I am not the biggest fan of drinking any kind of nut milk just by itself. When I had to stop breastfeeding for the first month I had to feed my daughter with almond and coconut milk because she wouldn’t drink the formula or cow milk. Btw, today she a milkaholic where milk means the real stuff 🙂
A few weeks ago, when I had to start taking iron supplement I’ve decided to change my diet a little bit, as well.
The easiest way for me was to make all kinds of smoothies but instead of regular milk or fruit juice I’ve decided to start using almond milk. Homemade almond milk. I buy all our nuts in bulk and the first few times I bought already blanched and cut almonds. Though, after comparing prices of not blanched and blanched (and cut) almonds I stopped acting lazy in this case 😉
The recipe couldn’t be any easier to make and to find on the Internet. So being a little redundant, here is the recipe:
1 cup raw almonds (soak overnight, peeled and rinsed)
3 cups of filtered (bottled) water
Blend, extract milk from the pulps by using a nut milk bag, a clothe, strainer…
Honestly I still don’t drink that milk by itself but in a smoothie is really delicious. I think, I’m hooked to it. In addition I do not strain pulps from the liquid. I love the thick texture and more nutty flavor it creates in smoothies. I did it once just to have a picture of it for this post 🙂
I kept it, though and later added to my smoothies.
As for the recipes I almost never remember the quantity of fruits and veggies I use. I always have the idea of what I want to incorporate in a smoothie and I follow the plan. Almost always, though, when I try it there is something missing in taste so I start adding a little bit of this and a little bit of that to make it taste better.
The same happened this time.
More or less the ingredients were:
1 cup of fresh made almond milk (with pulps, of course),
1/2 small banana,
1 Tbsp, fresh squeezed lemon juice (more if desired),
1/4 cup chia seeds,
1 Tbsp, Dark Chocolate Dreams,
fresh mint leaves, to garnish (they would work perfect if blended together, as well).
A little more about Dark Chocolate Dreams – I bought that stuff thinking that it will help me to eat more peanut butter but when I tasted it at home I didn’t like it at all. As a somebody who really doesn’t like throwing food away I kept it. Finally I found a great use for it. Smoothies. I use it instead of sugar or honey or any other sweetener. It works beautifully for that purpose.
- How to Make Homemade Almond Milk (lindawagner.net)
- Better Than a Milkshake Smoothie (thecocinamonologues.com)
- Breakfast Smoothie Extraordinaire, a la Whole30 (atransparentlife.com)
- Peanut Butter Smoothie (bestfruitsmoothies.com)