilla extract
Optional Ingredients: maca powder, hemp seeds (YUM!), stevia or cacao for chocolate almond milk
The almonds and water go into the blender on high for 2 minutes. I then pass the liquid through a nut milk bag or cheese cloth. Save the almond pulp!
The liquid goes back to the blender to get the sweeter, vanilla extract and anything else I want to add. Then I store the extra in the random jars my husband saves and keep it in the fridge.
Having a high speed blender is nice, but not totally necessary for this recipe. I heart my vitamix.
I freeze the almond pulp and put it in my buckwheaties each week.
Another great recipe for Almond Milk is here. Just scroll to the bottom.
*A side note on milk and cream. I have a big beef with cow's milk. I posted on that here. I have been checking out local sources for raw goats milk. Nutritionally I am okay with it. Mainly we want it for the cream to make butter.
We buy whole cream that comes from our local dairy. My main concern with cow's milk is the protein content. The higher the fat content, the lower the protein content. Whole cream is the best option.