Posts Tagged ‘almond milk’
The other day while walking around Knoxville, a cute black tuxedo kitten came running up to me and showed no fear as I bent over to scoop him up. My first thought of course was “I want to take you home!” but this cat was so friendly I just knew he had to have an owner, despite the lack of a collar and the apparent conjunctivitis (poor little guy). So I resisted the urge to steal him and set him down. However, he had other plans as he continued to follow me around for the remainder of the walk and even parked outside my friends door for awhile. If I were still in Memphis I would’ve known exactly where to take him (The House of Mews non-kill shelter and adoption agency) but alas I am now on the other side of the state. I have started researching for similar organizations in this area in case he shows up at my friends door again.
Not going to lie, I hope he shows up again. I still have regrets about not keeping the last friendly-possibly-homeless-kitten that tried to force it’s way into my life (oh, Fenna). But I digress…
One of the things I did not put into storage when I left Memphis and moved in with my parents was my ice cream maker attachment for the Kitchenaid (thankfully they own a standmixer so I didn’t have to lug here that as well). My parents always have ice cream on hand but when their stock ran low I made sure to let them know to not buy any – I was making it homemade!
I let them have a say in the flavor choices and ended up deciding on this toasted almond ice cream made with honey and swirled with a fudge sauce. The honey flavor was very subtle while the toasted almonds were the stars. I used some leftover fudge sauce as topping but actually preferred it without the extra chocolate on top. As many of you already know, I’m a minimalist most of the time when it comes to chocolate. But however chocolate-y you like it there’s no denying this ice cream.
One year ago: Garlic Lover’s Pizza
No you are not going crazy, nor do you need your eyes checked. I did in fact say “ice cream oatmeal”. While trying to determine what to make with all the ice cream Graeter’s sent me I somehow got the bright idea to use some ice cream in place of the liquid needed to make oatmeal. I felt like a genius, although I did worry it would be too sweet for the first meal of the day. But guess what? It wasn’t too sweet at all, in fact it wasn’t any sweeter than other oatmeals I’ve made in the past.
The best thing about this recipe is that you can use any flavor ice cream you want, assuming it is a flavor you would care to enjoy for breakfast. I chose Graeter’s Black Cherry Chocolate Chip and with the addition of chopped almonds it was everything I had dreamed of – a creamy oatmeal with a hint of cherry and chocolate flavors and the crunch of almonds. I threw more almonds and dark chocolate chips on top because I couldn’t get enough.
One year ago: Cashew Chicken Lettuce Wraps
If you’ve been reading my blog for any length of time, you’ve heard me say many times how difficult it is for my to devote more than 1 minute to the preparation of breakfast on weekday mornings. I just don’t want to wake up any earlier than I already do, and as a result most warm breakfast recipes I post were made on the weekend, in a crock pot overnight, or for dinner. Thankfully, there are more options than a bowl of cereal every morning, such as this single serving oatmeal in a jar.
The great thing about this oatmeal is that it can be made a couple days in advance and can be mixed with any fruit or nuts on hand. I know plenty of people rolling in berries from picking throughout the summer and this would be a great way to use some. The rest of the ingredients are staples I have stocked all the time. In the morning the jar can be snatched for an on-the-go option or warmed up in the microwave to enjoy warm at home. Or while we’re at it, nuke it and then take it to go!
My cousin’s shower the day before her wedding had a spa theme. We put on face masks, make our own lip gloss, and enjoyed veggie dip cups and fruit skewers with dip. But of course no event is complete without dessert! Since I was in charge of the edible portion of the event, I naturally had a difficult time narrowing down my options. In the end I decided upon recreating the white chocolate cookie dough fondue I shared recently, continuing the dip theme for the day. But this time I made it with a healthier spin so as to not bust anyone out of their dresses the next day!
For starters, the cookie doughs contain zero butter. Instead I used coconut oil and then added a little butter extract so that no one would miss that buttery taste necessary for cookie dough. Then I cut back on the caloric intake of sugar by substituting the regular sugar for the only zero-calorie sugar sweetener I have ever liked (Swerve). However, I did keep the regular brown sugar and peanut butter – couldn’t bring myself to modify those. Then I used white whole wheat flour and finally almond milk instead of regular milk.
Then there is the fondue. Last time I made it with store-bought sweetened condensed milk. This time I made my own out of almond milk and honey. I also used dark chocolate for half the chocolate and again substituted the butter for coconut oil, as in the cookie dough. Wait, I forgot to tell you the best part. I didn’t use just any honey, but CHOCOLATE honey. I bet you have never heard of that before, have you? It just so happens my family runs their very own honey company called Winter Park Honey and they sell it! My aunt and uncle gave me some to use since they know how much I love to bake and thought this fondue was a great way to use it, especially since I was going to be able to share my creation with them in person!
When cooking for one to two people leftovers are usually inevitable and since it is Single Serving Sunday I have a question for you: how long do you think is it okay to still eat leftovers? It seems that everyone has different scales from one day to a week or more, and then some people never eat leftovers (blasphemy). And while we’re on the subject how to you feel about eating yogurt past its “sell by date”? I will honestly admit that I’ve had yogurt a month past that date. More than once. So long as it hasn’t been opened yet of course. Basically if it doesn’t smell, look, or taste weird I’ll probably eat it and have also survived years of eating raw cookie dough and cake batters.
But anywho, let’s focus on this smoothie and it’s demise. Sometimes I do dumb things such a moving my patio furniture around for better lighting while a cup full of smoothie sits on it. And then I watch as it teeters over and crashes onto the ground. As a result I am down 1 glass and had to remake the smoothie. Wiping away all that smoothie was such a horrible waste too because it’s quite good. Even though I love pears I usually don’t reach for pear flavored things. This smoothie is an exception as the addition of cardamon and ginger really give it an unique flavor. And no I did not make this with rancid yogurt :-P.
Before we put the sole purpose of a chair to the test at dinner, let’s eat breakfast! This baked oatmeal is the perfect treat for Thanksgiving morning before diving into the days cooking. If you are not the one cooking, be super nice and make this for the cook and then they will be thankful for you today ;-). Ulterior motives, anyone?
This oatmeal is for one serving, but can easily be doubled or quadrupled for a larger group. And feel free to get a little crazy with your toppings. I used peanut butter, vanilla Greek yogurt, and maple syrup. Yummy!
One year ago: Thanksgiving Recipe Roundup
I am so excited to have been assigned to A Healthy Jalapeno for Secret Recipe Club this month! She had my blog for SRC once and that’s how I discovered her blog and have loved it ever since, so I definitely had a hard time picking out just one thing to make for today.
Since I have never had spaghetti squash before, I decided I should try out her recipe. It involves a white cheddar cheese sauce inspired by Annie’s White Cheddar Mac ‘n Cheese, which meant it had to be good!
Upon my first bite, I was first surprised by the little bit of crunch that the squash still had despite being fully cooked – but I liked it! And the white cheddar sauce was so good I would love to pour it all over every pasta dish I make in the future. Thanks Laura for great first experience with spaghetti squash!
What prompted me to attempt baking these was the fact that I had problems with them super-sticking to the pan when cooking the traditional way for pancakes. I have been known to bake pancakes in the past and they have always been a success so I was very pleased when this recipe also cooperated. They turned out to have slightly crispy edges with moist, but not under-done, centers. And the flavors of almond and banana together were a big hit for my taste buds.
These pancakes are also pretty filling and could serve two people. Or one really hungry person (like me).
Also from Without Adornment, I would love to try the Strawberry Cheesecake Raw Vegan Cake Pops.
BAKED BANANA ALMOND PANCAKES
1 banana, sliced
1 tsp egg replacer with 1 Tbsp + 1 tsp almond milk, mixed until frothy
2 Tbsp water
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 cup almond flour
1/4 tsp baking soda
1 Tbsp tapioca starch
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Coat 4 holes in a muffin-top pan with non-stick cooking spray, set aside.
- In a blender (I used my magic bullet), mix together the banana, egg replacer, water and vanilla extract for about a minute until well mixed.
- Add the dry ingredients and blend until well mixed.
- Divide batter equally into the four pre-greased muffin top pan holes. Bake for 15-20 minutes or until the tops begin to turn golden brown and middles are set. Allow to cool slightly before removing carefully from pan.
- Top with fruit and enjoy.
Source: Adapted from Without Adornment.
Even though I am not gluten-intolerant, and did not bake these for the usual suspects in my life who are, I still enjoy playing around with gluten-free recipes from time to time. Unfortunately I was unable to locate an almond blend of gluten-free all-purpose flour called for in the original recipe, so I subbed 1/4 cup of the gluten-free flour I use regularly (Bob’s Red Mill) for almond meal because I didn’t want to miss out on any of the almond flavor captured in this cupcake.
Once again I was surprised by how I would have not been able to detect that these were gluten-free had I not make them. And an even bigger surprise, they were vegan despite the butter in the frosting (I was so confused at first when there were no eggs listed as an ingredient for the batter). Totally delicious cupcakes! Next, I would love to try Melissa’s feta alfredo recipe.
GLUTEN-FREE CHOCOLATE ALMOND CUPCAKES WITH RASPBERRY ALMOND BUTTER FROSTING
Makes 12 cupcakes
1 cup unflavored almond milk
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1 cup sugar
1 Tbsp apple cider vinegar
1 Tbsp vanilla extract
1/2 tsp almond extract
1-1/4 cups gluten free all-purpose flour
1/4 cup almond meal/flour
3/4 tsp xanthan gum
1/2 cup Dutch-process cocoa powder
1 tsp baking soda
3/4 tsp salt
1/2 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
3/4 cup almond butter
1/4 tsp salt
6 oz. fresh or frozen raspberries, pureed*, plus extra for garnish
3–4 cups confectioner’s sugar, sifted
Sliced almonds, for garnish (optional)
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a cupcake tray with paper liners.
- In a mixer bowl, stir together almond milk, oil, sugar, cider vinegar, and flavorings.
- Sift the dry ingredients together into a separate bowl. Whisk to combine. Stir the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients. Beat for at least 2 minutes, until all clumps are gone.
- Spoon the batter into prepared cupcake tray, filling each cup about 3/4 full. Drop the cupcake tray onto the counter several times from a height of about 3 inches, to help smooth the tops of the batter and release any latent air bubbles.
- Bake for 22–25 minutes, or until the cupcake slowly springs back when pressed with a finger. Cool completely before frosting.
- To make the frosting, cream butter, almond butter, and salt in a mixer bowl. Scrape the sides of the bowl at least twice.
- Add 1 cup sifted confectioner’s sugar and blend well. Scrape the sides of the bowl. Blend the raspberry sauce into the frosting. Add the remaining confectioner’s sugar, 1 cup at a time, alternating with additional raspberry puree, if desired. When the frosting is not runny, but still a bit thick, but has reached the desired flavor/sweetness, continue whipping for another 5–10 minutes so the frosting becomes light and fluffy. Refrigerate for an hour then Pipe or spread** frosting on cool cupcakes. Garnish with sliced almonds if desired.
*I did not run the puree through a fine mesh sieve a the original recipe called for because seeds don’t bother me. But do so if you desire.
**I used a medium cookie scoop to frost the cupcakes.
Source: Adapted slightly from Smells Like Brownies.
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While we are on the topic of food contests, I entered a chili contest on Saturday and came in second by 2 votes! Want the recipe? It’s the spiced up version of my dad’s chili recipe, found HERE.
But wait, there have been other battles going on lately. As you know I’ve already tackled my fear of adding spinach to a smoothie with the berry detox smoothie, but next was the green spinach smoothie affectionately named the Green Monster – you cannot hide from the spinach-green color of this one! Despite the green-ness, my reaction to this smoothie may have even been better than to the non-green spinach-containing smoothie. It was creamy and slightly sweet without a single sign of spinach, other than the color.
This was the first combination I tried, with a little pineapple in there. Second time I tried with mango and couldn’t taste much of a difference. But I have seen many other additions floating around other blogs and I plan to test them out as well. For now I was very pleased with this one and plan on making it again. Spinach, for the win!
GREEN MONSTER SPINACH SMOOTHIE
1/2 frozen sliced banana
1/4 cup frozen pineapple or mango
1/2 Tbsp creamy peanut butter
1/4 cup nonfat Greek yogurt
1/2 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
2 cups baby spinach (or more, or less)
- Combine all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth.
Source: Adapted from Iowa Girl Eats.