Preservative Free Almond Milk

Once you get a taste of this fresh, homemade almond milk, there’s no turning back. I remember the first time I took a sip of pure almond milk, I was blown away by the flavor and thick creamy texture. I had just realized that’s what almond milk is supposed to taste like. I couldn’t believe the difference in flavor and body between homemade and store bought. Plus, It’s just 3 ingredients.  Almonds, salt and water!

Preservative Free Almond Milk

Since this recipe is preservative free, it is good to keep note of the date your milk is made, the shelf life is 5 days and it makes about 4 cups. If you think you will not use 4 cups in 5 days then half the recipe so you don’t have spoiled nut milk on your hands. Nut milk does not require refrigeration, so feel free to pack it with you on your next picnic or for work/school lunches. Almond milk is low in calories, carbs, and sugars (if left unsweetened) and high in healthy fats. If you prefer vanilla or sweetened almond milk then play around with the recipe a bit. You can add a couple drops of vanilla extract or maple syrup before you blend.

As far as cost, I always purchase my nuts in bulk because they are cheaper and if you bring your own bag there is no package or plastic bag waste. Your milk will now be zero waste! My organic almonds are $8.99lb, each pound is about 3 cups of almonds. This puts the cost at $2.99 for 4 cups of fresh almond milk plus, I get to save my pulp and make something fun with it, so watch out for that too!

Preservative Free Almond Milk

Had I known how easy it was to make almond milk I would have been doing it a lot sooner! Just a couple simple steps.  So simple you can do them in your sleep… No really, you can just soak the almonds when you are sleeping! Take 1 cup of almonds and soak them in a bowl of water over night (or for about 8 hours). In the morning, strain, rinse, and place the almonds in a blender with 4 cups of filtered water and a pinch of salt. **If you will be enjoying your milk right away chill your water beforehand** Blend your almonds, water and salt for 45-60 seconds, then strain your milk with either a nut milk bag or fine strainer such as a chinois. I have tried both and personally think the chinois is more efficient. If using a nut milk bag you have to get a little dirty and use your hands to squeeze all of milk out of the bag and then clean the bag afterwards. With a fine mesh strainer, all  you do is run the milk through and let it sit and strain over a bowl for a couple of minutes. When you’re ready, transfer your milk into an airtight container or grab yourself a cookie to dip in your almond milk!
Preservative Free Almond Milk Hold on to all that left over almond pulp, keep it in your nut bag or strainer with a bowl under to catch any leftover excess liquid. Tomorrow we are going to dry that pulp out to make almond meal!

Ingredients

•1 cup almonds
•4 cups filtered water
•Pinch of salt

**optional for sweetened or flavored

•1/8 teaspoon vanilla
•2 teaspoons of maple syrup
Instructions

  1. Soak almonds in bowl of water for 8 hours
  2. Strain and rinse almonds
  3. Blend almonds with 4 cups of water for 45-60 seconds
  4. Strain almond milk with nut milk bag or fine mesh strainer
  5. Transfer milk to airtight container

Makes 4 cups of milk. Use within 5 days

Golden Milk

Golden milk is such a soothing way to start or finish your day. This creamy beverage is enjoyed warm and made with beneficial spices. Turmeric, being the golden in the milk is a cancer fighter, anti-inflammatory and anti depressant. Cinnamon, has a high source of antioxidants, fights infections, viruses, and helps ward off common allergies. Nutmeg, boosts digestive health and helps with indigestion relief.  It has been used in ancient Chinese medicine for a number of years as a pain reliever and sleep aid. Lastly, raw honey (leave out if you are vegan) is antibacterial, anti fungal, antiseptic, helps with sore throat, and irritation. There are many more benefits where that came from but I thought I would spare you a little and just get to this health bomb of a drink already…

Golden milk

      In a small saucepan, slowly warm up your non-dairy milk, preferably coconut or almond. Stir in the turmeric, cinnamon, nutmeg and honey. If vegan opt for either unsweetened or add  maple syrup. Whisk all ingredients together on low heat until warm enough to your liking, pour and enjoy. This recipe serves one.

*Organic ingredients preferred

  • 1 cup of non dairy milk
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  • 1 tsp raw honey

Banana Almond Spirulina Shake

Banana Almond Spirulina breakfast shake

     Lets start the day off right with this banana, almond, spirulina shake! This is one of my favorites, being that it is delicious and filling. I personally feel so much better replacing breakfast with a smoothie, juice, or shake the morning after having a big or filling dinner. By replacing breakfast with a shake you are lessening the demands on your digestive system and allowing your body to continue to breakdown last nights food rather than immediately giving it a new job.

     In this shake I will be using homemade almond milk, just 3 ingredients that I will supply a recipe for later this week, so keep your eye out! You can use any almond milk though, unsweetened recommended. Along with a handful of almonds, 1 banana, drop of vanilla, pinch of salt, dash of nutmeg and cinnamon and lastly spirulina and 4 ice cubes.

     The banana gives this shake a creamy texture and the almonds are loaded with healthy unsaturated fats and high quality protein to keep you full until lunchtime. But the real star ingredient here with many benefits is the spirulina! Adding this to your smoothies and shakes will give you that extra energy boost to get you through the day, help detoxify heavy metals, aids in weight loss among many other things like being rich in vitamins, minerals and protein. But lets get to that shake!

  • 1 cup almond milk
  • 1 banana
  • 1 handful of almonds
  • 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla
  • 1/8 teaspoon of cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon of nutmeg
  • Dash of salt
  • 1 teaspoon of spirulina
  • 4 to 5 ice cubes

     This makes a little over 2 cups and organic ingredients are always recommended. If you want to learn more about spirulina I will add a link below.

https://draxe.com/spirulina-benefits/