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July 7, 2011

Fresh raw almond milk

Almond milk is as good as it gets. Not only is it alkalising to the body, it’s loaded with enzymes from the soaking of the nut, making it alive. It packs a protein, essential fat, calcium and magnesium punch and it’s very easy to make.

 

Ingredients

  • 100g fresh raw almonds
  • Quality water about 500-750ml
  • Optional: a pinch of cinnamon

Method

  1. Soak the almonds overnight in some water. This is easy. Just pop the nuts in a glass before bed and pour some water over them. It takes 30 seconds!
  2. In the morning, drain away the water and add the soaked almonds to the blender.
  3. Pour in some fresh water and blend with the almonds to form a milk.
  4. Experiment with the amount of water needed. For 100g of almonds, roughly 500ml should be fine, however I encourage you to experiment and see how you prefer the taste and texture.
  5. Strain the liquid if you require a smooth texture using a fine strainer or nut milk bag, or muslin cloth/clean thinly woven tea towel. (If you are using the milk immediately for a chunky smoothie or for muesli and like a thick, grainy texture there is no need to strain.)
  6. Add a little pinch of cinnamon if desired. This adds a delicious flavour to the milk and is a great way of using cinnamon, which is good for blood sugar regulation.
  7. Set aside the pulp and freeze for other delicious recipes. See below for Raw almond and cherry energy cake recipe!

Tips:

  • Make a larger batch and keep in the fridge for up to 5 days.
  • Blend 2 dates into the mix for a sweet milk.
  • Use as a milk for your muesli.
  • Use in smoothies with soft fruit and ground seeds.
  • Use for a healthy hot chocolate drink. Heat gently with 100% cocoa powder and a teaspoon of honey or black strap molasses.
  • Experiment with any nut or seed. Sesame milk is delicious.
  • Use warm and frothy for a cappuccino.

 

Quick almond milk (no soaking)

If you find you haven’t prepared any almond milk in advance, but still want a smoothie with almond milk, you can do a “cheat’s version”. Simply grind some fresh almonds into a powder, pop in the blender and blend with water to form a milk. You can then add your other smoothie ingredients.

 

Ever wondered what to do with the pulp from the milk? Click here for a Raw almond and cherry energy cake recipe.

 

Article by Jo Rowkins dipNT MBANT, nutritionist and founder of awakening health.

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