If you follow me on twitter and snapchat then you would probably know that I am a huge fan of Almond Milk. A little while ago I was told that it would be good for my body to try and cut down on actual milk which I have been doing for about 2 weeks now seeing that I have a pretty great reason to drink myself silly on this nutty substitute!
The first week I was absolutely dreading making almond milk myself and instead, made my whole family aware of the fact that if they see a particular brand of almond milk in stores, they needed to buy it for me. I have made the milk myself but seem to remember it being more messy than anything else. Anyway, I finally found the milk that everyone was raving about, bought it and fell in love with the taste, only to realize that it contained a ridiculous 2% of almond’s per litre and that the rest of the ingredients was made up of oils… how gross is that?
I then took it upon myself to get my hands dirty and whip up a batch of my own which came out absolutely delicious and creamy and lasted a good four days in the fridge. Below is my super easy recipe and two of my favorites ways that you can drink this yummy milk alternative.
You will need:
- a fine strainer or a muslin cloth (or nut bag)
- a blender
- 1 cup of almonds
- 3-4 cups of water
- a bowl
- a glass jug
- 3-5 medjool dates
- 1 Tbsp vanilla extract or the seeds of one pod
- honey or any other sweetener
So first off you start by soaking your almonds for about 20 hours in water. After it has been soaked, wash them and put them into your blender and add about 3-4 cups of water (this depends on how creamy you want your milk). If you are adding any dates for a sweeter taste or your vanilla extract, then add them now- (I only added vanilla to mine).
Blend for about 5 minutes until it is creamy and the almonds are fine. This duration however depends on your blender so I am assuming that you know how powerful yours is and how long it should take.
Get your muslin cloth or sieve and pour the milk though it a little bit at a time in the bowl. If you are using a cloth then squeeze out the excess with your hands to ensure that you don’t waste anything. Set the pulp aside and continue until all the milk is used up. Before you pour it into your jug, just let the milk go through a sieve one more time to ensure that all the pulp is out of it.
Store it in the fridge and enjoy! It’s that simple!
Have a look at my two recipes below:
Banana Peanut Butter Breakfast smoothie
- Blend 1-2 bananas with 1 tbsp peanut butter, 1 cup almond milk and a handful of oats or 3-4 tbsp’s vanilla future life.
- If you want to add some sweetness then add about 2 medjool dates or a tsp of honey
Mocachino Almond Milk
Before I get started on the recipe for this, Wellness Warehouse sells a 500ml bottle of this same drink for R52.00 *gasp*
- Blend 3/4 cup of almond milk with 3 dates, 1/4 cup of strong coffee and a tsp cocoa powder
- Strain it through before you serve it as the dates may not completely break up.
- Pour it over ice for a delicious (and healthy) summer drink!
Let me know if you try it!