ALMOND MILK - MAKE YOUR OWN

 

IF YOU MAKE YOUR OWN, YOU KNOW EXACTLY WHAT IS IN IT. 

Almond milk is a great alternative to dairy milk and a healthy component for any smoothie or shake. Almonds are gluten-free, low in carbs, and promote a good cholesterol balance.

A. GATHER INGREDIENTS 

One Cup Raw Almonds

Sprout Bag

3.5 cups spring or filtered water

(Optional Ingredients)

Vanilla

Cinnamon

Two Large Medjool Dates, soaked

                                       

B. INSTRUCTIONS

1. Soak one cup of almonds four hours or more. (drain) Soak the dates at the same time if you plan to use them  (drain). I do not sweeten my almond milk. I leave that option open to each use, if needed.

2, Slip covering off: You should be able to slip the brown covering off the almonds after they are soaked. It does not take long and they skin slips off easily.

Unsoaked Almonds Soaked Almonds unsoaked almonds                  soaked almonds

(If you are in a hurry (I recommend you not be in a hurry) and you need to peel the almonds quickly, you can pour some boiling water on them and then dump them in cold water).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

naked almonds

Seed Bag

3. Blend: Put the naked almonds in a blender with three cups of water to one cup of almonds and blend until smooth. (You can alter this amount to suit your taste), Pour the liquid into a cheese mesh bag (a cheese mesh bag has smaller holes than the sprouting bag) and squeeze out all the liquid. This is almond milk. You can add a little almond extract. You can also blend in a few dates.  Pour it into a glass jar and refrigerate. Use at will.

4. The Remaining Almond Pulp

You can use the almond pulp for all kinds of things like oatmeal, hummus, homemade granola, smoothies, cookie or muffin batter, crackers, or you can even dehydrate it and then blend it up to make almond meal. Oh, and you can freeze it too.

 

Note:   Avoid almonds sprayed with the chemical propylene oxide.  If you are concerned about propylene oxide on your almonds (as you should be), buy organic or check with your almond retailer to see what sterilization method is used.

Yvonne Stafford is the author of From Fast Foods to Slow Foods: How to Wake up Laughing. Book can be purchased on Amazon or ordered on this site from the author.

 

 


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