Vanilla Cashew Milk (Dairy Free, Sugar Free & Vegan)

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We drink a lot of almond milk around here. I make my Strawberry Almond Milk recipe quite often. And while we love it, sometimes it’s good to change things up. Homemade Cashew Milk is a wonderful alternative to almond milk that is creamy, delicious and equally good for you. Cashews are rich in copper, iron, magnesium and protein.

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 Add to Vitamix or Blender:

2 cups cashews, soaked in water for 8 hours (and then drained)

7 cups filtered water

15 drops liquid vanilla stevia

1 1/4 tsp. pure vanilla extract

pinch of sea salt

Blend on high for 2 minutes. Place hand on top of lid when blending as the container will be quite full.

Place a nut milk bag (or cheesecloth) over a glass container and pour milk through bag, allowing the milk to pour into the storage container. Place container in fridge and drink within 2-3 days.

Please Note: With cashew milk you don’t need to use a nut bag as cashews blend up very well into the mixture and leave very little pulp. Yet, I still run the milk through a nut milk bag one time to remove the small particles and ensure the texture is completely smooth.

Makes 8 servings.

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Carob Pudding (Dairy Free, Refined Sugar Free & Vegan)

 

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My dear friend Amber recently posted a carob recipe on her site which peaked my interest. Amber mentioned that she makes recipes for her kids with carob in place of chocolate frequently to minimize their caffeine consumption (among other reasons.) This got me thinking because well… I love chocolate, my kids love chocolate and my husband most of all. Simply put, I seriously dig chocolate. Have you seen my recipes lately?!

As I continue to find afternoon snacks that both me and my kids will love as well as desserts for after dinner, I decided to try my hand with carob. And oh man, did I hit the jackpot on this one. I did not miss the chocolate at all. And that says a lot coming from me! This treat is delicious, smooth and rocking with antioxidants, fiber and Omega 3’s.

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 Add to Vitamix or Blender:

2 1/2 cups almond milk (homemade or unsweetened)

1/3 cup carob powder

1/3 cup cashews

1/3 cup chia seeds

1/3 cup coconut sugar 

1 frozen banana

10 drops liquid vanilla stevia

Blend on high for 2 minutes. Pour into serving cups and chill in the refrigerator 1 hour, allowing the pudding to thicken.

Optional-Top with sliced bananas, berries-you name it! Also great with 1-2 drops of cassia or cinnamon essential oil!

Makes 4 servings.

Enjoy my friends!

Lemon Pudding (Dairy Free & Refined Sugar Free)

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 You know me, I can’t make a lime recipe without trying a lemon version of it too! And dare I say this pudding is better than the lime pudding. Or perhaps, I just love lemons a little more deep down.

The whole pudding idea came into my head as I have been trying to think of creative snacks to feed my kids in between school and activities. My daughter starts Kindergarten in just a few short weeks. And although she will only go to school half-days in the afternoon, I know she will come home “starving” as she puts it. Having a snack ready ahead of time (or one I can whip up in a few minutes), will make life a lot easier on all of us.

This pudding is jam packed with healthy fats, good for growing brains and balancing glucose levels. It also contains a large amount of Vitamin C from antioxidants in the lemons. I have to admit I had leftovers of this pudding from last night and I ate it for breakfast. Yep, it was THAT good.

 

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Add to Vitamix or Blender:

1 medium size avocado

1/2 can of coconut milk (see notes below)

1/2 cup unsweetened, coconut flakes

Pulp of 2 organic lemons and the juice squeezed out (discard rinds and seeds)

4 Tbsp. lemon juice (in addition to the 2 lemons and their juice)

4 Tbsp. raw honey

1/4 tsp. NuNaturals lemon stevia

*I used Thai Kitchen Coconut Milk for this recipe and only the top 1/2 of the can which is mostly coconut cream)*

Blend on high for 2 minutes. Place container in the refrigerator for 1 hour to chill. Serve and enjoy!

Optional-Top with coconut flakes and lemon slices on top.

Makes 4 servings

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Coconut Lime Pudding (Dairy Free, Refined Sugar Free & Vegan)

Coconut Lime Pudding (Dairy Free, Refined Sugar Free & Vegan)

Coconut paired with Lime? Bliss. At least in my book. And it is oh so refreshing on a hot Summer day like today.

This treat satisfies a sweet tooth or any comfort snack one might be looking for. And guilt? Nah, antioxidants, healthy fats and Vitamin C to boot. Don’t deprive yourself! 🙂

 Add to Vitamix or Blender:

Juice of 1 organic lime

5 drops Lime essential oil

1 1/3 cup unsweetened, shredded coconut

1 can coconut milk (this brand is BPA free)

1 cup coconut sugar (or raw honey)

1/4 tsp. liquid stevia

 

Coconut Lime Pudding (Dairy Free, Refined Sugar Free & Vegan)

 

Blend on high for 1 minute. Enjoy immediately or chill in the fridge for one hour.

Optional-top with shredded coconut and a few lime wedges.

Serves 6.

Peach Apricot Smoothie (Dairy Free, Sugar Free & Vegan)

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My sweet neighbor brought me over some fresh apricots she had picked from her tree a few days ago. Generally, I would try to make a baked dessert with the perfectly ripe fruit. However, my daughter begged me to use the apricots in a smoothie.

I wasn’t quite sure how apricots would taste in a smoothie…but when it is 100 degrees out, a refreshing smoothie made with any type of fruit sounds appealing. I am pleased to say this smoothie inspired by my creative daughter is simply delightful. And with another bag of ripe apricots lingering in my kitchen, I’ll be making this scrumptious smoothie again tomorrow. Enjoy this drink and the huge Vitamin C boost it will give you!

Add to Vitamix or Blender:

2 1/2 cups homemade almond milk (or unsweetened almond milk)

4 ripe apricots

2 peaches

1 banana

10 drops orange liquid stevia (or a half of a peeled orange)

1/2 cup ice cubes

Blend on high for 1 minute. The drink should be smooth and creamy. Serve immediately. Yum!

Serves 4.

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