Saturday, December 17, 2011

Make Your Own Almond Milk - It's EASY!

          Making your own almond milk is quick, simple and EASY! It is a great replacement for people like myself who don't drink milk and it is also great used in smoothies and baking!

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Simply place 1 cup almonds in a container and cover with water.  Let them soak for 4-8 hours or over night.  Next, strain the water out and place the almonds in the blender with three cups of water.  Add 1 tsp vanilla and 2-3 un-pitted dates to sweeten. Blend well and then strain with a metal strainer or a nut milk bag. Once you have strained out the pulp - you have almond milk!

Why not just use the water that you soaked the almonds in?  Almonds and many other nuts have something in them that make them hard for people to digest.  Soaking them releases this into the water so it can be then drained.  Some people regularly soak their nuts then re-dry them before using.
So what do you do with the pulp? Don't waste it! Make COOKIES!!! MMM!!!  

Squeeze the pulp to make it as dry as possible, then, crumble it in a thin layer on a cookie sheet to let it air dry (This may be a problem in humid areas) or place it in a food dehydrator.  Once dry, use a food processor or coffee mill to make flour.  Then keep an eye on this blog for fun and easy almond-cookie recipes!

~ Missy

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