In my kitchen, I keep away from dairy and gluten which means store-bought products are typically never on my shopping list. So, this means making most of my meals, drinks, and snacks from scratch. One recipe which I thoroughly enjoy is my homemade chocolate nut milk using almonds.
This recipe is made completely from natural products which are easily accessible and are a much better alternative for store-bought chocolate milk. My homemade chocolate nut milk is packed with all the vitamins, minerals, and healthy fats almond milk offers, plus the delightful twist of a chocolatey taste.
There’s not much you have to use in this recipe, so our ingredient list today is short:
- 1 cup of raw almonds
- 3 cups fresh water
- 1 tbsp natural sweetener (depending on your preference)
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1- 2 tbsp raw cacao powder
The first step is to take 1 cup of almonds and soak them overnight. Soaking them ensures their nutrients are bioavailable and they’re clean before you’re using them. It brings out the protein, fiber, and nutrients that you’d typically find in almonds so it’s potent in the milk.
Once the almonds have been soaked overnight, rinse them out so there’s no lingering dirty, flavored water. Then place them into your blender. Then, put 3 cups of fresh water into your blender and blend until smooth.
It’s important that the blender you use is a high-powered one. The blender I use is a Vitamix Pro 750, which you can find on my Amazon page if you don’t have your own high-powered blender.
Once everything is perfectly blended, pour your freshly blended almond milk into a nut bag and squeeze out the milk into a bowl. What this does is separate the pulp from the milk, so you don’t have chunks floating in your glass. The nut bag is essentially a very fine mesh bag that keeps the pulp inside.
This is the final step. Now that you’ve squeezed out the milk, it’s time to pour it back into the blender and add in 1 tablespoon of natural sweetener of your choice (this could be maple syrup, honey, or dates), 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract, and one to two tablespoons of raw cacao powder, depending on how chocolatey you want it to be.
Do not throw out your pulp! It’s jam-packed with protein and fiber and can be used in many recipes, so once you’re done squeezing, keep it stored, saved, and handy for later.
Pour into a glass and you’re ready to serve! If you want more quick recipes such as this one, then you can head over to my YouTube channel where all of my video tutorials are located.
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