Luckily, Almond and Cashew milk are ultra popular right now so I can feed my obsession! Not only are these tasty nut milks a great alternative to lactose but they also boast a healthy dose of vitamins and nutrients (Vitamin E, Magnesium, Selenium, Manganese to name a few). It's also a great alternative for those trying to reduce cholesterol and any risks of heart disease.
Be careful; however, when you are purchasing store bought nut milks as they can sometimes contain fillers or thickeners. It is very easy to make homemade nut milks (see recipe below) and I would highly recommend it.
It is also easy to incorporate nut milk's into your everyday routines as a healthy alternative. Below are a few yummy recipes for you to try. Enjoy!
Almond Milk Recipe
Yields approximately 2 cups
1 C raw almonds
3/4 C water (for soaking)
2 C water
Place the almonds in a bowl and pour water until all almonds are covered (make sure there is excess water covering the almonds to ensure they stay covered in water while soaking as they may absorb the water).
Soak for at least 12 hours. The longer you soak them the better (max 48 hours)!
Drain the water from the almond soak and give the almonds a quick rinse.
Pour soaked almonds and 2 cups of fresh water into a blender and blend for 2 minutes or until almonds are broken down into very fine pieces.
You will need to finely strain the mixture. Using a cheese cloth inside of a strainer is best to catch any fine bits of almond meal.
Pour the mixture into a container through the cheese cloth strainer.
Add natural sweeteners if you like or use the Vanilla Honey Almond Milk recipe below!
Refrigerate the container of almond milk immediately for best results.
Vanilla Honey Almond Milk
This recipe is delicious and can be used in a variety of ways to sweeten up regular foods or as a sweet and nutritious treat. See our Almond Milk Oatmeal below!