Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Vegan Date and Almond Milk (Donna Hay)

I like almond milk.

It is a drink made from ground almonds. It is animal friendly and a great substitute for dairy milk. Hence, it is often consumed by vegan and people who can't drink milk.

I'm neither a vegan nor a person who can't drink milk. ... but I like to explore and enjoy the unique taste of almond milk. I have found several interesting ways of enjoying almond milk... and I enjoyed it the most when I drank it with dates!!!

date almond milk vegan smoothie
This is date and almond milk and it is now one of my favourite drink!
It is made of unsweetened almond milk...
... and fresh dates.
whiz whiz whiz...
Chill and serve.

Slurp and burp... 
YES that this drink can be a "fast food" but not the greasy kind.
YES that this drink can be a liquid food as you can feel full after drinking this drink.
YES that this drink can be an energy fueling food as it can also boost your energy level.
YES that this drink has no added sugar as all the sweetness come from the fresh dates.
YES that this drink is 100% vegan food and tummy friendly as it contains only almonds, dates including fibers!
YES that this drink is smoothie-like being thick, creamy and yummy!!!

Is this drink so good??? YES!!!

Then, don't wait... Start making it now!!!

Here's the recipe from Donna Hay magazine/Issue 80 Apr/May 2015 issue.

Place 1 1 /2 cup (375ml) unsweetened* almond milk and 4 fresh pitted dates in a blender. Blend until smooth and chill. Pour into glasses to serve. Serves 2.

*If you use the sweetened kind of almond milk, the drink will be too sweet!

Besides this drink, there are also two other recipes (as shown below) in the same Donna Hay magazine that uses other ingredients to "spice" or "jazz" up almond milk but I reckon that none of them is as good as this date and almond milk.

However, if you are interested, these are the recipes...

Cacao Almond Milk
Place 1 1/2 cup (375ml) sweetened** almond milk, 1 tbsp raw cacao and 1 tbsp honey in a blender and blend until smooth. Chill and pour into glasses to serve. Serves 2.

Remark: My son and I can't stop comparing this drink with the traditional chocolate milk and so if we are given a choice, we will choose to drink the traditional chocolate milk. Sorry! 

Spiced Almond Milk
Place 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon, 1/2 tsp ground ginger and 1/2 tsp vanilla paste in a small jug. Top with  1 1/2 cup (375ml sweetened** almond milk and stir until well combined. Chill and pour into glasses to serve. Serves 2.

Remark: This spiced almond milk is nice but it is just plain nice to me. Nothing exceptionally special.

**For these recipes, you have to use the sweetened kind of almond milk. If not, the drink will be too bland for taste.

I have tried adding spices into almond milk...
... but the spiced almond milk is never as good as the date one!

I hope that you will have fun making your favourite almond milk drink as I really did!!!

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  1. This look absolutely delicious Zoe! I love dates!!

  2. I buy almond milk occasionally only. Quite expensive to buy it here.

  3. Very simple healthy recipe - date & almond milk.. I like almond milk as it is, usually will have it at places like Mongkok Char Chan Teng or Kimgary, they serve very delicious almond milk.. But yours with dates, yummzzz, looks very "chocolatey" and creamy, nice...

  4. pure goodness.. lovely recipes in one post Zoe! now i can hv variety of almond milk

  5. Your milk bottle is so cute! And also the paper straw you're using :)

  6. A very healthy and nutritious drink. Would love to try this out.

  7. I have to say... I really can't stand almond milk haha. The smell and taste just puts me off. xD Yours look good but I'm afraid I'll have to pass!

  8. I've used almond milk in smoothies but haven't tried with dates. Looks good, healthy drink.

  9. Hi Zoe,
    Thanks for your support :)
    I have just tried making my own almond milk too. We can't buy almond milk here.
    Yours look absolutely fabulous with the different mix and match.

  10. anything for dates... delicious...

  11. What a great way to start the morning, full of energy :D

    Choc Chip Uru

  12. oh yumm!!! I would love to try that!!

  13. Hi Zoe,
    Wish I could slurp, slurp, slurp together with you and your son! Slurpy-licious!!! :)

  14. Oh goodness Zoe! How yummy! I'm always surprised by people who don't know about almond or rice milks! They're very common nowadays and easy to get! I love nut milks but don't drink them often, I really should though as I'm just like most asians and can't digest much diary without feeling ill!

  15. Lovely giveaway.

  16. Ohh... :) Yummy! And thanks for the great giveaways! :)

  17. I will join the giveaway for the Twinings tea cos I love them!

  18. To tell you the truth I haven't had almond milk yet :D Powdered almond milk though is readily available here so as almond milk I'm sure , but so far , I haven't seen it in several supermarkets near our place .

  19. Slurp and burp recipes are my favorite! This looks terrific -- thanks!

  20. Yum! That looks delicious, easy and healthy. xo