After traumatizing you all with poop stories, I’ll try to make it up by offering you my favorite staple of a raw diet, almond milk. Sure, you can buy it in a shelf stable package. Great for storing long-term, but not really raw. And in my quest for a decent dairy substitute for my morning cup of joe (I know, not raw either), I can’t tell you how many packages of almond milk I’ve opened that didn’t smell quite right. So frustrating.
I’ve made almond milk from many different recipes, but I find that my all time favorite is made from simply almonds and water, nothing else. If I want to sweeten it later, I’ll add some honey, stevia or agave later, depending on what I mix it with.
It makes the best Chai Mate Latte. Steep Chai Mate. Add fresh almond milk and honey or agave.
|Prep time||8 hours|
|Cook time||10 minutes|
|Total time||8 hours, 10 minutes|
|Dietary||Diabetic, Gluten Free, Vegan, Vegetarian|
|Misc||Child Friendly, Pre-preparable, Serve Cold, Serve Hot|
- 1 cup Raw Almonds
- 4 cups Water
- 4 Medjool Dates
- 2 tablespoons Agave
- 2 tablespoons Honey ((not vegan))
- 2 tablespoons Coconut Oil
- 1 teaspoon Vanilla
Most of the ingredients are optional. I typically prefer a simple milk made with just almonds and water. If I'm craving a more decadent drink, I'll add a sweetener along with some coconut oil and vanilla. Don't forget to save the pulp to stock your pantry with homemade almond flour.
|Soak almonds in spring or filtered water about 6-8 hours. I like to start soaking them just before going to bed and make a fresh batch of milk first thing in the morning to serve with my tea or mate.|
|Rinse soaked nuts. Add to Vita Mix or high speed blender with 4 cups water. All of the other add-ins are optional. For a sweet milk, add dates, agave or honey. Add coconut oil for a rich, creamy texture. Add vanilla, freshly scraped or extract for, well, because vanilla tastes wonderful. Most often, I make my almond milk with simply almonds and milk because I like to save the pulp for other recipes.|
|Blend on high for a few minutes. The mixture will be somewhat grainy. Some folks like that, and if you're one of them, drink up and enjoy. If not, move on to the next step.|
|With a bowl or pitcher underneath, pour milk through a nut milk bag. Hold the top closed and twist and squeeze milk through the bag.|
|Drink the milk. Refrigerate the leftovers. Save the pulp (refrigerate, freeze or dehydrate) for some delicious raw recipes like macaroons or almond crackers.|
Try it. Besides planning ahead a little for the soak time, it’s really quick and easy.
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