Jun 24, 2011

almond milk

Ever wanted to have your own milk but don't have room for a cow? Well you can make almond milk! =) Almond milk is a great alternative to dairy milk for many reasons. Not only almonds are full of nutrients, almond milk is also very easy to digest and resembles mother’s milk a lot. There are 60 Calories and 3g of fat per serving. Why not try this recipe and make your own!
nylon mesh bag or cheese cloth
1 cup almonds (soaked,drained and rinsed)
4 cups water
stevia extract
1/4 tsp ground vanilla bean
* To make almond milk you need raw almonds that have been soaked for at least 8 hours to activate the enzymes so that the sprouting process starts. Make sure you that you wash the almonds with water after draining the soaking water.
* You can use any sweetener of your choice to sweeten up the milk, but stevia extract works the best for a neutral tasting, slightly sweet and light milk. As a plus, the milk is completely sugar free.
* The vanilla bean powder gives a fuller milky taste and enhanced flavor as well as relaxing properties.
* Save the leftover pulp and dry it in a dehydrator, then grind and store it. It is a great raw flour to work with.
Blend almonds and water . Using a nylon mesh bag or cheesecloth,strain the milk in a bowl. Squeeze the bag well,until the leftover pulp is almost dry. Add vanilla bean powder and a few drops of stevia in the milk and transfer is a glass jug. Keep in the fridge for 3 days. Shake before use.
You can just drink a glass of almond milk straight or use it to make hot chocolate, milkshakes, smoothies. It's YUMMY in tea as well!

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