Friday, October 28, 2011

almond milk + raspberry almond milk smoothie

is your fireplace pretty hot and toasty? 

maybe your fireplace is making you a little too hot.. and a creamy, icy thing sounds awesome. 

no eggs going on this morning. no english muffins or anything drenched in maple syrup. 

somedays i just feel like drinking my breakfast. 

shall we make almond milk?

yes. we shall. 

it's dreamy delicious. i was never so good about drinking milk. i can inhale it with granola. i will always accept a milkshake with open arms. but sitting down to drink a big glass of, no, i'll politely decline.

UNTIL i learned the joyousness of nut milks. i could drink goblets and goblets.

first we shall soak the almonds in water overnight. in the morning they will be bigger and plumper and totally good-looking.

2. blend those dudes up with some water into a milky white cloud.

then squeeze all the pulp through some cheesecloth. and there, we totally just did that. we made our own milk. that was satisfying. today is already a success and i'm still in sweatpants.

and don't get too overly excited and gulp down all of it right away. put it in your oatmeal. stir it in your coffee. make a white russian with it. or make a bomb diggity smoothie.

Almond Milk
makes about 3 cups

*you can make thicker or thinner almond milk by using more or less water. also i just put a dash of vanilla and no sweetener and it was delicious. also, you can blanch the almonds beforehand to remove their skins...i didn't care to fuss over that one. 

1 cup raw almonds
3 cups water
pinch of sea salt
1 tsp vanilla (optional)
maple syrup or agave (optional)

place the almonds in a bowl and cover with plenty of water. let soak overnight. 
the next day, drain the almonds and place into a blender or food processor. add 1 cup of water and a pinch of sea salt and blend into a paste. add the last 2 cups of water and blend until smooth. 
line a large sieve, set over a bowl, with a couple pieces of cheesecloth. pour the mixture into it (i did this in two batches) and pull the sides up, not letting any pulp escape. pinch the corners together and squeeze as much milk as you can from the pulp. sweeten it with vanilla and/or agave if you'd like. 
bam. you just made milk. drink it right away or keep it in the fridge for up to 3 days. 

Raspberry Mango Almond Smoothie
adapted from the goop detox

1 1/4 cup almond milk
1/2 cup mango, chopped and frozen
1/4 cup raspberries
1 scoop vanilla protein powder (i like bioChem vanilla "greens and whey" powder)

put everything in a blender and then blend it. 

1 comment:

  1. Things okay with you and your parents? If not so much...... we would adopt you.