Since Armin is now into raw food, I have been thinking of ways how to add some variety to his rather monotonous diet of juices and salads. So I have been looking for some recipes with ingredients that are easy to find here in Germany. For starters, I tried making some almond milk, from which you can make much other good stuff like pudding and shakes for example. But why the need to make one? Apparently, dairy milk is not allowed in raw foodism (I swear I did not invent that word! I got it from Wikipedia!) Dairy milk is off-limits as commercial brands are pasteurized at very high heat to reduce the risk of food-borne illness and spoilage, so I heard or read in this case.
Did you know?
Almond milk has much as calcium and Vitamin D as that of a cow’s milk and only about a quarter as much as protein. A cup of almond milk also contains some amounts of magnesium, selenium, manganese and vitamin E. Although 30 of the 40 calories in an 8-ounce cup of unsweetened almond milk are from fat, none of the fat is saturated or trans fat, nor does it contain any cholesterol. The same serving size of sweetened almond milk has 60 calories, 25 of which are from healthy fat. (source: fitday.com and sfgate.com)
You can see, I just used a clean kitchen towel and no need to get a nut milk bag or a cheese cloth…it is all the same! By the way, I am collecting the almond pulp and see what we can do with them later.
Update!: I just made some marzipan using the almond pulp leftovers from making almond milk. I love it when I nothing goes to waste, right! Click here for the recipe.
How to make almond milk
Almond milk is a good alternative to traditional dairy milk. Learn here how to make almond milk at home without buying special materials and it's all so easy!
- Wash and rinse almonds with tap water then place them in a big cup or bowl. Add the filtered water and soak them for 6-8 hours.
- Transfer into a blender or just use stab mixer and blend on highest speed for a minute or so.
- Place a cheese cloth (or something similar) on top of a bowl or cup and slowly pour the liquid into the cloth to filter the pulp. Gather and close the cloth around the collected pulp and squeeze to get the remaining liquids.
- Transfer almond milk to a glass to enjoy or in a bottle with a cap if to be refrigerated. Can be stored 3-5 days in the fridge.
I usually add some drops of vanilla extract, but if you are raw food purist, then a vanilla bean can also be used and added after the pulp is removed.
I also add honey to sweeten it a bit.
Here is a video to better illustrate how simple and easy it is to make homemade almond milk.
Can’t see my video? Click here.
It tastes surprisingly good but it really tastes better when it is chilled a bit!