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Almond milk and other dairy alternatives have risen in popularity in recent years, leading many outdoor enthusiasts to wonder what’s the most efficient way to bring almond milk along for a backpacking or camping trip.
Almond milk is a great food item to pack for your coffee, cereal, and oatmeal, but it’s not necessarily compact. While campers can store their almond milk in a cooler, backpackers don’t have that luxury. Fortunately, it’s quite easy to make your own homemade almond milk and almond milk powder if you have the tools, such as a food processor and food dehydrator.
Almond milk is a healthy dairy substitute with many benefits:
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In addition to its naturally occurring benefits, store-bought almond milk is often enriched with added calcium and vitamins.
Store-bought almond milk works great for tent or RV camping, or quick, overnight backpacking trips. However, if you’re spending more than a couple of days in the backcountry, a carton of almond milk will be too heavy and too large to fit in your backpack. Learn how to make your own almond milk powder for a lightweight, packable option.
Making almond milk at home is not difficult, but it does require time. Soaking raw almonds takes at least 12 hours. If you’re making almond milk powder, leaving your liquid in a dehydrator takes the same amount of time or more. Plan ahead if you’d like to bring homemade almond milk to a camping or backpacking trip.
Here’s how to make homemade almond milk from scratch, in both liquid and powdered form.
6. If you want your milk sweet, consider adding vanilla extract, sugar, cinnamon, or cocoa powder to the liquid after straining.
You can use store-bound almond milk to create a powder, but it will likely yield less brittle because commercial almond milk typically uses fewer almonds than you would for making homemade almond milk.
If you choose this method, avoid using sweetened almond milk, as many brands use much more water and sweetener than they do almonds. Remember that homemade almond milk tastes far better and fresher than commercially made.
After you follow the steps in the almond milk recipe and strain the nut milk, don’t throw the pulp away! You can use the pulp as a replacement for oats, nuts or seeds.
There are plenty of treats you can make with raw almond pulp, such as raw, protein-rich energy bites and granolas. (See the bottom of this article for a delicious energy bite recipe!)
One of the most versatile items you can make from the pulp is almond meal, also known as almond flour. You can combine almond meal with other ingredients to make more complex foods such as pancakes, pasta, biscuits, cookies, and meatballs.
Homemade almond milk will typically stay good between three to five days. Taste test your milk to figure out if it’s still good to drink. While almond milk bought in the store typically lasts longer, keep in mind that there are a lot more ingredients in commercial almond milk, including preservatives and thickening ingredients, such as gellan gum.
Perhaps you don’t already own a food dehydrator, or you didn’t allow yourself enough time to make the almond milk powder. There are other methods for bringing almond milk along with you as you venture through nature.
You can purchase premade powdered almond milk if you do not wish to make your own. It may be more expensive and will likely have processed ingredients. Look for purer brands like JOI and BioFinest. These brands produce organic powdered almond milk with no sweeteners or additives.
Almond flour can be mixed with water to make almond milk in a quicker and easier way. This works best if you’re using your own almond milk for food like cereal or oatmeal. While it will not be as rich or thick as real homemade almond milk, it still will be tastier than using plain water.
Use super finely ground almond flour to enhance its ability to mix together with water. You may not be able to fully mix the flour and water, and there will likely be some particles floating around. This won’t be too noticeable when paired with your food.
Similar to the almond flour method, you can mix almond butter with water to make almond milk. If you happen to be at a campsite with power or if your RV has power outlets, this method works best using a high-power blender. If you do not have that option, try making almond milk by mixing small amounts of almond butter into your water using a whisk, slowly adding in more almond butter. This will not mix as thoroughly, but will still yield almond milk that tastes better with cereal than water!
Try this delicious treat after a day filled with outdoor activities. For obvious reasons, ice cream will not work well on a backpacking trip as it will melt, and a cooler is too heavy to carry. However, if you are camping, who wouldn’t love to end the night with some delicious, dairy-free ice cream?
Customize your ice cream by adding other flavors. Just make sure to eat it quickly if you don’t have a freezer, as it will still melt in a cooler after a few days.
Mix all ingredients together using a blender, and freeze. If you don’t have a blender, thoroughly whisk everything together in a container and freeze. That’s it! Add additional ingredients or flavors, such as strawberries, cinnamon, or cacao nibs.
When camping with a cooler, try this quick, nutritious breakfast. Swap flavors with blueberries or coconut flakes.
Mix ingredients together in an airtight container. Let sit in cooler overnight, and enjoy in the morning!
This warm, sweet beverage is comforting, best enjoyed next to a raging campfire under a starry night sky. Share with friends and family to create a sweet camping tradition. Because these ingredients are lightweight, enjoy almond milk hot chocolate on your next backpacking adventure.
Mix ingredients together in a saucepan, and bring to a near boil. Stir and let cool before enjoying.
Protein-rich, vegan and gluten-free, these are perfect on-the-go snacks for camping. Not only are they healthy, but you’ll feel guilt-free using every scrap of almonds. They also offer a helpful boost of energy on action-packed days.
Experiment with other ingredients, such as dried mango, cinnamon, or orange slice for flavor options.
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