This almond milk recipe will not disappoint, believe me. It’s organic, non-GMO, free of refined sugars and made with only a few ingredients. All you need to make this creamy goodness is a high speed blender and a nut milk bag. Ok, I am not kidding, this milk is bound to bring your taste buds to a higher level.
Only a few things are better than food made fresh with real and wholesome ingredients.
Almonds are one of those wonder foods that pack so much nutrition in such little body. Just a snack size serving, about a quarter cup, provides 7.5 grams of protein, vitamins and minerals (see below), and health promoting fats that help lower your bad cholesterol and prevent heart disease. If possible, buy them raw and organic – especially if they are grown in the U. S. Because of a salmonella outbreak a few years ago, the government required almond farmers to sterilize their almonds using high heat steam or the more popular method of spraying them with Propylene Oxide (PPO). PPO is a carcinogen and it is banned in many countries, but for some reason it is allowed in the U. S. – hmmm … think major agribusiness lobbying dollars at work in buying politicians. Your best alternative to avoid yet another harmful chemical compound is to buy them organic. Also, almonds are allowed to be called “raw” even after this process of sterilization. Luckily, there are places where you can buy truly raw almonds. For now, and for convenience, I buy my organic almonds at Whole Foods or the local farmers market. I believe this mandate is only for almonds, you are safe buying other organic and raw nuts that are really raw.
Ingredients you will need:
- 3 cups of almonds*
- 6 cups of water
- 1.25 cups of pitted dates (use less if you prefer a milk that is not sweet)
- Dash of cinnamon
- Soak the almonds for one to two nights. I soaked them for three nights because I forgot to make the milk on the second day.
- Drain the almonds (maybe rinse them a bit) and put in the blender with the water. Mix at high speed for a couple of minutes until everything is well blended.
- Strain the almond milk using the nut milk bag.
- Pour the milk back into the blender, add the dates and cinnamon and blend at high speed for a couple of minutes until it looks homogeneous or well blended.
That is all. It’s simple, so fresh and tasty.
*I used 2 cups of water for every cup of almonds. The yield is a little more than a quart and I get a really creamy consistency, kind of like whole milk. You can adjust the ratio to make milk with a lighter consistency. Note the almond quantity above is before soaking since they expand a little.
If you would like a little variety, blend in fruit to make a smoothie or mix it with cacao powder for a chocolicious drink. Even though I am a chocoholic always and forever, a few times a year I embrace variety. This time I was craving strawberry milk. When I was younger I used to add strawberry Nesquik powder to my hot milk and during my first year of college I discovered strawberry Slim-Fast which I drank along with my meal. I know, fattening. That’s how I earned my freshman 15 – well, that and cafeteria food. Now that I know Nesquik and Slim-Fast add no benefit to my health and are made with artificial ingredients, I opt for the real thing. Besides, real strawberries taste so much better.
The nutritious [and delicious] benefits of almond milk made with natural and whole ingredients are many! It contains lots of vitamins and minerals, protein, fiber, and healthy fats.
Vitamins and minerals from this almond milk: Potassium, Phosphorus, Magnesium, Calcium, Sodium, Iron, Selenium, Copper, Zinc, Manganese, Vitamin A, Vitamin B1 (thiamine), Vitamin B2 (riboflavin), Niacin, Folate, Pantothenic Acid, Vitamin B6, Vitamin C, Vitamin E, and Vitamin K.
Vitamins and minerals from almonds alone: Vitamin E, Thiamin, Riboflavin, Niacin, Vitamin B6, Folate, Biotin, Potassium, Iron, Calcium, Magnesium, Phosphorous, Zinc, and Copper.
On the other hand, there is nothing natural about Nesquik strawberry powder. Ok, maybe the salt is natural. The “strawberry” flavor you get has nothing to do with strawberries at all. It’s a chemical pack of flavors and colorings added to the powdery sugar to trick you into thinking it resembles a strawberry drink. And it is processed in a plant. Enough said.
Nesquik strawberry powder ingredients are (as listed on their website): Sugar, ARTIFICIAL FLAVORS, Citric Acid, RED 40, Salt, BLUE 1, Calcium Carbonate, Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C), Zinc Oxide, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride (Vitamin B6), Copper Gluconate, Manganese Sulfate, and Biotin.