For those who have never been interested in Almond Milk…this recipe WILL change your mind.
This homemade vanilla almond milk is easy to make, and tastes like heaven on earth. Why not make Santa extra happy this year by leaving out a glass of pure, fresh, creamy vanilla almond milk by yours truly.
All you need is a cheese cloth, some soaked almonds, water, dates, vanilla, and some spices like cinnamon and nutmeg!
- Almonds are an amazing source of monounsaturated fatty acids, shown to help lower “bad” cholesterol, LDL cholesterol. They are also filled with dietary fiber, vitamins, minerals, B vitamins, and health boosting phytochemicals. More and more research is showing that the Mediterranean Diet, filled with nuts/seeds/fish/fruits/veggies can help you live longer, staving off heart disease, stroke, and cancer risk. Also, just one ounce of raw almonds contains 12% of your protein needs!
- Dates bring a form of natural sugar, with plenty of fiber as well. This is the best way to sweeten your desserts naturally, and make this almond milk taste amazing.
- Cinnamon is an anti-inflammatory, and may help lower blood glucose levels, especially important for those with Type I or Type II Diabetes. In addition, it can help improve cholesterol levels.
- 1 cup raw almonds (soaked overnight covered with water or at least up to 8 hours)
- 2 cups water
- 1 cinnamon stick
- 1 TBSP vanilla extract (or 1 full vanilla bean if desired)
- 6 fresh pitted dates
- dash of sea salt
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1 tsp nutmeg
- 1 tsp allspice
- Soak almonds overnight covered in water.
- Once ready to make milk, drain and rinse off soaked almonds and add to blender with 2 cups of fresh water.
- Add in dates, vanilla, spices, and salt.
- Blend on high for 2-3 minutes.
- Set up a large cup with a cheese cloth over it, to be ready to pour in mixture.
- Pour almond mixture into cheese cloth, using only a small amount at a time.
- Squeeze almond mixture toe extract milk into the cup.
- Repeat many times using desired amount each time until you have used all of your blended mixture.
- Save the almond pulp if desired (see below for almond pulp recipe ideas)
- Chill in refrigerator in an airtight container for up to 5 days.
cheese cloth or nut-bag
**Whether you’ve been naughty or nice this year, go ahead and add a little shot (or two) of Bailey’s and you’ve got yourself a rich, holiday beverage 😉
Soo…you saved the almond pulp. Now what?
The leftover almond pulp is basically just raw goodness from the almonds, dates, and vanilla/spices that can easily be made into fun recipes. Below are some ideas from various blogs for next time you want to save and use your almond pulp:
Let me know if you try this and any variations you have done! This is such a fun way to get in the kitchen with your family over the holidays and amaze them with your skills. Treat them to some creamy vanilla almond milk!
I got a little hungry while making this blog post…so here’s a little snapshot of my yummy breakfast: honey vanilla greek yogurt with raspberries kind granola, and raw almonds (duh).