Tuesday, 30 October 2012

Raw almond mylk

The first time I discovered almond milk I was delightfully surprised by how much I enjoyed it. It was great with breakfast cereal, smoothies and can be used as a substitute in most recipes where you need milk.  
Almond milk is light but nutritious, high in protein, low in fat, is easy to digest, and it is alkalising. Drinking almond milk is a great way
to start creating a healthier diet. Just substitute almond milk for the milk that you use in your daily diet. Cows milk and soya milk don't agree with everyone and almond milk makes a nice alternative.

The other great thing about almond milk is it is
cheap to make! One cup of organic almonds cost about $2.60 and all you do is add filtered water! If you buy almond milk in a tetra pack, you can pay around $8-$9 AUS dollars.

This recipe is ridiculously easy and quick to make, all you need is a blender (and almond milk bag makes it very quick too!) and some muslin cloth or fine wire mesh strainer. This recipe literally takes 5 minutes of your time (not including soaking time). 
It keeps well in the fridge, 4-7 days, so you can make it once or twice a week and keep a bottle in the fridge for all your milk needs. If I'm have smoothies every day then I make enough to last me the week or so.

Soaked almonds also make a good snack, soak overnight, rinse off enzyme inhibitors and keep in the fridge. They are much easier to digest and taste alive. If you've ever tried an almond straight from a tree - they taste more like soaked almonds!

Makes = 1 litre
This recipe is really simple and quick if you have an almonds milk bag. Alternatively use muslin cloth or a fine mesh sieve.

1 cup raw almond (you must use raw almonds - not roasted - to receive all the benefits above)  
a pinch of good salt
1 litre filtered water

Soak the almonds over night. 

Rinse them to wash off the enzyme inhibitors. 

Then blend the almonds, water & salt in a blender until smooth. 

Pour into an almond milk bag (or a very fine sieve) and squeeze.

Store in the fridge in a sterilised bottle for Almond milk may separate, just give a shake to emulsify.

Please note: in warm weather soak almonds for 1-2 hours out of the fridge and then place in the fridge overnight. The water is prone to fermenting and the almond milk won't last too long! Throughout the winter and cooler months, it's ok to leave outside of fridge for soaking. It tends to separate if it has gone off and will smell rather badly. Simply compost if it has turned.

Please note: You can use the left over pulp and turn it into almond hummus (see my recipe for almond hummus) or any raw dip that uses nuts. Sometimes I freeze it if I'm too busy to use it. It works well in endless dehydrated recipes, if you have a dehydrator.

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