But like any other packaged food product, there are often additives and preservatives. And when a product only requires two ingredients to make, you’ve got to wonder, “why don’t I just make it myself?” Well, you can. The recipe is easy enough – it does require, however, something called a nut milk bag. This is a mesh bag that allows you to strain the almonds from the milk. You could probably use a fine strainer as well, but I have found the milk bag works best. Once you get the basic recipe down, you can experiment by adding a touch of extract such as vanilla or hazelnut. This recipe is a must-have if you want to save money and get a healthier-than-store-bought product in your fridge. Bottoms up!
This is a simple vegan ranch that tastes like the real thing and has about half the fat – five grams for a serving size of 2 T. Many creamy vegan dressings and sauces start with a nut base and this one is no exception. By using cashews, we can get a creamy texture without the dairy. This tastes great on salads or just for dipping. Make sure you use raw cashews only – not roasted. Soak them for a minimum of four hours, or overnight. Once you try this, you’ll never need to buy bottled dressing again. It also forms the basis for all sorts of creative dressings and sauces – add dill, rosemary, thyme, cilantro or anything you desire. Enjoy!
I find this dish to be comforting, even though it is not heated, because it combines beautiful seasonal colors and the creamy goodness of nut-milk to give you that same feeling of love you get from a bowl of cooked oatmeal. Muesli is ideal for busy people because it can be made in five minutes. We know that oats help us reduce cholesterol and that’s always important at this stage of life. The crunch nuts and creamy coconut milk will remind you that healthy food and comfort food can go hand in hand. You can add type of dried or fresh fruit and nuts your heart desires. These are a few of my favorites because they make me think of the holidays. Sometimes I also top this with blackberries and pomegranate arils. Enjoy.
Any nuts, seeds or fruits will work. This is a combination that I find perfect for the fall, but it’s all up to your own creativity. It’s so easy to assemble that you’ll wonder why you ever ate cereal from a box. Make extra to have it on hand any time you want a quick but special breakfast. It also makes a great snack.