Is anyone else smoothie obsessed?! How about a family full of cereal killers?! Okay maybe it’s just us but we go through a ton of Almond Milk in our family on a weekly basis. When the kids switched to Nut Milk as well it made my grocery list so much simpler but I am always looking for ways to simplify it even more. So how about turning those Raw Almonds that we keep in the cupboard to snack on into our own Almond Milk using items we already have in the house? I call that a win!
The first step is simple you just have to soak your almonds for 12-24 hours 1 cup of almonds in 3 cups of water. Once they have soaked you drain off that water and take the skins of the almonds. This sounds tedious however they come off so easy and it’s actually kind of fun! Then you add those peeled almonds to your blender and add 6 cups of water and blend away.
This milk like mixture then needs to be strained, I purchased a Nut Milk bag here on Amazon for only $8. I have heard that you can use cheese cloth as well but I thought it would be easier to hold in a bowl while pouring if it was in bag form. This separates the pulp from the milk. Once the milk is strained you can store it from there or you can add it back to your blender and add any flavors you like, I decided to add Vanilla and Cinnamon to the milk and it turned out amazing! (2 tsp Vanilla extract 2 tsp Cinnamon)
I then stored the milk in a large mason jar and LIFE HACK use the cardboard portion from a recycled juice box to make for easier pouring!
What did I do with the pulp from the Almond Milk you ask? (Okay maybe you didn’t but I’m going to tell you anyway so you don’t throw it out.)
Protein Balls with Almond Pulp
-2 Tbsp Powered PB
-1/4 cup dried (unsweetened) cherries
-1/4 cup mini chocolate chips
-3-4 large dried dates
Allow Almond pulp to dry on a pan for approximately 1 hour. Add pulp, powered PB and dates to a food processor and blend until combined. Remove blade from processor and stir in cherries and chocolate chips. Roll into approximately 1 inch balls and place on a pan covered in parchment. Place plan into freezer for about 1 hour, then refrigerate. Balls can stay in air tight container in the fridge for up to a week.
Get up and Go Green Breakfast Smoothie
-1 1/2 cup Almond Milk
-1 1/2 cups spinach
-1 small apple (cut and cored)
-1 cup frozen butternut squash
-1 scoop Collagen Proteins (Collagen I use)
Place Almond Milk, spinach and collagen into blender and mix until combined. (I find that if I mix the greens with the liquids first my end result is a greener smoothie) Then add the rest of your ingredients and blend until combined. Pour into travel container or glass and enjoy.
*Calories per Smoothie 425