How to make Almond Milk
Reasons to love almond milk:
- Almond milk can be frothed just like cows milk
- Unlike cows milk, almonds are meant for humans
- It has a slightly sweet flavor – add in a date for a bit extra sweetness
- It’s low calorie – way lower than milk
- Nuts are a great source of protein – good for weight loss and muscle growth
- Almonds also contain calcium and magnesium which are so good for healthy bones
- Taste amazeballs with raw cacao – no sugar required
- Almond milk contains flavonoids which help lower ‘bad’ cholesterol and protect the heart
- You can use the pulp as almond meal – make into cookies, bliss balls, or cakes
For this recipe you will need:
- cheesecloth or a blue/white checked dishcloth
- high powered blender/Thermomix/Bellini
- 1L plastic bottle to store, or a couple of tall jars (just use glad wrap under the lid so it doesn’t oxidise)
- 2 cups almonds – soak overnight
- 1L water
- 1 Medjool date
- Pinch of Murray River salt
Soak the almonds in water for at least 4 hours or overnight is best. Once soaked, then rinse them off and discard the water. Soaking (activating) them makes them more digestable and easier for your body to access the nutrients in the nut.
Put the nuts, date, pinch of salt and water in the blender and blend at a high speed until the nuts have been totally obliterated and you have a milky frothy mess. I started with half a litre of water and blended everything, then added the rest of the water once I knew it wasn’t going to go everywhere, I am still new to the Bellini machine.
Lay your cheesecloth over a saucepan or bowl – I recommend putting it over something that has a spout as you will be pouring it into a bottle after this. Strain the milk through the cheesecloth in batches, twisting and squeezing the liquid through as you go. You will need to do in batches and put the almond pulp in a container.
Once you’ve squeezed all the liquid through you can pour through a funnel into a bottle.
Reserve the almond pulp to make some bickies or bliss balls or simply dry it out in the oven on a low heat and reserve as almond meal.
Almond Milk with keep in the fridge for 4-5days.
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