How to Make a Rich Cream From Nutritious Almonds

A Cream Made From Almonds

Nut Meat isn't Just for Eating

Milk and cream doesn't have to just come just from cows. Nuts, with their creamy nut-meats, offer a nutritious and tasty alternative and they can be used to make healthful nut milks and nut creams.

Many cultures have relied on nuts for the making of nut-based milk and cream for centuries. Until recently, this practice wasn't quite as common in the Western World. Times have changed, though, and with increasing awareness about lactose intolerance and the acidity of milk products, consumers are looking at alternatives. Additionally, because of conditions in factory farms and how milk cows are treated, many consumers are opting to make more compassionate choices.

Markets now offer a selection of nut milks but because these are commercially produced, other undesirable ingredients and sweeteners may be added. Additionally, unless listed on the packaging, it may be difficult to ascertain the actual percentage of nuts used in the product.

When you make your own nut milk or cream, you control the ingredients. And you ensure that you are getting real nutrition from actual nuts and not a hoped-for healthy benefit from a laundry list of sketchy ingredients designed to make producers more money.

This article discusses how to make almond cream, a wonderfully tasty concoction that not only offers a healthful alternative to cow's milk, but makes a nutritious topping for hot or cold cereals.

For those with milk allergies, almond cream is a dairy-free alternative. And If you like thick, creamy-tasting toppings for your cereal but don't care for the calories/fats in cow's milk, almond cream just may be the perfect substitute.

Almond cream is also wonderful served over fresh fruit. For a truly healthful breakfast, serve cooked cream of Kamut cereal cereal, topped with fresh fruit and delicious almond cream.

What You'll Need for Almond Cream

To make almond cream, you will need just a few simple ingredients:

  • Blender
  • Ground blanched almonds.
  • Water
  • Sweetener (honey, maple syrup, or real vanilla)

Creamy Goodness Waits Inside

Tip

By using blanched almonds, you avoid having to strain your cream through a cheesecloth. Almond skins darken cream and may impart a bitter taste.

Method

  1. Pour 1 cup of purified water into a blender
  2. Add 1-2 tbsp.of sweetener
  3. Add 1/2 cup of ground blanched almonds

This is the basic recipe. If you desire thicker almond cream, simply reduce the amount of water. If you want a thinner mixture, try 1/4 of blanched ground almonds.

For a larger batch of almond cream, double recipe amounts; for a smaller batch half ingredients.

For those who are lactose intolerant, nut milks offer a nutritious dietary alternative. Recipes for creamy nut milks that can easily be made from home.

Cream in Seconds

Making almond cream takes just seconds and once one gets used to the process, it is easy to make from home.

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Athlyn Green 5 years ago from West Kootenays Author

Hi R,

You can link to my article. Glad this info. proved helpful.

I love almond cream and almond milk, such a healthful alternative for those with milk allergies.


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RTalloni 5 years ago from the short journey

Thanks so much. I have not seen an article on almond cream and am delighted to find this one.

Would like to link it to my hub on almonds. Please let me know if you have any objection. Thanks much.


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Athlyn Green 5 years ago from West Kootenays Author

Hi Koffee,

Your Welcome. Nuts are so nutritious and almonds are especially so.


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KoffeeKlatch Gals 5 years ago from Sunny Florida

Thanks for the recipe. I'll have to try it. It sounds perfect for my diet. Rated up, useful and bookmarked.


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Athlyn Green 5 years ago from West Kootenays Author

Hi Alicia,

Yes, using blanched almonds cuts out having to use cheese cloth, which, to me, makes for more work and mess.

Years ago, I discovered that cow's milk gave me eczema, so I looked for milk alternatives. I was thrilled to find that almond milk and cream tasted so good and was so easy to make.

Additionally, eating almonds can be a real health-booster.


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Eiddwen 5 years ago from Wales

Mmm another to bookmark into My Favourite recipes.

Thank you for sharing.

Take care

Eiddwen.


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AliciaC 5 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

Thanks for the recipe. I’ve made almond cream before, although I’ve always used whole almonds. Your suggestion to use blanched almonds is a good one! Almond milk and cream are delicious, and I like the health benefits that you mention. It’s great that people who can’t or don’t want to eat dairy foods have such a healthy milk and cream alternative! I do eat dairy products, but I still love almond milk and cream.


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Athlyn Green 5 years ago from West Kootenays Author

Hi Cogerson.

This is great. Almonds are nutrient-dense, containing substances that can protect against disease development.

For more information about the health benefits almonds offer, please see my article at the foot of this hub.

If you want an almond milk, simply cut the ground almonds to 1/4 cup.

Let me know how you make out.


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Cogerson 5 years ago from Virginia

I will have to try that.....the very first thing we do in the morning is watch PBS for kids and eat cereal...something healthy in that routine has to be good


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Athlyn Green 5 years ago from West Kootenays Author

Hi cogerson,

I"m a fan of cream but have a milk allergy. Almond cream is delicious. This cream is wonderful to serve to children to boost their nutrition in the morning.


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Cogerson 5 years ago from Virginia

Sounds like the perfect item in the morning...thanks for posting

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