We’re not milk drinkers, but I buy it anyway for recipes and the occasional bowl of cereal. Inevitably, it goes sour and I end up having to throw out half a carton. That is, until we discovered almond milk.
Thanks to a dollar off coupon and a tip from my mother saying it wasn’t as strange as it sounded, I bought a carton of almond milk. Sometimes I think it tastes like cake mix, other times marshmallows. And then sometimes it reminds me of this old cereal I use to like called “Almond Delight” but in liquid form. And while I bought the unsweetened type because I liked the fact it only has 40 calories per cup, I usually sweeten it with whatever low cal sweetener is on hand. It’s good on cereal, in smoothies and hopefully will work well in baked goods (haven’t tried that yet), but right now my favorite recipe using almond milk is this pudding.
This is from Silk Pure Almond Milk’s recipe center, but I’ve made a few personal changes. Because I wasn’t sure Todd would like it, I made a half batch. He loved it. I’m not sure he can even tell that it’s almond milk, but he noticed the really smooth texture. It also adds a hint of almond flavor to the pudding, which in this case is a bonus.
My question is, am I the last person on the planet to try almond milk? If so, please send any tips or uses for it or brand recommendations. I’ve only used H.E.B. (our grocery store) brand.
- 3 tablespoons granulated sugar
- 2 tablespoons cornstarch
- 3 tablespoons unsweetened natural style cocoa powder
- 1/8 teaspoon sea salt
- 1 1/2 cups Silk Pure Almond Vanilla
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla and/or almond extract
- 1/4 teaspoon chocolate extract (optional)
- 1 1/2 tablespoons unsalted butter, room temperature
- Whisk the sugar, cornstarch, cocoa and salt in a medium (2 quart) nonstick saucepan.
- Slowly whisk in the almond milk. Bring mixture to a boil over medium heat, whisking constantly.
- Reduce heat to low and simmer, whisking occasionally, until mixture thickens. It usually takes about 3 minutes, but I continue whisking for a total of 4.
- Set a sieve over a bowl and drain pudding into the bowl to ensure that there aren’t any lumps. Stir in the extracts and the butter. Pour into 2 serving bowls. Cover exposed area with a small sheet of waxed paper or parchment or plastic wrap, then cool slightly and chill until cold.
- Serve with whipped cream and chocolate shavings.