This recipe is from Fit for Life; I've been using it for years as the basis for no-frills smoothies because it adds healthful creaminess without dairy or soy (both of which I like, BTW). Toasted nuts can be used in a pinch (as long as they're not salted) but the best and most healthful results are obtained with raw nuts. Keep in mind that buying from a bulk bin is probably cheaper and that pieces are even more cost-effective. Whole almonds or seeds can be soaked in the water overnight before blending, which is supposed to increase their bioavailability.
You can get creative with this by blending different varieties; it's also good to try to imagine which nuts will complement your other ingredients (walnuts, for example, complement blueberries nicely). And of course, those who are sensitive to nuts should avoid this recipe.
I needed an alternate calcium source for my daughter and found that one cup of natural sesame seed milk has a lot of calcium in it, depending on the seed you use it can be as much as 3+ times the amount found in milk. For more information on sesame seeds go to www.vegparadise.com/highestperch41.html using the Google search engine. For those that like a sweeter milk, add 1 Tablespoon honey or 2-3 dates and 1/4 teaspoon salt optional. Myself I prefer the natural taste of plain sesame seed milk. If you want to make a nut milk, follow the same process with your desired nut. Add your sweetener and salt just before blending.
Are you a cad vegan warrior whenever the festive season comes around? Feel outta place with no eggnog in hand? Not a problem. Get out your blender and whip up the best eggless nog on the block. After a couplt of spiked cups, no one will be able to tell the difference.
This is a great substitute for traditional, dairy-filled eggnog! I modified it from a recipe on the Soy Dream website. The original recipe called for 1/4 cup Amaretto, Southern Comfort, brandy, or alcohol of your choice. That would be great for special occassions, but I wanted a non-alcoholic version to drink on a regular basis, and this worked out great. It's frothy and delicious. If you like your eggnog even creamier, feel free to add a couple more ounces of tofu.