Homemade almond mylk is one of my favorite things to make – especially due to it’s secret ingredients. Plain almond mylk is delicious, but I like to add nutty and caramel notes to mine. Almond mylk is great for so many things. Cereals, latte’s, smoothies, or plain jane! It is thick and creamy, similar to cow’s milk, but so much better for you. I make big batch’s of this weekly and Sam and I devour it!
Feel free to mix this recipe up! I add two dates for a little sweetness and it adds a hint of caramel – delicious! Paired with fresh Madagascar vanilla and cinnamon and I’m in heaven.
P.S. If you are wondering why “mylk” is spelled this way, let me tell you why! It is actually a medieval way to spell milk and let’s the reader know that it is a non-dairy product. Pretty neat.Why soak the almonds overnight? Firstly, the brown peel of almonds contains tannin, which inhibits nutrient absorption. Once you soak almonds the peel comes off easily and allows the nut to release all nutrients easily.
The list of benefits that come from soaking your almonds is intense. Check it out:
1. Help with digestion – Soaking almonds helps in releasing enzymes which in turn help with digestion. Soaking almonds releases enzyme lipase, which is beneficial for digestion of fats.
2. Help with weight-loss – The monounsaturated fats in almonds curb your appetite and keep you full. So feel free to snack on them because they’ll help you avoid binge-eating and trigger weight-loss.
3. Almonds keep your heart healthy, reduce bad cholesterol and increase good cholesterol.
4. They are a good source of antioxidants: Vitamin E, present in soaked almonds, works as an antioxidant, which inhibits free radical damage that prevents aging and inflammation. Cheers to a younger looking you! Hehe
5. Fight Cancer: Soaked almonds contain Vitamin B17 which is vital for fighting cancer.
6. Flavonoid present in almonds suppresses tumor growth. Crazy, right?
7. Helps to lower and maintain glucose levels and regulate high blood pressure.
8. Soaked almonds contain folic acid, which reduces birth defects.
So, soaked almonds are a powerhouse, needless to say. Soak those babies!
I have found nut milk bags at two places – Whole Foods and a local health food store near me. This is my favorite nut milk bag that I got! rawsomecreations.com
- 1 cup of almonds (soaked in filtered water overnight)
- 3 cups of water, filtered is preferred
- 1 whole vanilla bean, chopped
- 2 dates, pitted
- Pinch of pink himalayan salt
- Pinch of cinnamon
- Vitamix (or high-powered blender)
- Nut milk bag
- Blend all ingredients in a high-powered blender.
- Pour contents into a nut milk bag over a bowl to separate the almond mylk and the almond pulp.
- Transfer almond mylk to a jar and store in the fridge for up to 3 days!