>> Tuesday, March 8, 2011
Have you ever tried almond milk? The taste is a velvety creamy taste with a hint of almonds. It can be sweetened (If I sweeten my I like to use honey, raw cane sugar or even maple syrup), it can also be flavored with vanilla or even chocolate. I find the taste of almond milk to be absolutely divine! I would even go as far as saying it is addictive. The first time I tried almond milk was about one year ago when I bought a liter from my local organic market. I knew immediately that this was going on my rotation of non-dairy milks.
Last June I shared my recipe for raw Almond milk, and it has been one of my most popular post to date. The recipe that I shared works perfect and it is hassle free. But for some reason when I added the almond milk to my tea or coffee it would separate. The taste is still great but it's not the prettiest looking thing. (I should note that as the almond milk sits in the refrigerator it does separate, but a quick shake and it's ready to drink. ) I experimented with warming up the almond milk before adding it to the tea (coffee) or pouring the brewed tea (coffee) into the almond milk. Both of these methods prevented the separating but it was a pain having to dirty extra dishes or when I just wanted a quick splash. Then the lightbulb when off, cook the almond milk. Viola! This yielded non separating thicker almond milk. Cooking or boiling the almond milk prevented both the separating in tea, coffee as well as preventing the almond milk from separating as it sits in the refrigerator.
My recipe for non-seperating almond milk is the same as the raw almond milk, obviously the only difference being that at the end the almond milk is boiled. Here is the recipe (doubled) or you can also find it in my archives here.
-200 grams or 7.5 ounces blanched almonds (learn how to blanch almonds here)
-4 cups or 1 liter water
sugar or honey or dates to sweeten
-1 large bowl
-cheese cloth or a clean kitchen towel or very fine sieve colander
1. Place the blanched almonds in a large bowl and cover with water. Leave to sit overnight.
2. Drain the water, and place the almonds in a blender. Pour 2 cups of water into blender, and if using sweetener add it to the blender as well. Blend until the almonds have completely broken down to a fine almost paste. Place the cheese cloth (or other options) over a large bowl. Pour the liquid over the cloth, then pull up on all ends to squeeze out liquid onto the bowl . Once the liquid is all removed, place the ground almonds back inside the blender and add the remaining 2 cups of water, again repeating the process.
3. Pour the almond milk into the pot, partially cover and under low heat simmer for 15 minutes. Keep a close eye on it as it may boil over. Stir now and then. Allow to cool before storing in the refrigerator. The almond milk will keep fresh in the refrigerator for 5 days.
Last time I also advised you not to discard the ground almonds because you can used them in baked goods. Or also "An option is to dry the ground almonds then once they have completely dried place them back in the blender and blend into a fine almond flour. Again this can be used in baked goods or any other recipes that might call for almond flour." I have used the leftover ground almonds in a couple of recipes. I will have them written up to share with you very soon.
You may be wondering how to use the almond milk, just like you would cow or soy milk. My favorite way is to just enjoy a cold glass of almond milk, but I have used it in baking, cereal, muesli, and I've seen some people adding it soups. I will experiment further and get back to you. But now go on and enjoy some delicious, healthy, no preservatives, homemade almond milk.
*Update March 11 : Click here to see how you can use the leftover ground almonds, Chocolate Craisin Almond Cookies.