Homemade Almond Milk

Those seconds between the alarm clocking going off and our getting up can be the most challenging part of our day, but once we get ourselves vertical, we’re good.  We wash our face and leave the house with the intention to give our best.

There is great satisfaction in a hard days work.

Most of the significant contributions that have been made to society have been made by people who were tired.  Winston Churchill

I left the house a couple of days ago with a spring in my step and came home creeping to the door and unable to stream words together…(I’m sure being carb deprived had something to do with it).  I guess I can blame some of this on the fitbit I just starting wearing.  It’s causing me to be crazy competitive with myself!  If I don’t get in at least 10,000 steps I’m disappointed in myself.  Does it have this effect on you too

With trying to increase my steps through the day, health coaching clients in route between visiting a patient and officiating a funeral I was a deflated balloon when I got home.😖  

However, today was a different kind of day and I was feeling great coming home, until I got pulled over by a cop on the Causeway Bridge.  I just knew my crazy fiance’ was playing a joke on me.  He knows how terrified I get when I see a police car when I’m driving.😓 I think I asked the cop twice, “are you messing with me?”  LOL!  Luckily the officer took it all in stride, and when I told him who my man was, he laughed, and I skedaddled!

📝Note to self…never ask a cop if he or she is messing with you, even if you think you’re guy is playing a practical joke on you.

When you’ve come home tired from a long work day, sometimes you just need the comfort of good old fashioned milk to soothe and refresh you.  When I got home I was thankful that I had some homemade almond milk in the frig.

Let me tell you, it hit the spot!!  Once you try this stuff you will never want to buy almond milk from the grocery again!

Store bought almond milk doesn’t compare to the flavor of fresh almond milk.  It’s so much more rich and creamy and delicious!  Not to mention it is free from all of these ingredients!

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Making homemade almond milk is actually really simple, and here is my easy peasy recipe and process:

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Ingredients

3 cups filtered water

1 cup raw almonds (soaked 4 hours or overnight)

1 Tbsp maple syrup (*optional)

1/2 tsp vanilla extract *

Other optional sweeteners: honey OR 1-2 pitted dates, OR 2-5 drops or 1 tsp of Stevia

*Experiment to find the perfect flavor for you -:)

Directions

  1. Place all ingredients into a blender
  2. Gradually crank your blender up to high
  3. Blend for 45 seconds to 2 min until smooth.
  4. Strain through a nut milk bag

This is the one I used and it was AWESOME!  http://www.amazon.com/Commercial-Lifetime-Guarantee-Reusable-E-Booklet/dp/B00K2IN692/ref=cm_cr_pr_product_top?ie=UTF8

Here is the process:

First you want to strain the almonds and rinse them off.  Soaking them unlocks their inherent nutritional goodness.

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Then you put these babies into your blender with all of the ingredients.

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Blend them until it becames frothy and you have a smooth consistency.  I used a Vitamix so I only had to blend for 1-1.5 min.

At this point you could taste the milk, and adjust the vanilla and sweetener or you might want to add a pinch of salt.  The salt brings out the other flavors in the milk.

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Place your milk nut bag (or cheesecloth) over a bowl and gently squeeze from the bottom up.  This takes a few minutes, but it’s actually kind of fun to milk the bag!  It makes me feel like a farm girl;)

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The almond pulp is what holds all the fiber.  You can make into almond flour to make cookies with or put it in your oatmeal or smoothies.

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I decided to freeze mine until I’m ready to make almond flour with it.  To do that I will bake it on 170 degrees for 3-4 hours.

When I first made this I was so amazed at how delicious it was, and I know you will be too!  Enjoy!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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