Wednesday, March 28, 2012

"Nutty" Lemonade

I was aiming for a sort-of "Dreamsicle" taste/texture by using almond milk (in this case, actual almonds). It mostly worked and ended up being pretty good, although not exactly what I'd been expecting.

  • 1oz raw almonds
  • 1 lemon, seeded and peeled, plus its zest
  • 1 lime, seeded (if variety has seends) and peeled, plus its zest
  • chunk of ginger (grated works better, also see modifications)
  • sweetener to taste
  • bunch of ice (I tend towards 4-6 cubes)
  • bunch of water (varies; ends up at the 3c mark in VitaMix)
The rest is easy; blend on "smoothie" setting (VitaMix) or "until really, really smooth/frothy" (blender).

Two things that worked great: use pieces of crystallized ginger in place of raw ginger and sweetener--this was really good. Reducing the amount of water used during blending then adding carbonated water during the pour was really nice--probably my summer drink when I want the extra nutrients of the nuts.

Using an ounce of crystallized ginger brings nutrition info to approximately:

Cal: 300-315
Fat: 14g
Carb: 47
Protein: 7

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