The common ‘facts’ we are told about dairy being healthy and necessary for strong teeth and bones and protein is not entirely true. Dairy actually serves to leak calcium from the bones due to its high levels of acidity and contributes to a host of illness and dis-ease in the human body. More and more people are finding that they are intolerant to dairy and that it is responsible for a host of digestive and skin issues in both children and adults alike.
On a plant based diet you can still enjoy an endless array of healthy ‘dairy’ foods such as cheese, yogurt, milk and ice-cream. These can all be made with nuts, seeds or coconut and have the texture and consistency of their dairy counterparts. They are delicious, easy to make and full of nutrients.
In this month’s December Box you will receive a beautiful nut milk bag from Ever Eco. Get ready to start making the tastiest, creamiest, healthiest milk at home! Here is a simple recipe for almond milk. Feel free to experiment with other nuts, seeds or coconut – the possibilities are endless!
Quick and Creamy Almond Milk:
Making your own nut milk at home is easy, enjoyable and delicious! While there are many now on the market, nothing beats homemade, and once you get into a routine of soaking and blending, it is easy to have fresh milk on hand anytime you please.
- 1 cup soaked almonds (soak your almonds overnight or for 8 hours)
- 3 cups filtered water.
Strain the almonds and rinse well with water. Place your almonds in the blender with the filtered water and blend until foamy and smooth. Pour the liquid into a nut milk bag and strain away the nut pulp.
The milk will keep for three days in the fridge and the pulp can be used in cake or bread recipes and can also be frozen for later use.
Almonds can also be substituted in this recipe for brazil nuts, macadamia nuts, cashews or pine nuts.
To flavor the milk try adding-
-3-5 large dates and half a vanilla pod or a dash of vanilla essence for a sweet creamy milk.
-1-2 tablespoons of raw cacao powder & 2 teaspoons of coconut nectar for yummy chocolate milk.
-Half a vanilla pod, half a teaspoon of cinnamon, nutmeg and cardamom for a chai-inspired milk.
– A teaspoon of spirulina or green powder for a brilliant green milk!