My Almond and Cashew Milk Obsession.
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!
Yields approximately 1 cup
1 C Almond Milk
2 1/2 TBSP Honey
2 TSP Vanilla Beans (or 1/2 - 1 TSP Pure Vanilla Extract)
Pour Almond Milk, Honey, and Vanilla Beans into a blender and mix for 2 minutes.
Taste mixture and add more honey or vanilla bean to your preference. If you are using vanilla extract be careful! It can become overly sweet very quickly which is why the beans are recommended.
Almond Milk Oatmeal
This recipe is great if you need a grab and go breakfast in the morning. Enjoy cold or warmed up.
Yields approximately 1 1/2 Cups
3/4 C Rolled Oats
1 1/2 TBSP Flax (meal or whole flax)
1/2 C Cooked Quinoa
1 TSP Brown Sugar (optional)
1 C Almond Milk (or Vanilla Honey Almond Milk especially if you opted out of brown sugar)
Handful of berries (raspberries and blueberries pictured)
Use an empty container with a 2 cup capacity.
Pour oats into the container first, followed by flax, quinoa, brown sugar, and almond milk.
Use a knife of thin utensil to create a path for the almond milk to seep to the bottom (in order to saturate the oats).
Drop in berries and cover with lid.
Refrigerate overnight and enjoy in the morning!