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Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Almond Milk: Simple and Beautiful

Over the years I have enjoyed making my own Nut Milks at home

If you can tolerate nuts and are not allergic..
Almond Milk is a lovely soothing drink..

It is simple and beautiful!

The process is pretty simple, I have made different variations over the years,
have tried recipes from friends and so on, all pretty similar.

Find a recipe you love! I always love trying new ones..share yours if you wish!

There are versions with or without almond skins, some done boiled, some simply raw. ..
some flavored with molasses or sweetened with papaya , dates , maple syrup
 so many versions.

The basic method is to soak your almonds overnight in water.
For a small recipe, you will need about 1 and 1/2 cups of almonds,
pour in enough water to fully cover them , with a little extra water an inch or two.
Place them in the fridge till softened! Overnight will do!

Then once softened, drain away the water, place almonds in a blender,
again add 1 Cup of fresh water to cover.
Blend 1 min -2 min  and it instantly becomes a lovely thick paste.

Take this Almond paste and put into a heat-safe bowl and add 2 cups of boiling water, stir gently and  let soak for a good 8-10 minutes like a huge bath of tea. Then begin to extract the Almond milk by using a strainer/sieve, press out milk. Continue  ..so easy!

*Some prefer not to use hot water, other recipes simply add more room temp water and preferred flavors and blend in a blender and then strain the same way and extract the milk!
Both methods work..
Up to you!

Here is what the Almond Milk will look like once extracted...

Once you have finished, the Almond Milk can be altered if you desire with added flavors or sweetened with a touch maple syrup or whatever is good for you. Some recipes call for a dash of salt, up to you!

Explore what you like! You can also leave it as it is!

Keep it in the fridge for a few days and enjoy!

The leftover Almond paste can be used for other recipes if you desire.

Almond Milk can be added to your favorite Smoothies 
or energy drinks..yum!
anything really....or simply enjoyed as is!

Grab a shot and enjoy! It is wonderfully soothing and nourishing..

 Do you have your own version / variation or fave Almond Milk recipe?
Feel free to share!

*Here is another version  from Peta, which removes the skins from the almonds and done a little differently, I haven't tried this version yet...will try this one next.

There are lots of links and lovely books out there with different versions...try one out you like!
Or share your fave nut milk recipes..I'd love to hear about it!

Finding Harmony


Laurie said...

mmmm, I love almond milk and your images are beautiful! I have never made my own, I will now!

weekend et coup de brosse said...

Superbe post, car le végétarisme est salutaire pour la santé et peu de gens s'y intéresse, alors que leur santé est bien menacé entre les produits industriels et les emballages de ces produits!
Ton post est très bien, j'aime!
bisous, Cath.
Very very nice post! Thanks & Welcome for your comment and visit to my blog.
Have a nice day!

Mandy Southgate said...

What a great idea Victoria! I bet this would go really well with South African Red Tea (known locally to us as Rooibos tea). I've shared this for all my vegan and vegetarian friends on Twitter to see.

Martina said...

Sounds really good Kiki! I'm a little addicted to almonds - they are my energy food and i eat them almost every day in between meals. Must give this a try!

CraveCute said...

This is a wonderful post! I've only had the store-bought version, I'm sure this is so much better. Thank you for the instructions! To Good Health!

Dianne said...

Hello Miss Victoria,what a wonderful recipe, some of my family drink it so I have face booked it to share it..Your photo's are outstanding and how you use the sunlight is amazing, thanks for you sharing heart, hope you have a wonderful weekend..

Victoria said...

Yay Fantastic..enjoy!

Victoria said...

Thanks so much Cath for your thoughtful and insightful comments! Most appreciated!

Victoria said...

Yay, thanks Emm, you are right ..it would be lovely in tea ! Sounds yummy...
aw..sthank for the sweet-tweet!
Hugs friend!

Victoria said...

Yay, you are an Almond Kindred..wonderful.Thanks for sharing and hope you enjoy it!

Victoria said...

Thanks so much..great...hope you enjoy it!

Victoria said...

Thanks Kindred..yay, glad you liked it..aw..thanks for sharing it with fb..
Thanks always for your lovely kind spirit and beautiful words!
Have a fabulous wkd ahead!

Jeannette said...

Hhmmh,I love almonds and milk,beautiful recipe and image. :-)

Have a wonderful day :-)

Greetings Jeannette

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