Pistachio Milk

Pistachio Milk

I love pistachios! Made this nut milk the other day, and we really enjoyed it with our pancakes, waffles and oats. If I’m honest, I tried it on cereal and that’s a no! This is not a nut milk I recommend drinking straight. The color of this milk is lovely. Go ahead and try it!

Pistachio Milk

Yield: 1 Quart

Pistachio Milk

Ingredients

  • Soaking Step:
  • 1 cup pistachios
  • 3 cups water
  • Milk Prep:
  • Soaked pistachios
  • 4 cups filtered water
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 2 TBS agave nectar

Instructions

  1. Pistachios do not need to be soaked. I went ahead and soaked mine for 30 minutes. Drain and rinse, thoroughly.
  2. Place pistachios, 4 cups of filtered water, vanilla and agave nectar in a blender. Blend on high for 1 minute.
  3. Place your Ellie’s Best Bigger Better Nut Bag in a large mixing bowl. You want it standing up so you can pour the blended pistachio mixture in the bag. Pour the liquid mixture in.
  4. Pull the string tight at the top and begin twisting and squeezing the bag with your hands. The milk will separate from the pulp. Continue this process until you only have pulp left in the bag.
  5. Bottle the nut milk. I purchased some small milk containers with a sealable rubber top. Refrigerate the milk. When ready to serve, shake the bottle since their a little separation while the milk sits.
  6. Milk will keep for up to 5 days
https://michellesipsandsavors.com/pistachio-milk/

Chocolate Nut Pulp Bites

Chocolate Nut Pulp Bites

One of the things I love about making almond milk is the nut pulp that’s leftover. It became a challenge for me to figure out how to use this byproduct. I created these “no bake” energy bites from researching a variety of recipes. They make quite a few, so feel free to freeze them! Oh, and they’re gluten free and dairy free.

Chocolate Nut Pulp Bites – GF/DF

Yield: 18 Servings

Chocolate Nut Pulp Bites - GF/DF

Ingredients

  • 2 cups coconut flakes
  • 1/2 cup coconut sugar
  • 1/4 cup cacao nibs
  • 1 tsp expresso powder
  • 4 TBS almond butter
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • Almond milk pulp from 1 cup of almonds (the leftover pulp)
  • Pinch sea salt
  • Semi sweet chocolate
  • Salt flakes

Instructions

  1. Blend dry ingredients in a processor. Then add pulp & other wet ingredients. Process until it is crumbly. Empty into large bowl.
  2. Roll into balls and place in the refrigerator to firm up (for 30 minutes, or so).
  3. Melt chocolate and dip tops of the chilled balls in the chocolate. Place balls on tray lined with parchment paper. Top with salt flakes.
  4. Place in the refrigerator to set.

Notes

This recipe makes quite a few energy balls. I froze most of them in small baggies, so I could take out a few at a time.

https://michellesipsandsavors.com/chocolate-nut-pulp-bites/

Fredericksburg Peach Tea

Fredericksburg Peach Tea

We love our iced tea down here, in Texas. The hubs usually does not like flavored tea, but he loves this one! It is lightly sweet & the peach flavor is not overwhelming. It’s just darn refreshing! Perfect for our 100 degree temps! Ya, you heard that right ~ we already got up to 100!!! My Fredericksburg peach purchase has been put to great use. Yummmm!

Fredericksburg Peach Tea

Yield: 8 Servings

Fredericksburg Peach Tea

Ingredients

  • 2 (family size) tea bags (I used 100% Natural Lipton Tea)
  • 1 peach, cut into chunks
  • 2 quarts of filtered water
  • 2 TBS agave sweetener (I used Trader Joe’s Blue Agave Sweetener)
  • Fresh mint
  • Sliced peaches for garnish

Instructions

  1. Place peach chunks in a large sauce pan. Smash with a potato masher. Add water, agave & tea bags. Bring to a boil. Turn off, cover and let steep for about 15 minutes.
  2. Strain tea into a large pitcher. Let cool for about 30 minutes in the refrigerator.
  3. Top off with ice, sliced peaches & fresh mint.
  4. Serve in tall glasses with additional ice, sliced peaches and mint.
https://michellesipsandsavors.com/fredericksburg-peach-tea/

Homemade Vanilla Almond Milk

Homemade Vanilla Almond Milk

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A couple of weeks ago, Ellie’s Best asked me to try their “Bigger Better Nut Milk Bag. They were also kind enough to send a package of their Wild Sweet Raw Almonds. I was excited to try making my own almond milk because I was hoping to make a product that was thicker and more flavorful than what I am able to purchase at my local grocery. Plus, I just like the challenge of trying something new. Y’all, this was not a challenge at all. It was so easy! And, I was able to adjust the recipe to our taste. Check out my version. We love it!

Homemade Vanilla Almond Milk

Yield: 1 Quart

Homemade Vanilla Almond Milk

Ingredients

  • Soaking Step:
  • 1 cup raw almonds
  • 3 cups water
  • Milk Prep:
  • Soaked almonds
  • 4 cups filtered water
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 2 TBS agave nectar

Instructions

  1. Soak almonds for at least 8 hours. My kitchen was very cool, so I left them on the counter covered in plastic wrap. You can also refrigerate the almonds during the soaking process. Drain and rinse when soaking is complete.
  2. Place soaked almonds, 4 cups of filtered water, sea salt, vanilla and agave nectar in a blender. Blend on high for 1 minute.
  3. Place your Ellie’s Best Bigger Better Nut Bag in a large mixing bowl. You want it standing up so you can pour the blended almond mixture in the bag. Pour the liquid mixture in.
  4. Pull the string tight at the top and begin twisting and squeezing the bag with your hands. The milk will separate from the pulp. Continue this process until you only have pulp left in the bag.
  5. Bottle the nut milk. I purchased some small milk containers with a sealable rubber top. Refrigerate the milk. When ready to serve, shake the bottle since their a little separation while the milk sits.
  6. Milk will keep for up to 5 days

Notes

Add a dash of cinnamon to make Cinnamon Almond Milk.

https://michellesipsandsavors.com/homemade-nut-milk/

Blue Butterfly Pea Latte

Blue Butterfly Pea Latte

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I can’t adequately describe how lovely this breakfast made me feel. So simple ~ a 7 1/2 minute jammy egg sprinkled with salt flakes and a low fat milk butterfly pea superjuice powder latte. I used my Nespresso for the hot milk. And, how about my plate & tea cup? My mom had friend from England that would bring her a set like this every time she went to London for a visit. I now have them displayed as a memory of my mom & her friend. Such a sweet and happy little breakfast.

 

Cardamon Turmeric Lattes

Cardamon Turmeric Lattes

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Makin’ a fashion statement, today! First, aren’t these lattes beautiful! Second, I’ve lost 4 lbs (in 12 days) drinking this soothing concoction. Ok, and cutting back on the food & wine intake. Third, it’s widely documented that “golden milk” aids in digestion & breaking down fat, AND assists in stopping the spread of cancer (and I’ll take all the help I can take in that area). So, there ya have it ~ beauty & health! Who woulda thunk it! Recipe & photo styling inspiration from Two Spoons Blog www.twospoons.ca ~ I made several tweaks to the recipe to suit my taste.

Cardamon Turmeric Lattes

Cardamon Turmeric Lattes

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups almond milk
  • 1 cup filtered water
  • 2 1/2 tsp turmeric
  • 1/2 tsp ground ginger
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp coconut oil
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 1 TBS honey
  • 3 pods cardamom
  • 3 peppercorns
  • 1/2 cup steamed milk (I made mine in my Nespresso frother)
  • Rose petals for garnish

Instructions

  1. Whisk all ingredients, except rose petals in a small pan. Heat to a low simmer for at least 20 minutes.
  2. While the turmeric latte is heating, steam the milk.
  3. Once it is finished heating, strain the peppercorns and cardamom. Pour into a mug and top off with steamed milk and sprinkle a few rose petals on top.
https://michellesipsandsavors.com/cardamon-turmeric-lattes/

Hot Chocolate w/Coconut Cream

Hot Chocolate w/Coconut Cream

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National Hot Chocolate Day found the right date to park, this year ~ the entire northern part of the US is below freezing! Wow!  This twist on a favorite is sure to warm you up! I added organic coconut condensed milk and it is mind blowing how awesome this is! Get cozy and try it!

Hot Chocolate w/Coconut Cream

Yield: 6 Servings

Hot Chocolate w/Coconut Cream

Ingredients

  • 2 cups 1% milk
  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • 1 (7.4 oz) can of sweetened condensed coconut milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1 (11.5 oz) package of Hershey’s milk chocolate chips
  • Whipping cream and cacao nibs for garnish

Instructions

  1. Combine all ingredients in a sauce pan or crockpot. Whisk slowly, until chocolate chips are melted. Bring to a simmer and serve in a mug, topped with whipped cream and cacao nibs.
https://michellesipsandsavors.com/hot-chocolate-w-coconut-cream/

Texas Pie Original Pie Dough Puck

Texas Pie Original Pie Dough Puck

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I used to work in Kyle, Texas, and one of our favorite places for lunch was Texas Pie Company on Main Street. Of course, they are famous for their pie and baked goods. I dream about their Southern Pecan & Almond Joy, and their lemon bars. Well, over a year ago, they were named one of HEB’s Quest for the Best winners for their pie dough. They call it a “puck” because it is packaged like a puck, ready to roll out. This is the BEST store bought pie dough I have ever come across. I use it for both sweet and savory dishes. It’s just a lifesaver and so flaky. You gotta try it! You can find it in the freezer section.

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