Raw Food Recipes- Almond Milk & Sprouts

April 25, 2012

Read our review of a Raw Food Diet for more information on why you might want to include these raw foods in your diet.

Almond Milk Recipe

Almond milk is a vegan alternative to dairy and is simple to make. It can be used in place of dairy in smoothies and most baking and cooking.

To make your own almond milk, soak two cups of almonds in water for four to six hours. Rinse and, if desired, peel the almonds. Blend them with four cups of water until smooth. Pour the almond mixture into a Nut Milk Bag and squeeze out the liquid almond milk into a bowl. You can use the leftover ground up almonds in cookies or as a spread on sandwiches.

Flavored Almond Milk Variations
You can make a vanilla flavored almond milk by adding a handful of dates and a teaspoon of vanilla. For a chocolate flavor add two tablespoons of cocoa powder. Adding some cinnamon and nutmeg makes a delicious cinnamon flavored milk. The possibilities are endless and you can adjust the recipes to your taste.

 

Instructions for Growing Sprouts

Growing Alfalfa Sprouts

Growing Alfalfa Sprouts. Photo by Jessica Reeder

Sprouts are sources of vitamins, minerals, enzymes, amino acids, and proteins. Sprouts come pre-packaged at your grocery store, but they are also easy to grow in your home. Alfalfa, broccoli, lentil, and radish seeds can all be sprouted.

  • To grow your own sprouts, rinse three tablespoons of seeds and place them in a jar.
  • Add three cups of water to the jar, and leave the seeds in the water overnight.
  • Drain the water from the jar, retaining the wet seeds in the jar.
  • With a cheesecloth over the opening of the jar so that no seeds escape, place the jar upside down in a drying rack.
  • Rinse the seeds once or twice daily, and continue to leave the jar upside down, with the seeds inside.

The number of sprouting time depends on the seed; for example, optimal sprouting time for alfalfa seeds is five days, whereas lentils sprout in only two to three days.

To remove the seed casings known as hulls from your sprouts, place the sprouts in a bowl, pour water over them, and the hulls will float to the surface.

Sprouts can be enjoyed in salads, pitas, stirfrys and more.

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