Creamy Almond Milk

This recipe allows you to make regular almond milk or creamy almond milk. Both are delicious and dairy free for those of us who have allergies. It’s as simple as soaking, blending, and straining the nuts to make this milk.

In a large dish add the nuts, salt, and pour warm filtered water over them until the nuts are covered. Stir to mix in the salt. Let the nuts soak for at least 7 hours.
Discard the soaking water then rinse and drain the nuts. Place the nuts into a blender along with 4 cups of filtered water. Blend for about 1 minute.
Pour the mixture through a nut milk bag into a bowl or pitcher. Gently squeeze the nut milk bag to extract the milk from the pulp. The pulp can be dehydrated into a nut flour. At this point there will be about 1 quart of milk which can now be stored in the fridge.
For an extra creamy milk blend or whisk in 1 can of full fat, organic coconut milk.
Pour the milk into glass containers and store in the fridge for up to 7 days. Be sure to give the jar a little shake before using, as the milk will start to separate as it sits in the fridge.

Orange Ginger Beet Kvass

Beet kvass that actually tastes good? Is it even possible?! I’ve been determined to make a beet kvass that I not only can drink but actually like. I think I found it thanks to Jenny from Nourished Kitchen’s Fermented Beets with Orange and Ginger. I thought I would add orange zest and ginger slices to my normal beet kvass recipe. That is exactly what was needed. It tastes great as is but add a second fermentation with orange or apple juice for some extra yum!

Place beets, ginger, orange (zest and juice), salt and culture in a 1 gallon jar. Top with filtered water and cover loosely. Let set at room temperature for 3 days. Strain and bottle the rich red liquid. Use strained beets again for another batch.
For a second fermentation, fill air tight bottles like these flip top bottles, about 3/4 full. Fill the rest of the way with orange juice (apple juice is great too) cover tightly and set 12-24 hrs at room temp. Move to fridge and enjoy!

‘Aseer Manga (Homemade Mango-Coconut Juice)

Before reaching for a packaged drink or soda at the store, consider making this ‘aseer manga (mango-coconut juice) at home with fresh ingredients in under 10 minutes.

Add all ingredients to a blender, and whirl till all ingredients are well blended. If using frozen mango, use the ‘ice crush’ option on your blender first, then use another milder blend function.
Pour into sealable glass pitchers or bottles and chill in the fridge for several hours before serving.
Shake well before serving. Enjoy!

Cinnamon Hot Cocoa

What is better on a cold morning coming in from milking that drinking a hot cup of homemade cocoa? I’m not sure. I mixed up a batch of this yesterday and decided it was yummy enough to share.

Heat water/coffee over medium heat. Mix in cocoa, sucanat and cinnamon until thoroughly mixed and smooth. Bring to a boil. Remove from heat and add milk and vanilla while whisking. Place over heat and warm to desired temperature is reached. Serve and enjoy!

Orange and Green Smoothie

Creamy orange drinks are a classic flavor, but add some greens in there for an extra punch of nutrition. Use whatever greens you have on hand and you’ll have a fast and easy dessert or snack.

Blend all of the ingredients together until smooth. Add ice until you obtain your desired thickness.

Chocolate Banana Shake

A classic chocolate banana flavor with the added nutritional boost of coconut milk and coconut oil!

Add all ingredients to a high-powered blender and mix until you reach your desired consistency. Add more ice for a thick, ice cream-like shake, or less ice for a thinner version.

Refreshing Coconut Water “Green” Drink

Refreshing and re-hydrating drink for hot summer days or when you’re feeling a little run down. Tastes great after a hard workout or strenuous day.

There are two ways to prepare this drink, depending on your preference:
1. Chop the cucumber and parsley and add to a quart jar.
Add the stevia, coconut water, lemon juice, and ice.
With a tight fitting lid, shake vigorously until combined.
Serve immediately.
(When you get done with the beverage, you’ll have a fresh little salad in the bottom of your glass. Some people might think this is weird, but it tastes great!)
2. In a blender, add all the ingredients and blend to desired consistency.

Piña Colada Water Kefir

I discovered a winning combo! Not only is this beverage divine (this might weird some of you out even more), but the pineapple and coconut were a delicious snack after I downed the water kefir. I’m serious! It’s like a happy to-go drink and snack all in one.

I kind of squeezed the pineapple chunks into the water kefir a bit to release the juices more.
Although you can totally leave it out at room temperature for a day or two, I preferred it chilled.