Almond Milk – Popular for Centuries

Most of us first became familiar with almond milk because of a vegan health trend in the US, which soon afterwards spread to Europe. However, in fact almond milk originates from the Middle Ages. It was made by combining pureed almonds and water together. The plant-based milk was originally popular in Portugal and Spain at this time, and was later consumed as a fasting food throughout Europe and East Asia. The milk often serves as a base in many Sicilian and Mallorcan dishes. 

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Almond Milk

Calories

60 kcal per 100ml

Nutrients

3g carbohydrate, 0.5g fibre, 4.5g fat, 1.5g protein per 100ml

Season

available year-round

Storage

unopened, store in a cool dry place at 18-22°C; refrigerate once opened

Shelf life

1 week (opened) to a few months (unopened)

Almond Milk – Vegan, Lactose-Free and Delicious

Almond milk is an excellent alternative to conventional cow’s milk, which many people cannot drink due to a lactose intolerance. The plant-based milk is easy to digest and is also suitable for a vegan lifestyle. Visually, almond milk looks very similar to traditional milk but is somewhat thicker in consistency. It has quite a mild taste with a slightly sweet and nutty hint to it. 

Almond Milk – Combinations

Generally speaking, almond milk can be used in any recipe that usually calls for normal milk, such as coffee, your morning muesli, or chia seed pudding. Almond milk with fruity smoothies is a particularly tasty combination, especially those that include bananas and raspberries. The natural milk is also delicious alone, but it is important to remember that it contains a similar amount of calories and fat as cow’s milk does. 

Almond Milk – Make it Yourself

There are various producers offering almond milk in Tetra Pak cartons. However, if you have some leftover almond nuts and you don’t know what to do with them, you could try making your own almond milk. Simply cover 200 grams of unpeeled almonds in water and leave them to soak overnight. After eight to ten hours, the nuts should have absorbed the water completely. Add a litre of hot water to the nuts and blend the mixture together until no pieces remain.

Next, press the milk mixture through a cheese cloth, a thin tea towel or a fine sieve and gather the liquid in a bowl. This should yield around 1 litre of almond milk. The leftover almond mixture can be dried in the oven and used for baking. To sweeten your homemade almond milk, try adding some honey, maple syrup or agave syrup.

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