Strawberry Almond Milk

Strawberry Almond Milk

Good morning and happy Tuesday! Coming atcha with a recipe for creamy strawberry almond milk from scratch that’s SO EASY! I have loved making the switch to dairy free milk and have been drinking only dairy free milk for about 6 years now. Dairy products often make me feel sick and bloated (I have a self-diagnosed lactose intolerance) but dairy free milks have allowed me to keep eating so many of my favorite foods and still feel great!

Strawberry almond milk:

1/2 cup almonds (soaked for at least 2 hours)

2 cups water

1/2 vanilla bean (seeds only)

3 large strawberries (can add more to make the strawberry flavor stronger)

Optional: Pinch of cinnamon & 1 packet of stevia

Blend for 2-3 minutes in a high speed blender and strain through a nut milk bag (I’ve linked the one I use below) or a cheese cloth. Store in the refrigerator for up to 3 days and shake well before drinking!

All-Natural Nut Milk Bag

Mini Raw Vegan Cheesecakes

Mini Raw Vegan Cheesecakes

These vegan  cheesecakes are so creamy & have become a favorite treat in my house! There are tons of different variations you can make to the cheesecake filling with different fruits, nut butters, or spices and even fun toppings!

For the base:
1 c walnuts
1 c pitted dates
For the filling:
1 c cashews (soaked in hot water for 10 min)
2 tsp vanilla
1/2 c agave
1/2 c coconut oil
Juice from one lemon
Pinch of salt

**for the chocolate layer I added in chocolate hummus I found at my local HEB but you can find similar ones from Delighted by Hummus**

Blend base ingredients & filling ingredients separately, then press base mixture into the bottom of a cupcake pan. Pour filling mixture over base, add any optional toppings & freeze. Thaw for 8-10 minutes before eating.

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Creamy Cauliflower Soup

Creamy Cauliflower Soup

So my boyfriend’s dad has the most awesome backyard garden and a few months back he made a creamy cauliflower soup with fresh cauliflower he had grown. Fast forward to about a month ago when he sent over some fresh grown veggies (including some massive cauliflower) and I immediately thought to ask about the recipe for that amazing soup. I may or may not have made the recipe twice that same week and then again the next week so I could freeze some and keep it in my fridge… Here’s the recipe with a few healthier adjustments.

Ingredients:
1/4 c water, vegetable stock or low sodium chicken stock
1 tbsp ghee
1 medium yellow onion, coarsely chopped
2 cloves of garlic, sliced
4 1/2 c vegetable or low sodium chicken stock
1 1/2 lbs cauliflower (about 1 whole head), coarsely chopped
1/4 cup plain, unsweetened cashew or almond milk
1 tsp salt 1/8 tsp pepper
chopped fresh parsley, dill, or chives (optional)

Directions:
Heat 1/4 cup of water or stock and ghee in a soup pot over medium heat until the ghee has melted. Add in onion and garlic stirring occasionally and cook until tender, but not browned. Then add 4 1/2 c stock, wine, and chopped cauliflower and cook for 15-20 minutes until the cauliflower is tender and can easily be poked through with a fork. Puree with a blender or immersion blender and return to heat. Stir in milk, salt, and pepper and heat for a few more minutes then serve with parsley, dill, or chives.

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