Almond milk is simple and easy to make. It is a non dairy milk that is a great alternative for those who are lactose intolerant or who choose not to ingest cow's milk.
Keep in mind that the milk produced by a cow or a goat (or any animal) is intended for the baby of that particular animal. It is not intended to be consumed by an animal of another species.
Cow's milk is mucous forming and acidic in our bodies which can contribute to many health problems. We do not need to drink milk to get calcium and in fact calcium can be leeched from our bones when we drink cow's milk. The countries with the highest incidence of osteoporosis are the ones that consume the most dairy... think about that.
There are also many ethical issues involved in drinking cow's milk - the life of a dairy cow is not a pretty one.
(For best results use fresh, organic ingredients)
Soak almonds overnight. In the morning strain and rinse almonds. Give the almond soak water to your plants but don't drink it (plants love the enzyme inhibitors released in the soak water, our digestive systems don't).
In your blender (I use a Vitamix Blender) blend almonds and water. Use more water for a lighter milk, use less water for a more creamy milk.
Pour the mixture into a nut milk bag placed over a bowl and strain. Nut milk bags are very convenient to have but if you don't have one you can use some thin nylon or cheesecloth. Squeeze the nut milk bag getting as much of the milk out as you can.
That's it.. you now have delicious and healthy almond milk that you can use for anything that people use dairy milk for.
This wonderful non dairy milk will last in your fridge for a couple of days. Get into the routine of having soaked almonds on hand and you can blend up fresh almond milk in seconds whenever you need it.
The pulp that is left over from making almond milk can be used to make delicious raw, vegan cookies or used as almond flour in a variety of recipes. You can put the pulp in a dehydrator to dry it quickly and then store it in air tight glass jars.
A really delicious option is to blend almond milk with frozen bananas and strawberries to make a great shake (pictured above).
The options of what you can add to your almond milk are really endless.
Once you strain your nut milk pour it back into the blender and blend with any or all of the following for some nice variations. Use your imagination and be creative to come up with other ideas. Let your taste buds be your guide.
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Almonds are a great source of
protein and good healthy fats. They are also one of the more alkaline
nuts and hold great nutrients for the health of our bones, teeth and
skin. Be sure to only obtain truly raw and organic almonds.
Vitamix Blender is a very powerful high speed blender that is fantastic for making healthy raw food recipes. To learn more about and/or to purchase the Vitamix Blender, click here.
Nut Milk Bags are great for
straining nut milks as well as green drinks or soups.
Excalibur Dehydrator with teflex sheets (needed for foods that start out as a thick liquid) is one of the best dehydrators out there. It allows you to dehydrate foods at a low temperature thereby keeping all enzymes and nutrients intact. To learn more about and/or to purchase the Excalibur Dehydrator, click here.
Sea Salt is a much healthier option
to iodized table salt. Sea salt is rich in minerals and the best ones
to buy are the ones that are grey or pink. It can be purchased at most
Lucuma Powder is the powder of the
dried lucuma fruit. It is high in nutrients including beta-carotene,
niacin and iron and has a wonderfully light sweet taste and aroma. This
is a great option for a low glycemic sweetener.
Vanilla Powder is a great
alternative to vanilla extract as there is no alcohol used and the
flavour and smell cannot be matched.
Maca Powder is a powdered root that has
amazing health benefits. It is known to balance hormone levels,
increase libido and enhance strength and stamina just to name a few. It
has a malt like taste and aroma.
Recipes using Almond Milk:
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