Homemade CocoNut Milk

No, you’re not nuts. Not only is it possible (and super easy!) to make your own nut milk, it also happens to be WAY more delicious and nutritious than store-bought. All you need is a cup of nuts, one can of organic coconut milk, and some water. See, simple enough already!

image(44)On day three of Whole30, this not-a-fan-of-black-coffee sought out for an alternative to her usual cartons of unsweetened almond milk…and what she got was far superior – a decadent, creamy concoction that makes a plain cup of coffee a supreme experience. Another victory for good old whole foods and homemade simplicity…hold the following: Cane Sugar, Salt, “Natural Flavor,” Locust Bean Gum, Sunflower Lecithin, Gellan gum, Calcium Carbonate, Vitamin E Acetate, Zinc Gluconate, Vitamin A Palmitate, Riboflavin (B2), Evaporated Cane Juice, Potassium Citrate, Carrageenan, D-Alpha-Tocopherol, Syrup, Pea Protein, Rice Protein, Calcium Phosphate, Magnesium Phosphate, Carrageenan, L-Selenomethionine, Zinc Oxide, Folic Acid. Just to name a few of the many additives found on the most popular brands of nut milk. Here’s how it’s done:

IMG_1610Step 1: soak about a half cup of nuts (cashews, almonds, hazelnuts, macadamia nuts, pistachios, brazil nuts, or any combination of these – raw and unsalted is best) in a bowl of water overnight or for at least three hours.

Step 2: drain soaked nuts in strainer.

Step 3: pour rinsed nuts, 1 can coconut milk, and two cups of water in your Vitamix or high-powered blender and go to town. Once mixture is blended into liquid, store in fridge and use within a week. Makes about six cups. Amazing with coffee, tea, granola, oatmeal, and pretty much anything else. Note that if you’re not a fan of coconut, feel free to blend soaked nuts with one cup water and call it a (coconut-free) day! Also, feel free to experiment with flavorings – cinnamon, vanilla extract, cardamom, sea salt, rose water, etc.

One Healthy Breakdown: go nuts…coconuts!

Coconut Oil is Your Friend

I’ve been turning to coconut oil for everything lately. From after-sun to conditioner, toothpaste to tasty recipes, and everything in between, its superpowers are endless! Look for unrefined, organic, virgin, and raw to maximize benefits.

Half Coconut and Flower on Bamboo Mat --- Image by © Royalty-Free/Corbis

  • Hand lotion
  • Chap stick/lip balm (BEST healer of chapped lips, works instantly!)
  • After sun lotion
  • Hair conditioner/mask (melt with heat, apply to wet or dry hair. If dry, let sit for a few hours and wash out in shower)
  • Sweet potato topper
  • Whitening toothpaste
  • Eye cream (rub around/under eyes)
  • Baking and/or sautéing oil
  • Face lotion (rub on dry skin – only dry areas NOT entire face, it is oil!)
  • Defrizz (rub small amount in hands and apply to top of hair to stop frizz)
  • Body scrub (combine with sea salt, sugar, or ground coffee beans to exfoliate)
  • Eye makeup remover
  • Eczema treatment (rub on inflamed areas)
  • Popcorn topper (better than butter!)
  • Massage oil (just melt a little)
  • Moisturizer (apply to body after shower)
  • Diaper cream
  • Cuticle healer (softens and fights bacteria)
  • Foot cream
  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Digestive aid

One Healthy Breakdown: talk about a super food!

Banana Chocolate Chip Yum Muffins

photo 3Bananas getting a little too ripe on the counter? These bad boys are the perfect solution and make the yummiest breakfast or snack any day! Recipe makes about a dozen muffins.

Ingredients:

  • 3 ripe bananas
  • 2 eggs (or flax egg for vegan alternative)
  • 1/2 cup almond flour
  • 2 teaspoons coconut oil
  • 1 tablespoon chia seeds
  • 1 tablespoon honey or pure maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/3 cup carob or dark chocolate chips
  • 1/3 cup chopped nuts (optional)
  • 1 tablespoon raw oats to top (optional)

1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Mix all ingredients in a food processor or blender.

2. Spray muffin pans (I use organic coconut oil spray or cupcake liners) and pour batter, top with oats or toppings of choice (coconut and peanut butter are fab too!) Bake for 15-20 minutes and voilà!

photo 1One Healthy Breakdown: Healthy? Check. Breakfast? Check. Snack? Check. Dessert? Delicious!