Wow! Now I finally understand what everyone is raving about. It’s quicker to make than running down to the local shop for your milk! As for taste…it’s absolutely creamy, frothy, fresh and simply divine!
Put a cup of raw organic almonds or try cashews, macadamias, brazilnuts, just pick your favourite! and soak overnight (* see why below) in a bowl of water. You can choose to leave the skin on if you wish and it gives it a very slight bitter hint to the milk.
In the morning, rinse the nuts, discard the water and add the nuts to your blender. Put in 3-4 cups of (purified) water. Then adding a vanilla bean is of course optional but you really should try it once! Just slice open the pod down the middle and scrape out the tiny seeds with the knife. Easy peasy.
Blend your water, nuts and vanilla for 1 minute and you’ll see some wonderful frothy looking milk nearly ready to go. Strain it through a nut bag to remove the sediment. If you don’t have one yet, I bought mine online (Kitchen Tools) which works great for me. Best part – keep the nut sediment and use it as a natural scrub in the shower! It really works well making the skin soft and moisturised.
Now the big question, do you want to add a hint of cinnamon? Perhaps a little bit of sweetness using some honey or agave syrup? Alternatively, you can add some sweet madjool dates but you’ll need to pit them and add them into the previous blending process above. Now you pour the milk back into the blender, add your honey and cinnamon, give it a whizz, and it’s ready to go! If you use an ergonomic bottle like I have below (we have plenty here in italy for oils and grappa!) then the milk will last up to 3-4 days in the fridge. A normal bottle will last around 2-3 days. Chill and taste away!!
* Nuts, seeds, and grains are nutritional powerhouses. However in order to fully utilise their nutritional profile and protect ourselves from natural toxins that protect them, but harm us, they need to be soaked overnight.
Some of the principle reasons why soaking is beneficial to our health:
- it removes anti-nutrients like phytates, tannins and goitrogens
- it helps to neutralise enzyme inhibitors found in the skin (if using unpeeled)
- it increases the potency of nutrients such as Vitamin B and makes proteins more readily available
- it helps remove toxins contained in the colon and encourages the growth of beneficial bacteria like lactobacilli (great for intestinal and colon)
- it promotes the growth of healthy enzymes vital for healthy digestion
(If you wish to read more on this go to Health Site)
- 1 cup raw almonds (organic preferably) soaked overnight
- 4 cups of purified water
- 1 whole vanilla pod (or use a tsp of extract)
- 1 tbsp honey
- ¼ teaspoon cinnamon
- Place almonds in a bowl and cover with water. Soak them overnight for 8-12 hours.
- Rinse and drain the almonds and place into a blender along with filtered water and vanilla seeds from pod.
- Blend on highest speed for 1 minute.
- Place a nut milk bag over a large bowl and slowly pour the almond milk mixture into the bag. Gently squeeze the bottom of the bag to release the milk.
- Rinse out blender and pour the milk back in. Add the cinnamon and honey and blend briefly.
- Place a funnel into a glass bottle and store in the fridge for up to 4-5 days.