Let me tell you about my relationship with milk. I know this is why you are here. To learn about these extremely interesting aspects of my life that should totally be shared on the Internet and get millions of shares. Perhaps I should write a memoir.
When I was a kid, I was super grossed out by milk in all its forms. Eventually, I came around to drinking milk and loved it, but I still took issue with soy milk, almond milk, all the milks. They do not taste the same as regular cow milk. But then I figured out that maybe they don’t have to taste the same, like the difference between instant coffee and cold press–they are just different foods altogether that serve different purposes and needs. So now I’ve come around to those, too, and I drink all the milks. My plan is to graduate to drinking straight whipping cream.
I figured out that it is so easy to make almond milk that I decided to make fancy ice cubes to go with it. It’s like a chocolate coconut coffee malt, practically.
A couple notes: don’t worry about the milk separating in the fridge. Just shake it up a lot, it’s fine. Also, add more dates. Just like, two more. I liked it, but my roommate said it wasn’t sweet enough.
Chocolate Almond Milk + Malted Coconut Coffee Ice Cubes
Adapted from Half Baked Harvest
1 1/2 cups raw almonds + 4 cups water for soaking
4 cups water
1/3 cup unsweetened cacao powder (may also use unsweetened cocoa powder)
1 vanilla bean, seeds removed (or 1 tablespoon vanilla)
pinch of salt
Chocolate Almond Milk
Add the almonds to a 4-cup glass measuring cup or bowl and cover with around 4 cups water. Allow the almonds to sit overnight or at least 1 hour. Drain the almonds and rinse well under cold water. Add the rinsed almonds to a high powdered blender or food processor. Add 4 cups of water and the dates. Puree until the almonds are very finely ground, about 2 minutes.
Line a bowl or glass pitcher with a double layer of cheese cloth, aor a thin cloth kitchen towel. Slowly pour the almond milk mixture into the cloth. Gently squeeze the bottom of the cloth to release the milk. This with take about 3-5 minutes to get all the milk out.
Rinse out the blender and pour the milk back in. Add the cacao powder, vanilla bean seeds and a pinch of salt. Blend on high until smooth and creamy, about 1 minute.
Pour into a glass jar to store in the fridge for up to 1 week. Shake well before drinking and serve with the malted coconut coffee ice cubes.
Malted Coconut Coffee Ice Cubes
- 1 cup coconut milk
- 3 tablespoons malted milk powder
- 1 vanilla bean, seeds removed (or 1 tablespoon vanilla)
- 1 cup strong black coffee
In a blender, combine the coconut milk, malt powder and vanilla bean seeds. Blend until smooth. Pour the mixture among 15-18 ice cube molds, leaving at least half the mold for coffee. Pour the coffee over the coconut milk. Freeze for 4 hours or overnight. Serve with the chocolate almond milk.