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Chocolate Almond Milk

13 Comments 15 October 2012

Chocolate Almond Milk

I love my chocolate, and I usually save chocolate for special treats or dessert. But lately I’ve been making chocolate almond milk. It’s wonderful for smoothies, for mid-afternoon snacks, and for right before a workout.

I avoided making my own almond milk for years because of the word Nut Milk Bag. It just sounded way too involved, so I continued to buy almond milk at the store. My obsession with homemade almond milk can be blamed on Dallas, one of the Raw Foods Potluck Girls, because she gave me a Nut Milk Bag as a Christmas gift. It sat on the counter in my kitchen until about March when I finally had enough nerve to try to use it. I can’t believe I wasted three months of wondering. Now I use that bag multiple times a week.

Making almond milk really is a snap. I soak one cup of almonds overnight, drain and rinse them in the morning, and then place them in the Vitamix with 5 cups of water and 4 dates. I let the Vitamix work its magic on high speed, and in under a minute it’s ready to pour into the Nut Milk Bag.

The Nut Milk Bag has a string at the top so you can cinch it closed. Then all you do is squeeze the bag and let the velvety milk run through your fingers and into the bowl. It’s that easy.

To make Chocolate Almond Milk I just return the nut milk to the Vitamix and blend it with 2 Tablespoons of Raw Cacao Powder.

It’s not super sweet, but it’s a rich, delicious, and satisfying snack. A perfect compliment to these.

Raw Banana Pumpkin Crackers

Or blend a cup of Chocolate Almond Milk with a banana for a pick-me-up smoothie.

Chocolate Almond Milk

by Heather

Ingredients:

Directions:

1. Soak 1 cup of almonds in filtered water overnight.

2. Drain and rinse almond.

3. Place soaked almonds and dates in the Vitamix with 5 cups of water and blend on high for about 30 seconds.

4. Pour into a Nut Milk Bag and squeeze milk into a large bowl.

5. Pour the nut milk back into the Vitamix and blend with 2 Tablespoons of Raw Cacao Powder until mixed.

Makes almost 2 quarts.

Readers, dish!

  • Do you make your own nut milk?
  • What is your favorite kind to make?
  • What is your favorite healthy pick-me-up snack?
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13 Comments so far

  1. It’s so funny how turned off people are by making their own almond milk, it’s so intimidating. But then when you do it, it’s so easy! Love this recipe :) I’ll have to make some soon, I’ve never ventured down the homemade CHOCOLATE almond milk path!

  2. I need to get on this. It sounds so simple and there’s really no reason to buy it. THanks for the encouragement.

  3. Add me to the list of folks who need to make their own almond milk. I think I had a reaction (majorly achy joints) to all the additives in purchased almond milk the last time I used it, so I have to see how I react to the real stuff. Love this recipe, Heather!

    xo,
    Shirley

  4. It is amazing how simple it is to make… I have only done it a couple of times but have been thinking about starting up again. Love the idea of making it as chocolate almond milk!! I know my kiddos will love it. :D

  5. Carol says:

    I have been making my own almond milk since April of this year. I have not touched the store-bought stuff ever since! Homemade is just sooooo creamy and delicious. I also make hemp milk from seeds, and coconut milk from young Thai coconuts. I am in my very own milk heaven here, lol. ;-)

  6. amber says:

    Hi Heather,

    What a fun post! I love your variation on chocolate milk. It looks just divine. We make a chocolate milk on this end (but with carob) and the kids love it. It’s nice in the summer as a cold drink and cozy in the winter as a warm beverage. The carob allows me to treat my kiddos a night with some for dessert. I just love carob for that. I am planning on sharing soon with some other carob recipes.

    Hope everything is going well on your end. I’m sure you are fully in the swing of school and getting to know your students pretty well by now.

    Busy on this end (buying a home) so things have been rather crazy. Haven’t been able to connect much on link parties or FB. But I hope to get back to regular blogging soon.

    Have a great week lovely lady,

    Hugs,
    –Amber

  7. Heidi says:

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