Almond Milk (& some fun variations if you like a kick)
The milk is delicious on its own or with cereal.
Use it in any recipe where milk is called for. The added bonus for you DIY folk is the leftover almond meal after the milk has been strained. Dry it and it can be used in baking to replace flour or mix with yogurt and honey for a facial scrub. For an Ayurvedic side-note see below.*
What You Will Need: 1 cup almonds, Nut Milk Bag or strainer, water.
Ingredients (Makes about 1 quart)
1 cup whole, raw almonds,. Soak overnight and remove skins.
4 cups water (fresh spring or filtered)
Place the almonds in a bowl and cover with enough filtered water to reach 1-2 inches above the surface of the almonds. Soak the almonds for 6 hours (I always do it overnight) and drain. Blend Almonds and water on high for about 1-2 minutes. Use a Nut Milk Bag (or fine mesh strainer lined with cheese-cloth) over a large glass jar or bowl. Pour the blended almond milk into the strainer to remove the pulp. (The nut-Milk Bags are easier, and can be re-used.) Store in fridge in container with lid (I like a beautiful carafe like this one: ) Milk will last 3-4 days.
The pulp can be turned into almond meal by drying it out in the oven. Preheat the oven to the lowest setting (approx. 200 degrees). Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and spread the pulp evenly to bake until it dries out completely which may take an hour or two and must be watched so it does not burn.easy to forget you have it in there so set a timer.. A food dehydrator is a nifty and fast way to accomplish this.
ADD-ONS: Coconut, Vanilla, dates, honey
Coconut: Add 1 cup unsweetened shredded coconut remove 1/4 cup almonds.
Vanilla: Scrape the contents of 1 vanilla bean into the almonds.
Dates: add 1/4 cup chopped dates for sweetness and nutrition
Spices: cinnamon, nutmeg, cardamom are tasty and potentially therapeutic (see Ojas Building Milk)
Sweeter: try honey, maple syrup or agave.
* Ayurvedic Note: almonds alone can aggravate Pitta dosha which means they can aggravate heating conditions in the body/mind so you might make coconut milk instead or add coconut to the almond recipe…