Almond milk is a healthy substitute for traditional cow’s milk. There are numerous benefits of Almond Milk. It contains a number of beneficial vitamins and minerals, and is a good source of antioxidants.
How to make almond milk:
1 cup raw, organic almonds
2-3 cups water
Pinch of sea salt
Pre-soak the almonds in room-temperature water overnight with a pinch of sea salt. Discard the water and rinse the almonds clean the next day.
Remove skin (Optional – you can skip this step if desired)
You can remove the almond skins, which results in lighter-colored milk and also removes a slightly bitter flavor. Simply pour hot water over the almonds and let them sit for 3-5 minutes. Drain the water. Skins should peel off easily.
Make your almond milk by puréeing the almonds and 2-4 cups of water in a food processor or blender. Blend well for 3-5 minutes so that the almonds form a fine meal.
(Note: Add less water for a thicker consistency and enjoy your homemade almond milk now – OR you can proceed to next step to remove the solid almond particles).
Using a fine mesh sieve strain the milk to remove the solid particles (almond meal). Alternatively, you can use a cheesecloth or nut bag to strain the milk, but this can take as long as 3 – 5 hours. If using the cheesecloth method, you can also squeeze at the last dregs of milk using your hands.
Store in a glass jar in the fridge. Fresh almond milk can be kept in the fridge for up to three days. You can also freeze it.
To make sweetened milk:
To make sweet almond milk: add 5 pitted, medjool dates and 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract at step 3.
(In order to retain the nutritional benefits of your homemade almond milk, I advise you not to add sugar. If you must add more sweetness, try 1 tablespoon of Local Raw Honey or Organic Grade A Maple Syrup.)
For a richer, creamier milk: add 1 tablespoon coconut butter or raw almond butter.
For Chocolate Almond Milk: add 1-2 tablespoons of raw cocoa powder, 1 tsp vanilla extract, and sweeten to taste.
For Cinnamon Milk: add in 1 teaspoon of ground cinnamon or 2 drops of pure, highest quality cinnamon essential oil, 1 teaspoon vanilla, and sweeten to taste.
For Strawberry Milk: add in the desired amount of puréed strawberries with the vanilla, and sweeten to taste.
For Coconut-Almond Milk: Place 1 cup shredded coconut or dried coconut flakes in a small bowl and cover with 1 cup hot water. Leave to soak until it reaches a warm room temperature. Add this mixture to the almonds and water in step 3.
What to do with the left over almond meal:
After straining the milk (if you chose not to skip this step) you will be left with a sieve full of almond meal. This can be gently toasted in the oven by spreading it flat on a baking tray and roasting at 180 degrees for 20-30 minutes, and saved as a healthy snack. You can also use it in any recipe that calls for almond meal – breakfast bars, waffles, pie fillings etc.
Almond milk for your health!
Some of the many possible health benefits of almond milk include improved eyesight, weight loss, and increased heart and kidney health. It contains nutrients which help to build strong bones and muscles, assist with healthy immune function, and to maintain ideal blood pressure. Choosing almond milk over conventional cow’s milk could also help to reduce your risk of developing cancer: a 2011 study published in the medical journal “Cancer and Nutrition” found that cow’s milk stimulated the growth of prostate cancer cells, while almond milk suppressed their growth.
There are many more benefits of Almond Milk and if you would like to know more about how almond milk can assist you in your journey to good health, or have questions about which brand of cinnamon essential oil I use and how to get it, send your email to: oils@DrDoraida.com