Almond Milk Hump Day

Hello to all! I am breaking my hiatus…exciting, right? Since coming back from Fort Brag, it has been so hard to find the motivation to do anything raw.  Though I have done a couple easy things, like Cashew Alfredo and some mushroom/zucchini burgers.  Anyways, I recently got a huge bag of almonds, and figured, why no make some almond milk? It was one of my original goals when I came back (and I’m only accomplishing it a month late, not so terrible).  

I made a huge batch, because I had soaked the entire bag of almonds, so I was making almond milk for a few hours.  Not to worry though! This only takes 10 minutes tops to make, plus the clean up time and all, and it is very hands on and fun.  DSC_0773

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Plain Almond Milk

Ingredients: 
1 cup Almonds, soaked for at least 8 hours  
3 cups water 

Equipment:
High-speed blender (a regular one will work too)
Nut milk bag, a cheese cloth, or a paint straining bag 

Directions:
Place the water and the almonds in a high speed blender until as smooth as possible, this only needs a minute or two.  Pour the mixture into the bag or strainer over the container you want to use (or a bowl with a wide rim) and squeeze the milk out of the bag until only pulp is left inside.  Consider straining it twice if it feels grainy. 

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CHOCOLATE ALMOND MILK

Ingredients:
1 cup almonds, soaked at least 8 hours in water 
3 cups water
5-6 dates
2 Tablespoons cacao powder 

Directions:
Blend all of the ingredients in the blender then strain like before.

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This is what the almond pulp left over in the bag should look like.  You can save this and use it as almond flour! (Store it in the fridge for about a week and the freezer for a month or two.)

As I was making all of this almond milk, I looked over on the counter, and I saw the plethora of peaches that we had on the counter.  Then it came to me: Peach Almond Milk! I was thinking of variations to do to make it more exciting, and the traditional strawberry milk came to mind at first, but then I wanted to do something different, so here it is! 

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PEACH ALMOND MILK
The peach in this is subtle, so if you wanted, you could add more peach.  In addition, you could add another date or two instead of the syrup.

Ingredients:
1.5 cups Water
3 dates 
1/2 cup of soaked almonds
1/2 peach, or just a little over a half 
1/2 teaspoon maple syrup 
1/8 teaspoon vanilla extract

Directions:
Add all of the ingredients in your blender and then strain through the bag.  

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Anyways, I hope you all enjoy it, and make any adjustments you feel are necessary (I won’t take it personally, I promise).  Keep having a wonderful summer, and remember the simple joys of being alive!

Love,
Lucy 

 

 

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