Do you have your timer set? I’m going to show you how easy and fast it is to make your own almond milk.
Almond milk (as well as other nut milk) is a delicious alternative to cow’s milk. Most of us are lactose intolerant, which means that our body has a difficult time breaking down lactose. Dairy is very acidic and can cause many health problems, one of which is weight gain and allergies.
Dairy is also one of the most mucus-forming foods. When there is too much mucus in our body, it can start to harden and hang out in our intestinal walls. Our body has to spend a huge amount of energy to digest and will make it so much more difficult to lose weight.
For that reason alone, I’ve switched over to drinking almond milk. There’s nothing more refreshing than a cold glass of fresh squeezed almond milk.
How to Make Almond Milk:
**Yields 4 cups
- 4 cup distilled water
- 1 cup raw almonds
- 4-5 dates
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- pinch of sea salt (optional but brings out more flavor)
- Soak 1 cup of raw almonds for at least 6 hours overnight. Rinse the almonds thoroughly.
- Put almonds, vanilla extract, dates, sea salt, and distilled water in a Vitamix.
- Blend on med-high for 45-60 seconds.
- Pour mixture in a nut milk bag and squeeze, like you’re milking a cow! 🙂
- Pour it into a recycled glass jar. Mason jars are perfect too!
Ta-da! You now have fresh homemade almond milk.
- If you don’t have a nut milk bag, you can strain it through a cheesecloth, like I used to do for a few weeks. Trust me, it is completely worth it to get a nut milk bag. It comes with a drawstring and helps eliminate spilled messes. The real benefit is that the milk gets squeezed through a lot faster. They are usually sold at Whole Foods, but can also be found on Amazon. You can also use it to make fresh green juices!
- I blend the almonds in a high speed blender such as the Vitamix.
- Since there are no preservatives in fresh homemade almond milk, it can be stored in the refrigerator for up to a week.
- I love to put almond milk in my coffee. To make it even creamier, I add 1 tablespoon of coconut oil in along with the other ingredients. Coconut oil is known to help raise your metabolism too.
- Pour your milk in your smoothies or make a delicious bowl of chia pudding for breakfast.
- You can use the same technique to make cashew milk (My other favorite!), hazelnut milk, coconut milk, hemp milk, oat milk, etc.
Benefits of soaking your nuts/seeds:
- To remove or reduce phytic acid and tannins
- To neutralize the enzyme inhibitors
- To encourage the production of beneficial enzymes
- To increase the amounts of vitamins, especially B vitamins
- To make digestion easier
- To make the proteins more readily available for absorption
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