Almonds have many nutritional benefits including being high in protein, calcium, zinc, magnesium, potassium, phosphorus and iron. A huge bonus is that almonds have an alkalising effect on our bodies which we need to be in a good state of health. Cow’s milk has an acidic effect, which leaves your body vulnerable to disease. The store-bought almond milk has a lot of sugar and additives so it’s best to stay away from that stuff. The one I bought recently had sugar listed as the second ingredient after water with 2% almonds. Never again, Bah!
Cost wise, I think it works out to be about the same price as the store-bought version as long as you but the 750g – 1kg bag or bigger. Time wise, the whole process after soaking the almonds takes me about 10 mins maximum. Very worth it!!
Here’s how to make your own delicious, nutritious, alkalising almond milk,
1. Soak 1 cup of almonds in water for 6 hours or overnight.
2. Rinse well. This gets rid of inhibitor enzymes which prevent certain nutrients from being absorbed and makes it easier to digest.
3. Put in blender with 4 cups of fresh water (purified is best), and blend for a few minutes. You can add a bit of vanilla, some raw honey or I’ve seen the recipe with a couple of dates to sweeten a little bit. Haven’t tried the dates though I am sure they would be nice.
4. I recently read a tip about leaving the almond milk to settle for a few minutes, then scraping the froth from the top before straining it making it easier to strain. I tried that and yes it does make it easier.
5. Strain through a nut milk bag or as I do, a (new!) stocking. I did give it a thorough rinse beforehand, hoping any chemical residue would be washed away, but not sure about that at all so will be buying a nut milk bag. Then just squeeze the pulp until you have as much milk as possible out of it.
6. Enjoy by itself, on cereal, mixed with cacao for ‘chocolate milk’, in smoothies and even in coffee. It will last 4-5 days in the fridge. And just give it a shake or stir each time you use it as it may separate.
D-man does not like this plain but he likes it blended again with some banana. Miss Moo is quite accepting and hubby likes it but does not drink much milk anyway. He is happy to have it in place of cows milk. For anyone who is wondering why I am ditching dairy, here is my post: https://towardstotalhealth.wordpress.com/2013/04/14/7-reasons-why-i-am-ditching-dairy/
As for the left over pulp, here is a website to get you started if you don’t want to throw it out 🙂 http://www.therawtarian.com/recipe-categories/raw-almond-pulp-recipes and these look soooo good I will try them asap: http://detoxinista.com/2013/03/raw-cookie-dough-bites-vegan/
Let me know if you try this, if you add something different and how you go with it, I’d love to know!