Almond milk is a great alternative to dairy milk. It can help to lower your cholesterol, clean out your arteries, and has less calories than milk making it a good choice for those looking to lose weight and improve their eating habits. I made almond milk with my sister the other day, and we couldn't believe how easy it was! I normally purchase almond milk from the grocery store, but wanted to avoid the additives found in the store bought varieties. Here is what you'll need: 1 cup raw almonds water for soaking nuts 3 cups water 2 dates (optional) 1/2 tsp vanilla (optional) Preparation: Soak the almonds in water overnight or for at least 6 hours. Drain the water from the almonds and discard. Blend the 3 cups of water, almonds and dates until well blended and almost smooth. Strain the blended almond mixture using a cheesecloth or other strainer. Homemade raw almond milk will keep well in the refrigerator for three or four days. You'll be left with almond powder that can be used in baking, making smoothies, or sprinkled in your morning oatmeal.