dairy free

Making your very own nut milk

Most people will panic when told that they need to be dairy free for a period of time.

One of the most common questions I get is "What am I going to put in my coffee?"

As a replacement for a dairy-based milk, nut, seed and coconut kinds of milk have become very popular. With that also comes the downside of commercialism.

Have you checked the list of ingredients at the back or on the side of the box? In some, there was something ridiculous like 10 ingredients in a simple almond milk, none of which were conducive to health and to be honest, you'd almost be better drinking the dairy-based milk given what was included!

It is so easy to make your own variety and combinations. I'll say straight up, I'm not a fan of almond milk, but love hazelnut and cashew milk. The kids don't mind a mix of coconut & seed milk in their smoothies.

What you'll need:

Equipment

  • A high speed blender
  • A nut milk bag or a piece of organic cotton muslin
  • A glass jar or container to strain the milk into

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup of nuts of choice (preferably soaked overnight, cashews only need 2-3 hours)
  • 500ml - 1L of filtered water, my happy medium is 650ml for a good creamy consistency (use less if you want a creamier version)
  • 1 date (optional)
  • 1 tbsp of vanilla extract (optional)
  • Pinch of salt (optional, I rarely add)

Method:

  • Place all ingredients in the blender
  • Blend for 10-30 seconds
  • Strain through a nut milk bag or muslin. Cashew milk does not require any straining, so often is my choice of milk when I don't have a lot of time
  • Pour into a glass container and refrigerate. Will last up to 5 days

You can freeze the leftover pulp and use it make grainfree cookies, blissballs, pancakes or dry it out in the oven or dehydrator if you have one and make a flour. Too easy!

 

Enjoy XX

 

Seeded Grain Free Citrus Berry Breakfast Slice

Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Nut Free, Grain Free, Refined Sugar Free.

This slice is so tasty & sustaining. I often have it with a dollop of yoghurt or cream on the side and sets me up for the day, although not necessary to add. It also contains all the necessary elements for good gut health, cellular health, brain health and great for stabilising blood sugar levels.

Ingredients

  • 2 cups of activated seeds grounded to a fine meal,  I usually do 1 cup sunflower and 1 cup pepita seeds
  • 4 eggs
  • ¼ cup of coconut oil melted
  • 1 tablespoon of vanilla essence (I really like vanilla, so reduce it to a tsp if that seems too much for you)
  • Juice & rind of either 1 lemon, lime or orange, lemon is my favourite
  • 2-3 heaped tbsp of tapioca flour
  • ½ cup of frozen berries of your choice

NOTE: - I've not added in any sweetener, but you could add 1/4 cup of maple syrup, honey or rapadura sugar if you find your taste buds prefer a little bit of sweetness.

Method

  1. Preheat oven to 180 degrees C
  2. Blend all ingredients together (except for the berries)
  3. Pour batter into a greased oven proof pan
  4. Sprinkle berries on the top
  5. Bake for 35 min or until golden brown and skewer comes out clean
  6. When cooled, slice into desired sizes and store in an air tight container in the fridge.

These also freeze really well, so store in portion sizes ready to go whenever you need it. All you have to do is warm up the slices for a few minutes in the oven.

 

Enjoy XX