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Does anyone know the food value for Almond Milk?  I looked in typebase and didn't see it.  
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not easy to find a compliant almond milk brand....
but homemade if almonds are on your list is fine!
search for a recipe, there s many here.


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Thank you Lloyd and Lola!
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Mmmm.  Reading this thread and reading the thread on carob powder makes me want to go make some carob almond milk.  


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Hi Ribbit!....  Two ways for making almond milk the "raw" way..

The long way: one cup raw almonds, germinated (soaked for 12-24 hours); add 3-5 cups pure water; pulverize in a blender; strain if desired to remove "pulp"; add agave nector or honey to sweeten as desired.   Please, please do not blanch the almonds with boiling water. That destroys the raw qualities.

Now the easy way:
2 Tbls raw almond butter
1 cup pure water
agave nector or honey if desired

just blend and enjoy!


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Thanks, Pixelland.  I hadn't thought about soaking them before.  Usually I just dump a handful in the Vita-Mix with several cups of water, a dash of salt and a little agave.  Maybe some vanilla too.  Then if I want it for cereal (which I eat once every 4 weeks or so) I just pour it on.  If I want it for something more like a shake, especially if the children are drinking it too, I'll strain out the little skin bits.   I used to blanch them and the children would pinch the skins off, but when I went raw I stopped doing that.


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I soak ALL nuts and seeds to begin the germination process. Both keep their nutrients "locked up" to preserve them until the conditions are right for growing. Soaking starts the growth process, making the seeds and nuts "live food", GREATLY increasing the nutritional quality and reducing the lectin content. The lectins in the seed coating are the seed's food for the growth process.

I wasn't sure I would like soaked nuts, but my initial concerns that they would get "soggy" were unfounded. They taste and feel fine in my mouth (big texture person here...), and are much easier on the digestive system, too.  


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thanks for the "mouth feel" clarification. It's important.  
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I used to soak almonds, but it was just to eat them, not to make almond milk.  I actually prefer soaked almonds--they do feel good in your mouth--but my kids won't touch 'em.


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I'm very sensitive to textures of food...  I eat bananas before they are truely ripe because I don't like "mushy" foods...  and I'm not big on fibrous foods like pineapple and coconut because once the flavor is gone, I still have "stuff" in my mouth that I don't want to swallow  

Kinda like Goldielocks....  I want everything to be "just right"!


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Thanks, Pixelland.  I hadn't thought about soaking them before.  Usually I just dump a handful in the Vita-Mix with several cups of water, a dash of salt and a little agave.  Maybe some vanilla too..


That's the way I make it too. In the Vitamix. No soaking, skins included, raw. I don't add any sweetner. Sometimes I strain it a little.  Almond butter is $10-$11 a jar

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Gotta love our VitaMix blenders!...  I keep the almond butter around
for emergencies, but I prefer to work from "scratch".

Heck... Almonds aren't cheap either! With the current pasteurization regulations, I quit buying from my local health food store. Raw almonds in bulk bins are most probably not truly raw. The government decided that not only was pasteurization necessary, but that (in their opinion) it doesn't affect the raw qualities and that treated almonds can still be labeled as "raw". I managed to find a good source for true raw almonds (if I can believe the claims) at a better price than local.

I checked my books, and soaking time for almonds is 8-12 hours. I've let them go as long as 24, but not usually. Research on germination of a variety of nuts/seeds shows an increase in nutrion in the 500% + range...    But I think you need to leave the nut whole for the best return.

It's an extra step, but if you get in the habit of thinking of it the night before it's easy.

I love the ideas of adding vanilla.. or carob...  maybe I'll try some raw cacao nibs..  


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  Almond butter is $10-$11 a jar



I know!  It's insane.  I was making my own almond butter but after a while I decided....what's the point?  I'll just eat a handful of almonds.  I can't wait till I can eat peanut butter again.  I'm avoiding it because it seems to make my B baby fussy.


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[quote=3597]. The government decided that not only was pasteurization necessary, but that (in their opinion) it doesn't affect the raw qualities and that treated almonds can still be labeled as "raw".

Good grief.


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Research on germination of a variety of nuts/seeds shows an increase in nutrion in the 500% + range...    But I think you need to leave the nut whole for the best return.

Whole as in...with the shell still on?  I can get them pretty cheap with the shell on, but I don't like the idea of having to shell them all the time.  Oh, ho--guess what I just thought of?  I can put my kids to work.  They'd love to shell nuts if they could figure out how.






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Gotta love the FDA...  

definitely shelled!... If anyone is interested, I'll look up my source for you..  

Time to get to yoga...


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I buy the Blue Diamond raw almonds from Sam's Club, 3lbs bag for almost $12...  That is the best price I have found.  I'm sure that they are pastuerized, but the only unpastuerized I found were $10/lb...


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Hello all BTD's,
  Finally found me some milk that is compliant that I will probably  have to stick with. I bought some Rice Dream, vanilla flavored rice milk for my cereals, this one is enriched with all the vitamins and minerals, including calcium and vitamin D.
Just wanted to let you all know this. Taste is not too bad. This particular one comes in the half gallon size, good for refrigeration. Usaullly don't find rice milk in this size. Everyone take care until next time.
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Yes, I still make my own almond milk...I just do it simply...soak the almonds overnight, then blend/liquify in the A.M. I use it for smoothies & sometimes, just drink it plain...I don't mind the small pieces that don't get completely chopped up.  If you do, just strain them out. In a smoothie, you hardly notice that they're there.
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I have doubts about that rice Dream being compliant...check the gums....
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I'll prob. make my own like Rex. I don't mind little pieces.  
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Rice Dream has "stuff" in it.  It's hard to find compliant cartoned milk subs.  There is a pretty safe soy milk, but I can't remember the brand right now.


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Rice Dream has "stuff" in it.  It's hard to find compliant cartoned milk subs.  There is a pretty safe soy milk, but I can't remember the brand right now.


Is it West Soy?
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Is it West Soy?


WestSoy Unsweetened and Edensoy unsweetened are just soybeans and water.


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