I love when there is a explosion of color in my food. Yogurt and milk smoothies/ shakes are delicious but there are times when you can not digest dairy milk and need a substitute. Almond milk is healthy and a very good substitute for people who are lactose intolerant, diary intolerance, have some digestive issues or are vegan by choice. It has the same creamy texture and is well suited for many recipes including your regular tea and coffee. Home made almond milk is fresher, tastier, economical and nutritious. Almonds are good source of protein, omega – 3 and 6 fatty acids, fiber and minerals especially magnesium. You can keep fresh almond milk in the fridge for up to three days or freeze it too.
Recipe for Almond Milk :
Three step process to make almond milk:
Wash and soak 1 cup of raw almonds overnight or for at least 5 hours at room temperature in filtered water. (I don’t use hot water) Soaking makes the nut soft and buttery.
Once the almonds have soaked well, discard the water and wash the almonds properly. Add them to the blender and blend at high-speed with three cups of cold water added slowly. This helps in getting a rich, smoother milk. You should remove the skin of the soaked almonds before blending but the sweeter variety can be used with skin. The skin will anyway get filtered. You can make it both ways and decide which taste and color suits you. The skin given the almond milk a bit muddy color.
Once the mixture has blended properly, strain it in a glass pitcher. You can use the leftover almond meal in any of your favorite recipes or use it for a face pack too. 😀 You can add vanilla or dates, while blending, for a flavorful almond milk. I keep it plain and unsweetened.
Today I made a healthy berries and banana smoothie today. This nutritious smoothie has an exquisite color, tastes delicious and the three fruits complement each other very well. Both, strawberries and blue berries are full of vitamin C, fiber and antioxidants. I added a teaspoon of organic honey to sweeten it. Usually I use dates/ dates syrup or maple syrup. No refined sugar. You can also let the natural sweetness of the fruits to do the trick.
To make the smoothie you will need:
1 cup homemade almond milk
1/2 cup fresh blueberries
1 medium size banana
1/4 cup fresh strawberries
Honey – to taste (optional)
I clean, cut and freeze all the fruits in individual zip lock bags for no fuss, quick healthy grab or sometimes just use them straight from the fridge. I think freezing the fruits gives a thick smooth texture to the smoothie and you don’t need to add ice that makes it watery.
Place the banana pieces in the blender and then add the berries. Pour almond milk on top and add honey or whichever sweeter you plan to use.
Cover and blend at high-speed for 10 seconds or until smooth.
Pour it in an open mason jar or a glass and serve chilled.
You can use any combination of fruits to make the smoothies.
Enjoy your glass full of fruity goodness any time of the day.