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Homemade Almond Milk

It’s just an ordinary day, except for the fact that I made milk!  Not the yummy stuff that comes from the cow, but Almond Milk with a touch of honey.  It might just give Old Bessie a run for her money.

Let me tell you a little about me.  I’m part Irish, part African American, and A Little Bit of Hippie.  Today we’re only going to discuss the Hippie in me.  My parents raised me on, what seemed at the time to be, the gnarliest health food on the planet.  I remember sitting down to dinners of Tofu Potato Baker (which I did eventually come to love- thank you ketchup), loads of barely-steamed-mostly-raw broccoli, whole wheat fig bars and fresh squeezed carrot juice.  Granted, I love all that stuff now, but what I would have given for some Chips Ahoy and Kentucky Fried Chicken when I was 5.

I make my family’s dinner habits sound like abuse, don’t I?  That’s probably not fair.  In their choices, my parents instilled in me, what I call, A Little Bit Of Hippie.

As a person with A Little Bit of Hippie in her I am prone to do things like enjoy vegan food on Friday night and throw back a medium rare filet on Saturday night.  I also might ride my bike to work, but only twice a week.  It’s also the Little Bit of Hippie in me that lead me down the granola bar path and inspired me to make these Banana Blackberry Smoothies with Homemade Almond Milk.

I think we all should have at A Little Bit of Hippie in us.  Maybe the the world would be more full of peace, love and Homemade Almond Milk

The milk is SO easy to make.  It tastes light, but full of almondy flavor.  Give it a go!  I love it in smoothies and on granola.

Almond Milk

Print this Recipe!

1.  Place 1 cup toasted almonds in a glass jar, or clean container with a lid.

2.  Cover almond with 4 cups filtered water.

3.  Tightly close the jar or place the lid on the container.

4.  Refrigerate for 1 day, 2 days at the very most.

5.  I know the picture isn’t all that charming, but pour the almonds and water into a blender and blend until relatively smooth.  It will never smooth completely, but blend on and off for about 1 minute and 30 seconds.  (During this step I added 1 Tablespoon Honey to the almond milk.)

6.  Drape a cheesecloth over a medium sized bowl and place a fine mesh strainer on top.  Pour the contents of the blender into the strainer.  Gather all four corners of the cheesecloth and slowly lift and squeeze the liquid from the cloth.

7.  You’re left with almond milk and almond pulp.  Discard the pulp, or think of something extra hippie to do with it.  The milk- drink it.

Banana Blackberry Breakfast Smoothie

In a blender combine:

1 ripe banana

6 blackberries

3/4 cup almond milk

1/2 cup plain yogurt