Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Almond Milk

Against All Grain

I absolutely love a good glass of almond milk.  But finding it without carageenan is next to impossible -- but now possible as Silk Unsweetened now has no carageenan or sugar in it!

But Danielle of the Against All Grain website, has a great recipe which I've revised a bit below!

1 cup raw almonds
3 cups filtered water + enough to cover the almonds while soaking
1/4 teaspoon sea salt, divided
1 medjool date, pitted
1/4 tsp vanilla powder, no added sugar, no alcohol, no additives (optional...I suggest omitting it)

Place the almonds and the sea salt in a container such as a 2-cup measuring cup or your blender and cover it and soak for about 6 hours.  I start the soaking before I go to bed and let them just soak overnight. You can't soak them too long. Mine usually wind up soaking for about 10 hours.

Drain the nuts and rinse them really well.

Transfer to a blender and fill with 4 cups of filtered water, your pitted date, 1/4 tsp vanilla powder (if using) and 1/8 tsp sea salt and puree until smooth.  What I do is 2 minutes, then I let things settle and blend 1 more minute. I've also split all this in half and blended in my small Ninja food processor which holds 2 cups, as it seems to puree more thoroughly.

Strain the milk through a nut milk bag or doubled over cheesecloth.  Squeee to get all of the delicious liquid out!

Store in your refrigerator for up to 5 days.  I've had some batches last the full 5 days, while other batches lasted 3 days.  You will know when it has "gone south" as the taste will tell you!

Vanilla Powder with No Sugar, No Alchol, No Additives
For compliant vanilla powder: I found a no-alcohol, no-sugar, no additives powder at WildernessPoets here at $13.95 for 1 ounce. Since you'll use 1/4 to 1/3 tsp powder to replace 1 tsp liquid vanilla extract, this should last you for a while!

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