This is my latest "addiction". Fresh almond milk is the perfect substitute for dairy, and is a delicious addition to your morning coffee, hot tea, and smoothies. For a cozy warm beverage, add vanilla, cinammin, and/or tumeric and lightly froth.
Raw almond milk is good for 2 or 3 days. Here is the recipe:
1. Raw Almonds (1 cup)
For a smoother and sweeter taste, peel the almonds before blending.
(A chef friend from India told me it was custom for her family to remove the almond shells when cooking. It's easier to digest without the shell). Though, it's not necessary to peel the almonds first.
How to peel almonds: Soak a cup of raw almonds over night. Cover and store in the refrigerator. This will loosen the skin of the almond so that you can remove it. To speed the process, soak the almonds in warm water for 5 minutes. Rinse, strain, then soak the almond in warm water for another 5 to 10 minutes. Once the almonds are soft, the almond skin should easily peel off of the almonds
If you don't prefer to peel the almonds first, it is helpful to soak the almonds overnight before making almond milk to soften the nuts before blending.
2. Heavy Duty Blender.
For blending nuts, it's useful to have a heavy duty blender. This Vitamix 5200 blender is worth every penny. If you are cultivating a heathy lifestyle and would like to prepare homemade nut milks, soups, sauces, fruit and veggie smoothies, it's worth it.
Mix 1 cup of almonds (peeled or not peeled) with 3.5 cups of water. Filtered of course! (for thicker milk, use less water, thinner, use more water).
Blend for 2 minutes.
3. Cheese Cloth
Squeeze the excess from the cheese cloth, and you will be left with the grinds of the almonds. Discard or cover and store for a day or two to add to smoothies.
I like to put the strainer between the cheese cloth and the bowl for double duty.
Pour into a glass jar and seal. Good for 2 to 3 days.
Optional add-ons: cinnamon, vanilla bean, and/or honey to sweeten.
For natural added flavorings, add a dash of Cinnamon
Enjoy for 2 to 3 days while fresh.
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