Tuesday, 19 November 2013

Raw Food Milkshakes........Yum...Yum

I loved Milk Shakes as a child, they were only ever a treat for special occasions, whereas these days with home blenders, little ones (and big ones too!) can enjoy a delicious creamy indulgence whenever the mood strikes and it is reassuring to know that the ingredients are full of nutrition and not causing mucus to form in the body from using dairy products like cows milk, icecream and yogurt. Bananas always add creaminess in any recipe and if you like a strong flavour of fruit you can reduce the nut milk content by adding more water & less milk before blending in the fruit.

How to make your own Nut Milks

Makes: approximately 1 litre
 1 cup of almonds or any nuts of choice
 3-4 cups of water (dependent on desired consistency)

Soaking nuts for a period of time in clean pure water is advised to neutralize the enzyme inhibitors present
and also to remove any dust and dirt residues. Different nuts require the following soaking times: -
Almonds: 8-12 hours
Pecans: 4-6 hours
Walnuts: 4 hours
Cashews: 2 hours
Brazil Nuts / Hazelnuts /Macadamia Nuts / Pine Nuts / Pistachio Nuts: No soaking – Just rinse

1. Rinse and soak nuts of choice in pure water for between 8-12 hours.
2. Rinse and drain the nuts.
3. Place the nuts and volume of water in the blender and blend til fine & creamy.
4. Pour mixture through a nut milk bag, squeezing the milk out into a suitable sized jug or bowl.
 If you don't have a nut bag, soft gauze, a strainer or even a new stocking could be used. Nut bags are available at most health food outlets
5. Store in glass bottles in the fridge and use within 3 days.

 Strawberry Milkshake
  • 2 cups strawberries
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 cup nut milk
  • 3 frozen bananas
  • 1 teaspoon honey (or alternative sweetener)
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla

Chocolate Milk shake:
  • 2 bananas (of which 1 being frozen)
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 nut milk
  • 1 Tablespoon cacao powder
  • 1 pitted Medjool date
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla

Banana Milkshake
  • 6 bananas (4 fresh, 2 frozen)
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 Tablespoons hemp seeds 
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla 
  • ( substitute nut milk if you do not have hemp seeds) 


                                                   Thank you to the Internet for these three photos

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