Every morning, I get up at the crack of dawn, do an hour of yoga, run for 30 minutes, garden for 30 minutes, make myself a homemade breakfast, feed the goos, fish and squirrels, and whip up a batch of fresh almond milk and make some vegan cheese. And of course, I'm at work by 8am! Ha! If only...
My expectations of myself in the morning are admittedly way out of whack but I do manage to accomplish some of these although not all. Animal care is always a priority and I enjoy it. I do feel that we have a little "farm" or "animal sanctuary" going here now with the six goos, two tanks of goldfish (all born here..three generations down from the originals we were "gifted with in '98), and our bevy of bushy-tailed fuzzies outside aka Squirrelly's family. And a good healthy breakfast is always a priority. Yoga I did manage for 20 minutes today but running..HA! Been years since I've run on a weekday morning sadly. Here's a shot of today's breakfast--a quinoa + cinnamon, slivered almonds, raisins and peach medley. I am a big fan of quinoa for breakfast lately. And to the right..a fresh glass of almond milk sprinkled with cinnamon!
Keebler enjoying his breakfast of oats, flax and sunflower seeds.
Almond milk is super easy..soak 1/2 cup of whole nuts in some filtered water overnight or for 4 hours. I remove the skins but I don't think this is necessary. Put soaked nuts in your blender (you don't need a fancy one..my Oster blender does just fine) w/3 cups filtered water and put on a medium speed for about 3 minutes. I can't go to a higher speed on my blender because it surges the liquid up to the top of the blender container..if yours will do it, go for it!
Place a filter bag on a bowl (I use paint strainer bags, available at your local hardware store..you can also buy a new pair of hose and cut the legs off for use or you can order on of those fancy "milk" straining bags online but the first two work just as well in my opinion). The "curd" of ground almond bits can then be used to make vegan cheese which I'll post about later this week.
The milk lasts several days..it may separate but just shake it up and you're ready to go! Cost per cost, it's not a gigantic cost saver compared to buying Almond Breeze..however, I am using organic almonds here whereas Almond Breeze doesn't come organic. My cost breaks down like this:
Almond Breeze: $2.49 for 4 cups..so 12 cups is $7.47
Homemade: A bag of organic almonds..which makes 12 cups of milk + cheese is $6.99
But the taste comparison makes it worth it..I mean, I love Almond Breeze but it just can't compare to freshly made almond milk. No wonder why the cow on my bottle is smiling!
Another cheaper quick way to make almond milk with I haven't tried is to simply use a tbsp. of almond butter per three cups of filtered water. I saw this on The Raw Pirate Gourmet..a vegan cooking show. I have yet to try it but hope to soon!