Sweet Recipe: Pure Almond Milk (homemade)

almond milk

Look at that tall glass of milk!, almond milk that is.

Recently, I’ve been having stomach issues when I have dairy: milk (though I barely drink milk), cheese etc. Not too bad, but bothersome enough to make me change my intake. I also have been having the same experience with eggs. When ever your body is speaking to you (positively or negatively) then you have to adjust. Your body knows what it needs and what it doesn’t, all you have to do is listen.

Now we come to the recipe ladies and gentleman: 100% organic almond milk. A great alternative for you lactose intolerant people, a wonderful vegan option, and some studies show it is better for you than soy milk.

All you will need is 5 minutes of your time, blanched almonds, water and a blender.

Put your blanched almonds into the blender. Depending on how much milk you would like, will depend on how much water and almonds you will use. I used 1 cup almonds and 2 cups water.

You can add 100% pure maple syrup for taste if you’d like.

After you blend the mixture together for about a minute and a half, you’re going to strain the pulp

I didn’t have one of those nut pulp strainer gadgets, so I used what I had handy, paper towels!

Double up your paper towel, place it over the jar or bowl of which you will store your milk and pour your almond milk mixture in. Then you will want to close up the paper towel (as if you were squeezing icing through an icing bag) and gently squeeze the milk through. The pulp will stay in the towel and the creamy milk will be ready to drink!

Do not be alarmed if your milk separates, that is natural. All you have to do is shake before use.

Hope you enjoyed this little recipe!

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Sweet Recipe: Organically Sweet Homemade Granola!

Hi Everyone!

Welcome to The Sweet Scene Blog: a one stop shop of everything that will give you an idea of who I am.

Here, I will be blogging about healthy eats: recipes and restaurant reviews (organic, wholesome and delicious), my fashion interests and life’s happenings around my beloved city of Boston and all things in between.

For my first post, I will be bringing you something very easy, organic, and delicious! All you need is 20 minutes and the following ingredients!

ORGANICALLY SWEET HOMEMADE GRANOLA

granola measurements

First we want to pre-heat our oven to 320 degrees Fahrenheit.

In a mixing bowl, combine 2 cups rolled oats (I used organic, wheat free and dairy free oats), 1/4 cup organic raisins and sunflower seeds and 1/2 cup sliced almonds.

I chose to use all organic items, however, you may use whichever nuts, seeds and dry fruit you would like. Some other options could be: pumpkin seeds, walnuts or dates.

coconut measurements

In a small sauce pan, combine: 3 tablespoons of organic maple syrup (I used organic grade A maple syrup in dark amber) and 2 tablespoons of organic coconut oil.

Most of the recipes I found used canola oil or vegetable oil, but I decided on a better option.

Coconut oil is a great alternative because it has wholesome and beneficial fatty acids, is heart healthy and boosts your immune system.

You can also add a pinch or two of salt and a dash of cinnamon for extra flavor if you’d like, but it isn’t mandatory.

Let the liquid mixture boil for about 5 minutes (or until the coconut oil melts into the mixture), while stirring continuously.

Combine the liquid mixture to your dry ingredients and stir them all together.

granola baby

In a baking dish lined with parchment paper, add your granola while evenly spreading it out in the dish. This will allow the whole thing to crisp up nicely. As an added punch of flavor, I added a few dashes of cinnamon on top.

Pop it into our pre-heated oven for about 10 minutes. Take it out of the oven to give it a quick stir. We want to make sure all of the granola is cooking evenly and that the top isn’t burning. (you will also notice that your raisins have puffed up. Do not panic, the sweet flavors are activating within them!)

Allow the granola to cook for another 10 minutes and then remove from the oven. Set it aside and let it cool. (you will see that the raisins have shriveled back up to it’s normal, pruney raisin state)

Then once cooled down, you can add it to your container of choice. I put mine in a mason jar.

You can use your healthy and wholesome granola as a cereal for your home-made Almond milk (recipe coming soon!), or on top of yogurt. You can even snack on it all by itself!

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I hope you enjoyed this quick, easy and healthfully delicious recipe! Please check back for more upcoming recipes!

Next up: Home made Almond Milk.

xoxo

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