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
Drain and discard the water from the soaked almonds. In a high speed blender or grinder, churn the soft almonds to form a smooth paste adding a little water if needed. Mix in the dates and blend again with some more water, until you get the desired consistency.
Once prepared, use within a day.