Homemade Almond Coconut Milk – Vanilla and Chocolate

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Homemade Coconut Almond Milk | Real Food Kosher

Homemade Almond Coconut Milk is a great dairy milk alternative with a unique blend of taste and nutrition not found on store shelves.

Blending the almonds with the coconut flakes offers a more balanced fat profile (you don’t want to overdo nut consumption because of its high omega-6 content) and for those that find coconut milk too strong of a taste, the almond milk lightens it up.

And it only takes 2-3 more ingredients to make your own vanilla or chocolate (still healthy) flavored versions.

What’s So Bad about Store-Bought Soy, Rice, Nut, Hemp, (fill-in-the-blank) Milk?

Have you read the ingredients?

Store bought milk alternatives are highly processed. Most have added sugars and synthetic vitamins, vegetable oils, and other unnecessary ingredients.

One common ingredient found in the majority of these milk alternatives is carrageenan. Carrageenan has been linked to gastrointestinal inflammation, including higher rates of colon cancer in laboratory animals. (Read the Cornucopia report for more information; Carrageenan: How a “Natural” Food Additive is Making us Sick and check out their Shopping Guide to Avoiding Foods with Carrageenan).

Nut Milk Preparation

When made at home you’re assured that all the healthy nutrients and enzymes are still intact. Just presoaking your nuts before eating makes them more digestible by releasing phytic acid – an enzyme inhibitor found in nuts and grains.

Vanilla and Chocolate Almond Coconut Milk

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Homemade Almond Coconut Milk
Remember to soak your almonds the night before you  prepare this (or use sprouted almonds) and discard the soaking liquid.  A reusable nut milk bag makes straining the milk much easier, but cheesecloth can also be used. 

Yield: About 3 1/2 cups (strained)

1 cup sprouted almonds, or raw almonds soaked in warm water overnight (add a few dashes of sea salt to the soaking water)
1 cup unsweetened coconut flakes*
4 cups hot water (not boiling)
Pinch of sea salt

For Vanilla Flavored Milk
3-4 pitted dates
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

For Chocolate Flavored Milk
3-4 pitted dates
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1-2 tablespoons cocoa powder

1. Place coconut flakes and hot water in blender and let soak for an hour (or at least 15 minutes).
2. Blend almonds, coconut flakes with water, and pinch of salt for a few minutes in a high speed blender.
3. Strain milk through a nut milk bag or a few layers of cheesecloth placed over a mesh strainer. Squeeze pulp with your hands to remove as much liquid as possible.
4. Store strained milk in the refrigerator for 2-3 days (or freeze). Milk will separate when refrigerated, shake before serving.
5. For vanilla or chocolate flavored milk, return strained milk to blender and blend with pitted dates, vanilla extract, and cocoa powder (if using).

*You can also make coconut milk out of coconut butter. For this recipe, add 2 tablespoons of coconut butter to the strained almond milk and blend again.

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