Making processed food substitutes can save you a ton of money on your whole food budget. I make my own coconut milk, nut butters, seed butters and vegetable broth mixes. In that same vein, today I'm sharing how to make almond milk.
I personally have never been a big milk drinker. But I do use it over cereal and granola, and sometimes in my tea. A couple years ago, I discovered almond milk. Making the switch from cow's milk to non-dairy milk felt like a no-brainer.
It seemed like everyone around me was giving up dairy for health reasons, and since I wasn't particularly attached to milk, I thought, why not join in? And so I did.
Since then I've learned why almond milk is great for your health, and how I can make my own. Read on for more.
Why almond milk is so popular
The answer to this quite simple. I’ll sum it up in three points:
Dairy allergens are on the increase
Lactose intolerance is on the increase
People living a vegan lifestyle want alternatives to dairy for drinking, cooking and baking
The health benefits of almond milk
Before you start making your own almond milk, let’s take a look at the health benefits:
It helps with weight management
It keeps your heart healthy
It keeps your bones strong
It keeps your skin glowing
It barely impacts your blood sugar
It helps with muscle strength and healing
It keeps your digestion in check
It doesn’t contain lactose
And an additional benefit? It’s easy to make!
Why you should make your own almond milk
The obvious: To save money.
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Super simple almond milk recipe
1 cup almonds (soaked and dehydrated if possible)
4 cups water (filtered, of course)
Sweetener to taste
1/2 tsp vanilla to taste
Dash of salt
Other optional flavourings: Chocolate or carob, cinnamon – the sky’s pretty much the limit!
Place all the ingredients in a blender.
Blend the ingredients until smooth. It shouldn’t take longer than two or three minutes.
Strain the milk through a nut milk bag or cheesecloth.
Pour and enjoy!
You can use this method for making other nut-based milks as well, like walnut, pecan, hazelnut or cashew milk.
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