Creamy Almond Milk

Almond MilkNowadays everyone is looking to change their diet and start replacing the more common items in their fridge like milk. There are so many types of milks to choose from. There is Hemp Milk, Soy Milk, Rice milk but my favorite of all time is Almond Milk.  Almond Milk is so nutritious and a wonderful alternative to dairy milk. It contains vitamin E, manganese, magnesium, phosphorous, potassium, selenium, iron, fiber, zinc and calcium. No longer are those “Got Milk?” ads that promote healthy strong skin and bones an influence on whether I am missing out on calcium an issue. It can be used as a substitute in baking 1:1 , smoothies and most other cooking dishes can be complimented with the smooth taste of almond milk. The flavor is mild and it comes in different Varieties like chocolate, plain or original, vanilla or strawberry.

How ever, making your own milk ensures that you and your family are getting the best. Even those store bought milks can be  a little over processed. Remember, if you have to read past 4 or 5 ingredients for milk you might as well get regular milk due to the over whelming presence of 8-12 letter words you cant pronounce or dont know how to spell , indicative of things you really dont know about…or even want in your system. Hey, keep it simple. God made the body to do many wonderful things but we dont have to over tax it with highly processed ingredients.

So….heres a simple recipe to make your own.

Choose your optional add-ins for a yummy beverage that tastes great and you can make it your own.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup raw almonds (here you can replace 1/4 cup of unsweetened coconut for added taste)
  • 3.5 cups water (plus more for soaking)
  • pinch sea salt
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla, (optional)
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon,( optional,and flavor to your liking)
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup,( optional – or 3-4 dates….I’m an Organic Agave Nectar person myself)
  • Place almonds in a bowl. Cover with enough cold water that the almonds are completely submerged. Set aside and let soak overnight (or at least 8 hours).Soaked Almonds

    Drain and rinse the almonds, place in your blender along with 3.5 cups fresh water. Cover and process on the highest setting for one minute. Soaked Almonds in blender

    Line a fine mesh sieve with cheesecloth. Pour the almond mixture through the cheesecloth.Strain

    Gather the ends of the cheesecloth and, using your hands, squeeze out as much liquid from the almonds as possible.twist strain

    Discard or save the almonds for homemade cheese or dry it out for Almond Meal to use in baking…more on that later!.alomond pulp 2 Whisk in sea salt along with desired flavorings. Almond MilkPour into a glass mason jar and refrigerate (let it sit for a couple hours before using for best flavor) .Almond Milk Stir or shake before use. This should stay good for up to 5 days

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