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Recipe for Homemade Almond Milk

Saturday, April 17, 2010

I saw this on a blog (link on the bottom) and thought it looked interesting! Has anyone ever tried making their own milk??



Quick & Healthy Recipes: Almond “Milk”
Although almond milk is becoming widely available in supermarkets across the country (especially now that Silk sells its own variety), nothing beats the taste of a homemade batch.

Almond milk recipes have been around for decades and can be found in a variety of books and websites. By no means is this an original concept of mine.

That said, the version below is the one I have found to be ideal for me in terms of taste and texture after much experimentation.

YIELDS: 4 cups

INGREDIENTS:

1.5 cups soaked raw almonds (see note about soaking after recipe)
4 cups cold water
1/8 teaspoon salt

INSTRUCTIONS:

Combine almonds, water, and salt in blender. Process for at least one minute.

Place a cheesecloth, fine sieve, or nutmilk bag over a large container. Pour “milk” into cheesecloth, sieve, or nutmilk bag. For smoothest results, repeat this step one more time.

That’s it!

VERY IMPORTANT NOTES:

* You can make this with any nut or seed. I have made pecan milk (delicious!), cashew milk, hazelnut milk, and hempseed milk.
* The ratio of nuts/seeds to water determines the texture and consistency of the final product. For a creamier milk, decrease the ratio. For a thinner liquid, increase it. Experiment!
* Try different flavorings! One of my favorites for this recipe is to add 2 teaspoons of vanilla extract and half a teaspoon of cinnamon before blending. For chocolate nutmilk, add 1 tablespoon of unsweetened cocoa powder. Strawberry milk? Throw in a small handful of strawberries into the blender after you’ve made the milk. Other sweet suggestions that I have used in the past: half a banana; one or two figs/pitted dates.
* The fat and fiber content in this milk is not equal to the amount in the number of almonds used to make it. After you strain the milk, you will have a significant amount of solid almond lump left behind (which, by the way, you can combine with cocoa powder, a tablespoon of the sweetener of your choice, and some shredded coconut in a food processor and then spread over a baking sheet and bake for a delicious granola-like snack).
* For easier blending in conventional blenders (and for better flavor), I highly recommend soaking the almonds in the refrigerator for 8 to 12 hours first (any container will do, just make sure to completely cover the almonds in water). If you are using soaked almonds, drain the soaked liquid from the container, rinse two or three times, and then go ahead and make your milk.
* Almond milk lasts 3 days in the refrigerator. It is super versatile; I have used it in coffee, over cereal, and in smoothies.
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  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

MELTEAGUE 4/18/2010 8:25PM

    Very interesting! thanks for sharing! I think I may like to try this!

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SARAHF_24 4/17/2010 2:00PM

    I am going to have to try this. I love almond milk in my oatmeal and cereal! Thanks!

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Carrot on a stick

Saturday, April 17, 2010

I ordered a gift certificate for myself on a 1/2 off deals website. Its for a 90 minute massage.
Since I'm not losing weight because I'm not exercising or counting calories or ? , like I should, I almost feel like I should use the massage as the carrot on the stick and set it as a goal? (Can't use it until I hit 10 pounds lost) or something. Or, should I be nice to myself and use it now?
What do you think??

  
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MNTSTN 4/21/2010 6:12PM

    I say do it now and if it is something that you like then get another one for later.

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Shhhhhhhhhhhhhh

Thursday, April 15, 2010

I'll let you in on a little secret. My mouth says "I'm trying", my head said "there's other things getting in the way", but my heart is saying "You are not being serious". There's too many excuses going on and this willy-nilly way of losing weight just isn't working for me. I need to get serious and count calories. do some exercise, etc.
I figured out that on Mondays, with my 10+ hour workshift, plus drive home and 2 hours class, I'm on my butt for a minimum 14 hours that day. Luckily the church class is over in 6 weeks but geez. That is not good. I might not have to worry about that for much longer if I don't stay at my current job, but still. .. not good for someone that is supposed to be living healthier.

  
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MNTSTN 4/21/2010 6:16PM

    I get up earlier when i work morning, so i can fit in a half hour on the eliptical before i head out the door. But then when i get home from work i head for bed. Not sure if this a workable for you with your long days but for me it is easier and i know that if i get up that early i had better be doing some exercise.

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BECKYANNE1 4/16/2010 5:57PM

    This happens to alot of us. That's pretty much why I'm still struggling. Sometimes I take 1 step forward, then 2 steps back. We have to get everything together and that's why we're here. Don't give up and you can do it.

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MNMAMAMN 4/16/2010 1:44AM

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LAURIEKRGR 4/15/2010 11:05PM

    It's all good, START OVER!!!

Every minute of every day if you have to until it becomes a habit!

I believe in you! emoticon

On the fun side, GITTERDONE, girl!

10 minutes today, 10 minutes, tomorrow they all add up, just don't give up and do nothing! Get moving!

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quick post

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Finished my federal taxes tonight. I'll do my MN taxes at work since I need to photocopy/print etc. I was worried about the lack of time to finish up with my schedule. I wasted a perfectly good evening indoors. That should be in my head for next year and I should waste a frigid February evening!

  


Bike ride -

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Finally pulled my bike out of the garage! I should have been working on my taxes, but I took advantage of the nice weather... not sure if I get bonus points for hauling my best bud's 2 year old behind me? Probably not because she was in a baby seat but I FELT like it was harder with her weight! HA I'd love to do that again

  
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LAURABELIEVES 4/11/2010 10:51PM

    Good for you. My friend is trying to talk me into riding my bike more. But I am a walker. May have to try it anyway! Thanks for the inspiration!

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