How to Make a Chocolate Almond Milk Smoothie
This no added sugar chocolate almond milk recipe is a great tasting way to replace dairy milk and add high levels of nutrition into your diet at the same time.
Unlike regular chocolate milk loaded with sugar and artificial additives, this easy to make treat it actually good for you.
With its high protein, low carbohydrates, healthy fats and theobromine from raw cacao, this chocolate almond milk could even help you lose weight if you drink it regularly.
How to Soak Almonds for Almond Milk
The best almond milk is one that you make yourself and for that you’ll need good almonds, like these Californian grown organic almonds with many positive reviews.
When making almond milk it’s much easier to soak the almonds first, preferably overnight. This makes them significantly easier to blend up and it can also help to minimize certain enzyme inhibitors that many nuts like almonds contain.
On balance, almonds are still a very healthy nut. However, soaking them for almond milk is necessary and as an added benefit an overnight soak may make them even more nutritious.
Soak 1 cup of raw almonds in a large bowl of water and sprinkle over a teaspoon of Himalayan crystal salt or another real sea salt. On the kitchen bench is fine, perhaps with a tea towel covering them.
Preferably let the almonds sit in water for at least 12 hours. There are reports that soaking the nuts for a full two days makes for an even creamier almond milk. That seems like quite a bit of planning ahead though.
For most people, throwing a cup of almonds into a bowl, adding 3 cups of water and a teaspoon of salt the night before isn’t too much trouble. This is the simplest way to soak your almonds for almond milk.
Almond Milk Preparation
Once your almonds are soaked, simply drain the water, rinse and drain again and your almonds are ready to make homemade almond milk.
Some people like to take the skins off their almonds before making almond milk and they will come off easily at this point. I’ve never bothered myself as they contain many nutrients and the skin won’t be noticeable once they’re all blended up.
While this recipe is quite simple, you will need a good blender. Cheap ones don’t last and are usually false economy in the long run.
With the versatility of a blender in your kitchen, it pays to get a good one like this Hemisphere blender I use virtually every day. Making up recipes like this chocolate almond milk smoothie becomes a lot easier when you have good equipment.
How to Make Chocolate Almond Milk at Home
Ingredients for 2
- 1 cup of soaked almonds.
- 2 cups of water.
- 2 tablespoons of raw cacao – very healthy and rich and without the sugar of most commercial chocolate powder. I found this one excellent, both in taste and energizing factor.
- 4 pitted dates.
- A couple of ice cubes
- Half a small avocado for a creamier almond milk or one banana for a sweeter blend.
- 2 tablespoons of chia seeds for omega-3 goodness and a thicker chocolate milk.
- 1 teaspoon of natural vanilla extract or Ceylon cinnamon for extra flavor.
- 2 to 4 drops of natural stevia if you’d like it even sweeter, though probably unnecessary, especially with a banana added.
Almond Milk Method
- Add the water, almonds and pitted dates and at first start blending at a low speed.
- Move up to high and blend until the almonds and dates are in small pieces.
- Add the cacao and rest of the ingredients and blend up on high until the consistency looks good to you.
- Drink immediately and enjoy.
I hope you like this homemade chocolate almond milk smoothie recipe. Despite how good it tastes, it really is quite healthy and beneficial.
I’d appreciate hearing what you think if you make it up for yourself and any other ingredients you think would go well in it. There’s much more on how good for you almonds are and their top 5 health benefits here.
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