Vanilla Almond Milk

 

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One of the things I really missed on coming back to India was Almond Milk. I loved drinking it in the form of smoothies, in coffee or on its own. I scoured the markets here but could not find it. Finally, I decided not to give in to my laziness and make this super healthy and organic alternative to dairy. Not only is Almond Milk yummy it is also very nutritious. It is low in sodium with no cholesterol or saturated fats. It contains vitamin E, Vitamin B, iron, magnesium, potassium and calcium.

I sweetened it a bit with dates and added a touch of vanilla for delicious home made almond milk!

What you need:

*1 1/2 cup raw almonds
*1/2 cup pitted dates, about 10
*4 cups water, for blending
*1 tsp vanilla extract
*1/4 tsp cinnamon
*Pinch of sea salt

How to make:
1. Soak the almonds and dates separately overnight in a glass/steel bowl.
2. Strain and rinse the almonds and dates.
3. Blend the almonds, dates, vanilla extract, sea salt and cinnamon together with 4 cups of water.

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4. Blend on high for about 2-3 minutes. Mixture should be creamy and foamy but fluid.

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5. Place a cheese cloth over a wide mouth jug or pitcher and slowly pour the almond milk to strain out the almond meal.
6. Gather the cloth in your hand to squeeze out any remaining milk. Keep aside the almond meal if you want to use it (See Note).
7. Store in a glass container in the refrigerator up to 5 days.

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Note:
1. Be patient during the straining process as it does take a little time.
2. You can add the almond meal to cereal or a smoothie to boost healthy protein and fiber content.

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