With so many more people developing allergies and sensitivities to dairy products, finding tasty and cheap alternatives to milk can be a challenge. One tasty alternative that can be used in cooking and everyday use is almond milk. But honestly, almond milk can get pricey. Instead try making your own almond milk for a quick and easy project that is fun to do with the kids.
What Is Almond Milk? It’s one of the best, easiest, cheapest ways to make a high protein, low-fat milk alternative. In short, it’s a blend of water and almonds that is then strained. Commercial varieties add preservatives and other binders so it doesn’t separate. But I find it so easy and cheap to make that I’m willing to shake the bottle.
Why Make Almond Milk? Almond milk is easy and fun to make and doesn’t require housing a cow. Almond milk doesn’t promote mucus, digestive issues or disrupt your endocrine system like milk can do. Almond milk is perfect for those who can’t digest the casein protein or break down the sugar in milk, butter, yogurt, cottage cheese, ice cream and all dairy products. Almond milk is a great dairy alternative for those with autoimmune conditions such as multiple sclerosis and rheumatoid arthritis. Almond milk is high in protein, low in fat and perfect for those with diabetes.
How I Discovered Almond Milk
I discovered all this great information about almond milk by happenstance. For years I drank soy milk, buying into the myth that it was healthy. The reality was it was high in sugar and phytoestrogens, both of which were making it difficult for me to lose weight and were causing painful menstrual cramps.
After studying soy, I decided that dairy was a better choice. I enjoyed lots of dairy, in all its many forms for years. But when I was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 2009, I quickly discovered that dairy had to go. There are several research studies showing how dairy can activate the T-cells in those with MS. It also promotes sinus infections and many of the other health issues I was suffering from.
What I found when I eliminated dairy is that not only did my MS get better but my sinus, migraine and menstrual issues went away as well. Another side benefit is I stopped snoring because I wasn’t full of all that mucus, much to the delight of my husband. Yes, almond milk could just save your marriage. I’ve never considered going back.
NOTE: I am aware that many of my readers may think that dietary changes – including going dairy-free – were the single solution to my MS and other health problems. Not true. The health and happiness I enjoy today was also the result of energizing my mind and fueling my purpose.
While this is great, I still needed to put something on my morning cereal. That’s when I discovered almond milk. For a few years I bought the boxed variety. But earlier this year I decided I’d try to make my own even though the process seemed mysterious. I found out It was delicious and oh so easy to make. Then I ran the math and realized it was cheaper to make my own. So now making almond milk is a regular part of our life.
Click below to see how easy it is to make your own delicious and nutritious almond milk:
See how simple it is to make your own almond milk?
To recap, here is the recipe:
Ingredients: 1/2 cup almonds soaked overnight 3-4 pitted dates, soaked overnight (optional and not recommend for those with diabetes or sugar sensitivities) 5 cups filtered water 1/2 vanilla bean, 1/2 tsp vanilla extract (optional)
Directions: Place all ingredients in a quality blender. Blend until the specs of almond skin are very fine. Place a nut bag in a large bowl. Pour almond mixture into the bowl, using the nut bag to strain the liquid from the pulp. Squeeze bag, working it like you would the udder of a cow, until all liquid is removed. Pour liquid into a glass container and store in refrigerator. It will last up 4 days. Place leftover pulp in a ziploc bag for use in another recipe.
What To Do With Almond Milk And That Leftover Pulp?
Use almond milk like you would cow’s milk. You can cook with it, bake with it, and pour it on your cereal. If you want to make a creamy soup. Make your almond milk with less water for a thicker consistency.
As for that pulp, you can cook with it. You can make raw truffles. You can make raw cinnamon rolls which I will show you in another vlog. There really is no end to the magical dishes you can make. Just remember to freeze the pulp while you’re waiting for my cinnamon roll recipe.
Any yummy suggestions on what to do with leftover pulp? Post your ideas and recipes below.