Almond milk: Is it just for hipsters?
Almonds can traditionally be eaten raw or roasted, but more recently are used to make milk, butter and flour. As more and more people are moving towards a plant-based diet, it’s not uncommon for your local coffee shop to offer almond milk as an alternative to cow’s milk.
But is this just a craze, or does it make sense to move away from dairy when we go for our caffeine fix?
Almond milk is made by blending almonds with water and then straining the solution to get rid of any solids. The result tastes almost similar to regular milk, with a nutty hint that can give your tea or coffee a pleasant flavour (one that many people prefer!) It’s nutritious, low in calories, dairy-free and could reduce the risk of heart disease. With most of the health benefits we get from almonds, we can’t see this craze dying out anytime soon!
How to roast almonds
Roasting almonds at home is fun, easy and something that everyone can do. Create unique creations in mere minutes by using spices, seasonings and oil for truly delicious results every time.
Oven baking almonds is a great technique that requires minimal work.
Step one is to heat your oven to 180°C so that you have enough heat for roasting.
From there, line a baking pan with greased paper and spread the almonds in a single layer on top.
Roast for five to ten minutes, shaking your dish regularly to ensure that the nuts don’t burn. You’ll know when the process is complete because the almonds will turn golden brown in colour and release a delectable aroma.
Simply empty the baked goodies onto a cutting board or dish for cooling and they’ll be ready to eat in no time!
Pour almonds into a stainless steel skillet and cook over medium heat. Continuously stir until they turn golden brown and fill the room with a nutty smell.
Allow around three to five minutes for this process and remove from the pan to cool once finished.
Tip – Keep everything moving to avoid burning and remember that the almonds will continue cooking slightly even after they have been removed from the heat.
If you’re handling small batches and want to roast almonds quickly, then this method is for you.
Spread the almonds in a single layer on a microwaveable plate that is lined with paper towel.
Pour 1.5 teaspoons of melted butter or vegetable oil over the top and toss evenly to ensure a consistent coating.
Cook on high for one minute and then stir, before continuing the process in one minute increments until you are left with golden brown nuts and a fragrant smell.
Note, cooking times may vary based on the power of your microwave. This method can take anywhere from three to five minutes overall.
Storing roasted almonds and raw almonds
Roasted almonds in an airtight container can be stored for up to a year in the fridge or freezer, which means that you can literally enjoy delicious, healthy treats all year round. As for their raw counterparts? They can be kept in an airtight container for up to two years and even longer when frozen.
To roast or not to roast?
When it comes to taste, roasted almonds boast a rich, flavourful taste that is popular in households all across Australia. Raw almonds on the other hand, have a light, buttery flavour that provides a great crunch. In terms of nutritional value, natural almonds and roasted almonds share similar levels of fat, protein and carbs. The main difference being that almonds roasted in oil hold slightly more fat because of the cooking process. Due to their density, this amounts to very little oil absorption (roughly 2-5%).
When it comes to choosing between the two? There’s no going wrong!
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