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Simple Vanilla Almond Milk

Simple Vanilla Almond Milk

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There is tons of information out there about why we should not be drinking cow's milk so I won't belabor the point here on this post. But I will ask one thing, what other mammal drinks milk after infancy? Especially from another animal! I have a simple vanilla almond milk recipe for you as an alternative. Once you've had it homemade, I'm tellin' ya, it'll be hard to go back to the store bought stuff. Nut milk can replace cow's milk in most recipes, be used with your cereal, to make smoothies and of course you can just drink it on its own. Read below for my yummy Vanilla Almond Milk recipe.  

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Ingredients

1 C raw almonds

2 T vanilla extract (here's a recipe to make your own!)

1 T maple syrup or agave

6 C water

Pinch of salt

5 pitted dates (optional) 

Directions

1. Soak almonds in 2 C water overnight. Drain and put the almonds in a blender.  

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2. Add 4 cups of water, along with the vanilla extract, a pinch of salt and your sweetener to a blender and blend well.  (Also add the dates if you're using them.)

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4. Strain the milk from the almonds using a nut milk bag. See below for a bonus recipe for what you can do with the leftover pulp. 

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5. Serve right away or enjoy chilled.  

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•Since this is made with raw, fresh ingredients, you'll want to drink it within a day or so. 

•It's fun to experiment with different flavors for your almond milk as well. Try things like strawberries (add sliced strawberries to your almond milk in the blender after you've strained it, blend, then strain one more time), cacao (chocolate), cinnamon or even matcha! (For cacao, cinnamon, or matcha just add the powder to the strained almond milk and blend again.)

•According to Psychology Today, almonds contain "the amino acid tyrosine, a constituent of protein, [that] specifically contributes to the manufacture of dopamine. Dopamine is the neurotransmitter that activates the pleasure and reward system in the brain. It is essential for motivation and the willingness to meet life's challenges. Dopamine levels are depleted by stress."

Bonus Recipe: Add 3 pitted dates to the leftover almond milk pulp. Roll into balls and then flatten. Optional: Sprinkle with cinnamon. Now you have a yummy raw vegan cookie! You can eat them as is or dehydrate them for a bit. 

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