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Makes 2 ¼ cups

Raw nut milks and creams give blended drinks such as Holiday Nog, cereals, and even hot beverages a rich dimension. Almonds are a great base, but you can also experiment with other raw nuts, such as Brazil nuts or macadamias. To extend the beverage, just add more water. Soaking raw nuts is not essential in a pinch, but it releases the enzyme inhibitors and makes the task much easier on your blender. 

1 cup almonds
2 cups water, plus more for soaking
¼ teaspoon almond extract
2 dates, pitted

TOOLS: High-speed blender; sieve or cheesecloth

• Soak almonds in water for 8 hours. Drain and rinse thoroughly with fresh water.
• Place almonds and 2 cups water in blender. Blend on high until thoroughly blended; it may take a few minutes.
• Strain through sieve or cheesecloth.

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