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From cooking varieties original
3/4 glass almond milk as per recipe below.
1 avocado  fruit- peel and coarse blend
2 tbsp ground walnut
Honey/ organic sugar/ maple syrup to taste
Mix all and serve with ice cubes


Almond milk can be home made by blending half cup ground almonds with a pinch of salt and 2 1/2 cups water, in a blender. 

Strain away pulp/ residue with a fine mesh strainer. These almonds are raw and not boiled. Refrigerate.

But for my recipe here, I have added and blended in the ground walnuts as well. Since I am not a vegan,i choose to boil the milk for three minutes and then let simmer for another 3 minutes.. You may add in a tiny drop of vanilla flavoring when boiling (not for me).

Turn off fire and let cool. Pour into glasses, add in coarse blended avocado and sugar/ maple syrup/ honey.  Serve with ice cubes.
Makes about 3 glasses of almond milk.
My adding walnut is my choice of adding more health benefits and flavor. Sometimes, instead of avocado, optionally you may add some cocoa while it is hot, this is to add in a cheerful mood to your system. Serve hot.

But always remember that almonds and walnuts are best eaten in raw form.
Refrigerate and it will last for about 3 days.

Walnuts (especially raw) contain the highest total level of antioxidants, including both free antioxidants and antioxidants bound to fiber, as compared to other nuts, such as almonds, peanuts and hazel nuts. Walnuts are one of the several high nutrient density foods.
In Oct 2006, Science Daily published a report which stated "New research shows that consuming a handful of raw walnuts along with meals high in saturated fat, appears to limit the ability of the harmful fat to damage arteries." ..
and attributed the result to a 2006 article in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology.
The lead researcher, Emilio Ros, MD, PhD, was quoted as saying "People would get the wrong message, if they think that they can continue eating unhealthy fats, provided they add walnuts to their meals."

With this findings, walnuts is now trending in my mind. I thought, this is eating smart… I must regularly have some walnuts in my diet.

Also a handful of pistachios daily will help destroy the bad cholesterol. Besides, pistachios has more lutein and beta carotene than other nuts. Lutein is for good skin and good vision. Beta carotene converts into vitaminA and helps prevent certain cancers. Nuts have NO cholesterol.
There is no gluten in almond.  
Unlike animal milk, almond milk contains no cholesterol, no lactose.
Ancient cooks used almond milk to drink.

Animal milk did not last long and therefore had to be processed into cheese instead.
Almond milk, being an efficient analog to dairy, is also good for lactose intolerant and vegans. 
Raw almond milk production, are similar to that of soymilk. It does not use heat, resulting in "raw milk" foodism, suitable for vegans.
-Essential fatty acids: great for speeding up metabolic rate. The essential fatty acids in this type of nuts can heal swelling and inflammation.

-Fiber, protein, also essential fatty acids: these elements can help improve heart health and lower blood pressure.

-Monounsaturated fats: the good fat that lowers cholesterol.

LDL in almonds are good for the heart, reduce risk of heart attack and cancer.

-Protein rich: About 20 % of raw almond is high quality protein, a third of which are essential amino acids. It is very good for hair growth, skin and nails.

-Calcium- very good for bone growth and bone health.
-Vitamin E: good for skin, remove black spots and black marks. For each 100g almond=26g vit E.
It is also used as a massage oil for the skin- a mild, lightweight oil that can be used as a substitute for olive oil too.
-B vitamins and essential minerals
-In Chinese medicine, almonds are used as an aphrodisiac tonic for its ability to accelerate blood circulation and maintain liver stability.

Almond milk is suitable for vegetarians and vegans.

Commercial almond milk products come in plain vanilla or chocolate flavors and is often enriched with vitamins.


Almond flour is often used as a gluten free alternative to wheat flour. It is also used by people on carb-restricted diets.
Instead of using wheat flour, “gluten free” almond flour is being used, especially by those with coeliac disease
Gluten is a protein composite, found in foods processed from wheat and related grain species, including barley and rye. Gluten makes a dough mixture elastic, chewy, helps it to rise and keep its shape.
Coeliac disease is caused by a reaction to gluten protein.
Dr Sarah Jarvis : Coeliac disease is not a food allergy or a food intolerance.
Coeliac disease is a condition of the small intestine (part of the gut). symptoms can  include abdominal pains, tiredness and weight loss.

It is an autoimmune disease which means that the immune system mistakenly attacks itself. (Immune system normally protects (not attack) the body from infections) 
In effect, the gut had 'mistaken' gluten to be harmful, and reacts against it as if it was fighting off a germ.
Other autoimmune diseases include type 1 diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis and some thyroid disorders.

The lining of the small intestine becomes flat, due to inflammation of the gut lining. So, food and nutrients cannot be so readily digested into the body.
Coeliac disease affects about 1 in 100 people in the UK.
Coeliac disease often runs in families. If your close family member has this, then you have a 1 in 10 chance of having coeliac disease also… Dr Sarah Jarvis of patient.co.uk/health/Coeliac-Disease.htm
Take note that wheat allergy and coeliac disease are two different disorders.

In most parts of the world, almonds are popular in making desserts, cookies, cakes and dishes among  other ingredients, in Iran, as a special almond food for babies. 
In India and Pakistan, almond is the base ingredients for a type of popular sweet,” badam halva”.

In Morocco, almond drink is mixed with milk and served in important ceremonies such as weddings.
"Amlou" a type of spread made with almond paste, argan oil and honey.

Almond paste is also mixed with toasted flour and among others, honey, olive oil or butter, anise, fennel, sesame seeds, and cinnamon to make "Sellou" ("Slilou" in Marakech), a sweet snack known for its long shelf life and high nutritive value.

In Greece, a soft drink is also made from almonds.
Almonds also form the base of various drinks, they are supposed to have cooling properties as in Almond sherbet 

Wiki and a few other reliable sources

These nuts are so beneficial to our health especially almond is a brain booster too! 
Thank you very much for this great comment- wan of cooking varieties


  1. Wonderful recipe and nice info...

  2. very useful post know about every nut .this will help us for good health

    1. hi santosh, glad you like the post - thanks and have a nice day

  3. Replies
    1. hi roselyn, what a wonderful surprise- glad you change niche, i was wondering who,until i visited your blog. have a nice day

  4. Very healthy post.. n nutritive information!
    Erivum Puliyum

    1. hi julie, its true that almond has so many benefits- its very dense in nutrients.. worth eating. i want to drink almond milk more regularly, good for me.= i am lactose intolerent. have a nice day

  5. I never thought of making almond milk at home...Thanks for this unique recipe!

    1. hi jasna, i am sure you will love it, you will find a way to make it flavorful- you the gourmet chef may come up with a nutritious and delicious almond milk recipe. have a nice day

  6. Oooh...
    So, that's how they made almond milk!
    Interesting post, Wan :) Thank you for sharing.

    1. hi nash, saw your lovely macarons- ya, its simple to make almond milk. have a nice day

  7. Definitely yummy for tummy,awesum pics..n wonderfull presentation.

    1. hi maha, glad you came and like my post.. there is so much good in almonds, i decided to highlight its benefits. have a nice day

  8. Replies
    1. hi aarthi, thank you and have a nice day

  9. These nuts are so beneficial to our health especially almond is a brain booster too!

    1. hi treat and trick, thank very much for your tip n almond being a brain booster too. i have published this comment in my post at end of page.have a nice day

  10. I am off to buy some nuts now, I did know they had some benefits but all of these ones. Almond milk sound like a great treat, Thanks Wan for all your wonderful posts!
    Take care and have a lovely day dear!

    1. hi marie, thank you and glad to know you like this post. have a nice day

  11. Nice to visit your place after a long time. As usual great info with yummy recipe.

    1. hi uma, glad you came and like this post. have a nice day

  12. thank you for this post Wan..I didn't know walnuts are good for our arteries..so it means I'll be buying and munching walnuts from now on..I love pistachios Wan and I so love it's ice cream hihihi..thank you again ;)

    1. hi sie, thank you for your visit, i kenw one blogger with a heart problem and resort to using almond milk for drinking and for her recipes. she felt better and turn vegan. have a nice day

  13. This post is a reminder for me to go for nuts and avocados. Nuts has plenty of healthy benefits and the nutrients that comes with it. Seems like almonds are a fav in many part of the world and its also one I tend to use for my cooking.

    1. hi nava, thanks dear for your visit. nuts and avocados are nutrient dense.. the good thing is that nuts have no cholesterols.
      cooking oil have no cholesterol too. yet sometimes people are so damn scared of it, when they keep eating high cholesterol foods daily.. may be ignorant..
      have a nice day

  14. I love almond milk. It's so good!

    1. hi yummy chunklet, glad you also love almond milk, where yoiu can easily but from the store.
      we dont have that, need to prepare our own. have a nice day

  15. great infor...I like all drinks & dishes
    made of almonds..;)

    Tasty Appetite

    1. hi jay, thanks for your visit and i know indian cooking use a lot of almonds and pistachios- healthy ingredients. have a nice day

  16. yummy drink..thanx 4 info dear..n pics r just fabulous......

    1. This comment has been removed by the author.

    2. hi maha, thanks for your visit and sweet comments. have a nice day dear

  17. This is very healthy drink...and also a good info on that..Glad to follow you dear. Do visit my blog in your free time

    1. hi pranjali, thank you for your visit, glad to know you. have a nice day, will visit you soon..

  18. Nice post, I always like your shared info about good food :)

    1. hi creative mind, thanks for coming over with sweet comment. happy crafting and have a nice day dear

  19. wonderful post this looks so yumm!!

  20. hi kalpana, thank you for your visit and sweet comment. have a nice day

  21. i never had almond milk before, sounds like a nice drink, i think i probably love them serve hot, thanks for sharing the recipe!

  22. hi lena, thanks for your visit. almond and walnut too/ have a nice day

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