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Aloe vera drink with lime
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How to Make Aloe Vera Juice

Learn how to make your very own homemade aloe vera juice from scratch. It's such a simple recipe using only a small handful of ingredients with so many health benefits.
Course Extras
Cuisine American
Prep Time 45 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 1 person
Calories 64kcal
Author Charla

Ingredients

How to breakdown the extract

  • a large aloe vera leaf organic, if possible

To make a drink

  • 3 tablespoon aloe vera extract
  • cup liquid of your choice coconut water, spring water, pineapple juice, orange juice etc... (I used coconut water)
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice
  • agave nectar or maple syrup (to taste)

Instructions

How to remove latex from aloe vera

  • Thoroughly wash the aloe vera leaf and then blot it dry with kitchen paper.
  • Lay the leaf on a chopping board then slice off the base of the leaf (it maybe light green or white in colour).
  • Stand the leaf upright (vertically) for 20 minutes during this time the yellow liquid should seep out (this is the aloe vera latex).
  • Rinse the leaf again, starting from the bottom, I do this for a few minutes just to give me peace of mind that all debris and impurities are completely removed.

To extract the gel from the leaf

  • Slice the aloe leaf into smaller sections about 2 inches is suffice.
  • Place the small portions of aloe into a bowl of water and allow to rest of 5 minutes.
  • Rinse and dry the small pieces of aloe with kitchen paper.
  • Trim off the prickly edges with a paring knife.
  • Slice off the top layer of skin to expose the gel.
  • Then use a spoon or paring knife to scoop out the gel then repeat the previous step with the remainder of the leaf.
  • Place all of the gel in a small bowl and rinse it off (one final time).
  • Place the gel in a blender and pulse into a smooth consistency.
  • Spoon the pureed aloe into an ice cube tray (you may need 2-3 trays) to store for longevity.

To make the juice

  • Place 3 tablespoons of aloe vera juice, liquid of your choice and lime juice in a blender.
  • Blitz until a smooth consistency is achieved.
  • .Sweeten to taste and serve immediately!

Notes

  • Once you have scooped out the gel, if you don't want to puree/freeze the aloe, you can refrigerate it for 5-7 days but no longer.
  • Drink only one glass of aloe vera infused drink per day.
  • If you want to extend the shelf life of your aloe vera by up to a month then add vitamin C (¼ teaspoon for every ½ cup) when blended.
  • 4 ice cubes are the equivalent to 3tbsp of aloe vera extract.
  • Use a high speed blender like a Ninja, Blend Tec or Vitamix for smooth results/no straining needed.
  • If any doubt or uncertainty buy the aloe leaf instead from a trusted source (ask questions about its originate etc.. if need be).
  • Some people might be highly sensitive or allergic to aloe and not realise it, it might be best to do a very small taste test and wait 48 hours before consuming the whole drink.
  • To reap the full benefits, make your drink when you know you are likely to drink it immediately.

Nutrition

Calories: 64kcal | Carbohydrates: 13g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 327mg | Potassium: 768mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 8IU | Vitamin C: 12mg | Calcium: 104mg | Iron: 1mg