Place the almonds in a bowl & fill with enough water to cover. Keep the bowl in the fridge & allow the almonds to soak overnight.
Remove the almonds from the fridge & drain. Place the drained almonds into a high-powered blender with 3 1/2 cups filtered water, a pinch of sea salt, & the optional vanilla bean & dates. The dates add sweetness, while the vanilla bean gives a nice hit of vanilla flavor. Mmmmm.
Blend on hight for a minute or two, until the almonds are completely pulverized & the milk has a smooth and even consistency.
Open your nut milk bag and have a friend hold it above a bowl while you pour the blended nut milk mixture into it. (If you don't have a friend to help you, simply prop the bag up on the bottom of a bowl & pour carefully!)
Let the smooth milk strain out through the holes of the nut milk bag & use your hands to squeeze as much liquid as possible from the almond pulp.
Store the nut milk in a closed container for up to 3 days in the fridge, & use the almond pulp in whatever creative way you desire!