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Homemade Almond Milk

Food & Drink, Living Life CreativelyCait SherrickComment
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In the 17 years I’ve been drinking non-dairy milk, I’ve never made my own nut milk. This week, I finally decided to give it a try for health reasons + today I’m sharing the recipe(s) + alterations I made to account for my miniature kitchen. Want to know why I’ve decided to make it myself? I briefly wrote about that over here.


How To Make Your Own Almond Milk
(a combination of recipes from Deliciously Ella + Kitchn)

Ingredients

  • 1 cup raw almonds, preferably organic

  • 2 cups filtered water, plus more for soaking

  • Cinnamon or nutmeg (optional)

  • Medjool dates, honey or maple syrup (optional)

Kitchen Tools + Equipment

  • bowls

  • strainer

  • measuring cups

  • blender or food processor

  • cheesecloth or nut milk bag

  • jug or bottle

Directions

1. Soak the almonds. Place the almonds in a bowl + cover with about an inch of water. Cover the bowl with a cloth + leave it on the counter overnight or in the refrigerator for up to 2 days. The longer they soak, the creamier the almond milk. I soaked mine uncovered, on the counter, for a full 24 hours.

2. Drain + rinse the almonds. Drain the almonds + dump the soaking water as it contains phytic acid, which inhibits the body's ability to absorb nutrients. The almonds should feel soft by now.

3. Combine the almonds + water in a blender or food processor. Place the almonds in the blender or food processor, add 2 cups of water + blend it until a smooth, white opaque milk forms. I used a Magic Bullet + blended half the almonds with 1 cup of water because my blender is so small. I added the second half later.

4. Strain the almonds. Place your cheesecloth or nut milk bag over your a bowl + pour the milk through it. I blended the second half of the almonds with the second cup of water + added that to the cheesecloth.

5. Squeeze the almond meal. Once the cheesecloth or bag has drained, squeeze the rest of the liquid out with your hands. Be sure to gather all the edges of your cheesecloth. If there happens to be an opening, the almond meal/milk will find it; it will squeeze out + it will get all over your feet. I may or may not be speaking from experience.

6. Sweeten + spice it to taste. Add your favorite sweetener or spices + blend or whisk it all together. I did not sweeten mine, but I did add cinnamon, because cinnamon makes everything taste better.

7. Store your milk in an airtight container in the fridge + it will keep for up to a week.


So far my tummy seems to like my homemade almond milk more than it's liked any store bought non-dairy milk, so I'll be making it regularly for tea, breakfasts + things.

Have you ever made your own non-dairy nut milk? Tell me about your experience in the comments below!

To our shared health + healing.

Love, Light + Warm Cups of Chai Tea,

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Cinnamon Chocolate Gut-Healing Smoothie

Food & Drink, Living Life CreativelyCait SherrickComment

For the last six months or so I’ve been seeing a group of chiropractors/holistic doctors/energy healers/acupuncturists, in an effort to heal my body and nix some really awful, life-long health issues. 

A little back story: I’ve had seriously bad digestive issues all of my life, among other things, and I was diagnosed with IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome) when I was 16.  For all of you newbies to the world of digestive health, IBS is sort of like a catch-all diagnosis doctors give you when they test you for everything else and come up empty handed.  I moved to Florida last fall, so I was establishing new relationships with new doctors for a few months, until February when they pretty much washed their hands of it.  They told me I was going to have to live in pain for the rest of my life, that I need to eat more fiber (specifically Kelloggs’ fiber bars) and take more laxatives.  I’m sorry but that’s just not how I work.  I wanted a proactive solution, not some things that MIGHT work after I’m already in pain.  And Kelloggs’ fiber bars??? That’s your first suggestion???  For real??? No. Just no.  (For all of you that can eat Kelloggs’ fiber bars, props to you!  My body just doesn’t like bars like that.)

Anyway, so I spent months getting treated for the most basic of allergens through a process called NAET, where you hold the energy of a substance while your breathe and your doctor massages and adjusts your spine (for more info on this topic, check out their website here.  It’s far too much info to share for within a simple recipe post!). I only just recently started reintegrating foods and supplements to start truly healing all the seriously damaged parts of my digestive system.  Enter the supplement called RepairVite (K-60).  It’s a powder that you mix with water and drink.  Well, the taste just wasn’t doing it for me.  I literally plugged my nose and chugged it the first time I took it…you know…because that’s always the best way to support your digestive health.  :-P

Both my husband and my doctor suggested I throw it into a smoothie, so the next day I did.  I grabbed a bunch of ingredients, the first ones I could think of, blended them together and came up with the recipe below.  It turned out amazing that first time.  I was happily surprised and so satisfied.  Apparently, I’m a good smoothie maker!  Who knew?!? 

And so, I give you my Cinnamon Chocolate Gut-Healing Smoothie.  (I called it Cinnamon Chocolate, because you really don’t taste the almond butter or banana.)  Make this with or without the RepairVite (K-60) and your tummy will thank you regardless!


Cinnamon Chocolate Gut-Healing Smoothie
Ingredients

-1 banana, cut into 1” chunks
-3 Medjool dates, pitted & quartered
-1 scoop RepairVite (K-60)
-1 tbsp raw cacao powder
-1 tbsp cacao nibs (optional: extra for sprinkling on top)
-1/2 tsp cinnamon (optional: extra for sprinkling on top)
-1 tbsp almond butter
-1/2 cup coconut milk

Directions
1.  Put all ingredients into a blender.
2. Blend on desired speed until smooth.
3. Pour into a glass.
4. Optional: sprinkle cinnamon and cacao nibs on top.

I’m just getting into the world of smoothies, mostly because of this RepairVite supplement, so I’m a total newbie. If you have any tips, tricks and go-to recipes, let me know in the comments below.  Your advice would be so helpful!

Love, Light & Warm Cups of Chai Tea,

 
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