I make a different plant based milk every few days to mix things up for nutrition and flavor diversity. But, unsweetened almond milk is my go-to, because it’s loaded with nutrients, is alkaline, mild in flavor, and rich and creamy.
Make unsweetened almond milk by blending almonds and water. Unsweetened milk is my preference, as it’s more alkalizing and more versatile for use in sweet and savory recipes such as smoothies, soups, salad dressings, sauces, stews, curries, and baked goods. For drinking, or for pouring over breakfast cereals, you may want to add the vanilla and sweetener. Once you’ve made the base recipe, mix things up and flavor the milk to your preference. Chocolate or strawberry milk is always popular. Turmeric milk makes an incredibly anti-inflammatory sleep tonic to drink before bed.
Almond Milk Nutrition Facts
Almond milk prepared from almonds is low in fat but high in energy, proteins, lipids and fiber. It contains minerals like calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, sodium, and zinc. The other nutrients available in this milk include vitamins such as vitamin C, vitamin B6, thiamine, riboflavin, niacin, folate and vitamin E. All these nutrients have various benefits which are essential for a healthy body.
- Do not soak almonds in water as the nutrients will leach into the water.
- Do not add much water while blending, as this leave lot of coarse grains in the milk. Add water little by little, blending after each addition.
- Do not use almonds that are not soaked well, as this doesn’t yield you smoother milk.
- 1 cup almonds
- 3 cups normal water
- Additional water needed for soaking
- A grinder or a blender
- Fine strainer, not a cheese cloth
- Wash and soak almonds in water for at least 6 hours (at room temperature).
- After they are soaked well, remove the skin, wash and drain water.
- From 3 cups water, add little by little and blend smoothly.
- Using the strainer, strain the milk to clean and dry utensils. Use the spoon to stir the thick milk while you strain.
- You can use the leftover coarse paste for some curry or smoothies.
- If you are a raw food lover, you can drink it as it is with some sweetener in it or without.
- Pour it over your favorite cereals and enjoy or you can even use it in your curries.