Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Make Your Own Week day two: Almond Milk

Breakfast: Home-made almond milk!

Lunch: Brown couscous salad with nuts and veggies

Dinner: A fantastically spicy veggie Pad Thai from the Red Room

I am lucky enough to be in Toronto, where you can't swing an anti-soy-milk banner without knocking over ten litres of almond milk. However, if you're not living in a city where almond milk is both cheap and ridiculously available, a good option can be to make your own. And it's easy!

You'll need:
(Makes 8 cups / 2 litres)
2 cups almonds
8 cups water
Soak the almonds in the water overnight
Put the whole lot into a blender and blend
Strain through a sieve lined with a cheesecloth - leave for strain for 15-20 minutes
Save the almond pulp to make into something along the lines of delicious like almond biscotti
Enjoy the almond milk!

You can make vanilla almond milk by adding 2 tsp of vanilla essence to the water, and if you prefer your almond milk to be a little sweeter, you can add 8 dates to the water while it drains. If you're hardcore, you can have it just like this.

The pulp that you'll find left in your cheesecloth can be used in smoothies, biscotti, or anything else almondy that you'd like to try. I used mine in a smoothie and I still have loads left!

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