Two part question:
Am under the impression that most almond milk is made from blanched almonds. Is this true in all cases?
Anyone know of an almond butter made exclusively from blanched almonds?
Eat almond butter as a once a week treat, and am looking for a blanched version to avoid certain things in almond skin. I sometimes use almond milk to make paleo/primal custard.
Hi, found this question as I had a related question about Almond Milk in another post. An answer there suggested making your own milk. We've done it and it's very simple. As ChronicHope says.
An alternative recipe though, courtesy of Mark Sissons, is:
Soak 1 cup raw almonds over night in cold water. Leave it on the counter covered not in the fridge.
The next day discard the water and drop almonds in boiling water for 20 seconds or so. Remove from water and the skin will easily peel away.-
Next put the almonds in a blender and add enough cold water to desired consistency, about 1-2 cups should do it.
You could then use it as it is at this stage but I strain mine through a cheese cloth to make a smoother milk.
It's very easy to make your own almond milk. I just soaked ground almonds overnight and it came out great. With that being so simple I'd really go the DIY route if I was concerned about how it was processed.
i dunno what 'certain things' is, but soaking/sprouting the almonds (with the skin) and then dehydrating drastically reduces the phytic acid and enzyme inhibitors. almonds are very rich in minerals and nutrients.
then i just make homemade almond pecan butter with the raw sprouted nuts. and i eat a big spoonful pretty much daily. i don't see a problem with the o-6 poly content, since most of the nut fat is monounsaturated anyway and i get a good amount of o-3 from natural foods like salmon, sardines, eggs, pasture butter, cod liver oil.
Jack, thanks for the reply. Actually, I am concerned about sitosterols and their potential adverse effects on the endocrine and neuro-endocrine systems. Sitosterol levels are sky high in . . . wait for it . . . vegetable oils (canola is the worst, any minimally processed or expeller pressed vegetable oil will have high levels). Some nuts have high levels as well, notably pistachios and the outer skins of almonds. Thus the search, may have to make my own almond butter from blanched (skinned) almonds.
Not sure answering my own question is ok, but I did contact a major U.S. producer of almond milk recently. While they did not want to be quoted on the record, they did indicate that their almond milk was made from skinned almonds, which makes sense (including the skins would make the milk darker I would think).
Still looking for a source of almond butter made from blanched or skinned almonds. It is only a weekend treat, but the search continues. Guess I should take the suggestion above and learn to make my own.
I think you could easily make your own. I haven't made Almond Butter for some time, but when I did, the almonds were blanched. I posted my formula for Almond Milk at MDA not too long ago which uses blanched almonds and coconut water. I usually buy them pre-blanched.
Hardware: Blender, Strainer, Cheesecloth or Nut Milk Bag
The meal left over can be dried out in a low heat oven and used in place of almond meal.--