Hi Raw Milk lovers,
I am not able to eat any dairy due to food sensitives/allergies so I tried a few alternative milk products and found I liked Almond Milk the best. I also eat food that does not contain chemicals, words I cannot pronounce, or have no idea what the ingredient is. Plus I avoid sugar. This leaves me with very little options when I read the labels on many of the Almond Milk containers. So I made my own – and it is amazing!
Even if you can consume dairy, it is a good idea to rotate your foods so why not try Almond Milk a few days this week.
I would love it hear from you if you make the recipe – it is a hit at my home.
Tasty Raw Almond Milk
- 1 cup soaked raw almonds (soaked overnight)
- 6 cups filtered water
- 2 dates (pitted)
- 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
- Just before going to bed, head back down to the kitchen and place raw almonds in a bowl and cover with an inch of water. You can also do this before you leave for work in the morning.
- After soaking, the water will be not longer be clear, drain the water.
- If you want really white milk, remove the outer skin from the almond – this is really fun. Just place an almond between your fingers and the skin will slip off. I actually imagine a game could be made of this.
- If you don’t have the time, leave the skin on – it just make a creamier beige milk than a whiter milk.
- Give the almonds another rinse with filtered water and drain off the water.
- Place the soaked almonds in a high speed blender.
- Add 3 cups of the filtered water, the pitted dates, cinnamon and vanilla.
- Start on slow, move to high than boost until fully combined.
- Open a mesh milk bag over a 4 cup measure cup and pour the milk mixture in the bag.
- Close the string on the milk bag.
- Slowly lift the bag up and start to squeeze the bag from the top. Keep squeezing the bag until no milk comes out.
- Store the finished milk in a larger container for future storage in your fridge (should hold 6 cups)
- Take the mixture in the bag and add back to the blender.
- Pour in 2 cups of filtered water and blend until fully combined.
- Repeat the milking process.
- Add the milk from this round to the first batch of milk.
- Take the mixture in the bag and once again add back to blender.
- Pour in 1 cup of filtered water and blend until fully combined.
- Repeat the milking process.
- Add the milk from the final batch to the larger container of milk.
- Stir to combine the milk.
- Enjoy a glass now, or store in the fridge until cold.
- You could make the process easier by doing it all in one batch but the milking part would be harder and from experience will make a mess. I also want to get maximum use of my almonds.
- Almond milk does separate so you will want to mix it up each time you use it.
- Almond milk goes great in smoothie.
- No time to make almond milk but want to add it to a smoothie? Just use a tablespoon of almond butter and one cup of water instead. A quick solution.
- Buy your almonds and keep them in the freezer to keep them from going rancid.
- Almond skins have lots of benefits – read about it here and here.
- Here are the benefits of soaking nuts and grain from Food Matters – a film worth viewing.
- Use raw almonds – not toasted.
May you find new alternatives to dairy when you need to.
To refreshing, tasty cold almond milk.
Jo-Ann Blondin, your 9CupChallenge partner