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Coconut Macadamia milk

I'm following the theme of beverages since my Summer Drink Up Challenge is at the forefront of my mind! 

It might seem strange but I don't actually drink much 'milk' of any kind.

I don't drink traditional tea of coffee so have no need for milk there. My smoothies and shakes tend to use nuts or blended fruits for creaminess.  I don't eat cereal for breakfast so no need for milk there either. I DO however eat porridge, and although it's fine with water or blended nut butters, sometimes I really fancy some milk to make it super duper creamy.

I previously shared this crazy beautiful idea for quinoa milk and cream. I still love it as it makes a great chocolate thick shake and it's so easy.

Recently I had a play around with other milk ingredients. This was one of my favourites. I blended coconut flakes and macadamia partly for flavour but also because introducing coconut helped keep the cost of the macadamias down (they are sooooo expensive).

I will say you do need a nut bag or fine mesh straining cloth to ensure you get a super creamy milk.  I bought mine on Amazon and it's a really useful purchase. 

I also want to mention here that the link above takes you to my newly created Amazon shop. I decided that because people so often ask me for recommendations for books and tools I love, it made sense to me to put them all in one place. It just means that any product you buy through my shop (at no extra cost to you) gives me a teensy weeny percentage of the affiliate fee.

Let's get back to the milk....

Recipe: Coconut Macadamia milk (all measurements are approximates depending on preferred viscosity)

  • 1/4 cup coconut flakes
  • 1/4 cup macadamias
  • 2 cups filtered water
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla bean

Method:

Blend all ingredients together until totally smooth. Set your mesh bag over a large jug or bowl and pour the creamy mixture into the bag. Using your hands squeeze and massage the mixture until the milk is filtered and you only have pulp left.

You can reserve the pulp for other baking use.

The milk will keep for 2-3 days in the fridge.  Other options for flavour include adding fruits or cocoa to the mix.  I also made a version for Real Food Source (pictured at the top of the page) with blended in bee pollen for an extra nutritional boost and slight caramelly flavour (I do appreciate this is not vegan).

 

What should I do with the pulp I hear you ask?

I haven't yet got a recipe on my blog, but these nut pulp macaroons from Elana's Pantry could be a great place to start!

I'd love to hear from you if you make your own milk and if so, what your favourite ingredients are!

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My best non-dairy milk ever! (no nuts)

We've had a few non-recipe posts recently.... so here I am re-addressing the balance! 

This is my new favourite thing. Ever. Maybe.... well, at least for now! I've been making this all summer and I feel guilty for not sharing the love with you until today.

Secret ingredient = quinoa!!

For those of you who love smoothies, shakes and homemade 'milks' this is most definitely for you!

The three best things about this quinoa 'milk' are:

  1. It is super duper simple
  2. it doesn't contain soy or nuts (great for allergies)
  3. It is very versatile- blend it up thick or thin for a milk, cream or a shake.

Today i'll share the basic version... the 'plain' blend. The most versatile addition to your fridge, but it goes without saying you could add other flavours in their too. This milk will keep for 2-3 days in the fridge (I haven't tried for longer but would probably suggest up 3 days to keep it freshest!)

This is a thin milk, most reminiscent in viscosity to regular dairy milk but that really depends on water quantity- add more of less to your own preference. The 'nuttiness' of the quinoa comes through in this milk, which is to be expected given the ratios. I love the flavour, but I also like to add a touch of vanilla, cinnamon or in this case Organic Burst baobab powder for a tasty energy boost.

I have been experimenting with Organic Burst products for a while now. I have been using their maca powder for a couple of years but hasn't tried their other products- so they kindly sent me some to play with- yay! More recipes using their products coming soon (did you see my green face on Instagram recently!?). I love this baobab powder- a subtle sweet, light zingy flavour, the perfect compliment in this milk. 

If you haven't come across baobab before, here's a little bit of info taken from their website:

"Its unique nutritional profile offers more Vitamin C than oranges, more iron than red meat and a source of alkalising minerals: calcium, potassium and magnesium. Organic Burst Baobab powder is from the pure, raw fruit of the majestic baobab tree found in certified organic reserves in Malawi."

You can find more info on the benefits here. There are also plenty more recipe ideas on their website. 

Recipe: Quinoa milk

Makes approx. 1 ltr

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup cooked quinoa*
  • 2 cups water (plus extra water to thin out as desired after blending)
  • 1-2 baobab powder (optional- or vanilla, cinnamon or a few dates to taste)
  • 8 drops stevia or sweetener of choice (to taste)

Method

Blend all together well until think and creamy. If you have a high powered blender you won’t need to strain at all. If the milk is not totally smooth you may prefer to strain through a nut milk bag or cheesecloth.

Chill before serving for best flavour. Store for up to 2-3 days in the fridge.

*ideally soak the quinoa overnight and rinse well before cooking to minimise any bitterness. At the very least soak for 5 minutes and rinse well.

I also got to showcase my new glass straws...love love! ;-)

I also got to showcase my new glass straws...love love! ;-)

 Note: I was sent a little bundle of Organic Burst products- Maca, Baobab and Chlorella- to experiment with in my recipes, but all thoughts recipes and reviews are entirely my own!

 

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