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yes, you can make you own nut milk!

12 Dec

5605235286_8306349ab8For those of us who are sensitive to regular milk or have an intolerance, we often use nut milks as substitutes.

While alternative milks like soy, almond, coconut are great options for those of us on a specific diet, additional ingredients are plugged into these otherwise simple and healthy beverages to help them stay shelf stable.

The next time you purchase a common substitute for milk, take a peak at the ingredient list. Most of these milks contain a few funny sounding ingredients such as: carrageenan, potassium citrate, vitamin A palmitate and natural flavor to name a few.

Let’s get back to the roots of simple and healthy milk alternatives, and make them at home where you are in control of your ingredients.

Check out this streamlined video, and learn how to make your own almond milk by following Body + Soul’s brilliant almond milk recipe below:

Step 1: Soak one cup of raw almonds in water overnight. Leave extra water to allow for swelling.

Step 2: Remove almonds from water. For a less gritty texture, remove skins. Toast for a richer flavour.

Step 3: Place almonds in a blender with two cups of water. Blend until creamy.

Step 4: You can add flavouring such as cinnamon, honey or saffron, then blend again.

Step 5: Strain mixture through cheesecloth or a fine strainer to separate pulp. Drink. For a creamier version, leave covered in the fridge overnight. It will keep for up to a week.

Step 6: Dry-roast remaining pulp and store in a jar to use as almond flour. Alternatively, place discarded almond skins and pulp in cheesecloth to use as a body scrub.

Photo courtesy of HealthAliciousNess.com

agave cake to celebrate rosh hashana

17 Sep
1517547172_72670f1a07Eating apples with honey are a tradition during the Jewish new year, Rosh Hashana. The apple has been known to symbolize the sweet smell of the apple orchards in the Garden of Eden, and the honey symbolizes wealth and good living. By eating these two together, the sweetness is insurmountable! These traditional foods are consumed to wish each other and the world a sweet new year.

Another traditional food that is eaten at this time, is honey cake. While it’s certainly easy to pick up one that is already made, we are going to share with you a great recipe, that is gluten free, and uses agave instead of honey to impart sweetness. This recipe will serve 6-8, and was adapted from Elana’s Pantry.

Ingredients: 

  • ½ cup boiling water
  • 2 tablespoons ground coffee
  • 2 ½ cups blanched almond flour
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon cloves
  • ½ cup agave
  • ¼ cup grapeseed or canola oil
  • 2 eggs
  • ½ cup raisins

Directions:

Preheat your oven to 350F. Add coffee to a filter, then pour 1/2 cup of boiling water over it. Compost or discard the grounds, then let the liquid cool. Combine flour, salt, baking soda, cinnamon, cloves to a large bowl. Combine agave, oil, eggs and coffee in a separate bowl. Add wet ingredients into the dry ingredients, then add in your raisins, and mix it all up. Use a drop of grapeseed or canola oil to grease a 9 inch cake pan, then sprinkle some almond flour for a thin coating. Pop in your oven for 30-35 minutes, and let cool. Best eaten the day after!

Photo courtesy of Muffet