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Often I get emails or comments regarding almond / nut milk asking if it is normal for the milk to separate after it sits in the fridge for a few hours. The answer is yes. I know it doesn’t look appealing, but it is just a nut milk characteristic.
Anyway, my thought process got me wondering how I might get the the milk to homogenize, thus making it look much more appealing. To me, I really don’t care that it separates, you just have to give it a shake and all is right in the universe again. BUT, if you are trying to entice your family into switching over to non-dairy milks, it can make or break the deal.
I can envision a little one opening the fridge door, she sees a jug of milk and thinks… “Mmmm, milk, that looks good”. Then she closes the door and opens it up again, only to find almond milk sitting there as the new replacement. It is separated and looks spoiled. She slams the door shut and spreads her arms across it as though the almond milk were trying to escape the fridge. Her face is wrinkled as her lips form the words, “Gross! I am not drinking that stuff!”.
Even after hours of pleading with her, telling her it tastes good and there is nothing wrong it… she stands her ground. You shake the jar in front of her and the nut milk looks great but she still has that memory stuck in her head and there isn’t a chance that she is even going to try it. What to do? Well my dear readers I have a solution for you.
Use this recipe as a blueprint. You don’t have to add any type of sweetener or if you like the idea of doing so, you can use any desired sweetener other than more dates. The key ingredient in homogenizing the milk is the lecithin. Many people have soy allergies, and most soy is genetically modified. Thankfully we have a wonderful alternative, sunflower lecithin. You can use sunflower or soy based, and you can use it in powder or liquid form. Same measurement across the board.
Lecithin is a fat emulsifier so it brings the water and the fat from the nuts together, holding them in suspension. It gives foods a creamy, moist, and smooth texture. On top of those favorable side effects… sunflower lecithin has many wonderful health benefits as well. Ready for some big words? Sunflower Lecithin is a phospholipid based dietary supplement rich in Phosphatidylcholine (PC), Phosphatidylinositol (PI), Phosphatidylethanolamine (PE) and Omega-6 (Linoleic Acid), which are considered beneficial to the brain and nervous system. Those words about taxed my brain out… looks like I need some more lecithin in my diet. :) The effects can vary from person to person but there are numerous health uses for lecithin, so feel free to do some investigating of you own.
The photo below… the almond milk sat in the fridge for 24 hours… no separation.
How about a nice chocolatey rich raw brownie to go with that milk?
Recipe coming soon!