Something very sad happened a couple of years ago. I inexplicably became lactose intolerant! It was a terrible tragedy in my life considering I am one of those people who enjoys the milk part of “cereal and milk” more than the cereal! Cookies and brownies were never the same after that…because without a tall glass of ice cold milk to go with them…what’s the point??!!
I first tried soy milk as a replacement but I just didn’t like it. But then I discovered ALMOND MILK! (I think my love of almonds is pretty well documented.) I quickly became a fan. But I have never been a fan of the price! It’s so expensive! And since I’m the only one who will drink it…I always seem to end up wasting much of it.
A few days ago I had one of those “lightbulb”moments when I came across a blog post on Cafe Zupas website (a GREAT restaurant in Salt Lake City) titled “How To Milk An Almond”. Let me see if I have this straight. I ALWAYS have raw, whole almonds in the house (they are my go-to snack!) and I could have been making my own almond milk this whole time???? Oh man…I hate when I realize how dumb I’ve been. lol. Oh well…no point in crying over spilt almond milk. At least today I was able to rectify the situation! And oh what a DELICIOUS experience it was!!
1 cup whole raw almonds (not toasted or roasted, etc), enough water to cover
3 – 4 cups water, more if desired
a pinch of salt
honey, to taste
Now go find something yummy to drink it with, or pour it on! Or better yet…when it’s nice and chilled…enjoy a nice, cold glass all by itself and savor the natural deliciousness homemade by YOU! :-)
Oh yeah……I almost forgot about the almond meal. I spread mine out on a cookie sheet and baked it in the oven for about 15 minutes at 350 degrees. I then let it cool completely and put it in a ziploc bag and threw it in the freezer for use at a later date. It will be delicious in some gluten-free cookies! (Bob’s Red Mill Almond Meal is $9.00 a bag!!!)