Almond milk is a great source for calcium, magnesium, magnese, protein and vitamin E.
A healthy replacement for traditional cow’s milk, almond milk is low in cholesterol and saturated fat. In fact, almonds contain a healthy fat that can actually help lower your LDL cholesterol levels!
Almond milk is super simple to make and is far healthier than buying it at the store, because it is fresh and it isn’t fortified with synthetic vitamins. The fresher it is the more nutritional value there is.
This recipe is from the Vitamix cookbook.
For unsweetened almond milk:
- 1 cup raw almonds, soaked for 4 hours – 12 hours
- 3 cups of filtered water
- pinch of sea salt
For vanilla flavored almond milk:
- 2 or 3 dates, pits removed (optional for sweetness)
- 1/2 tsp vanilla extract (flavorganics is gluten free)
This recipe requires a blender and a nut bag to strain the milk through.
- Soak almonds for at least 4 hours, or overnight for best results.
- Strain the almonds and discard the water.
- Place the almonds in a blender and add the filtered water and sea salt (add dates and vanilla if making vanilla almond milk).
- Blend for 2 minutes or until completely smooth.
- Strain the milk through a nut bag, into a medium sized bowl. (I use a bowl with a spout on it to make it easier to pour into a pitcher after).
- Pour into a pitcher and refrigerate for a few hours or until cold.