Make-Your-Own Milks (Almond & Coconut)

Almond Milk and Coconut Milk

These simple and delicious milk recipes from the amazing My Whole Food Life are really easy to make. We’ve been meaning to share recipes for almond and coconut milks for a while, so we’re really excited about teaming up with My Whole Food Life to show everyone how straightforward it is to make these at home!

The taste is much creamier and delicious than store-bought milks and you can use the leftover pulp to make flour. For almond flour, simply bake the remaining pulp at 200°C for approximately 1 hour, then process until fine. For coconut flour, bake the pulp at 200°C for approximately 2 hours, then process until fine.

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Almond Milk

Ingredients
1 cup raw almonds
2 cups water
1/2 tsp vanilla extract

Method
1. Soak almonds in water overnight.
2. Drain and rinse almonds until water comes out clean.
3. Blend almonds, water (2 cups) and vanilla in blender for 1-2 minutes.
4. Balance sieve on top of a mixing bowl. Place muslin on top of sieve.
5. Pour blended mixture onto muslin and pick up the edges to close the muslin tightly. Squeeze the pulp inside the muslin until no more liquid comes out.
6. Transfer the almond milk from the mixing bowl to a glass bottle or jar.
7. Store in the fridge and use within 4-5 days. Shake well before use.

Coconut Milk

Ingredients
1 cup shredded coconut
3 cups water
1 tsp vanilla extract

Method
1. Blend coconut, water and vanilla in a blender for 1-2 minutes.
2. Balance sieve on top of a mixing bowl. Place muslin on top of sieve.
3. Pour blended mixture onto muslin and pick up the edges to close the muslin tightly. Squeeze the pulp inside the muslin until no more liquid comes out.
4. Transfer the coconut milk from the mixing bowl to a glass bottle or jar and keep in the fridge.
5. Store in the fridge and use within 4-5 days. Shake well before use.

Equipment

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Black Bean Brownies

Black Bean Brownies 2

Makes 12 delicious gluten-free brownies.

Ingredients

1 can black beans (240g drained weight)
1/2 avocado
1 cup brown sugar (suitable for vegans)
3 tbsp cocoa powder
1/2 cup walnuts
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 tbsp coconut oil (plus more for greasing)
Large pinch of salt
150g dark chocolate (suitable for vegans)

Black Bean Brownies

Method

1. Preheat oven to 180°C and grease a 12-slot muffin tray with coconut oil.

2. Drain and rinse beans, then add beans, avocado, sugar, cocoa powder, half the walnuts (1/4 cup), baking powder, vanilla extract, coconut oil and the salt to a food processor.

3. Melt 120g of the dark chocolate in a double boiler, then transfer to the food processor.

4. Combine ingredients in the food processor for 1-2 minutes.

5. Evenly distribute the mixture into the muffin tray (roughly one heaped tablespoon per slot).

6. Cut remaining chocolate into 12 pieces and put one piece on top of each brownie, pushing down gently on each piece of chocolate so they become partly submerged in the mixture.

7. Finely chop the remaining walnuts and sprinkle over brownies.

8. Place muffin tray in oven for 20-25 minutes (we take them out after 22 minutes).

9. Leave to cool completely before gently removing each brownie. The longer you leave them to cool, the easier they will be to remove them from the tin. Gently loosen the brownies out of the tin with the thin end of a fork.

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Winter Salad

Winter Salad

Makes 4 small servings.

Ingredients

100g mixed leaves (i.e. spinach, rocket and baby red chard)
1/2 cup walnuts
1/4 cup pumpkin seeds
1 small red onion
1 red apple
1 orange
Handful pomegranate seeds

For the dressing…
3 tbsp olive oil
Pinch of salt and pepper
2 tbsp apple cider vinegar
1 tsp maple syrup
1 tsp mustard
1/2 tsp cinnamon

Method

1. Place a non-stick frying pan on a medium heat and toast the walnuts and pumpkin seeds for 5 minutes or until they start to turn golden.

2. Place the mixed leaves, walnuts, and pumpkin seeds in a mixing bowl.

3. Peel and slice the onion. Peel the orange, then place a bowl underneath and slice into segments while using the bowl to catch the leftover juice for the dressing. Deseed and dice the apple. Transfer the onion, orange and apple pieces to the mixing bowl.

4. Prepare the dressing by combining all the dressing ingredients together with the leftover juice from the orange.

5. Drizzle the dressing over the salad and mix everything together.

6. Serve the salad with a topping of pomegranate seeds.

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Breakfast Oat Bars

Breakfast Oat Bars

Makes 6 bars.

Ingredients

1 1/2 cups rolled oats
1/2 cup raisins
1/4 cup pumpkin seeds
1/2 cup brazil nuts chopped
1/4 cup almond milk
1 banana mashed
3 tbsp coconut oil
3 tbsp golden syrup

Method

1. Preheat oven to 180° C.

2. Combine the mashed banana, oats, raisins, seeds, and nuts in a mixing bowl.

3. Melt the coconut oil and golden syrup in a small pan on a low heat and then add to the mixing bowl with the almond milk. Combine everything together.

4. Transfer the oat bar mix to a baking tray lined with parchment paper and smooth over the top with a spoon.

5. Bake in the oven for 35 minutes.

6. Remove from oven and leave to cool completely before removing from tin and cutting into bars.

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17 Extremely Delicious Reasons To Go Vegan In 2017

Need more convincing?

1. Vegan Tacos

Recipe via Nourish Atelier

2. Refined Sugar Free Turtle Brownies (GF)

Recipe via Minimalist Baker

3. Veggie Summer Rolls With Chipotle Peanut Sauce

Recipe via This Rawsome Vegan Life

4. Crispy Hash Brown Haystacks

Recipe via Minimalist Baker

5. Vegan Glazed Donuts

Recipe via House of Lovelock

6. Vegan Tempura


Recipe via Lazy Cat Kitchen

7. Vegan Meringue Kisses

Recipe via Lauren Caris Cooks

8. Ultimate Grillable Vegan Burgers

Recipe via Olive Magazine

9. Vegan Khao Soi Soup

Recipe via Lazy Cat Kitchen

10. Loaded Sweet Potatoes with Quinoa Tabbouleh

Recipe via Lauren Caris Cooks

11. Peanut Butter S’Moreos

Recipe via Minimalist Baker

12. Vegan Ravioli With Pumpkin And Ricotta

Recipe via Lazy Cat Kitchen

13. Dairy Free Chocolate Caramel No Churn Ice Cream

Recipe via The Almond Eaters

14. Tandoori Tofu Tikka Masala



Recipe via K.O Rasoi

15. Vegan Raspberry Bakewell Cake

Recipe via Wallflower Kitchen

16. White Bean + Mushroom ‘Meatball’ Subs

Recipe via Sobremesa

17. A Raw Cheesecake Recipe

Recipe via The Glow Within

Carrots in Blankets

Carrots In Blankets

Makes 12 blankets.

Ingredients

12 chantenay carrots
320g sheet puff pastry (approx. 35cm x 23cm)
Pinch of salt & pepper
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp sage
1 tbsp olive oil
Almond milk for brushing

Carrots in Blankets

Carrots in Blankets
– Full recipe bit.ly/2i71TsW

Posted by So Vegan on Friday, 23 December 2016

Method

1. Preheat oven to 220°C.

2. Place carrots in baking tray and season with salt, pepper, garlic powder, and sage. Drizzle with olive oil and mix together with hands.

3. Bake carrots in preheated oven for 25 minutes.

4. Meanwhile, cut the pastry into 12 even rectangles.

5. Remove the carrots from the oven and allow to cool so they can be handled.

6. Once cool, wrap each carrot in one rectangle of pastry.

7. Brush each blanket with almond milk.

8. Bake again for 10 minutes.

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16 Vegan Recipes You Absolutely Have To Try This Christmas

Have a very vegan Christmas…

1. Festive Butternut Roast


Recipe via The Veg Space

2. Vegan Mince Pies with a Rich Home-Made Filling

Recipe via Elegantly Vegan

3. Best-Ever Cranberry & Pistachio Nut Roast

Recipe via Jamie Oliver

4. Vegan Gingerbread Cookies

Recipe via Emilie Eats

5. Mixed Mushroom Stuffing

Recipe via Jamie Oliver

6. Raw Santa Hat ‘Cheesecakes’

Recipe via So Vegan

7. Pecan and Mushroom Wellington

Recipe via Delightful Vegans

8. Vegan Sticky Toffee Pudding

Recipe via Lazy Cat Kitchen

9. Roasted Brussels Sprouts, Cinnamon Butternut Squash, Pecans, and Cranberries

Recipe via Julia’s Album

10. The Ultimate Vegan Yorkshire Puddings

Recipe via Huffington Post

11. Chocolate Orange Christmas Pudding

Recipe via Wallflower Kitchen

12. Vegan Nut Roast

Recipe via Jamie Oliver

13. Chocolate and Orange Twists

Recipe via Lazy Cat Kitchen

14. Whole Roasted Christmas Cauliflower

Recipe via So Vegan

15. Rum & Orange Chocolate Truffles

Recipe via So Vegan

16. Chocolate Peanut Butter Reindeer Cookies

Recipe via Fork and Beans

Churros with Chocolate Orange Dipping Sauce

Churros

Makes 16 churros.

Ingredients

1 cup water
2 tbsp vegetable oil
1 cup plain flour
3 cup cups vegetable oil for deep fat frying
1/2 tsp cinnamon
3 tbsp sugar
80g dark chocolate (suitable for vegans)
1/2 cup soya milk
Zest of a medium orange

You will also need:
A piping bag or food bag
Piping nozzle (we use Wilton 1M)

Churros

Churros
– Full recipe bit.ly/2gzKd7l

Posted by So Vegan on Wednesday, 14 December 2016

Method

1. Pour 3 cups vegetable oil into a pan and heat on a medium-high temperature. The oil should be over 1 inch deep so you might need more oil depending on the size of your pan.

2. Meanwhile, in a small pan heat the water and 2 tbsp vegetable oil until it starts to simmer, then remove from heat and add in the flour. Stir vigorously until mixture is smooth and forms a ball, then leave to cool so that it can be handled.

3. Transfer the churro mixture into a piping bag with a star-shaped tip. Twizzle the top of the piping bag so the mixture is tight in the bag and start piping 10cm long churros. Carefully use a pair scissors to cut the end of each churro.

4. When the oil is hot enough, transfer the churros into the pan 2 or 3 at a time and fry until golden brown. Test the oil using a small amount of leftover mixture from the churros. If the mixture turns golden within a minute, then the oil is hot enough.

5. Remove churros from the oil and place on a paper towel.

5. In a small bowl combine the cinnamon and sugar, and coat each churro.

6. To make the chocolate orange dipping sauce, heat the soya milk and orange zest in a small pan and remove from the heat when it’s about to simmer. Add in the chocolate and stir until smooth.

7. Serve the churros with the chocolate orange dipping sauce.

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Whole Roasted Christmas Cauliflower

Whole Roasted Christmas Cauliflower header

Ingredients

1 whole cauliflower head
2 tbsp olive oil
1 tsp cumin
1/2 tsp chilli flakes
Pinch of salt & pepper
Small handful of Pomegranate seeds
Small handful of coriander (ciantro)

For the dressing…
2 tbsp chopped coriander
1 tbsp tahini
1 tbsp lime juice
1 tsp sweetener (agave syrup)
1 garlic clove
1/4 cup water

Whole Roasted Christmas Cauliflower

Whole Roasted Christmas Cauliflower
– Full recipe bit.ly/2h7GCSr

Posted by So Vegan on Thursday, 8 December 2016

Method

1. Preheat oven to 220°C.

2. Remove the green leaves and trim the stem of the cauliflower so the bottom is flat.

3. Whisk the olive oil, cumin, chilli flakes, salt and pepper in a bowl, then pour over the whole cauliflower head and rub with your hands until the entire cauliflower is coated.

4. Place the cauliflower on a baking tray and bake in the oven for 30-40 minutes (depending on the size of the cauliflower).

5. Meanwhile, blend the dressing ingredients together until smooth.

6. Remove the cauliflower from the oven and place on a serving plate.

7. Pour the dressing over the cauliflower and finish with a sprinkle of pomegranate seeds and coriander leaves.

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