I get up most mornings around 5:30am (who am I?!) and I'm still dashing in to work barely at 9am. Why?
Because after my morning rituals I decide to make date paste as an alternative sweetner and homemade almond milk. Is it worth it? Yes.
I don't own a nut bag (I cringed as I typed that because I'm immature and somewhat of a prude...) but I have a good supply of old, clean and soft cotton rags that are work just fine.
Also, all those rubber bands you receive from the grocer, florists, etc... keep them- they work better than twine and just as photogenic.
Vanilla Almond Milk
1 c almonds (cover w/water and sit overnight to sprout)
3 to 4 c water
1 tbls vanilla paste
good pinch of sea salt
*optional: cinnamon, cardamon and or nutmeg
Drain almonds and rinse with fresh filtered water.
Place into blender/Vitamix and add 3 to 4 c fresh water, vanilla paste and sea salt, give a whirl until smooth.
If you are like me and lack a nut bag (*shudder*), then simply drape cotton rag over a bowl and secure with a large rubber band. Begin to pour almond milk to strain out the pulverized almonds.
I like to tuck the ends back into the bowl as the porous nature of the cotton rag can cause leakage on your countertop surface.
Once done, gather all the ends and squeeze out the rest of the almond milk into the bowl. This is oddly like milking a cow's udder and satisfying.
2/3 c of pitted dates (deglet or medjool)
enough hot water to cover dates
pinch of sea salt
1/3 c of filtered water
Soak dates for approximately 30min, until dates are softened.
Drain, I think you could drink the soaking liquid if you'd like or add to some mint tea...
Place softened dates and sea salt into your blender, nutribullet, food processor, what have you and add water until you get a paste consistency.
I fill a small glass jar and top with some parchment paper secured with another rubber band since I lost the top for the container.
I like to warm up some almond milk with date paste and a dash of cinnamon for a warm drink before bed.
This is one reason I'm late....