almond milk

17th June 2009

Making almond milk is very easy and so delicious.  All you need is a high-speed blender, a cheesecloth 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 milk is 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 and seeds.  Almonds have a warming nature and sweet flavour.  Ayurveda considers almonds one of the best of all nuts and highly regarded for their nutritional value.  Almonds are 20% protein and are 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

Makes 1-litre

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

3 – 4 cups filtered water

pre-soak 

1.  Soak the almonds overnight, drain and rinse well.

preparation

2.  Place the nuts into an upright blender, pour in water, blend on high until the nuts are completely broken down.

3.  Pour your milk into a nut milk bag or a cheesecloth 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 sweeter milk.

The milk keeps for about 3 – 5 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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