Almond Milk Mornings
I read a lot of varied things about soybeans. Well, most of them are not all that great.
Sustainability is usually the first thing that comes up. Soybeans are a high protein and high yield crop, which makes them valuable from the perspective of food production. But this has a lot to do with why the greater part of the world’s soy production is used as animal feed.
Soybean production is also linked to cattle farming through land clearing. This is especially concerning in areas of South America where high biodiversity rainforests are being cleared at an alarming rate.
There’s a whole bunch of other things I could say about why soy isn’t all that great, like the high level of phytoestrogen and the GM debate. But I don’t want to go any further down that rabbit warren right now, I just want to share with you this recent discovery of mine.
I stopped drinking dairy milk when I hit adulthood and realised that I don’t digest it very well. Since then I’ve been experimenting with soy, rice, oat and almond milks. Oat was ruled out when I became stricter on eliminating gluten from my diet, so that only left soy, rice and almond. Rice just isn’t my cup of tea, and it’s only recently that I’ve found a carton of almond milk that costs less than $7.
I do still drink soy milk, but recently have been getting more into making my own almond milk. It’s really cheap, super fresh, and so much fun. You actually get to milk an almond bag!
You will need:
- 1 cup raw unprocessed almonds
- Water to soak (a couple of cups)
- 2.5 cups of water to make the milk
- A tiny pinch of very finely ground salt (optional)
- Some people like to add a teaspoon of agave, but I find it sweet enough as is
- Soak the almonds in water overnight (8-12 hours) so they get nice and plump
- Rinse well and place in the blender with 2 – 2.5 cups of water and salt/agave for a few minutes
- Squeeze through a nut milk bag or cheese cloth
The almond pulp is super yummy and can be used in heaps of different things like porridge, crumbles, cakes, nut burgers and more.
My two faves are smoothies and pancake batter. My housemate caught me mid-way through cleaning out the blender this morning.