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Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Delicious, Easy Almond Milk

Almond milk is one of my favorite drinks -- it goes great with everything!  We've been buying it from Trader Joe's lately as it's the cheapest place we can find it at $1.29 a quart, but still, that's expensive when you go thru a quart in a day or two for morning smoothies!

Did you know you can make almond milk right in your own home??  Rich and creamy, it's easy to make and super nourishing.  Cut down on the cost and take control of what is put into your almond milk by trying this recipe at home!  While almond milk is a good alternative beverage for those on the Maximized Nutrition meal plan, a dairy-free kick or even a raw diet, I think it's just plain delicious and you should give it a try  no matter your dietary preference!  I usually drink it by the glassful, but it's also great in tea and smoothies or even for baking or cooking.

Making almond milk is super quick but just a little messy.  You will definitely get your hands wet as you squeeze and strain it thru the cheesecloth.  That extra effort is SO worth it! My absolute favorite way to enjoy this rich, gluten-free almond milk is in iced chai tea with a sprinkle of stevia.

Almond Milk
Makes about 6 servings

2 cups almonds
4 cups water
1 vanilla bean or 1 tsp vanilla extract (optional)
  1. Soak almonds and vanilla bean in enough water to cover overnight
  2. Discard soaking water and rinse almonds in a deep bowl of water, repeat until water is clear
  3. Place soaked almonds, vanilla bean and 4 cups of water in a blender or food processor
  4. Blend on highest speed for about 90 seconds or until completely smooth
  5. Strain milk through cheesecloth lined strainer, discarding solids
  6. Serve and enjoy, or bottle in a glass container and store in fridge up to 10 days.



Any way to give it that flavoring, especially chocolate, that so many of the store brands have?

Healing Cuisine by Elise

What a fabulous idea for a post! I'll get right on this... look for some info coming on the main homepage in about an hour or less! :) Thanks Lo!

Corey, Randi, Nolan, Reagan and Quinn

Instead of discarding the solid pieces of almond, I use them to make homemade granola. Get your moneys worth! :)

Healing Cuisine by Elise

Hi Corey, Randi, Nolan, Reagan and Quinn! :)

Great use for the almond pulp! I'm sure it makes delicious granola! Another idea is to dry it out on baking sheets (or in dehydrator) and grind for use as almond flour.

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