Are you appalled at the idea of an alternative milk, from conventional milk?
Perhaps you despise the taste of nuts or you are fearful of this high caloric food? When you change the way you prepare foods, in particular nuts, your body is able to absorb the nutrients, and reap a vast amount of nutrient dense goodness!
Some of the benefits when making your own nut milk…
- Raw nuts are an excellent source of healthy fats, vitamins and minerals.
- Each nut in it’s proper form, comes with their own benefits. For example, almonds are high in manganese, which functions in enzymes that regulate blood sugar. Great for controlling the sugar cravings.
- Soaking helps to get rid of the phytic acid and enzyme inhibitors, which can interfere with the function of your digestive and metabolic enzymes.
- Most store bought nut milks contain additional preservatives which can cause harm to the body. For instance, carrageenan is a thickener, which is commonly used in almond milk, and can cause various digestive health issues. Carrageenan is actually pretty scary, and it has been listed as a possible human carcinogen, this means it potentially causes cancer.
- Another common thickener is soy lecithin. Soy lecithin is commonly made from GMO soy, which we should all avoid for many different health reasons.
- Less waste, easy on the environment. No cartons are thrown away in the process!
Almond Milk Recipe
1 x cup of natural almonds
1-1.5 litres filtered, clean water
2 drops vanilla essence
You will need a blender, large bowl and a small thin linen towel
- Soak the almonds in purified water overnight (min 4 hours). Then strain, and pour clean water over the nuts to ensure all residue is removed. This process removes the phytic acid.
- Put nuts into a blender and add 0.75 litre of water (for large blender), otherwise fill with water until there is 20cm gap, as the liquid rises. Whizz in blender for 1 minute.
- Take a clean small linen cloth (thin tea towel is perfect) make a manual sieve by grabbing hold of the corners of the towel and pour the contents into the cloth with a large bowl underneath. Use your hands to squeeze out the liquid into the bowl with the pulp until all liquid is in the bowl. Pulp remains on the top.
- Take the liquid from the bowl and pour into the blender.
- Add the vanilla essence (if desired) and blend for 30 seconds.
There you have it, your delicious almond milk! You can serve immediately on it’s own, really tasty and nutritious, or use as an alternative to normal dairy milk throughout your day. After you have made this once or twice, you realise how easy it is to make. It also saves you more time and money!
Tip: save the pulp to use for other recipes such as grain free muffins, desserts, pancakes.
Apply this recipe for other nuts, such as hazelnuts, cashews, macadamias, brazil nuts.
When using cashew nuts, you can skip the straining part. Awesome!
If you are transitioning to a more wholefood diet, do take it easy on the nuts. They tend to be much higher in omega 6, compared to omega 3. This ratio needs to be 1:1 to help with your overall health. Everything in moderation is a healthier approach.