A healthy alternative to soy and cow milk products!  Processed almond and coconut milks in the grocery stores still have some strange and scary ingredients!   Making your own nut milks can offer you full awareness of all the ingredients you are ingesting. Making your own nut milks is also so much fun, and easy!  Having a good intention with preparation can also contribute to many health benefits.  There is something very empowering about living raw and preparing your own food.  It makes the whole experience sacred.  With all the environmental toxins we are now faced with, eating and preparing rawvegan foods is a way we can support our bodies in detoxing toxins and sustaining peace with our environment and other beings we share this planet with.

Recipe for Almond Milk (Use the same ratios for any nut milk, and hemp milk)

What you will need:

VitaMix/or Blender, Fine Strainer (optional), clean water and your choice of nut, maybe a date or two, or other super foods such as maca, cacao.

*Get bulk organic raw almonds or cashews or hemp seeds or any nut you would like to make milk out of.

*Soak Almonds for at least 8 hours in clean water (I like to soak almonds over night, and make my nut milks in the morning).  Perfect for my morning fruit smoothies!

*Peel off the brown shell coverings on almonds exposing the white meat of the nut. Soaking and peeling nuts can assist in digestion, so digestion is less rancid, and produces a better pH balance result.  Peeling the shell on almonds also allows for a smoother and creamier texture.  The peeling is fun too, the almonds will jump out of their shells, so be ready for some to fly!

*Use 2:1 ratio of water to nuts, for example 2 cups of water to 1 cup of soaked and peeled almonds.

*Place water and nuts in vitamix or blender and blend till smooth. I also sometimes add a pitted date for natural sweetening. I will sometimes add other superfoods such as cacao (my favorite!) or maca for taste and nutrients.  I use a heaping spoonful of cacao to make a chocolate nut milk.  Maca is a excellent superfood that is helpful for balancing hormones and is great for both women and men.

I personally like the gritty texture of having some bits of nuts in my milk. If you want a smooth and watery milk, strain the nut milk through a fine strainer, or use a cheese cloth. I personally feel using a cheese cloth is messy and time consuming.  But some people dig it.

I store my nut milk in mason jars and use it for other recipes and meals such as sauces, smoothies, etc. It is incredible!  I find that I make nut milk 2-3 times a week, and that they last for several days.

InJOY!

Love, Light, and Bliss Absolute,

Shannon