Almonds are a very good source of protein, they contain riboflavin (B2) which is used by the body to complete red blood cell production and metabolise carbohydrates to provide you with energy. Almonds contain NO cholesterol, unlike dairy milk which clogs arteries causing all sorts of health problems! These little gems contain calcium and folic acid (so excellent for pregnant ladies who need to up their intake of folic acid), they are packed with minerals like magnesium, phosphorus and zinc, contain vitamin E and are a powerful anti-oxidant. Almonds also contain ‘healthy fats’ and are good for your heart.
1 1/2 cups of organic almonds (make sure you buy organic!)
vanilla to flavour (natural pod)
rice syrup or alternative natural sweetener or dates are good as a sweetener
4 cups of water (good mineral water is best)
Muslin, sieve and a large bowl
Soak the almonds overnight if possible, a good 8-12 hours soaking will do
Rinse the almonds
In your blender (preferably a Vitamix) blend your almonds and the water – give it a good blend. Add some vanilla and your sweetener of choice and blend again.
Next you will need to strain the milk mixture otherwise you’ll have pulp left in your milk. I double strained the milk mixture firstly through a normal fine sieve then secondly through a muslin.
Voila!… home-made Almond Milk. A little tip, keep the pulp as you can use it in smoothies or add some fruit to it for a yummy dessert, it tastes delish!