I love to make fresh almond milk and customize it with all kinds of interesting super foods and nutrients. Since I found a giant pink dragon fruit at my local grocery store, I decided to create a pink beauty collagen milk, which is not only delicious, but is filled with nutrients you need to keep your skin, hair, and nails growing strong and beautiful.
Dragon Fruit is also known as Pitaya. It tastes a bit like a kiwi (has a similar texture), and the flesh can either be pink, red or white. The flesh is studded with tiny seeds, which provide both fiber and omega 3 fatty acids. Since the one I found was bright pink, I made a number of delicious recipes with it, including my bright pink lemonade. You can also blend it up into a gorgeous smoothie bowl too. Dragon fruit is a powerful antioxidant and contains a plethora of Vitamins and Minerals.
And check out my brand new You Tube video on exactly how to make it.
To make 16 ounces of milk
*You can use the whole fruit/smoothie pack un-strained so that you get the seeds and fiber, all of which contain great health benefits. But some prefer to strain off the fiber and seeds first. If you want to do this, simply squish it through cheesecloth until you have about 3-4 tsps of juice. Warning: It’s very messy, and the juice will stain your fingers!!)
** You can also choose to use Bamboo Silica, which some think is more effective in triggering collagen production.
Pop the soaked almonds and water in a high-speed blender and blend on high for about 30 – 60 seconds.
Use cheesecloth or a nut milk bag to strain. I prefer a nut milk bag as it makes things really easy!
Once strained (you can dry out the leftover meal and use for baking), rinse out the blender and then pour your fresh almond milk into the blender.
Add the remaining ingredients and blend for about 20 seconds on high.
Pour into a glass jar, and chill it for a few hours. If you want to enjoy it immediately, you could add 1/2 cup of crushed ice to the blender.
You can store for up to 3 days in the fridge, but you will need to give it a good shake before drinking.