Is there any possible way to calculate the nutritional information (calories, fat, fiber, etc.) when making homemade almond milk?
It’s been asked across the web a few times and I was wondering if maybe you knew of a way to do so.
– Daniel Clausen
Here is how I would calculate it:
- Look up nutritional information for whatever amounts of almonds you put into blender (i.e.: 1 cup)
- Measure how much almond meal is left at end of process.
- Look up nutritional information for that amount of almond meal, keeping in mind that since there is some water in that meal, figures are going to be slightly lower (ie: 1 cup of almond pulp may be 80% meal and 20% water or so).
- Subtract nutritional values of almond meal from whole almonds and, voila, you have estimated nutrition facts for your homemade batch!
Let’s do an example right now!
Let’s suppose you made 6 cups of almond milk using 1 cup of almonds. That amount of whole almonds amounts to:
- 827 calories
- 72 grams of fat
- 17 grams of fiber
Let’s say you then have one cup of almond meal left. One cup of ground almonds contains:
- 549 calories
- 48 grams of fat
- 11.2 grams of fiber
However, since this is almond pulp (almond meal with some absorbed water) let’s decrease those figures slightly to 500 calories, 40 grams of fat, and 9 grams of fiber.
That means the batch almond milk you just made contains:
- 327 calories
- 32 grams of fat
- 6 grams of fiber
Divide those figures by six (since you made six cups and we want to determine how much you are getting per cup) and you come up with:
- 55 calories
- 5 grams of fat
- 1 gram of fiber
Commercial almonds milks have a higher almond to water ratio, so they offer half the fat content.
To put that “5 grams of fat” figure into context, it’s equal to half a tablespoon of almond butter.
One of the wonderful things about making your own batch of any nutmilk is that you can tailor it to your palate and nutritional needs.
PS: A higher-fat version of almond milk is a wonderful way to add heart-healthy monounsaturated fats to your diet!