DAIRY ALTERNATIVES + ALMOND MILK RECIPE
I recently posted about dairy and tried to provide you with a little insight into the very confusing world of little lactose friend. What I didn’t do is talk much about the alternatives. Obviously, you get the vibe from my earlier blog post that I am a little keen on pastured, raw, cow’s milk – unhomogenised and unpasteurised. Sadly it isn’t legal in Australia. And although you can find it I do get asked a lot about dairy alternatives – mostly from clients calling me from the supermarket aisle, baffled as to what to choose!
The choices out there are a little startlng these days
- Cow’s Milk – light, skim, full (and more!)
- Goat’s Milk
Of these, the ones I would definitely avoid (if you are consuming dairy regularly) – Soy + Cow’s.
What’s the issue with soy? Stay tuned – I’m going to write about that soon! But know this, soy is packed with phytoestrogens. The phytoestrogens in soy bind to estrogen receptors creating serious hormonal imbalances resulting in infertility, miscarriage, lowered libido, precocious puberty in girls, hypospadias* and testicular cancer in boys.
After hearing that I don’t blame you if you rush out to buy up on Oat/Rice/Almond but buyer beware. That evil vice we are always fronting up against – sugar – can be found in a lot of the processed varieties out there, even the ones in health food shops.
If you are going to purchase try to find one with no added sugar, preservatives, flavours or colours. And check the ingredients, if the list is long and full of ‘unnecessary’ items, keep looking! If you can get your hands on goat’s milk this is a great alternative – a lot of local health food shops stock goat’s milk these days. But, there is also a really easy solution – make your own!
Almond milk is so easy to make, it becomes a little embarrassing to buy it! And, if you buy a big 1kg bag of almonds you can use half to make 2 litres of Almond Milk and the remaining 500g as a snack – don’t forget to soak + dehydrate your nuts first! Check out this post.
If you are keen try this easy Almond Milk recipe that I learnt from doing some online research – thank you google and the many bloggers out there that share information!
What you’ll need:
- 1 kg of Almonds
- Filtered Water
- Himalayan Rock Salt
- 2 – 3 Seeded (pre-soaked) dates (optional)
- Muslin cloth or fine mesh sieve
- Large class bottle
What to do:
- In a large pot/bowl pour in your 1 kg of Almonds, add water and a teaspoon of salt.
- Let it sit overnight for at least 8 hours.
- In the aim, drain and rinse.
- Separate out 500g of your Almonds and place on a baking tray in the over, 60 degrees for 8 – 10 hours.
Use the rest for your Almond Milk!
- Place 2 cups at a time into your blender. Add in 5 – 6 cups of filtered water.
- Blend! Let it blend until it’s really smooth.
- Pour into your sieve/muslin cloth or bag over a big pot and let it drain. You can get more out but pushing through the sieve with a spoon or squeezing the cloth/bag.
- The left over mixture is your own homemade Almond Meal – I keep this in containers in the freezer and use for cookies, baking, adding to muesli or smoothies.
- Once you have your drained milk place it back into the blender and add in the dates. Blend away to mix it all well. The dates are a natural sugar to sweetened the milk. If you want you can add fresh vanilla pods/extract or even Stevia, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, cacao – anything really.
- Pour into a clean glass bottle and store in the fridge for 4-5 days.
Drink in your coffee, tea, smoothies, or on its own!
Enjoy and saha to you.
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