However, nuts must be soaked to offer the most nutrition. Almonds and other nuts contain phytic acid, which reduces your ability to absorb minerals during digestion. Phytic acid binds to important minerals such as calcium, magnesium, iron and zinc in the small intestine rendering them insoluble. This hinders them from being absorbed by the gut cells and can cause mineral deficiencies. Soaking nuts in filtered water over night helps break down the phytic acid. Since nuts and seeds are bursting with wonderful macro and micro nutrients, in order to benefit most from you newly made nut milk, please take the time to soak them prior to starting the procedure.
When getting creative with this basic nut milk recipe, you can create a creamier milk by adding more nuts to the 4 cups of water. This basic recipe is for a nice light milk. However, if you are craving something more dessert like, simply just add more nuts. If you would rather have no flavor, just omit the vanilla. Since cow's milk is naturally sweet, I add a single date for sweetness and a dash of salt, brightens the flavor. Have fun, and enjoy making your own personal nut milk.
Lightly Sweet Vanilla Almond "Milk"
Makes a quart
Ingredients4 cups filtered water
1/2 cup almonds (soaked overnight and rinsed)
1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract (or 1/2 vanilla bean scraped)
1 date (pitted)
dash of sea salt
Kitchen ToolsHigh speed blender (I use a Blendtec)
Thin kitchen towel or nut milk bag
Large kitchen bowl
Clean glass container
Directions1. Place nuts into a bowl and cover with filtered water. Leave on counter at room temperature overnight.
2. Drain and rinse nuts and put into the blender. Fill the blender with 4 cups of filtered water.
3. Add the date (or your choice of sweetener) and the vanilla.
4. Blend on high for about 45 seconds to 1 minute, until light and frothy.
5. Place sieve into bowl. Soak the kitchen towel in water and ring out any excess. Lay the kitchen towel into the sieve and pour the milk into the towel slowly. Bring the corners of the towel together and squeeze out any remaining liquid. Save the nut pulp for baking or discard into compost.
6. Rinse the towel and wring out excess water. Repeat the procedure to insure pure milk.
7. Pour the fresh milk into a clean glass container and store in refrigerator for 3-4 days. Use like regular milk in cereal, baking, oatmeal, etc.
ReferencesWorlds Healthiest Foods: Almonds
Nourishing Traditions: Sally Fallon