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My first love was Blue Diamond….

Then, I discovered the creaminess of Silk Almond…

Next, I discovered some local NYC nut milk makers…

Finally, I got out my nuts and blender and crafted my own.

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Nut milk love at first sight. I’ve been enjoying my own nut milk for the past 3 weeks. And it has become part of my Sunday afternoon food prep for the week.

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There is nothing better than making something you love yourself. Also, it is hell of a lot cheaper, fresher, and you can customize the hell out it.

The basic recipe, if you can call it that, is a 1:4 ratio of soaked nuts to cold water + any type of sweetener if you want it (1-2 soaked date, stevia, honey, sugar). Blend in a good blender or food processor and strainingng the pulp if you desire. Which, I do desire. And done.

After doing a basic unsweetened with both almonds and cashews, I got fancy.

Vanilla Cardamom Cashew Nut Milk

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup cashews, soaked overnight in the refrigerator
  • 4 cups cold water
  • 1 pitted,soaked date (I soaked it right with the cashews)
  • couple drops of vanilla flavoring
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp cardamom

Directions:

  1. Combine everything in blender/food processor (I use the Ninja) and blend for 1 -2 minutes
  2. Strain pulp if desired using thin wire strainer or nut milk bag
  3. Place in bottle and store in fridge. Use within 5-7 days.

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I’ve been keeping the pulp and adding it to smoothies, yogurt, cereal. I frozen a lot of it to try things like:

Taco Nut Meat

Almond Crackers

Nut Pate filling for homemade sushi rolls.

Happy drinking!

And happy friday!!

What is on the top of your cooking / to make list??? I’m feeling inspired. Recipe links are welcome!

 

Check out yesterday’s post to see why I am having the best week ever! I also forgot to mention some big work and travel news – another good things post I guess! Never a bad thing.

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