I have meaning to do this post for quite some time, I recently made a big batch of Almond milk and felt inspired to do this post. Almond milk is definitely my favorite milk alternative and it is very simple. I prefer to make my own milk, as most of store-bought milks are filled with preservatives and a lot of the time sugar, and we don’t want that in our beautiful bodies do we!
So as always I will give you some nutritional info on our magical friend the almond (;
The almond that we think of as a nut is technically the seed of the fruit of the almond tree, amazing right! This highly nutritional nut is a rich source of vitamin E, calcium, phosphorous, iron and magnesium. It also contains zinc, selenium, copper and niacin. Compared to all other nuts, almonds are the most packed with nutrients and beneficial components.
Some other benefits are:
Good for your brain: Almonds also contain two vital brain nutrients, riboflavin and L-carnitine, which have been shown to increase brain activity, resulting in new neural pathways and a decreased occurrence of Alzheimer’s disease.
Bone Health: Almonds have a high amount of Phosphorous which helps in keeping the health and strength of your bones and teeth. As well as helping to prevent osteoporosis.
Good for your heart: The protein and potassium found in Almonds are great for keeping your heart healthy , as well as Vitamin E being an effective antioxidant and helps reduce the risk of heart disease.
Strengthens Immune system: Almonds are alkaline for the body, helping balance our pH. This is known to help strengthen the immune system, Almond are also high in Vitamin E which is a powerful antioxidant.
Great for skin: Almond oil is extracted from almonds. There are many varieties of almonds, but they are generally classified into two classes.Bitter Almonds – These are almonds that are bitter to taste. They are hardly ever eaten, or used in recipes. Bitter almonds however are used to produce bitter almond oil.Sweet Almonds – These are the almonds that we are accustomed to eating. They are used to produce sweet almond oil .Vitamin E , almond oil is great for the skin.
Anti-inflammatory: Almonds have two very important fatty acids, both linoleic and linolenic acids. Those fatty acids help to reduce inflammation all around the body.
Regulates blood pressure:The potassium present in almonds helps to regulates blood pressure.
Helps the prevention of colon cancer: Almonds are naturally high in fibre which helps food move through the colon and preventing a build up of food.
Protection against Diabetes: Almonds help regulate the absorption and processing of glucose, making the entire digestion process much smoother and safer.
Great for pregnancy: Almonds are high in Folic Acid , a necessary nutrient needed during pregnancy.
Right so now that we know how amazing these little guys are let’s get to this delicious creamy recipe.
I made this Almond Milk 3 ways. The regular and amazing original almond milk, and then we have the chocolate Milk and the coffee Milk. Amazing I tell you!
Firstly you want to make the original Almond milk and then work off that and get creative.
Ingredients: * Use organic where possible
1 Cup Almonds( soaked over night)
1/2 tsp Vanilla Powder or 1 Vanilla Pod
2 Medjool Dates (large)
1 Litre Filtered Water
1 Tbsp Maple Syrup
I soak my almonds overnight, I do recommend it . Then add all ingredients to your blender and blend baby! Until smooth.
You will then need to pour it through your nut milk bag, put your pulp aside and you can freeze that until you need it to use in either my Almond oat and pecan biscuits or maybe a granola recipe.
Once you have made your original Almond Milk , all you do is either add a shot of fresh Organic (decaf) espresso and/or 1 Tbsp of Raw Cacao Powder to 500ml of your original Almond Milk and add some extra sweetness if you like with bit of maple syrup.
Source: Organic Facts