Almond milk is a delicious, versatile drink that I've come to love over the past few years - I use it over my cereal in the mornings; as a base for smoothies; as a substitute for cow's milk in baking; and for making Banana Nicecream. And in addition to tasting fabulous, almond milk is also a good source of iron, riboflavin, Vitamin E and omega-6 fatty acids [source] - what's not to love, right?
Finding ready-made almond milk on a shelf in a South African (or is it just Bloem?) shop is, however, a rare thing. Boo. I've come across a powdered form once or twice, and a rice/almond milk combination once, but that's it. Enter this quick and easy recipe for homemade almond milk that I discovered a few years back - with only 5 ingredients, it's super easy to make and it tastes soooo good. Hope you love it just as much as I do!
Homemade Almond Milk
1 Liter of Purified Water
1 Whole Vanilla Pod
5 Pitted Dates
1 Tablespoon of Honey (Don't skimp on this one - I love mine sweet!)
1 Cup of Whole Almonds
Blend everything together for 1-2 minutes in a blender. Strain through a sieve or a muslin cloth, refrigerate and enjoy! :) (Will keep in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.)
The nice thing about making your own almond milk, is the fact that the strained off almond meal can be dried in a low heat oven for 2 to 3 hours and used for baking - two for the price of one, yay! I love it when nothing goes to waste :) .
Do you drink almond milk? Any good recipes to share?