I love making mylks – they are so tasty- Nutty Milk
It is so simple to make your own milk. You literally blend water with nuts or seeds and strain. I like adding in a little maple syrup for sweetness.
I use Almond Milk as my main milk. So anything you use milk in, I use almond milk in. I find it versatile and that my body loves it and my recipes come out great. Almonds are naturally alkalizing, so… so is this. You can change the recipe to suit your taste buds; more almonds, more water, but this is how I like it.
I use a nut milk bag to strain it-you can find it for sale at most health food stores. If you can’t-a paint strainer from a hardware store will work or just use a clean dishtowel to strain it.
Make 2 qts
5 minutes total time
- 1 cup organic raw almonds
- 7 cups water
- 2 tablespoons maple syrup (optional)
In a Vitamix or blender, mix almonds with water, gradually taking it to high. You want to pulverize those almonds. Next, strain through nut milk bag into a large bowl. Transfer to a pitcher and store in the fridge. Will last 4 days in your fridge.
You can replace any nut or seed for almonds. At the cafe, we make Mac Nut Coconut Milk for all our acai bowls and smoothies. I have tried and love cashews, sesame seeds and coconut, and they all are tasty in there own way. Have fun and find the one that makes your tastebuds happy.
There are many things you can do with the leftover pulp, however, these days I compost it.
- 2 cups mylk
- 5 frozen strawberries
- 2 dates
In a blender add milk, strawberries, and dates and blend gradually bringing up to high. Blend for 30 seconds. Sometimes I add chocolate chips.
Chocolate Chip Apricots
I love quick, sweet and easy snacks.
I always have dried apricots in my pantry and chocolate chips in my freezer. This became by go to dessert.
- 5 apricots
- 1/4 cup mini chocolate chips
Tear apricots in half. Take a sticky side and dip in chocolate chips. Repeat
Ants (none harmed) on a Log
I am a grown-up child when it comes to snacks. I still love ants on a log. This is such a satisfying yummy snack
- 2 stalks of celery cut into 4 pieces
- 2 Tablespoons Almond Butter
- 1/8 cup of raisins
Spread almond butter on celery. Top with raisins. That’s it. I enjoy this as breakfast, lunch or a snack.
Berry Dream Smoothie
I Heart Blueberries
I really do love blueberries. Whether enjoying them fresh or in this delightful smoothie, they are a norm in my life and self-care. You see, blueberries are full of antioxidants and they give me a burst of energy. Try it for yourself and see. I also drink a lot of smoothies and I love to have ones that are creamy without the bananas. This has become my favorite creamy bananaless smoothie and it’s on the menu at the cafe. We make an acai bowl with the same base!
- 1 cup frozen blueberries
- 2 frozen coconut cubes
- 1 date (not frozen)
- 1 cup non-dairy milk
In a Vitamix or blender, add all ingredients and blend for about 45 seconds. Enjoy right away.
At the cafe, we also remove half of the milk and blend it. We use this as the base for our Blueberry Acai Bowl and top with fresh bananas and granola.
In Hawaii, Hapa means half. This recipe is half peanuts and half black beans believe it or not, and it is a crowd-pleaser. Peanuts are actually legumes so it is no wonder that peanut butter goes so good with black beans. Serve this with fresh veggies, tortilla chips or as a wrap.
- 3 garlic cloves, peeled, or jarred
- 1/2 cup packed fresh cilantro leaves
- 1 (15 ounce) cans black beans, rinsed and drained
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 3 tablespoons smooth peanut butter
- 2 tablespoons lime juice (juice from 1 to 2 limes, or to taste)
Finely chop garlic and cilantro in a food processor. Add beans, oil, and peanut butter, then the juice from one lime. Process until beans are pureed, stopping midway to scrape sides of the processor bowl. Add remaining lime juice to taste.
Serve at once or refrigerate.