Nuts make a great dairy- free milk. Strain your almond milk for a smoother texture and use the pulp for making healthy cookies or as a base for morning porridge.
Raw nuts such as almonds, walnuts, macadamia, hazelnuts and brazil are chock full of essential fats, protein, antioxidants and fibre. Studies by the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that eating a small handful of raw nuts per day can help control weight and reduce hunger, food cravings as well as help lower cholesterol. Studies suggest that people who eat nuts at least twice a week were less likely to gain weight than those who rarely ate nuts as part of a calorie controlled diet.
1 ½ cups flaked almonds
4 cups water
1 tsp vanilla (optional)
Combine and ingredients in your blender and secure the lid. Process the ingredients on medium and then turn your machine up to its highest setting. Blend for 1 minute. You can choose to serve as is or strain the pulp for a smoother milk.
TIP Add ¼ cup sesame seeds for added calcium.
Recipe by Vitamix
Photo by Vitamix Feb 15, 2013