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Everybody has a favorite snack during the holiday season, one that they look forward to every year.
For me, it’s a goody bag of roasted almonds. This treat says “strolling through the Christmas market“ like nothing else.
Especially while they’re still warm, the crackling sugary treats offer something very intriguing and nostalgic, year after year.
Of course, dentists might put in their veto here. But what would life be without a little sweet treats once in awhile, right? And almonds are full of healthy protein!
For something a little different, I like to turn this snack into an ingredient, to make homemade roasted almond flavored milk. It’s delicious on its own, or even makes a delightful dairy-free alternative for holiday baking – or pouring over a bowl of Overnight Cranberry Apple Oatmeal.
To prepare this tasty and wintry drink, you can work with either store-bought or homemade sugar roasted almonds – check out the recipe in my post on German Christmas markets.
These are ground and mixed with milk, then poured through a sieve for a smooth drinking experience.
Due to the sweet crust of the almonds, additional sweetening isn‘t necessary. Top with a dollop of whipped cream for a heavenly texture.
For the final touch, you can sprinkle some cinnamon on top – or mix the spice directly into the whipping cream to add that lovely warming spice flavor throughout.
A great advantage of the drink is that dairy-free alternatives also work really well. Almond is a particularly nice choice, since it fits the flavor perfectly. Try topping it with a dollop of coconut, rice, or soy-based non-dairy whipped cream.
|2 servings||15 minutes|
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- 3 oz roasted almonds or about 1/4 cup + 2 Tbsp
- 18 oz milk, or 2 1/4 cups
- 2 oz whipping cream or 1/4 cup
- pinch of cinnamon
- Grind the almonds in a food processor until fine. Combine with the milk in a saucepan and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for about 10 minutes.
- Whip the cream with the cinnamon (using a hand mixer, standing mixer, or by hand) until it forms stiff peaks.
- Pour the almond milk through a sieve, then pour into two mugs and top with cinnamon cream. Serve warm.
Cooking By the Numbers…
Step 1 – Prepare the Almonds and Heat It Up
Grind the almonds in a food processor until fine.
Combine with the milk in a saucepan and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for about 10 minutes.
Step 2 – Whip the Cream
While the mix is simmering, whip the cream using a hand mixer, standing mixer, or by hand with a large balloon whisk until it forms stiff peaks.
Step 3 – Pour into a Mug
Pour the almond milk through a fine mesh sieve for a smoother drink, then pour into two mugs and top with the cream.
Sprinkle some cinnamon on top. Serve while still warm.
Get Your Mugs Ready
If you’re like me and love to enjoy a cold day wrapped up in a cozy blanket with a hot drink to sip, this roasted almond milk is the way to go.
The wintry flavors of the roasted nuts go straight into your drink, and turn classic warmed milk into a delicious indulgence.
With the addition of whipped cream on top, any winter blues will quickly transform into a happy holiday feeling.
What snack would you love to turn into a drink? Or do you have another favorite beverage recipe that captures those festive vibes?
Let us know about your thoughts and comment on how you liked this winter treat below!
And for more delicious beverages to enjoy a cold night, try some of our favorites:
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*Nutritional information derived from a database of known generic and branded foods and ingredients and was not compiled by a registered dietitian or submitted for lab testing. It should be viewed as an approximation.
About Nina-Kristin Isensee
Nina lives in Iserlohn, Germany and holds an MA in Art History (Medieval and Renaissance Studies). She is currently working as a freelance writer in various fields. She enjoys travel, photography, cooking, and baking. Nina tries to cook from scratch every day when she has the time and enjoys trying out new spices and ingredients, as well as surprising her family with new cake creations.