almond milk

17th June 2009

Making almond milk is very easy and so delicious.  All you need is a high-speed blender, a cheese cloth or a nut milk bag.   If you use soy milk, rice or almond milk in the box you will never go back to using them again after tasting home-made almond milk.  Nut milks are rich in protein and depending on your choice of nuts and seeds, also high in vitamins and minerals.

I prefer using just almonds, as their qualities are less heating than most other nuts & seeds.   Almonds have a warming nature and sweet flavour.  Ayurveda considers almonds one of the best of all nuts, useful for building ojas, an essence that vivifies intellection and spirituality as well as reproductive abilityAlmonds are highly regarded in Ayurveda for their nutritional value.  Almonds are 20% protein.  They are also rich in Vitamin E, magnesium and contain calcium, iron, phosphorus, potassium and zinc.

You can use almond milk anywhere you use regular milk.  I use it in my porridge in the morning, making chai tea and in smoothies.  It is also great served warmed with a little maple syrup, cinnamon and a few drops of vanilla essence.

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almond milk

When making nut milk, it is very important to soak the nuts or seeds overnight.  I always have a batch of already soaked and drained almonds in the freezer for instant nut milk.

ingredients :

1 cup raw almonds (soaked overnight)

3 – 4 cups filtered water

preparation :

Soak the almonds overnight. Drain, rinse well and place soaked nuts into your blender.  Add the filtered water.  Blend on high until the nuts are completely broken down.  Pour your milk through a nut milk bag or a cheese cloth and squeeze out as much of the milk as possible.  I sometimes blend in a few dates and add a few drops of vanilla essence for a sweeter milk.

The milk keeps for about three days in an air-tight jar in the refrigerator.

You can save the nut pulp to replace flour when you bake or add it to your morning porridge or use in a savoury hummus.

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2 comments

  • hutfitproject

    Sounds interesting. Will try it – just have to get a muslim bag. The leftover almond substance – could you do anything with that?

    • goodnessis

      Can be fed to the chickens if you have some, which is not relevant to you. It is quite a dry, fibrous mixture that is left. However some ideas, which have not been trialled could be: some added to your granola, in cakes/muffins, a little in a dal/stir fry. Let us know if you find something good. We will also experiment.

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