Here’s a quick post on making raw almond milk that will hopefully leave you all thirsty and ready for a healthy milk alternative. Almond milk has no saturated fat, no lactose, and is a low-calorie. And if you are having problems getting your children to eat spinach, you want to try this. And after doing a taste test – let me assure you that fresh almond milk is better than any box almond milk you can buy.
First you need some raw almonds. I ordered ours online at anuts.com for just $3.86 per lb plus shipping. And they are fabulous. My husband and I both agree that have an incredible flavor.
After you have your almonds you need to soak them in water for about 8 hours. This will help break down the enzyme inhibitor on the nuts and make it easier to digest. When they are finished soaking, drain the water. It will be dirty and gross. If you soak the almonds overnight, you can whip up the almond milk in no time for breakfast in the morning.
Now its time to make the milk, simply add the almonds to your blender with some clean water. I would recommend 1 part almond to 3 parts water, but it really is your preference on how much water to add. And then blend for a couple minutes until the almonds looks finely chopped.
Now you are ready to strain the milk. You simply need a fine mesh bag, or a nut bag, and a bowl to strain the milk.You will have to squeeze the nut bag to get all the milk out.
Now you are finished. The almond pulp can be saved and thrown in the freezer for other raw recipes – including crusts and cookie recipes. I have a gallon ziploc bag in the freezer for mine.
There are several ways you can use the milk from this point forward. You can drink it plain. OR…
To sweeten it: Blend in a couple soft dates, and some vanilla. Or try a banana instead.
To make a fruit smoothie: Add some fresh fruit, cinnamon, aloe vera, and any other goodies you have on hand.
To make a green smoothie: Add fruit and some leafy greens such as spinach or kale. I would recommend no more than about 40% greens. Our children can put away some green smoothies so it makes a great option for getting them to eat their leafy greens.
For a special afternoon treat when you are craving chocolate: Try adding cocoa powder and a banana! YUM!
You can store leftover almond milk in the fridge for 3 days in a glass jar.