Almond Cashew Cardamom Nutmilk

I can’t say enough about making your own nut milk. Don’t get me wrong, I totally get the convenience of buying it from the store, but homemade, nothing beats it. It’s creamy, delicious and full of nutrients. A must-have in any home!

nut-milk.jpg

Ingredients

1 cup raw almonds, soaked, drained and rinsed
1 cup raw cashews, soaked, drained and rinsed
5 cups filtered water
2 medjool dates, pitted and soaked
1 tsp coconut oil
1/2 tsp cardamom
1 tsp vanilla
Pinch of sea salt

Method

Soak your nuts in water overnight or for at least four hours. This will help soften and make them easier to blend.

Once soaked, remove the water from the almonds and rinse.

Add the nuts and filtered water to a high-speed blender and blend until creamy and smooth. I usually keep it running for at least 1-2 minutes. This way you get the most out of your nuts.

Once blended, strain the mixture through a nut-milk bag (see notes) or cheesecloth, squeezing well to extract the extra liquid. You can save the remaining almond pulp to be used in another recipe, or discard.

Once strained, pour the milk back into the blender with the rest of the ingredients and blend once more until smooth and creamy.

Transfer milk to a jar or covered bottle and refrigerate. Will keep for up to a few days, though best when fresh. Shake well before drinking, as it tends to separate.

Notes


Thank you for supporting companies that support Plentyfullme. This post contains an affiliate link. If you purchase from the link above, I’ll make a small profit at no extra cost to you. Thank you for your ongoing support – I know you guys will love this product!

Homemade Peppermint Almond Chocolate Bar

I've been a chocolate fiend for as long as I can remember. As a kid my obsession started with Aero bars, and as I got older (and became more health conscious) I ditched the milk chocolate for dark. The thing is, most chocolate bars (milk and dark) contain loads of additives and sugar. I mean, I guess you could take the healthier route and buy one of those vegan, superfood chocolate bars for $10 at Wholefoods.. But who wants to spend $10 on a chocolate bar? Not me. For this reason, I make my own! Just wait, once you make your own, you'll never want to go back to store bought again.

It's delicious, perfectly sweet, melt in your mouth creamy, quick and easy AND super satisfying.

homemade-chocolate-bars.jpg

Ingredients

1 cup cocoa butter, chopped
1/3 cup maple syrup
1/2 cup cacao powder
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 drop peppermint essential oil
1/3 cup roasted almonds
Pinch of sea salt

Method

Add 2 inches of water to a large saucepan and bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Then set a medium glass bowl on top, make sure it's not touching the water (this creates a double boiler).

Add chopped cocoa butter and allow it to melt. 

Once melted, remove from heat and whisk in maple syrup, cacao powder, vanilla extract and peppermint essential oil until well combined.

Pour the chocolate into silicone chocolate bar molds and top with roasted almonds and a pinch of salt.

Set in the freezer to harden for 30 minutes. Once completely solid, break into pieces and enjoy the BEST guilt-free chocolate you'll ever have!

Notes

  • Keep in an airtight container and store in the fridge.

  • If your almonds are raw, roast on a baking sheet at 350° F until slightly golden brown.

  • If you can't find cocoa butter, you can use 1 cup coconut oil instead.

How to Make Easy Homemade Almond Milk

Simple homemade almond milk that’s creamy, lightly sweet and oh so satisfying! Perfect for cereal, baking, in a smoothie or drinking straight alongside a yummy baked good. Be creative with your combos! Add some turmeric to create a sweet golden elixir. Add some lavender buds for a sweet floral taste. Add some cardamon or nutmeg for a grounding earthy flavour – seriously the sky’s the limit with this sweet blend.

However, if you want to keep it simple then here's what you do:

2J0A5221.JPG

Ingredients

1 cup raw almonds, soaked, drained and rinsed
3 cups filtered water
2 medjool dates, pitted and soaked
1 tsp coconut oil
1 tsp vanilla extract or powder
Pinch of sea salt

Step One: Soak the almonds overnight.
Place your almonds in a bowl and submerge the almonds with filtered water. Put them aside to soak overnight.

Step Two: Drain the almonds.
Drain the almonds through a colander or a fine mesh strainer and give them a quick rinse with new filtered water.

Step Three: Add almonds to blender with filtered water.
Place almonds in a blender with 3 cups of filtered water. 

Step Four: Puree.
Turn the blender on low for 20 to 30 seconds to chop the almonds, then slowly turn the mixer up to high speed and puree until the mixture is white and frothy. 

Step Five: Strain.
If using a nut milk bag (see notes), place the bag over a large bowl. Pour the liquid into the bag, and then thoroughly squeeze to separate the milk from the pulp.

If using a cheesecloth, place 2 to 3 layers in a fine mesh strainer set over a bowl. Pour the mixture into the strainer. Carefully wrap up the cheesecloth and squeeze to separate the milk from the pulp. 

TIP: You can dry out the leftover almond meal to use in baked goods. Turn the oven on its lowest heat setting, spread the pulp in a thin layer on a baking sheet, and bake until dried out. 

Step Six: Add other ingredients and blend again.
Rinse out the blender and pour the nut milk back in. Add your pitted dates, coconut oil, vanilla, and sea salt and blend again.

Step Seven: Enjoy!
Pour into a large glass jar and secure with a lid. Your almond milk can be stored in the fridge for up to 4 days. Since homemade almond milk does not contain stabilizers, natural separation will occur. Shake or stir before serving.

Notes

  • You can substitute the almonds with other raw nuts. A few of my favourites include cashews, pistachios, brazil nuts and hazelnuts.

  • THIS is the nut milk bag I use. You can save 10% with discount code PLENTY10 - Click here to purchase.


Thank you for supporting companies that support Plentyfullme. This post contains an affiliate link. If you purchase from the link above, I’ll make a small profit at no extra cost to you. I only recommend products that I know, trust and love! Thank you for your ongoing support – I know you guys will love this product!