How to make your own almond milk – recipe!

how to make your own almond milk! homemade almond milk is an easy peasy way to enjoy a plant-based milk without buying excess packaging/plastic👍🌏

I love using this homemade almond milk in my morning smoothies 💛

 

Creamy, delicious, homemade almond milk recipe coming your way!

Tools you need:

  • High powered blender/ food processor (I used a thermomix) – if you don’t have a high powered blender, you could try making almond milk with nut butter and water – blend 1/2 cup nut butter with 3 cups water and some maple syrup!
  • Nut milk bag or cloth mesh bag

Making your own plant milk is also an easy way to reduce your waste if you scoop and buy your almonds plus dates from a bulk food store in a jar/container from home. Not only is this a great option for a milk to reduce your waste for this but it is also an option where no animals are harmed in the process.

You can also replace the almonds with other types of nuts –  such as cashews, macadamias or hazelnuts for a different flavour.

Making your own plant milk can also be great fun! You can experiment with flavours by adding things like cocoa powder for a chocolate flavour, or some frozen or fresh strawberries, or some vanilla paste/essence for vanilla. I like to add a touch of turmeric, some cinnamon, and cardamon when I warm up the milk for a delicious wintery drink.

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RECIPE:

serves about 1-3 people. keeps for 3-4 days when refrigerated and stored in an airtight container.

 

 

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup raw almonds
  • 3 cups filtered water
  • 2 dates that have been soaked in hot water (optional) (can subsitute for 2 TBSP maple syrup)
  • a pinch of salt

Steps:

  1. Soak the almonds in just enough water to cover them all for 24-48 hours.
  2. Drain the almonds and rinse them with water.
  3. Blend the almonds with 3 cups of filtered water, the dates, and salt in a high powered food processor/blender (I used a thermomix).
  4. Strain the mixture through a nut milk bag or a cloth mesh bag. Don’t throw away the pulp! You can use the pulp in baking, bliss balls, and for raw desserts 🙂
  5. Store the almond milk in the fridge in an air-tight glass bottle or container for up to 3 days.

Easy peasy. You can adjust the sweetness and saltiness to your preference!

Let me know how you go making this recipe in the comments down below ❤

xx

Neli

See how you can make your own gluten-free bread here!

Top 7 Gluten-free & Vegan eats in Sydney

Check out my Top 7 gluten-free and vegan places you HAVE to try when you are traveling in Sydney!

My Top 7 gluten-free & vegan eats in Sydney. Make sure to scribble these down in your journal for when you are ever traveling there!

Tip: If you are new to the gluten-free life make sure you always ask about the gluten-free options at restaurants, and when you place your order, always say you want it to be gluten-free. Some items on the menu have gluten-free symbols and sometimes they just mean there is a gluten-free option, so it is always safest (for your tummy) to just ask for the meal to be made gluten-free.

Golden Lotus (lunch, dinner)

Golden Lotus spread

We ate here about three times because it was so delicious. Golden Lotus has both fresh healthy dishes and the more indulgent style dishes. My favourite was the tofu coconut curry (bottom dish in the photo).

Soul Burger (lunch, dinner)

Soul Burger Spread

Ever since having to cut gluten out of my life, I have been craving a burger that wasn’t going to crumble into tiny pieces before my first bite – and Soul burger definitely satisfied that craving. Just be aware that Soul burger notes on their menu that they cannot guarantee a gluten-free environment, and I did feel slight gluten pains in my stomach after eating here, but luckily it was bearable and well worth it!

However, if you are really really sensitive to gluten, I would recommend you get a bun-less burger or maybe don’t eat here as there would most probably be some cross contamination happening.

Gathered (breakfast, lunch)

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Gathered toast

Gathered is a beautiful little place to have breakfast or lunch (or brunch). They have a few gluten-free options and those waffles in the first pic were delish! If you are not gluten-free, they also do vegan croissants (which looked so yum).

Bodhi (lunch, early dinner)

Bodhi spread

Vegan Yum Cha! They have heaps of gluten-free options, just ask for the gluten-free menu and see for yourself. My personal favourite was the green-tea dumplings.

Earth to table (breakfast, lunch)

Earth to table spreadEarth to table BLT

You can relax here because everything on this menu is gluten-free and plant-based. A local told me that this was Sydney’s best raw-vegan restaurant. They have plenty of delicious raw vegan dishes, my personal favourite was the BLT sandwich. My boyfriend even said it was the best sandwich he had ever had.

Gigi’s Pizzeria (dinner)

Gigi’s Pizzeria

Unfortunately, Gigi’s don’t do gluten-free bases for their pizzas, but they do however do plenty of gluten-free antipasti dishes. Make sure to ask about their gluten-free options when you go as they sometimes have a gluten-free special which is not noted on the menu. I had the Parmigiana Di melanzane special, which was kind of like an eggplant parmigiana.  My personal favourite antipasti is their Crocchette di patate (a.k.a almond-crusted potatoes that taste like garlic bread) – you HAVE to get this when you go.

If you are traveling with gluten eating pals then they have got to check out Gigi’s, it is the best pizza place in Sydney, and all vegan.

Nutié Donuts (treats!)

Nutie Donuts

Nothing that some tasty gluten-free vegan donuts can’t fix. These were super sweet and super tasty. My personal favourites were the cookie monster and the blueberry flavoured donuts (top two in the photo above). I would recommend having them with a glass of plant-based mylk nearby – only so you can refresh your palate and eat more of course.

Let me know if you have tried any of these in the comments below, I would love to know your thoughts.

xx

Neli

Check out my granola recipe here!

Gluten free vegan granola + how to create your own granola recipe

Find out my favourite gluten free, vegan granola & how you can make your own too!

Granola! One of the kings of breakfast world. I am well and truly currently obsessed with it -crunchy, salty, sweet, and perfect with all my favourite breakfasts.

The thing I love most about granola is when it makes those beautiful golden crunchy clusters. In most granola recipes, Oats is the main base ingredient – so when I had to cut out gluten in my diet (thus, oats) finding a good granola in-store was either way too expensive or just not all that satisfying.

Luckily, after playing around some more in the kitchen, I came up with this champion of a gluten free, oat-less, crunchy granola.

Gluten free vegan granola - Crunchy, delicious, clustery goodness! Click through to see the recipe and find out how to make your very own granola recipe.
Gluten free vegan granola

Cooking, baking and creating meals in the kitchen is one of the ways I like to express my creativity and it really helps to calm my mind. Happy mind = happier body = happier day = happier me. I guess to me it’s kind of like another form of meditation – but BETTER because I usually get rewarded by delicious tasting foods afterwards.

Gluten free vegan granola - Crunchy, delicious, clustery goodness! Click through to see the recipe and find out how to make your very own granola recipe.
Gluten free vegan granola served with coconut yoghurt and fresh fruit

Granola is one of those things where you can really have a lot of fun with. So I really encourage you to give this recipe a go and also not to be afraid of mixing it up a bit as well – get creative! Fun and creativity, after all, is the best recipe to a happy mind and a happy mind leads to a happy body.

My favourite ways to eat granola is:

• On top of some nice-cream (banana ice cream)

• With coconut yoghurt, fresh fruit and maple syrup

• As cereal with some plant milk and bananas

Gluten free vegan granola
Dry ingredients for granola

Here are some things you need to know about Granola (and how to have fun with it)

  1. Choose your base(s):
  • Quinoa flakes
  • Rice flakes
  • Activated/ raw buckwheat
  • Rice puffs
  • If you are fortunate enough that gluten agrees with your stomach then go ahead and use raw or rolled oats if you so wish – or certified gluten free oats if your stomach doesn’t and you are lucky enough to find them.

2. Add some crunch with nuts and seeds ( you just use a variety of seeds if nuts don’t agree with you)

3. Add some sweetness

  • Dried fruits: dried apricots, blueberries, raspberries, cranberries, etc etc. ( i could go on – this is where you can really experiment)
  • Grated apple or grated lemon/orange rind
  • Liquid sweetener of your choice (Maple syrup, agave, molasses, coconut nectar, apple sauce coconut sugar,etc.)

4. Add your coating

  • Coconut oil
  • Liquid sweetener
  • Nut butter / sunflower seed butter
Gluten free granola recipe
Wet mixture for granola recipe

Notes:

  1. For an oil free option you can exclude the oil and add a little extra of your liquid sweetener.
  2. Other additional options you can add for flavour:
  • Spices: all spice, cinnamon, nutmeg
  • Chocolate
  • Essential oils: lemon, lime, orange, peppermint (mixing a few drops of peppermint oil with come dark chocolate in there would be delish!)
  • PB2 Powder – this adds an amazing nutty flavour to the granola – it is honestly the best ingredient in my opinion – it’s an absolute game changer. You can buy it online here: https://au.iherb.com/pr/Bell-Plantation-PB2-Powdered-Peanut-Butter-6-5-oz-184-g/38245
Gluten free vegan granola
Gluten free vegan granola

My vegan granola recipe:

Makes two large mason jars full (and makes for full happy tummies too!)

Ingredients:

Dry ingredients:

1 cup quinoa flakes

2 1/2 cups rice puffs

1 cup coconut flakes

1/2 cup golden flaxmeal (+ 1 TBSP for the flax egg)

1/4 cup chia seeds

1/4 cup seeds of your choice – I used a sunflower, pepita and pine nut mix.

1/4 cup dried cranberries (or any dried fruit of your choice)

1/4 cup PB2 powder – THIS!!! is an absolute game changer and MUST in your granola ( You can buy it from most health supermarkets or on iHerb – check the notes for the link).

Wet ingredients:

1/3 cup coconut oil

1/4 cup chunky peanut butter

1/3 cup maple syrup

Optional:

1/4 cup grated apple

1 tsp cinnamon (add to dry ingredients mix)

Steps:

  1. Preheat your oven to 200°C (fan forced).
  2. Mix together your dry ingredients in a large mixing bowl. Add cinnamon and mix.
  3. Grate your apple and squeeze out the juices of the apple. Do this a couple times to make sure the apple is as dry as possible. Add to dry mix.
  4. Add your wet ingredients to a pot on medium heat and whisk together to get rid of any clumps in the coconut oil (chunky bits of peanut butter are accepted and recommended).
  5. Let mixture of wet ingredients cool slightly before adding to dry ingredients.
  6. To make the flax egg mix together 1 TBSP of golden flaxmeal and 3 TBSP of water. Let sit for approximately 3 minutes so that it thickens slightly.
  7. Mix together ingredients to allow for everything to be coated evenly. Be careful not to over stir it or the ingredients wont clump together to form clusters!
  8. Once the ingredients are all coated, evenly spread the mixture on a baking tray ( I used two) lined with baking paper.
  9. Place tray(s) in oven and bake for 20 minutes or until crunchy and a dark golden colour.
  10. Once golden and crunchy, take out the trays and set aside to cool for 15 minutes.
  11. Now (only now!) break apart granola. This will help to form large clusters and keep them from falling apart.

 

I hope you love this recipe as much as I do. If you do try the recipe let me know by commenting down below or sharing your creation with me by tagging me in your instagram shares 🙂 I would love to see your creations.

Much love

xx

Neli

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