Makes 6 cups
- 3 cups filtered water, chilled
- 2 cups ice
- 1 cup raw organic almonds
- 6 fresh Medjool dates
- 1 tablespoon vanilla
- dash of cinnamon to taste
Soak the almonds in water overnight. Do this for at least 8 hours, up to about 12 hours. The soaking softens them well for use, but is optional. Drain the water from the almonds. *If the Medjool dates aren’t fresh, soak before using
In a blender place water and ice. Add almonds, dates and vanilla. Blend on high-speed for one minute.Strain. This is very important or you will be drinking almond pulp as well as the milk. Using something like a very fine strainer or sieve, or several layers of cheesecloth (muslin), pour the almond milk through the filter into a large bowl underneath. The filter will retain the almond pulp and the liquid will go through.
Drink immediately, or refrigerate in a glass jar for up to two days.
Benefits of Almond Milk
Almond milk is great for those who are lactose intolerant, because it doesn’t contain any lactose. Almond milk also contains no soy, so it’s good for those who suffer from soy allergies. Because almond milk doesn’t contain casein, a milk protein that’s chemically similar to gluten, almond milk is appropriate for those who suffer from gluten allergies.
Nutritional Value of Almond Milk
Almond milk is one of the most nutritious milk substitutes available. It doesn’t contain saturated fats or cholesterol, but it does contain omega-3 fatty acids, so it’s very good for your heart. Almond milk is high in protein; the typical eight ounce serving of almond milk contains about one gram of protein. One serving of almond milk also contains about one gram of dietary fiber.
Almond milk is very low in calories; it contains only about 40 calories per serving, and it’s low in carbs at only two grams per serving. Almond milk contains about three grams of fat per eight ounce serving, making its fat content equivalent to that of rice milk.
Almonds are rich in vitamins and minerals, so almond milk doesn’t need to be fortified. Almonds contain vitamin E, manganese, selenium, magnesium, potassium, zinc, iron, fiber, phosphorous and calcium. The flavonoids in almond milk help prevent cancer and slow the signs of aging. The high levels of antioxidant vitamin E found in almond milk make it very effective in the prevention of cancer.
Because almond milk is low in fat and calories, and high in many essential vitamins and minerals, it is a great milk substitute for those who would like to lose weight. To help keep track of the vitamins, minerals and other nutrients that you consume each day, try using the nutritional tools on FitDay.com. via Almond Milk: What Is It and Is It Good for You? / Nutrition / Healthy Eating.
p.s. Almond Milk Was A Traditional Lenten Beverage!
A Hermit’s Cookbook: Monks, Food and Fasting in the Middle Ages by Andrew Jotischky