Recipes

Homemade Cashew Milk aka Pure Bliss

“Cashews.”

“Bless You.”

Ok, bad joke but it is Wednesday morning on a very gloomy day and I was having writers block on how to begin this blog post and this dumb joke kept coming up into my head.  My son thinks I’m funny!!

Anyway, cashews are one of the most consumed nuts in the marketplace.  Not only are they great to add to trail mix or granola they are also being used in many vegan recipes.

In small amounts the health benefits of cashews are plenty, but it starts with their healthy fat content.  Over 3/4 of the fat in cashews is unsaturated in the monounsaturated form.  This means that cashews can offer your body protection from heart disease, cancer, and diabetes.  Cashews also provide your body with protein, fibre, vitamins, minerals and antioxidants which all benefit your body on a cellular level leaving you healthier and with more energy.

Although I have yet to try cashews in soups or sauces I have been making my own cashew milk for some time now and I have also made it for friends and family and it has gotten rave reviews.  Drink it on its own for a creamy dessert, a bedtime snack or use it in your coffee for a milk substitute.

However you decide to use this Cashew Milk, trust that you will make it again and again!

Cashew Milk. Aka Pure Bliss

  • 1 cup raw, unsalted cashews
  • 2 cups filtered water for soaking
  • 1 L alkaline or filtered water for blending
  • 1 Tbsp Hemp Seeds
  • 1 tsp Cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp Pure Vanilla Extract
  • 3 Dates

Directions:

  1. Soak cashews in filtered water for 2 – 4 hrs.
  2. Discard the water they were soaked in and rinse off the cashews until water comes clear.
  3. Once rinsed combine all the ingredients together in a blender (I use a Vitamix) and blend on high for 2 minutes.  There is no need to strain, just pour into glass jar with tight fitting lid and store in fridge for up to 3 days.

** Cashews, like all nuts can go rancid quite quickly and are quite expensive, so make sure you buy a small amount at a time and store them in an airtight glass container in the fridge.

Real Life. Real You.

Amy Bowers  xo 

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Recipes

Gluten Free Healthy Banana Bread

Being gluten free has become a way of life for not only my daughter and myself, but for my whole family.  My son and husband have changed a lot of what they eat to accommodate us, as well as my mom has been a huge supporter as well.  Family dinners are a gluten free affair (minus her homemade buns that my son eats like they are candy laced with more candy)

It has not been an easy journey to switch ways for my daughter (she loved those homemade buns as much as my son), but the change has positively affected her health in more ways then one so we continue to find new ways to make it easier on her.  This super simple and healthy banana bread recipe has been just one way.

Although I do not share the same love for baking as my daughter does; as I enjoy preparing the simpler meals with less mess, I do continue to encourage her with her passion for the kitchen in any way I can.  Which; lets be honest, is me hanging out with her in the kitchen while she bakes away.

Last week she nailed this recipe and luckily the whole family loves this recipe too so that means I; sorry I mean she, only has to bake one loaf for the whole family to enjoy.

What You Need:

  • 2 cups Gluten Free all purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 2 organic eggs
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup melted coconut oil (leave the glass bowl you melted it in to the side)
  • 2 mashed ripe bananas
  • 1/2 cup plain greek yogurt
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla
  • handful of chocolate chips

What You Do:

  • Preheat oven to 350F.
  • In a stand up mixer or in a large bowl beat together the sugar, eggs, and melted coconut oil.  Once combined, add in greek yogurt, mashed bananas, and vanilla.  Beat until mixed together.  Set aside.
  • In a medium bowl, blend together GF flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
  • Gradually add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and blend together until smooth.
  • Fold in chocolate chips.
  • With remainder of melted coconut oil, grease a loaf pan.  Spoon batter into greased pan and bake in oven for 1hr or until toothpick comes out clean from from centre.
  • Cool on wire rack.

Happy Baking!  Enjoy:)

Real Life. Real You.

Amy Bowers  xo