The pretty flowers of the Almond tree make us wish more Almond trees were growing in South Africa! Such a pretty sight to see them in full bloom!
Almond milk has become a popular dairy alternative, however shop-bought almond milk is quite expensive. Making your own fresh almond milk is very easy, saves you precious Rands, and not the least important: allows you to control what goes into it!
This almond milk is a perfect for use in a non-dairy smoothie, or in recipes like this risotto. You really don’t need any sweeteners or vanilla flavouring, especially when used as an ingredient to a recipe.
Keep the batches small as preservative free milk can be kept in the fridge for just a couple of days, so make what you’re going to use, keeping the ratio the same. When you’re making more than the quantity below, don’t add all water at once when starting to blend. Always start blending with 1 Cup, and gradually add more later. This will give you a finer result.
Directions:Soak the almonds in a bowl with fresh water, and leave overnight, or for at least 6 hours. Drain and discard the water, and add the nuts to the OmniBlend jug. Add 1 Cup of water, and start blending on low, increasing to high speed, for 90 seconds. Add the remaining water, and blend in.
Take a nutmilk bag, and place it over a bowl. Now carefully pour the milk into the bag over the bowl, and lift the bag up to let the milk run through. Gently squeeze the milk out of the bag, keeping the pulp in the bag. You can use this later in smoothies or for baking.
There you go: fresh almond milk, ready in just a few minutes!