|Badam / Almond Milk Powder|
I recommend you to read my How to make almond milk at home to get a smoother and rich milk. Almond milk is one of the most energizing drinks that we all know. With the comfort of store bought powders, we seldom make almond milk powder at home. We prefer to serve health drinks like pediasure and milo to our growing kids with an assumption that they are very healthy. But how healthy are these drinks with loaded synthetic nutrients. Are these really being absorbed by the body? Oh No! Now iam gonna put a fullstop to this and move to the simple and healthy almond milk powder recipe.
The commercial badam powder like the MTR has only 8.5 % almond powder in it with loads of starch and milk powder added to it which is visible on the ingredients list. But the home made one is purely a protein powder and we know what goes inside our powder. Though stirring this powder in hot milk is not the authentic way of making almond milk, it is just an easy alternate. If you are interested in a more healthier almond drink check out my authentic delicious almond milk recipe for babies & kids (ayurvedic). It is suitable for adults too. Its a detailed article on why almond milk is healthy and what is the best way to prepare it.
1 cup of roasted blanced unsalted almonds (read here how to blanch and roast)
¾ cup of red or white rock sugar
1 tbsp cardamom powder
½ to 1 gm of saffron
1. Grind all the ingredients to a fine powder, in a blender on a minimum speed. Blend until the powder is fine but do not run the blender for more than 30 secs each time, else the almonds will release oil making the powder lumpy.
2. Store in an air tight container. Stays good for several months.
How to use this powder. (alternate ways) (1 ½ tsp powder per cup of milk)
1. Soak the almond powder in ¼ cup of milk preferably warm or room temperature. Set aside for atleast 1 hr. Bring ¾ cup of milk to boil and add the soaked almond paste and stir well and bring it to boil once again. Off the heat / flame.
2. Stir in the almond powder to a cup of hot milk. Allow it to cool down and serve it.
3. Sprinkle the almond powder on your toddler’s cereals. This is a good way of serving almonds to toddlers who cannot still chew nuts.
4. You can just sprinkle the powder on your cornflakes or any other cereals to enhance the nutrition. The absorption level of the nutrients are higher when consumed in the powdered form (as per Ayurveda).
5. Can be used to your oatmeal cereal too
6. Can be used to make any kinds of ladoos, burfis, cookies, cakes milkshakes etc.
Important Note: when you make the milk using this powder, little bit of the coarse powder of the almonds is left out at the beneath of the cup, if you want to avoid this wastage, go for the authentic delicious almond milk recipe, almonds are totally blended with the milk leaving no coarse granules at the end.
Filter the milk to remove coarse granules before you serve your kids as i have seen some kids refuse to drink due to it.
Do not compare this homemade almond milk powder with the store bought powders, this is incomparably healthier and nutritious than the store bought ones. If you are like me who looks for healthier options, get set to try this specially for your growing kids.