Almond Milk – tastes better when you make it yourself!

Making Nut Milks

You can make some delicious milks by whirling soaked nuts with water in a blender.  You can make the mixture delicate and thin or thick and creamy.  Soak raw almonds or raw cashews to make almond or cashew milk.  You can either strain the blended mixture or drink it as is.  If you choose to strain the mixture, you can save the almond meal to use as flour for baking or for making a facial mask. Thanks Marie for introducing me to your ‘chai-spiced’ version during class at AIMC.

Basic Recipe:

1 cups raw nuts- soaked (can use a little more for a really creamy drink)

4 cups water

1 TBS Honey

1/4 cup medjool dates

optional spices to make a ‘chai-spiced’ milk

1/4 tsp clove

1/4 tsp nutmeg

1/2 TBS cinnamon

1 tsp vanilla

1/4 tsp almond extract (optional)

1 tsp ginger powder (or to taste)

1/4 tsp sea salt

Put soaked nuts in blender and cover with about an inch of water.  blend until liquid (may need to add a little more water).  Strain through cheesecloth nut milk bag.  Put liquid back in blender and add the rest of the ingredients and enough water to bring the mixture up to 4 cups of liquid.  You can blend with heated water for a warmer drink.

Why soak nuts?

Soaking makes nuts easier to digest, since this process neutralizes the part of the nut that is problematic (the enzyme inhibitor).

Fruit and Nut Milk Shake:

Try whizzing up a peeled banana or other fresh fruits (raspberries, strawberries) with the soaked nuts and water.  It’s healthy and it tastes delicious!

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2 Comments »

  1. I’ve made almond milk like this before, left the almonds in rather than straining them out and mixed in cocoa powder, cinnamon and cayenne. I like the thicker/crunchy texture and it almost tastes like a mexican hot chocolate.

    Comment by Katrina H — August 3, 2013 @ 6:27 pm

  2. I have been thinking about trying to make my own almond milk. I think I will try this over break next week. Maybe I’ll try half the way Katrina mentions – by leaving the almonds in…

    Comment by Lisa Polson — August 22, 2013 @ 10:03 pm

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