|I love you, really love you almond milk latte.|
I really enjoy coffee and the social aspect of sitting around a table with friends sharing coffee. I love waking up on Sunday morning and looking forward to sitting down with a cup. My favourite is an americano, straight up with nothing in it. A latte was my drink of choice at one time but when I gave up dairy years ago, I gave up latte’s, until I started making almond milk. Don’t get me wrong, I use store bought almond milk as well but I feel better about consuming it when I can make it myself and it tastes so much better.
I use a good decaffeinated, fair trade, organic bean and it’s important when searching out coffee beans to find beans that have been water processed to remove caffeine and not chemically processed. There are a lot of great options but to name a few Kicking Horse has a free trade bean that is water processed and Good Earth also carries some great beans.
Almond milk is really simple to make and all it requires is a nut milk bag and a good blender. When I make mine I usually don’t sweeten it but you can add a little honey, stevia, or soaked dates. I add vanilla and cinnamon to mine and its exceptional when steamed and added to pipping hot espresso.
Almond Milk recipe
- 1 cup almonds, soaked for eight hours
- 3 cups filtered water
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon (optional)
- 1 tsp raw honey (optional)
Soak the almonds for eight hours. Drain and rinse very well. Add the almonds and filtered water to a Vitamix blender and blend on high speed for 60 seconds. Strain this mixture through a nut milk bag and add vanilla and cinnamon. I sometimes add a teaspoon of raw honey back to the Vitamix and blend with the milk. The Vitamix warms it up a little as it’s blending. Store in a glass jug in the fridge up to 3 or 4 days.
|Soaked nuts and filtered water|
|Straining through a nut milk bag|
|Squeeze out the milk|
|Almond Nut milk|