Jan 252013
 

Five years of eating pretty much whatever I wanted to eat have caught up with me. Mind, I like good, real food, including ice cream, homemade cookies and cakes, and cashew nuts;  junky, processed foods don’t enter into my thoughts much less my mouth. Still, high blood pressure and high cholesterol have sent me running back to my old nutritionist. She previously helped me lose a ton of weight and get all my numbers where they should be…despite my hesitancy about the science behind the blood type diet and food combining. However, I’m not about to argue with success.  And I’ve already lost 3 pounds in 5 days without feeling really deprived. Hands in the air, bitches. \o/

Things like homemade almond milk, turned into a treat with the addition of raw cacao powder and nibs, help when I’m feeling a little sorry for myself. And, I love any excuse to use my Blendtec.  There is a huge difference between store bought and homemade almond milk; it is even cheaper since one cup of almonds makes four cups of almond milk.

Just remember to soak your nuts the night before, if not longer.

 

Hot Cocoa with Homemade Almond Milk

Prep Time: 8 hours

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 8 hours, 10 minutes

Yield: 2 servings

Serving Size: 8 ounces

Hot Cocoa with Homemade Almond Milk

The goodness of homemade almond milk combined with raw cacao makes a warming treat on a cold winter's day.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup of almonds, soaked overnight or longer (discard soaking water and rinse nuts)
  • 2 cups of filtered water
  • 1 TBSP honey
  • 1 seeds from half a vanilla bean
  • pinch of sea salt
  • 2 TBSP raw cacao
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • Optional: Cacao nibs, chipotle powder, ground ginger, nutmeg

Instructions

  1. Combine water and pre-soaked almonds in blender.
  2. If using a Blendtec, use the Whole Juice setting or blend until nuts are well pulverized.
  3. Strain into a bowl or measuring cup using cheesecloth or a nut bag.
  4. You can reserve and freeze the almond pulp for use in smoothies, if you like.
  5. Pour strained milk into blender and add honey, vanilla bean seeds, cacao powder and cinnamon and your choice of optional ingredients.
  6. Blend on Soups (if not using a Blendtec, simply blend until combined and gently heat in a pan on the stove to your desired warmth).

Notes

The prep time is all in the soaking of the almonds, which can be soaked for 8 to 24 hours. Once you have soaked (sprouted) almonds, the blending and straining takes mere minutes.

The amount of raw cacao powder makes a light cocoa, if you want to deepen the chocolate flavor, add more cacao but you'll also need to bump up the sweetener. Try more honey or even stevia.

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