Almonds are high in protein and, being a plant food, they contain no cholesterol. Almonds also have vitamin E, which is considered a powerful antioxidant with cancer-fighting qualities. They are also high in magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, iron, zinc, copper, manganese, and trace amounts of the B vitamins. Almonds are higher in calcium and in fiber than any other nut. Unblanched almonds contain nearly double the fiber than blanched and are very low in saturated fat. Almond milk is a milky drink made from ground almonds. Unlike animal milk, almond milk contains no cholesterol or lactose and can be used as a substitute for animal milk in many recipes.
- ½ cup whole almonds, soaked in water overnight
- 2 cups fresh water
- 2-3 seedless dates
After the almonds have soaked overnight, drain and discard soaking water. If desired, these almonds can be peeled. In a blender, blend almonds to form a smooth paste adding a little water if needed. Add the dates and blend again and finally add the rest of the fresh water.
Strain the mixture to remove any almond particles that may be left. Add more water, if needed, to get the desired consistency.
Once prepared, the milk should be refrigerated. It can be kept for up to 4 days.