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Almond Mylk

I love Almond Mylk!  So much flavor and the creamy texture make it the best Mylk around.  And it’s alkalizing. Almonds are one of the three alkalizing nuts (the others are Brazil nuts and Walnuts).   Make sure the almonds you purchase are raw and I mean raw that have not been flash pasteurized.  In California, almonds that have been flashed pasteurized can still be called raw. The idea is that 185 degrees F for 15 to 17 seconds does not cook the almonds but only skin.  I’ve tried to sprout these almonds and they do not sprout so they are not raw.  Two sources I know to find really raw almonds are a local farmers market where a farmer can sell a small portion of their almonds directly without pasteurizing them and almonds from Spain or Sicily.

This Almond Mylk is particularly creamy and has a great almond flavor because we use only 2.5 cups of purified water to one cup of almonds.  Most others use 3 to 5 cups of water.  Some of my customers to cut the cost use even more water.  I say do whatever it takes to have the highest quality food which means fresh and often raw.

Time to prepare: a few minutes to measure and soak the night before, 10 minutes to blend and strain plus cleanup

Makes: 5 cups

Serves: 5 each – 1 cup servings

Equipment:  blender, nut straining bag (either a cotton or nylon bag or cheese cloth), storage container

 Ingredients

2 cups dry unpasteurized raw whole almonds

5 cups of purified water

How to make

Soak the almonds in a glass or stainless steel bowl for 12 to 24 hours.  Fill with water to a level 2 inches above the almonds.

Strain and put in a blender with 3 cups of the water – blend for 2 to 5 minutes checking that the mixture is smooth.

Pour mixture into a Nut Mylk straining bag and squeeze all the liquid you can out of the bag into a bowl.

Add the two additional cups of water and stir and pour into an airtight container.

Store the almond pulp in a container or freeze until you’re ready to use.

Additions: Vanilla, date and a pinch of salt or cacao or fruit for a smoothie.

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