Coconut milk recipes and almond milk recipes can be used for recipes that call for paleo or vegan milk.
Fresh coconut milk will help give you important saturated fats and MCTs which are needed for proper cell functioning.
And almond milk recipes can help to give you some extra protein - if the almonds have been processed in a way that helps to remove anti-nutrients that may block protein absorption.
Milk can also be made from cashews, macadamia nuts, hazelnuts, brazil nuts, and hemp seeds.
Poke out the eyes of the mature coconut and drain the coconut water from the coconut.
Crack coconut open and scoop out the coconut meat with an appropriate tool.
Shave off discolored parts of the coconut and cut into smaller pieces.
Add coconut meat and spring water to a Vitamix or other high speed blender - start on low speed and then turn up to high speed.
Blend until a thick smooth mixture forms.
Then pour into a nut
milk bag and squeeze bag (like your milking a cow) until all of the coconut
milk comes out of the nut milk bag.
Enjoy raw coconut milk in a smoothie or use it in other dishes.
There are a few ways to make coconut milk recipes and this is one of my favorite ways - because I prefer raw foods.
However, if your going to cook your coconut milk - you may want to use the short-cut method for making coconut milk recipes.
Add ingredients to a blender and blend for 30 seconds - then let sit for 10 minutes in the blender.
Pour into a strainer lined with cheesecloth and let coconut milk drain into a bowl.
Use right away or store in your refrigerator for a few days.
This is the short-cut method of which almost anyone could use to make quick coconut milk recipes.
This is a great way to make coconut milk recipes for all of your baking needs. And no cans!
The Flame Method
Caution! I do not personally recommend putting a coconut on a flaming stove - too many accidents can happen.
It's probably easier to just do the oven method.
Blend ingredients until smooth and use in a recipe.
Add soaked almonds (almonds that are soaked overnight in water and drained) and other ingredients to a Vitamix or other high speed blender.
Start on low speed and then blend on high for 1 to 2 minutes.
Pour blended mixture into a nut milk bag and milk bag until all of the almond milk comes out.
Use almond milk right away or store in refrigerator for a few days.
Raw almonds will give you better nutrition than pasteurized almonds (which is more widely available these days - unfortunately).
There is quite some controversy over obtaining raw almonds - especially in California!
Anyway, soaking your almonds overnight and up to 24 hours (in salted water) will help to remove anti-nutrients
that will interfere with the digestion and absorption of vital
nutrients like protein.
Make sure you know your almond sources and you may want to look into finding a better source for purchasing truly raw almonds.