Monday, May 18, 2015

Green Tea Latté With Sprouted Almond Milk

I love lattés! Once I found out about the dangers of cow's milk, I switched to homemade almond milk or coconut milk for my drinks. Processed almond milk that is sold in stores is not healthy due to the fact that they do not sprout their almonds before processing. All nuts must be pre-soaked in order to activate the nutrients and release the enzymes. Nuts that have not been pre-soaked contain enzyme inhibitors that are toxic to our bodies! Check out my simple recipe for a Green Tea Latté With Sprouted Almond Milk below! Enjoy good health!

Green tea Latte (Almond Milk) Recipe
makes about 2 cups of milk 
∙ 1 cup of organic almonds (pre-soaked for at least 8 hours, 24 - 48 hours is best)
∙ 2 cups of water (fluoride free, filtered OR coconut water)
∙ 1-2 tbsp of organic honey or 2 medjool dates
∙ 1/2 tsp of organic vanilla bean (optional) 
∙ organic fair trade green tea of your choice or Matcha Green Tea Powder

Note: You will need either a mesh coffee filter or a paper coffee filter and a strainer, as well as a hand held milk frother.

1. Drain the water from the soaked almonds, peel the skins and add them to a container (for blending).
2. Add water, dates (or honey) and vanilla bean (optional).
3. Hand blend all ingredients until smooth.
4. Using a paper coffee filter over a strainer, pour milk into another container. If you have a mesh coffee filter, you can use that instead of the paper coffee filter and strainer.
5. Stir occasionally to get the liquid through the coffee filter and eventually press down on the filter to continue pushing liquid through. 
6. Heat 1 cup of water with tea bags or Matcha Green Tea Powder (best). Once tea is ready, keep at very low heat.
7. Add almond milk and using a milk frother, froth your milk until desired temperature for milk is reached. For raw foodists like myself, I like to have my tea at room temperature so I can keep the almond milk raw and live with enzymes. If you want your milk raw, once tea is ready, remove from stove and add the milk without further heating, then froth.  
8. Pour into 2 cups, serve and enjoy!

Note: Almond milk is best when served fresh but can be stored in the fridge for a short time
Good luck! 

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