Category Archives: drinks

Friday, January 20, 2012

Homemade Almond Milk

Homemade almond milk is fabulous.  It’s the #1 milk substitute in our home.  I started making almond milk years ago.  When I started I didn’t have a fancy high-speed blender;  I just used my Ninja (which I purchased on sale and with a coupon – so it was super cheep and perfect for me at the time).  Don’t shy away from making homemade nut milks because you don’t have a highspeed blender.  You can still do it my friends!  And making your own nut milk is a great way to decrease your waste in the kitchen, a mission I take very seriously everyday.

I’m writing this post today because I make almond milk a little different.  From what I’ve read in cyberspace, a typical recipe calls for 1 cup almonds to 3 or 4 cups water.  Well, I use a lot more water.  I find the milk is still rich and delicious.  I purchase raw, organic almonds in bulk, and they can be expensive (although they are often on sale at my Coop) so I like to stretch my dollar a little further by adding more water.  So today I wanted to share my recipe with you and my almond milk making process.

Ingredients 
1 cup raw, organic almonds
7 cups filtered water 
1 teaspoon vanilla  

How To
1.  Soak almonds in filtered water for 10-20 hours, or just over night.  I prefer soaking them on the longer end (and I change the water once).  While making breakfast for the kids in the morning I get a bowl of almonds soaking, change the water before bed that same day, and then make the milk the next morning during breakfast.  I find it easier to make the milk while I’m already in the kitchen doing something – I have a momentum going and it works for me.

2.  When the almonds have been properly soaked, drain and rinse with filtered water

3.  To your blender add almonds, 7 cups water, and vanilla

4.  Blend on high for 60 seconds (I currently use a Vitamix) 

5.  Here’s a step in the process that might be different from most:  

*After blending I let the milk sit in the blender for about 5 minutes.  This gives the milk time to settle and the foam to gather on the top.  After the 5 minutes I scoop off all the foam.  After removing the foam my original 7 cups remain.  I dislike straining foamy milk through the nut milk bag.  See pictures below for foam scooping process:


5.  After you scoop off the foam, strain the milk through a nut milk bag.  I strain the milk into an 8 cup glass Pyrex

6. Transfer to glass pitcher with lid and store in the fridge for up to 4 days


Notes:  
*If using a “regular” blender, start with 5 cups water and blend on high for up to 2 minutes.  Add more water in future batches if you like the consistency & taste with 5 cups.

Check out this  great site on: what to do with your almond pulp.  There’s like a zillion recipes!  So awesome!! 

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Saturday, January 14, 2012

Healthy Green Drink (bulk) Recipe

I now present you with a fantastic bulk green drink recipe, sure to help you get your green-drink-on all month long.  This green drink is the answer for those who cannot, for various reasons, digest large amounts of high fibrous foods (I’m raising my hand here).  I happen to love all greens and could eat them everyday, unfortunately, this isn’t the best choice for intestinal diseases, such as Crohn’s.  Eating too many raw vegetables and leafy greens can really wreak havoc on sensitive intestines.  In an effort to get my greens, I created this bulk green drink.  Partly out of necessity and partly out of laziness (I greatly dislike cleaning my juicer – why does it have 500 parts?).
 

 

Green Drink (bulk) Recipe.
 
Ingredients
  • 3½ pounds carrots, washed and tips chopped off
  • 8 oranges, peeled
  • 3 large cucumbers (about 2 pounds) washed
  • 1 pineapple, peeled and cut into long chunks
  • 10 ounces of spinach, washed
  • 1½ pounds kale, washed
  • Optional: 4 apples
Instructions
  1. Juice all the veggies (FYI: the veggie pulp makes a delicious vegetable stock)
  2. Juice the orange and pineapple
  3. Mix together in a large pot
  4. Pour into favorite storage containers and place in freezer.
  5. Defrost what you need, when you need it, and enjoy a green drink all month long!

 

 

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Labels: better digestion tips, digestion, drinks, green drinks, Holistic healing, vegan, vegetarian.

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Thursday, November 10, 2011

Pumpkin Coconut Almond Smoothie

What to do with all that pumpkin puree in my fridge?  Ah ha!  Give it to the kids in a super healthy drink.  Did it work?  I’m tipping my imaginary hat as we speak!  Hubby loved this drink too.  Seriously though, drink your pumpkin – it’s super yummy.

Ingredients
-1 cup plain homemade pumpkin puree
-1 cup full fat coconut milk (BPA free)
-1 cup filtered water 
-1 teaspoon vanilla 
-2 tablespoons almond butter
-2 tablespoons honey (vegans, use maple syrup) add more if needed 
-2 tablespoons carob powder 
-1 teaspoon cinnamon (or just top smoothie with a pinch)

How To
1.  Add all ingredients to blender (high speed or otherwise)
2.  Blend until smooth

Notes
*My kiddos drank this straight from the blender (okay not literally – but I did when no one was looking) so it wasn’t chilled and still a hit
*Place smoothie in the fridge for a few hours if desired (no separation will occur)  
*I used carob in this recipe.  I gave this drink to my kiddos today as a late afternoon pick-me updidn’t want to give my daughter stimulating cacao this late and my son can’t eat cacao due to his eczema.  I would just omit this completely if you don’t like carob or thinking about substituting with cacao, as if you add cacao it essentially becomes this drink – which is all good toobut this coconut pumpkin smoothie is so awesome without the very overpowering taste of chocolate.
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Labels: cane sugar free, dairy free, drinks, gluten free, soy free, vegan.

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