For those of you who cannot or will not drink animal-derived milk but want something milk-like that you can pour on your cereal, use in recipes, or simply drink straight up, almond milk is an excellent option. Though there are other alternatives to dairy, such as soy and rice milk, many people prefer the taste of almond milk.
The healthiest (and cheapest!) almond milk is homemade because you can use a greater proportion of almonds to add more fibre. You can also throw in your own vitamin and mineral supplements to increase its nutritional value, as well as opt for the sweetener and flavourings of your choice.
Here’s a simple and delicious recipe for homemade almond milk, courtesy of my friend Serine. The basic recipe allows for all sorts of delicious additions, depending on how just decadent a drink you’re going for!
You Will Need:
Flavourings of choice (optional)
Add water to almonds- a 1:2 almond:water ratio is a good place to start, but you can add more nuts for a richer, creamier milk.
Blend until smooth.
Take cheese cloth and strain almond mix through it, squeeze out the fluid (waste not, want not- he pulp can be used in other recipes, if you like!).
Sweeten with sweetener of choice (honey, Stevia, Splenda, agave, sugar…etc.)
Stir, or blend in your mix-ins of choice. Some highly recommended mix-ins are coconut, raisins, dates, banana, cinnamon and cocoa powder. But there are all sorts of combinations you could try, so go ahead and experiment!