Move over soya milk, there's a new kid on the block.
Almond milk is crazy-delicious and favoured by the likes of hipsters, veggies and health fanatics everywhere.
Health benefits include being high in energy, proteins, lipids and fiber, and being low in fat. Plus, it contains vitamins like calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, sodium, and zinc, according to Organic Facts.
It offers a perfect alternative to cow's milk for vegetarians or those who have a milk allergy/intolerance. And, much to our relief, it's super simple to make.
To create this wonderful beverage at home, you will need:
:: 1 cup of almonds
:: 3-4 cups of water
:: 3 Medjool dates
:: Vanilla bean seeds
The beauty of this particular recipe is that you can replace the almonds with walnuts or cashews if you fancy a slightly different taste. Snazzy, huh?
1. Place a cup of almonds in a bowl and pour in just enough water to cover them.
2. Soak the bowl of almonds for at least 10-12 hours. This removes phytic acids which inhibits digestion.
3. Once the almonds have soaked, drain the water away.
4. Place the almonds in a blender with three Medjool dates, 3-4 cups of water and half of a vanilla bean pod.
5. Blend the mixture on a high speed until it's smooth.
6. Strain the almond milk through a "nut bag" or "cheese cloth" to remove any lumps.
7. Serve right away or store in a closed container in the fridge for up to three days. But be sure to shake well before serving.