I had to travel to Michigan last week to do some on-site work. I totally had every intention of posting about dishes I had made in the past while I was out of town, either by using the recipes in reserve that I already have pics for or by reposting some things from my original site, but apparently I was so busy, even that didn't work out. I did get a ton of things accomplished, though, and I returned ready to cook up several things this week.
The process here is similar to the coconut milk, but there are some variations. I soak one cup of raw almonds in boiling water. Once the water is cool enough that I can handle the almonds, I start peeling them. If you don't want to use the pulp for anything, you could skip this step, but I really prefer the texture of the end product best if the almonds are peeled. Most will slip out of their skins pretty easily, but you may need to start others by scraping the edge until you can pull off that skin. Alternatively, you could probably by blanched, skinned almonds.
But I'm cheap.
Throw the skins (picture #2) in your compost. Put the peeled almonds in your Vitamix, Blendtec, Ninja, whatever blender you use. Add four cups of filtered water and blend until there are no more audible chunks in there. Pour into your nut milk bag and get to straining! The last picture above is the pulp after lots of squeezing.
Don't throw that white pulp away. You can dry it for almond flour (although it won't have very much almond flavor), or you can use it as a base for truffles. Here's what I did to make the ones above:
Pulp from one cup of processed almonds (skins removed)
2 Tablespoons of maple syrup
2 Tablespoons of cocoa powder
Pinch of sea salt
1/2 Teaspoon of vanilla
Dash of smoked paprika (optional. Don't go crazy here if it is the hot kind. I used 1/4 of a teaspoon and could have used probably 1/2 of that.)
I then rolled them in dry unsweetened coconut that had cinnamon mixed in.
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