So, I’ve never been a big coffee drinker. I do however, enjoy a nice big latte every once in a while. Sometimes with 2 shots of espresso and always with whole milk and a big shake of cinnamon on top. I’m not a big fan of ‘low fat’ stuff. I think it’s a marketing scam. Years and years ago, before low fat stuff like milk, yogurt, cheese, etc. came onto the market, and people ate full-fat food, I think we were all a lot slimmer. I don’t have the data here to back it up, but if you Google it, I’m sure you’ll find many reports that support it.
Anyway, back to the lattes.
I decided recently, for my own reasons, that I don’t want to eat animal products anymore. No labels. Just for me, no more animal products. I’m not going to judge anyone else, and some of my recipes past and future may contain animal products. And as for lattes, no more cow’s milk and I’m laying off of caffeine for a while too. I can’t say I really miss my lattes. Physically anyway. I do miss going for coffee with friends though.
Good news though!
I’ve started making my own almond mylk! It’s super easy to make except for the part where you have to peel your almonds. That’s a bit of a drag.
Today I made some to enjoy after work. I thought it would be a nice treat. Especially because I was going to start a seemingly ‘easy’ home repair job – installing a new handle for my screen door. Easy enough, right? Just read the instructions and it should be a breeze. Remove the old handle. Ok. Take the new handle out of the package. Ok. Thingy 1 fits into thingy 2 and then fits onto the door. Ok. Then it all gets screwed together. Not so ok. Why is it that every screw has a different head and that the screws are so fiddly and don’t fit where they’re supposed to? Arggh! After much swearing and fiddling. Good enough. Not perfect, but I can live with it.
Breathe. Drink almond mylk. Relax.
1/2 cup almonds, soaked for 8 – 12 hours, skins removed (leave them in the water and peel them while they’re soaking. I find this the easiest way to get the skin off. You just have to scrape the skin with your nail to get the peeling started and the skins will slip right off)
3 pitted dates
2 1/2 cups filtered water
Add all the ingredients to a high powered blender. I use my Vitamix.
Start on low and increase to high speed for about a minute. It will get nice and frothy. Kind of like a latte.
Pour into a large glass. Sprinkle cinnamon on top. Enjoy!
It’s delicious and the almonds aren’t really that much of a pain to peel. Kind of meditative, and much more enjoyable than home repairs!