There are many reasons why people look to substitute milk with other compounds in their diets.
A milk allergy, intolerance, disliking its taste, and even going vegan are among the more common reasons this happens.
Either way, cutting animal milk out of one’s diet comes with some concerns. Will you enjoy your favourite recipes with dairy? Are you relegated to band foods? Well, if you are a white coffee lover, you will be happy to know that this is not something you have to give up.
Here, learn how to make a delicious almond coffee creamer to pacify those coffee cravings.
How to Make Almond Milk Creamer
Almonds are edible seeds produced by an Almond tree or Prunus dulcis. Almonds, native to the Middle East are now being grown in many developed countries.
The almonds you get at stores near you are either raw or roasted and usually have their shells removed to expose the nutty seeds.
Making the Milk
Making almond milk creamer is an easy process that does not require any specialized kitchen appliances. In fact, you can make your own creamer right in your kitchen.
Here are the steps to follow:
1- Soak almonds
Put a cup of almonds in a container with an airtight cover. Pour two cups of water inside the jar and cover it tightly. You can increase these measurements as needed but maintain the ratio.
Let this sit out for 48 hours, changing the water every 12 hours or so. You’ll notice the dry almonds will soak up the water, getting plumper and plumper during this time.
After the 48 hours are out, drain the final water, the almonds are soaked in, and rinse them out.
Pour plump almonds and 1 1/2 cups of water into your blender. Puree or pulse this for about 30 seconds or until you get a white mixture.
You will need a very fine cheesecloth or sieve for this step.
Pour the almond mixture through the sieve and into a clean container. A nut milk bag can do the job just as well, if not better.
You will have creamy, thick almond milk in the jar and almond meal in the sieve. You can find delicious recipes for this as well.
4- Flavour Your Milk
The milk is ready for use as-is. However, you can take this a step further to flavour the milk to your liking.
Cardamom, vanilla, strawberry, and even maple syrup are good flavouring options. You can also add coconut cream for extra thickness and a twist to the flavour.
The best thing about homemade creamer, as opposed to store-bought, is that you get to control the ingredients used. You also have the luxury of making fresh creamer every day, eliminating the need to use harmful preservatives.
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