As a milk lover living in Hong Kong, I find it very difficult to source good options of raw milk. Therefore, I opt for a plant based alternative that is super easy to make at home: Almond Milk.
Often mistaken for being a nut, almonds are a seed rich in fiber, protein, magnesium, vitamin E and healthy mono-unsaturated fats. Almonds make a great snack if you are aiming to control your weight as they reduce hunger. Almonds help lower blood sugar levels, blood pressure and cholesterol. To facilitate its digestion and the absorption of its nutrients, almonds should be soaked in water overnight.
The below recipe is very easy to prepare and can last in the fridge for a couple of days if stored in an airtight container. It makes 1/2 liter of milk.
All you need is…
one cup of soaked almonds (soak overnight),
2 cups of water,
a couple of drops of vanilla essence
one teaspoon of sweetener (honey, maple syrup…)
1. drain almonds and place them in the blender with two cups of filtered water. Pulse the blender to break the almonds and then blend for 1 minute at high speed adding the vanilla and the sweetener to taste
2. strain using a fine mesh colander
3. get the pulp in a cheese cloth to strain until the last drop
4. place it inside a glass airtight container
I generally use the almond milk to prepare my porridge or cereal in the morning, and a little bit of fiber passing through the strainer is OK for me but, if you are going to drink the milk alone, it is better to strain it with the cheesecloth to get a silkier texture.
Hope you like this easy recipe! Feel free to share it with your friends!