This is actually a lot easier than you think, and quite a bit healthier than buying it at the store.
Is it more affordable?
Not necessarily unless you buy it in bulk. However you can make Almond meal crust, pancakes, and other treats out of the left over almond meal to make it worth your money.
First thing we want to do is soak your almonds. Almonds have enzyme inhibitors that are only released once soaked in water and sprouted as they would be in nature. It makes them much easier to digest as well. Simply immerse it in water over night, draining it and rinsing them off in the morning.
Next add double the water to the volume of almonds in a high speed blender. Preferably a Vita-Mix, Blendtec, or Ninja. Leave it on high for 2-3 minutes. This is important to release the natural amaretto flavor.
Track down a nut milk bag or a really fine tea strainer to strain the milk into a large bowl. Put the left over almond meal to the side and pour the liquid back into a clean blender to add some additonal flavors.
Suggestions are: Vanilla Powder Vanilla Powder with Cocoa Vanilla Powder, with Cayenne, and Cinnamon Vanilla Powder, Cacao, and a essential oil like Mint Or Simply Leave it Plain
Portions are to taste.
Sweeteners are optional. If so use Honey or Maple Syrup. For something low calorie and zero effect on blood sugar use xylitol.
Store the milk in a large mason jar, shaking upon each use.
My Favorite is: 1 Cup of Soaked Almonds 2 Cups of Water 2 Tbsp of Vanilla
For the left over meal you can try the following Almond Meal Pancake Half a Cup of Almond Meal Tsp of Vanilla Powder Half Tsp of Cinnamon 2 Whole Eggs
Berries, bananas, dark chocolate, and other additions are optional
Fry with Coconut Oil. Will likely take a while due to the high fiber. Break it open to be sure.
Use a maple syrup to sweetened.
Almond Meal Flour
Spread the Almond Meal out on a pan allowing it to bake on a very low temperature for 2-3 hours. This is to dehydrate it. Once its been dehydrated you can keep it in the cupboard for an extended amount of time.
Keep in mind storing a almond milk without preservatives will mold. Same applies to un-dehydrated almond meal. Try to consume within 3-4 days.