Wednesday, December 21, 2011
What a wonderful way to start the day - a fresh batch of almond milk! Almond milk is my favorite beverage. It is delicious by itself or with cereal/granola, or as the base for a creamy fruit smoothie. I've also been known to whip up batches of chocolate almond milk for myself sometimes just because it's so delicious! It's so easy to make. Here's a quick recipe:
Soak 1 cup of almonds overnight.
Drain them and place the almonds into a blender.
Add 3 cups of filtered or spring water.
Blend at a high speed for about 2 minutes.
Then, pour the contents of the blender through a nutmilk bag placed over a large bowl.
Sqeeze the bag very gently and slowly until all of the liquid is in the bowl and you are left with only almond pulp in the bag.
If you want to make it sweeter, put the milk back into the blender and add 2 or 3 dates. Blend again.
Then, pour into a glass mason jar and store in the refrigerator.
Using these proportions should yield one mason jar full of almond milk.
I also dehydrate the almond pulp and save it to use as almond flour for later.
Monday, December 12, 2011
It was difficult to get a picture of this because we ate it up so quickly! I decided to use a different sweetner with my pudding this time and I will never go back to using agave in this recipe again. The coconut crystals made it taste so much better - kind of like fudge!
Raw cacao powder
Coconut crystals (coconut sugar) - grind in a grinder to make more fine
Tiny bit of vanilla
Mix ingredients together in a food processor adding cacao and sweetener to your taste. This is delicious and even my son loves it!
I love Coconut Bliss ice cream - it's non-dairy, organic, and sweetened with agave nectar. I usually just eat the vanilla flavored one because it's just so blissfully delicious, but the other day I felt daring and added some cinammon, raisins and walnuts. The result was even more blissful than the plain vanilla! Trust your instincts and be daring - you may love the result!