Creamy Almond Milk
Almond milk is just so incredible when it's homemade - nothing like the watery, shelf-stable stuff you can buy from the supermarket! This version is perfectly sweet, creamy and additive-free. It's incredible in smoothies (like this one), to make your porridge with, in baking and even to drink on its own. I hope you love this as much as I do, it's one of my staples and I make a big bottle every week!
If you're not yet entirely convinced to go dairy free, this plant-based milk might just change that. Many people are concerned that by going dairy free they are going to be lacking in calcium (which, by the way, almonds contain!) however this is not true at all. Recently, dairy milk has in fact been thought to be the single largest dietary cause of osteoporosis. Sound contradictory? To begin with, it seems fairly obvious that dairy milk is meant for calves, not for us (imagine if another animal drank human breast milk, it's crazy!) Our higher than ever rates of osteoporosis and our even higher consumption of dairy products are thought to be linked - many sources suggest that milk is highly acidic to the body and your body reacts by drawing upon calcium reserves in your bones to neutralise the acid. So by drinking dairy milk, are you actually stripping your bones of calcium rather than adding it? This almond milk is a delicious, nourishing alternative that will leave your body happy - and unlike dairy milk, almond milk is alkalising and rich in the beauty nutrient Vitamin E. Drink up!
- 2/3 cup almonds, soaked in water overnight
- 2 medjool dates, pitted (omit if you prefer your milk unsweetened)
- 3 cups filtered water
- Pinch salt
- Splash of vanilla extract or a pinch of vanilla powder
The How To
- Begin by rinsing your almonds really well and draining them. Place them in a blender with the remaining ingredients.
- Blend everything for a minute or two on the highest setting until frothy and well combined.
- Squeeze and strain through a nut milk bag or piece of cheese cloth (you can dry the pulp out in the oven to be used as almond meal.
- Transfer to an airtight bottle and keep in the fridge for up to 5 days.
I'd love to see how you've used this almond milk in your everyday cooking and baking - tag me on instagram @recoveringraw and hashtag with #recoveringraw!
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