In my mind, almond milk is the best dairy alternative there is. When prepared the right way it is creamy and sweet with a slight nutty flavor that’s not overpowering. I love drinking it on its own or added to almost anything instead of cow’s milk including cereal, muesli, tea, shakes and baked goods.
The health benefits of almonds are plentiful and well documented. Especially for vegans, almond milk is a delicious alternative to dairy milk. Personally, I truly enjoy the taste and like to eat a balanced diet and almond milk is my go-to product whenever I want to lay off animal products.
Almond Milk Recipe
1 cup almonds
1-2 dates, chopped
a splash of vanilla
4 cups water
Boil a pot of water (enough to cover the almonds). Pour almonds in the boiling water and cook for 1-2 minutes then drain. Remove skins from the almonds (I typically only do this for about half of the almonds as this gives me a texture I like).
Place almonds, dates, vanilla and water into your blender and blend on the highest speed until the mixture becomes creamy and thick. Prepare a container (pitcher, jar or wide-mouth container) and place a mesh nut milk bag or fine mesh strainer inside and pour mixture in to strain. I hang my bag up and let it slowly strain, then at the end squeeze out the milk with my hands. Refrigerate the almond milk for up to a week.
Total time: 15 minutes
Yield: 4 cups