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Plant Based “Milk” Chocolate Macadamia Nut Milk

Do you like your nut milks creamy?

This is a dairy free “milk” chocolate beverage made with macadamia nuts, which are one of my favorites to make nut milk with, because they make a very creamy drink, and you don’t have to strain it. The macadamia nuts are soft and higher in fat, so you get to skip that step.

Plant Based Milk Chocolate Macadamia Milk

This recipe makes a little over two cups, which is the perfect size to use up in a couple days, and it takes just ten minutes hands on to make. Love that about it!

So let’s get you some creamy, chocolate nut milk!

Plant Based “Milk” Chocolate Macadamia Nut Milk

Ingredients:

1/2 Cup of Raw Macadamia Nuts (I like this g/f brand)

2 Tablespoons of Raw Cacao Powder

1 Teaspoon of Real Vanilla Extract

1/4 Teaspoon of Pure Monk Fruit

1/8 Teaspoon of Sea Salt

2 Cups of Filtered Water

Directions: Measure 1/2 Cup of macadamia nuts into a 4 cup measure and cover with water to soak for two hours. Walk away, no work to be done here but wait! ūüôā

After the macadamia nuts have soaked, strain them through a colander and rinse with cold water. Then, add the macadamia nuts to a high speed blender with the remaining ingredients. Blend on high speed for three minutes.

Pour straight into a quart jar add the lid and refrigerate.

Easy peasy milk chocolate that is sweet and delicious!

Plant Based Milk Chocolate Macadamia Nut Milk Gluten and Dairy Free

 

Freezer Nut and Fruit Bites

Grain Free Dairy Free Delicious Nut and Fruit Freezer Bites

New Recipe!

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These nut and fruit snacks are really versatile and handy to have in your freezer.

I have been snacking on them for a while now and have also made several versions.

So, I am going to give you the template, and you personalize them!

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You can make a double batch all at once. This recipe easily does that, or make a couple different variations. I find kids really like the ones with peanut butter and raisins.

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Freezer Nut and Fruit Bites

1 Cup of Nuts of choice

1/4 Cup of Dried Fruit of Choice (if you are using larger dried fruit, make sure to dice it first)

1/4 Cup of Nut or Seed Butter

1 Tablespoon of Collagen (I use this brand)

1/4 Teaspoon of Pure Vanilla Extract

1/8 Teaspoon of Sea Salt

1/8 Teaspoon of Baking Soda

1/8 Teaspoon of Pure Monk Fruit (optional but adds a little more sweetness)

Directions:

In a food processor, pulse your nuts and fruit until chopped evenly. Then, add the remaining ingredients and blend until the mixture holds together when you squeeze it.

Nut and Fruit Bites

Pour the mixture onto a piece of parchment paper, and form it into a rectangle about an inch thick. Place the rectangle of bites onto a cookie sheet with the parchment, still in one piece, and freeze for an hour. Remove it from the freezer, and with a large sharp knife, cut it into squares.

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Store the Nut and Fruit Bites in a sealed container in your freezer for as needed. Pop them in when you want a quick and healthy snack.

That’s it. Super easy and you will want to make them again and again.

I’ve made these with walnuts, pecans, hazelnuts, macadamia and a large variety of different nut and seed butters including tahini. Make them nut free by using sunflower seed butter or tahini and sunflower or pumpkin seeds in place of the nuts.

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Grain Free Dairy Free Delicious Nut and Fruit Freezer Bites

DIY Macadamia Nut Milk

Making your own nut milk is a great option if you want to really know what is in your milk, and/or want to avoid additives that prolong the shelf life of store bought dairy alternatives, such as guar gum.

Make Your Own Macadamia Nut Milk

Make Your Own Macadamia Nut Milk

My go to milk that is ready-made has been coconut milk. There are a couple brands that are just coconut extract and water, and that is the kind I buy. But, when I am in the mood for a different flavor, or want to mix it up, I make my own nut milks!

One of the things I really love about Macadamia Nut Milk is not only the flavor, but the really white milk you get from these nuts. They are higher in fat too, so you get a really creamy milk.

I also have a recipe for Toasted Hazelnut-Vanilla Nut Milk here that is yummy and so good in coffee.

 

Macadamia Nut Milk

Macadamia Nut Milk

 

Macadamia nuts are pricey, so I just make this milk occasionally. But I enjoy it oh so much when I do!

 

DIY Macadamia Nut Milk

DIY Macadamia Nut Milk

 

DIY Macadamia Nut Milk

Ingredients:

1 Cup of Raw Macadamia Nuts

4 Cups of Good Well Water or Filtered Water

a pinch of Sea Salt

1 Teaspoon of Pure Vanilla Extract

Directions: Soak Your Macadamia Nuts in 3 cups of cold water on the counter top at room temperature for two hours. If you are not making your milk right away, you can at this point place the nuts, in the water, in the refrigerator, until you are ready to make the milk for up to 24 hours.

Drain and rinse the macadamia nuts, and place them in a high speed blender. Then add the remaining ingredients. Blend on high for two to three minutes until emulsified.

Get a large bowl, preferably with a pour spout because it’s just less messy :-), and pour the milk through a mesh nut milk bag like this one and into the bowl. Drain the milk by gently squeezing the bag when most of the liquid has passed through¬†to extract all the liquid.

Pour the milk into a sealed container, and refrigerate.

This milk is unsweetened, which is the way I like it. If you like yours sweetened, feel free to add sweetener. If I want a sweet milk, I usually add a touch of honey during the blending stage.

 

Macadamia Nut Milk

Macadamia Nut Milk

Have a lovely day!

Macadamia Nut Milk - Homemade

Macadamia Nut Milk – Homemade

 

Macadamia Nut Milk

Macadamia Nut Milk

Eat Your Nutrients!

Eat Your Nutrients!

Make Your Own Grape Electrolyte Beverage

It is easy to make your own electrolyte beverage when you have a need for some¬†extra¬†hydration and don’t like the less than stellar ingredients in some of the brands available out there, like artificial¬†dyes and refined sugars that you¬†normally wouldn’t put in your system. ¬†An electrolyte drink can be helpful to prevent dehydration and soothe the tummy with cold and flu season coming up, after an intense sweat session, or during, ahem, a colonoscopy prep where you can only consume clear liquids and jello in certain colors!

Make Your Own Electrolyte Beverage

I recently had a colonoscopy to prep for, and the handout they give you for what you can consume for a whole day without being dehydrated, really hungry or drinking a lot of processed beverages that aren’t ¬†good for you seemed daunting.

After a little research, I put together an electrolyte drink using organic white grape juice to help me stay hydrated, so I didn’t feel weak after the procedure. The white grape juice met the criteria for clear with no red or purple colors and helped balance electrolytes with the sea salt and baking soda. ¬†I also made my own jello using Vital Proteins gelatin, ice pops,¬†and sipped on herbal teas and clear broth.

Grape Electrolyte Beverage

Ingredients:

2 Cups of Good Water

1/4 Cup of White Grape Juice

1 Tablespoon of Clear Honey

1/4 Teaspoon of Sea Salt or Pink Himalayan Salt

1/4 Teaspoon of Baking Soda

1 Teaspoon of Fresh Squeezed Lemon Juice

Whisk all the liquids together, and refrigerate.

This is a very easy and inexpensive way to make an electrolyte beverage with good ingredients that are handy right in your pantry. You can change out the juices as desired and come up with flavors of your own!

  • If you are on a sodium restricted diet, talk with your doctor before consuming an electrolyte beverage.

Have a great day!

Eat Your Nutrients!

Eat Your Nutrients!

 

 

 

 

Tomato Basil Jam

I love the intense flavor of jams. No matter if they are sweet or savory, the flavors are intensified due to the reduction. This Tomato Basil Jam is no exception. It is thick and full of tomato flavor and only 4 ingredients! The secret is the oven roasting. Slather it on cooked meat, vegetables, or crackers to bump up the flavor of anything!

Tomato Basil Jam (4 Ingredients)

4 Ingredient Tomato Basil Jam

 

Tomato Basil Jam

Ingredients:

3 Large Organic Tomatoes

1/3 Cup Garlic Infused Olive Oil

1 Teaspoon Himalayan Pink Salt or Sea Salt

2 Tablespoons Chopped Fresh Basil

Preheat your oven to 375¬ļ degrees. Slice the tomatoes about a half inch thick. Toss with 1 Tablespoon of Garlic Olive Oil and sprinkle with salt. Place them in a single layer on two parchment lined baking sheets. Roast in the oven for 50 minutes until the tomatoes are starting to brown and caramelize.

Remove the pans from the oven and cool ten minutes. Place the tomatoes and the remaining 1/4 cup of garlic olive oil into a food processor. Add the fresh basil. Pulse until you get a smooth consistency.

This flavorful savory jam is full of healthy fat, lycopene from the tomatoes and delicious fresh basil. What’s not to love about this healthy spread!

Eat Your Nutrients!

Eat Your Nutrients!

 

Simple Peach Ice Cream (Dairy Free)

Peaches are in season now, and juicy ripe peaches are so good in ice cream! My children have been gobbling up all the peaches as I buy them at the organic market, but I was able to snatch a couple to make this ice cream recipe before they were gone. Peaches are very similar to tomatoes in that when they are ripe, and in season, they taste like a different food entirely. Do you know what I mean?

So, today I have a very simple and delicious seasonal ice cream recipe to share that is Dairy Free!

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SIMPLE PEACH ICE CREAM

You will need an ice cream freezer. I used a Cuisinart.

Ingredients:

Two Ripe and Juicy Organic Peaches, Peeled and Pit Removed

1 Can of Full Fat Coconut Milk

6 Tablespoons of Good Honey

2 Tablespoons of Fresh Squeezed Lemon Juice

2 Teaspoons of Pure Vanilla Extract

1/4 Teaspoon of Ground Cinnamon

Simple Peach Ice Cream Recipe

Directions: Here is where an immersion blender comes in handy, but you can also use a regular blender and get the same results, just more clean up! Place all the ingredients into a 4 cup glass measuring cup, and blend with an immersion blender until smooth. Alternately, place in a blender and blend until smooth.

Refrigerate for four hours to chill thoroughly. Freeze in your ice cream maker.

Enjoy!

Simple Peach Ice Cream

Sandra Shields, Health Coach

Eat Your Nutrients!

Eat Your Nutrients!

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