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How to Make a Rich Cream From Nutritious Almonds

Updated on October 1, 2017
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Athlyn Green has an interest in whole, natural foods and shares her insights with others.

A Cream Made From Almonds

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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 healthful alternatives. Additionally, because of conditions in factory farms and how milk cows are treated, many consumers are opting to make more compassionate choices and refusing to buy products that may be produced under undesirable conditions.

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. Imagine buying, for example, almond milk, and that liquid possibly thickened not because of nut content but because of commercial thickeners or flavored with artificial almond flavor, instead of containing much in the way of actual almonds.

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

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.

Creamy Goodness in Almonds

The creamy inner meat of the almond make a perfect rich milk or cream, depending on how much water you add.
The creamy inner meat of the almond make a perfect rich milk or cream, depending on how much water you add.

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)

Nutrition Waits Inside

You can buy whole blanched almonds or almond meal for making a cream from almonds.
You can buy whole blanched almonds or almond meal for making a cream from almonds.

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

It takes just seconds to whip up a batch of almond cream.

  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 halve ingredients.

I've added the video below to provide a visual for those who have never made milk or cream from almonds. This method is slightly different but it will give you a feel for the process.

Chemical-Free

When you consume nut cream, you aren't consuming antibiotics and other substances given to milk cows to force milk production.

Why Almonds Are a Healthful Choice for Nut Milk and Cream

Almonds can help to lower cholesterol and as such are heart-friendly. They contain protein, fibre and health-protective plant phytosterols. Rich in the right kind of fats, they are an excellent choice as a cereal topper. Add in calcium and magnesium and other beneficial substances and it's not hard to see why switching to almond cream can be such a good choice to nourish the body.

At a Glance

 
calcium
iron
magneseum
manganese
phosporous
riboflavin
vitamin E

Did You Know?

Almonds supply antioxidant flavonoids. These plant-based compounds work in tandem with vitamin E and can help to improve arterial health and reduce inflammation.

Cream in Seconds

Almond cream can easily be made at home and once one gets used to the process, it is easy to make up a batch. It goes wonderfully well over granola, oatmeal, and other warm or cold cereals and can be relied upon to provide taste and superior nutrition.

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    • Athlyn Green profile imageAUTHOR

      Athlyn Green 

      7 years ago from West Kootenays

      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.

    • RTalloni profile image

      RTalloni 

      7 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.

    • Athlyn Green profile imageAUTHOR

      Athlyn Green 

      7 years ago from West Kootenays

      Hi Koffee,

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

    • KoffeeKlatch Gals profile image

      Susan Hazelton 

      7 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.

    • Athlyn Green profile imageAUTHOR

      Athlyn Green 

      7 years ago from West Kootenays

      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.

    • Eiddwen profile image

      Eiddwen 

      7 years ago from Wales

      Mmm another to bookmark into My Favourite recipes.

      Thank you for sharing.

      Take care

      Eiddwen.

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      Linda Crampton 

      7 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.

    • Athlyn Green profile imageAUTHOR

      Athlyn Green 

      7 years ago from West Kootenays

      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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      UltimateMovieRankings 

      7 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

    • Athlyn Green profile imageAUTHOR

      Athlyn Green 

      7 years ago from West Kootenays

      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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      UltimateMovieRankings 

      7 years ago from Virginia

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

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