I don’t know how I survived the freezing, record-breaking temperatures in February, but I did. To celebrate the oncoming of Spring, I want to share this heavenly delicious Lavender Almond Milk recipe that my roommate and I created. Lavender beautifully compliments the almond milk, adding a subtle essence of lavender sweetness that enhances the natural flavours of the almonds without overpowering it.
Raw, homemade almond milk is my absolute favourite milk substitute. I love it because it goes well in teas and smoothies and is absolutely satisfying to my taste buds. Homemade almond milk has this luscious, nutty, creaminess that tastes 1000x better than store-bought almond milk. I find that almond milk from the store has a weird salty, cardboard taste that absolutely does no justice to real almond.
Why You Shouldn’t Drink Cow Milk
Being the nutrition-freak that I am, I avoid dairy or cow’s milk, at all costs. Conventional dairy is now filled with growth hormones and antibiotics that damages your immunity and induces allergic reactions.
Not only that, contrarily to common belief, milk carries calcium-leaching properties that weakens your bones (yes, you read that right!). Cow Milk’s acidic properties leach calcium from your bones, resulting in weaker bones and can contribute to osteoporosis from long-term consumption.
Learn more on how here.
Benefits of Raw, Homemade Almond Milk
1. Keeps Your Heart Healthy
There is no cholesterol or saturated fat in almond milk. It is jam-packed with healthy fats like omega fatty acids that help lower blood pressure and prevents heart disease.
2. Keeps Bones Strong
Good source of calcium with Vitamin D, which aids calcium absorption.
3. Keeps a Balanced Blood-Sugar
Low in carbs and glycemic index. Almond milk does not affect your blood-sugar balance, keeping your insulin levels balanced.
4. Keeps Your Gut Happy – Lactose-Free
Attention to my lactose-intolerant friends. Please welcome almond milk into your life and I promise you, you’ll love yourself for doing so.
5. Keeps Your Skin Glowing
Almond milk contains lots of Vitamin E – an essential antioxidant for healthy, glowing skin.
Benefits of Lavender
1. Keeps Your Skin Clear of Blemishes and Acne
Lavender has antiseptic and antifungal properties that reduce scarring and speed up healing. Good for acne and eczema because of anti-inflammatory properties. Also has bacteria fighting abilities to prevent acne infections.
2. Keeps You Calm and Relaxed
Lavender promotes sleep and reduces anxiety and depression. Great for reducing nervousness and soothes the nervous system that induces sleep and relaxation.
3. Keeps Digestion in Check
Lavender relieves gas and constipation. Great for reducing nervous intestinal disorders and indigestion.
4. Keeps Bad Bacteria Out and Reduces Bloating
Lavender flowers contain polyphenols that help reduce ‘bad’ bacteria in the blood and eliminates bloating.
5. Keeps You Headache-Free
Known for providing migraine relief, lavender prevents the onset of new headaches. Relieves neck and head tension, promoting relaxation.
Lavender Almond Milk with Raw Honey
(Makes 4 cups)
- 2 cups Raw Almonds 4 cups Filtered Water (for blending)(Ratio: 1 cup almond: 2 cups water)
- 3/4 tbsp raw honey
- 1 tbsp whole, dried lavender buds (you can get this at Whole Foods or any health store)
- 1 empty tea bag
- Blender (I use Vitamix)
- Nut Straining Apparatus – Use Thin Nylon Socks/Stocking (or Nut Bag)
(I prefer using nylon socks in place of nutbags or cheese cloths because the holes are finer, making the milk more smooth and silky.)
1. Soak raw almonds with enough filtered water to cover all the almonds
2. Soak almonds for 8-12 hours (Easiest way is to soak them overnight)
3. Add 2 cups of soaked almonds and 4 cups of filtered water into a blender
4. Puree nuts in water for around 1-2 minutes, until nut milk is in a thick and smooth consistency
5. Pour nut puree into your choice of straining apparatus (If using a nylon sock, you will need to portion out straining process several times because the sock/stocking will not be able to withhold the entirety of puree mixture)
6. Gently squeeze and strain
7. Remove dried nut pulp into a separate container or bowl
8. Add raw honey as a natural sweetener