Thursday, April 9, 2009

Gluten Free Almond Milk Recipe (GFCF)

If someone in your family isn't tolerating milk, I suggest investing in a vitamix blender and making homemade "milk" yourself. I spent so much time trying to find a ready made creamy gluten and dairy free milk for my son and finally settled for Westsoy Rice Milk, which is gluten free. When I got my vitamix, I started to make my own gluten free casein free milk and realized that homemade nut and rice milk are nothing like their watery storebought nut and rice milk. This almond milk is creamy and delicious and it would be perfect on cereal or made into egg nog. It is really important to soak the almonds, so that you can absorb all of the nutrition from the almond milk. I soak almonds overnight and then store them in the freezer in 1 cup baggies until I need to use them. That way I always have them on hand to make fresh milk or almond crackers.

1 cup raw almonds- soaked overnight in water
3 cups water
4 dates

Combine ingredients in Vitamix blender on variable speed. Begin at speed one for ten seconds. Increase to higher speed every ten seconds. (If you watch the Vitamix video you will see how they do this.) Then turn it to high speed for a minute or two. Strain through a fine mesh strainer or use a cheesecloth over a regular strainer. You can gather the ends of the cheesecloth and squeeze the milk out of the cheesecloth to extract all the milk.