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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 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
What You'll Need for Almond Cream
To make almond cream, you will need just a few simple ingredients:
- Ground blanched almonds
- Sweetener (honey, maple syrup, or real vanilla)
Nutrition Waits Inside
By using blanched almonds, you avoid having to strain your cream through a cheesecloth. Almond skins darken cream and may impart a bitter taste.
It takes just seconds to whip up a batch of almond cream.
- Pour 1 cup of purified water into a blender
- Add 1-2 tbsp.of sweetener
- 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.
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
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.
Have You Tried Almond Cream?
© 2011 Athlyn Green