At parent's place we were put in practice of regularly eating 4-5 almonds everyday with milk before sleep. Even today they follow that practice religiously. However, I drifted away from that practice. I just pick a couple of these anytime of the day and pop it to kill the hunger pangs.
As an excuse to consume almonds regularly, I recently made a batch of almond milk powder. It's a modest change to the regular tea or soy milk that I consume every morning. Apart from being a refreshing beverage that I like to serve my guests, I have also made some cookies and been using them in many other dessert recipes. The options are unlimited. It is quick and easy and requires few ingredients to make a healthy and deliciously tasting almond milk.
Homemade Almond Milk
1 cup Almonds
1/2 cup Sugar
1 tsp Saffron strands
1/4 cup finely chopped pistachios
Heat a pan on medium low flame. Toss almonds to roast lightly. Allow them to cool well. Roasting almonds helps in removing any moisture in them and this will assist in a longer shelf life and retain freshness in flavor.
Place the roasted almonds, sugar, saffron and cardamom seeds in a dry mixer. Pulse to a fine powder. Do not pulse beyond that as it will turn into almond butter! Cool and store in an airtight container.
To make almond milk, take a teaspoon heap of prepared almond powder and mix it well with warm milk and serve. If you like it cold, mix the almond powder in a little warm milk and then add in cold milk to it and serve!
I like to serve my almond milk for breakfast with homemade muesli and fruits. Again, as I said it's a subtle variation to the regular milk or soy milk. Filled with warm cardamom and saffron flavors, it's not just healthy, nutritious breakfast, but also filled with ample goodness derived from almonds and pistachios. My way to go for a healthy start!