Saturday, February 28, 2015

Recipe: Vanilla Almond Milk


What's really great about this recipe is that it's customizable: so you can adjust just about everything in to suit your needs. Personally, I like mine a bit on the sweeter side: if I'm drinking this it's typically in its raw form, or in a as is, or in a smoothie. The caveat is I don't want to add sugar, to anything if at all possible. So, by  puréeing Medjool Dates along with the almonds, it adds just the right amount of sweetness I desire without refined sugar.

First of all, to all the naysayers that argue that dates are bad for you because they're high in sugar, you're dead wrong. Dates are loaded with at least 15 essential minerals, including selenium, which is believed to prevent cancer and support immune function; 23 types of amino acids; fiber, which is promotes healthy bowels and is a crucial component for digestion and nutrient absorption; potassium, an electrolyte that helps control blood pressure; phytonutrients and vitamins A, B and K, which helps protect mucus membranes and skin, as well as preventing several types of cancers. 

So yes, while an ounce of pitted dates do contain 19g of sugar, they are invaluable source of concentrated nutrients that promote a multitude of health benefits that some scientists say are not even found in some of the most popular fruits such as apples bananas and oranges. 

Okay, now for the recipe I have promised many. My recipe was adapted from the Oh, She Glows cookbook. I highly recommend it.

INGREDIENTS
1c Raw Almonds
1 tsp Cinnamon 
1 tsp Pure Vanilla Extract
2-4 Medjool Dates
4c Filtered Water and more for soaking the nuts

TOOLS
Nut bag
High powered blender; Vitamix
Medium sized bowl

INSTRUCTIONS
1. Cover almonds or nuts of choice with water and soak overnight. 
2. Drain the water and rinse well.
3. Blend soaked nuts and remaining ingredients on high for about one minute.
4. Pour mixture into a nut bag over the working bowl and squeeze gently until milk is extracted and enjoy.

Optional
1. Clean nut bag and repeat step four.
2. Blend finished product on high for an addition 30 seconds or so.  



Bon appétit 

1 comment:

  1. I loved this vanilla almond milk. Looks very scrumptuous. Keep on posting these great recipes. I will recommend it to my friends.

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