The Benefits of Almond Milk
Almonds and macadamias are a tie for my favourite kind of nut, and they are the perfect way to receive protein and energy when you are meat-free like me! If you are time-poor, there are lots of great almond milk brands that you can buy, or alternatively, you make your own, which is completely delicious. Almond milk is perfect for smoothies or with some gluten-free granola or rawnola. Hope you enjoy, BB xxxxx
1 cup raw organic spouted almonds- soaked overnight
4 cups pure filtered water
1 vanilla bean (optional)
4 Medjool dates or 1/3 cup maple syrup (optional)
Step 1- Soak almonds for at least 12 hours in pure water with ½ teaspoon sea salt. This is an important step as it breaks down the phytic acid and enzyme inhibitors and cultures beneficial enzymes in the almonds. (side note: soaking nuts should be done before eating them as well. Soak nuts in salt water for 12 hours, rinse them, and dry in oven on lowest heat. See tutorial above.)
Step 2- Rinse almonds well. Mix almonds with pure water in blender or Vitamix. Blend several minutes until smooth and creamy. (Warning: mixture will expand some, so make sure your blender is not full before starting it). Then strain the mixture into a large bowl through a sprout bag, cheese cloth or kitchen towel.
Step 3-Put the mixture back into blender with vanilla, dates, or other sweetener. Pour into glass jar or pitcher and store in fridge for up to one week.