Live Chocolate Almond Milk

There are a few ways to enjoy this dreamy, creamy classic.  There is a basic recipe, then some fun variations, and then a truly splendid version for a special evening.  All of them are delicious!

STEP ONE: Make Almond Milk

-1 cup soaked almonds. Place them in a bowl, cover with pure water and let soak overnight. I do this before I go to bed at night.  The nutrients in almonds are more easily absorbed after soaking, so to get the best benefit from them, soak before eating.

-3-4 cups of pure water

3-8 dates, optional. Dates make a great sweetener for almond milk, and have an impressive list of essential nutrients, vitamins and minerals.

After the almonds have soaked, drain and place in a blender with the 3-4 cups of pure water (thin or thick milk, personal preference), and the dates.

Blend on high for about two minutes. Strain the mix to remove the almond granules (some people like to keep this because its a great addition to .. cookie or bread recipes, for example).

You can make larger batches because it stores well .. for at least 4-5 days in the frig, in an air-tight container.

OR: Use store bought Almond Milk

EASY ALMOND MILK:

-2 cups Almond Milk

-1/4 cup raw cacao nibs

Blend until smooth .. enjoy!

A VARIATION:

To the above, add a ½ cup of live young coconut, or a ¼ cup of dried/shredded.  Blend and enjoy!

ANOTHER VARIATION (one of my favs!):

-2 cups Almond Milk

-2 Tbs raw cacao nibs

-1 tsp maca powder (or 1 Tbs goji berries)

Blend and enjoy!

Now, this next one involves an ingredient that you may not have access to.  Being close to Atlanta, GA, Ive found it at Sevananda .. what Im referring to is cacao butter.

WARM ALMOND CACAO MILK

-2 cups Almond Milk

-2 inch square of cacao butter (also spelled ‘cocoa)

-1 tsp royal honey, or 1 Tbs sweetener of your choice

Optional: 2 Tbs raw cacao nibs (this recipe is wonderful with jus the three ingredients; the addition of raw cacao nibs makes it rich.)

Blend all until smooth .. then heat.  As a Live Vegan I put this in the dehydrator at 110 for an hour, but this can be heated on the stove .. on a low flame, just until the cacao butter is melted and blended.  Do not boil .. cacao butter has a low melting point so it does’nt take much heat!  This recipe is warm and comforting, so put on some fuzzy slippers, curl up with a book under your favorite blanket, and sip yourself into heavenly bliss!

Eat Well, Be Well!

Yogini Valarie

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