Homemade Almond Milk & Cacao Smoothie 18 September 2014

I'm quietly surprising myself in the kitchen everyday. I don't know why I've been so scared of it for the past 22.4 years. The past few nights I've actually set aside time to organise what I'll have for breaky in the morning. Decide whether I need to soak my nuts or not… Well last night I did soak my nuts. Soaked them real good. 1 cup of almonds in water. Woke up, got rid of the yuck water, chucked the almonds in my blender with 3 cups of warm-ish water and got blend happy.

I actually attempted this the other day but the recipe I was following failed to mention the vital step of straining it (and I don't have enough common sense in the kitchen to work that out myself yet). I poured it straight onto my muesli (pulp scraps and all). Eugggghhhh. Ended up throwing out my muesli because I thought I was going to power spew all over the lounge room. Today was a lot more successful. Decided to read the tips in Sarah Wilson's smoothie guide about almond milk. I also added a baby drop of vanilla extract and half a teaspoon of honey, nom nom. 

 

Soaked nuts

 

What I poured straight onto my muesli the other morning -_-

 

Mmmmmm muuuuch better after being put through a sieve

 

Yewwww homemade almond milk (1 cup almonds, 3 cups water made roughly 500mL - probs lost a bit with the pulp)

 

 

So the main reason I wanted to make the almond milk was so I could make this cacao smoothie + I wanted to have another stab at making it after the disaster earlier this week. I looked up a few recipes on the Google and ended up just chucking in what I wanted. 

  • 1 cup of my super fresh and tasty almond milk
  • 1.5 banananananas
  • 1/4 avo
  • 1 tbsp cacao powder
*Note, cacao* powder not cocoa - I had to get this from the health food shop because Woolies didn't have it.

    And hur it is :D

    Optical illusion, this jar is still 500mL I just had to fit in the stupid straw (read below).

     

    'Here Dad, it's a super healthy choc smoothie.' Coming from a chocolate milkshake fan Dad was quite impressed. Last time I had a chocolate milkshake (beginning of last year) I spent the next 6 hours rocking in foetal position wishing someone could remove my stomach, followed by some not-so-pleasant toilet time (as opposed to pleasant toilet time..? Yeah not sure where I was going with that). Sometimes I try and convince my body that I can have dairy and then it likes to oh-so-kindly remind me that I'm an idiot. 

    In regards to the straw. I got an indie glass jar from the health food shop yesterday and this straw was with it (emergency replacement for Mum because I filled hers up with nut butter - it was way over priced btw, not making that mistake again). I thought the straw came with it, nope. She pulled it out at the checkout and scanned it as well. And of course I stood there and watched on silently (was like a hairdresser moment where they're doing something you hate but you don't say anything). It's actually not too bad though. I don't normally use straws but it was nice to drink this smoothie through a straw. Plus I hate using plastic straws and then just chucking them out. Feels like a massive waste. So, it all turned out well in the end. 

    Elle :)