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Thursday, February 21, 2013

Raw Almond Milk Recipe-Plant Based Diet

One of the many changes I've eliminated in my family’s diet is the consumption of dairy products. I would either purchase Rice Milk or Almond Milk, now I currently make my own Almond milk and it’s  easy and very good. 
You can purchase raw Almonds on line or your local Whole Foods Store.

You will need:
Raw Almonds
A blender
A cheese cloth, muslin cloth or, Strainer

Fresh Ground Cinnamon or Vanilla Extract

MAKES about 2+ cups MILK
1-2 cups whole raw almonds and clean water to soak the almonds* preferable overnight, but for at least 12-14 hours
2-3* cups water
Soak your almonds for 14 hours at room temperature in a large mixing bowl with clean water.
Drain and rinse your almonds.
In a blender, blend the almonds with 1 cup of water until smooth
Then add your ground cinnamon or vanilla to taste
 I use 1 Table spoon of Vanilla Extract
…blend on high for about 1 minute.
Add the second cup of water and blend for 2 minutes on high.
 At this point it is up to you whether you would like your milk thin, the consistency of 2% milk or not therefore slowly add more water and blend for  another 2 minutes on high
Strain this mixture in a fine metal mesh, strainer or cheese cloth strainer and
 reserve the pulp for other recipes…(coming soon)
Refrigerate your milk in a sealed glass container for up to 5 days.

*Soaking nuts such as almonds helps to reduce phytic acid - making it easier to digest and reducing symptoms of bloating and gas when consuming nuts/legumes/grains/beans

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