With a high percentage of older children and adults developing lactose intolerance, many people seek an alternative to dairy. Nut based milks are sought out more and more, with almond milk soaring in popularity.
Not only is almond milk great for those with lactose intolerance or dairy sensitivities, it is good for everyone! At less than half the calories of regular milk, the dense nutrients in almond milk really pack a punch. In fact, because of its incredible amount of vitamins, and lack of cholesterol, almond milk is quite often recommended to people with blood pressure and heart issues. One piece of information to keep in mind is that almond milk is extremely low in both protein and calcium, so finding adequate amounts of these nutrients elsewhere is important.
Many people enjoy a almond milk with their cereal or coffee in the morning, because it is packed with fiber, aiding in digestion throughout the day. Unfortunately, like much of the food available in grocery stores, many almond milks are loaded with added sugars, preservatives, and thickeners. Unfortunately, better alternatives can be kind of pricey. Today, we’re going to show you how you can make your very own creamy and delicious almond milk!
1 cup whole almonds
4 cups filtered drinking water
2-4 pitted dates
1-2 TSP ground cinnamon
Prior to turning seeds and nuts into milk, it is necessary for them to soak in water for a minimum of 8 hours. When dry, enzyme inhibitors in the almonds tell it the conditions are not right for sprouting. These inhibitors make raw nuts extremely difficult to digest. Because of these inhibitors, nuts are loaded with phytic acid. While it may be helpful to the nut, phytic acid is not good for humans! This acid binds to other vitamins and minerals in the digestive tract and can lead to deficiencies. It’s actually recommended to soak all seeds and nuts, even before eating them! The reason they don’t typically cause stomach upset is because they are eaten as a snack. In almond milk, there is a much larger quantity.
The easiest way to prepare almond milk is to set the almonds to soak at night before bedtime. In the morning, your almonds will be ready to be transformed into delicious milk.
1. Rinse pre-soaked almonds well under running water.
2. Mix almonds, water, dates, and cinnamon in blender.
Tip: If your dates are stiff or dry, more of the sweetness will soak into the milk if they are soaked in very hot water for at least half an hour.
3. Be careful not to fill your blender to the top, as this will result in spillage. Mix for 1-2 minutes-until frothy on top.
4. Strain mixture through cheese cloth or a nut bag.
5. After all the mixture has strained through the cheese cloth, it is important to give it a good squeeze or two so that none of the precious milk is wasted.
This milk can be stored in your fridge for up to a week. Be aware that when it’s in the fridge, the milk will separate a bit, so shake well before drinking.
Is it really cheaper?
For 32 oz. of quality, store-bought almond milk, you’re looking at shelling out about $7. A quick purchase of 3 pounds of almonds will carry a cost of less than $20. When doing the math, it’s easy to realize how much money can, in fact, be saved. 3 pounds of almonds will easily yield 9 32-oz containers of this homemade almond milk. A purchase of that much almond milk will carry a hefty price-tag of over $60-giving you nearly a $40 savings!
Save your stomach, and your wallet.
Until next time,
Author: Savannah Baker
Savannah is a full-time mom of one, and can often be found outside on one of her various adventures. She enjoys carving her own path through natural and holistic living, as well as discovering ways to use food as medicine.