Homemade Almond Milk; The Health Benefits

Almond milk has been lining the shelves of my fridge for well over a year now, and is definitely one of the best health changes I’ve ever consciously made.

Since cutting out cows milk, my hair and nails feel insanely strong whilst my skin flares up much less. Almonds are packed full of Vitamin A, E and also a high amount of protein, making them a far more nutritious alternative to cows milk, and if my story is anything to go by drinking nut milk is definitely worth the small change.

Only issue is, the supermarkets chains have menacingly caught onto this,  and I’ve recently become stuck in the convenience trap of picking up a litre of branded nut milk whilst dashing home from work. These store bought alternatives are no competition to the real deal though. They’re often laden with artificial sweeteners and preservatives ( some of them have month long shelf lives ?! ) which essentially aren’t much better than the chemicals injected into the cows offering.

Which is why, on this rainy London afternoon, I’ve found myself making an unseemly large batch, to fund my porridge, smoothie and coffee dosage for the remaining week. DSCN0668NEW

 

To make around a litre you’ll need;
– 1 cup of almonds ( soaked for 6 hours )
– 3 cups of water
– a teaspoon of cinnamon or cacao
-you’ll also need a nut milk bag

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Make sure the almonds have been soaked in a bowl of water for at least six hours ( honestly, don’t skip this bit I’ve tried it. Doesn’t work )

After draining them, put them in a food processor or blender with the 3 cups of water and blend for about 2 minutes until fairly smooth.

Transfer the milk into the strainer bag ( again, you do need to buy this. I’ve tried straining with a tea towel, even a plastic bag with holes cut out, god knows why!, it obviously didn’t work either ) and squeeze out all of the liquid into a large bowl.

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I love to flavour my milk to add a little sweetness. I usually add a teaspoon of cinnamon or cacao. i love to experiment with this, The Pressery in East London make great fresh milk and flavour theirs with Turmeric, its game-changing! http://www.thepressery.co.uk/

Once you’ve made any kind of nut milk yourself you’ll never go back. It tastes so much creamier and fresher than any shop bought milk I’ve ever tried, and lets you add in flavourings which somehow feels really creative!

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Yes, admittedly, it is a slight chore. But it’s so worth it!

 

Gilly x

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This entry was published on October 6, 2014 at 3:36 pm. It’s filed under Breakfast, Drink, Eat, Health, Recipes, Wellbeing and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Follow any comments here with the RSS feed for this post.

2 thoughts on “Homemade Almond Milk; The Health Benefits

  1. I’ve been wanting to make my own, thanks for the recipe.

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