Walnut Milk

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Since I am sensitive to dairy, and my daughter is sensitive to almonds, I have started making my own walnut milk!

Its so easy to make, anyone can do it.  I take one cup walnuts and soak them in water with some salt for 8 hours.  You can put it in the fridge or on the counter.

After 8 hours, rinse the walnuts well.  Then place them in a blender with 5 cups water.  Blend for several minutes.

Let it sit for a few minutes and skim the bubbles (foam) off the top.  Use a nut bag, cheese cloth or a fine mesh strainer to filter out the nut pulp from the milk.

Save the pulp to make something else.

Sometimes I add honey for taste, but most of the time I drink it plain.

The process is the same for making almond milk too.  If all the mystery ingredients scare you in the store bought stuff, I highly recommend making your own.

You can make milk from almost anything.  Cashews only need to soak for 6 hours.

I use walnut milk to make lattes, smoothies, anything you’d use regular milk for.

 

Mint Chocolates, vegan, gaps friendly, dairy free

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OK, so the photo doesn’t do these morsels of goodness any justice.  They are so delicious I’d rather eat them up then spend time staging a gorgeous photo.  Now that they are in my belly, I regret not taking the time to orchestrate a beautiful photo to entice you to make these!

Next time I make these, I will be sure to update the photo!  Until then. Here’s the recipe!

1/3 cup walnuts (soaked and dehydrated)

7-8 medjool dates

2 Tbsp cocoa

2-3 drops doterra peppermint essential oil (you could use peppermint extract: expermiment with amount to suit your taste)

1/2 tsp salt (real salt, Himalayan, or Celtic)

I use my nutribullet to pulse everything into a smooth consistency.  You can use a vitamix blender or food processor.

Roll into balls and put in freezer.  Mine have yet to make it to the freezer as I usually polish them in one sitting.  I make them when I crave chocolate.

Optionally, you can decorate each ball with a sprinkle of coconut.

If you are making them to share, then you may want to triple the recipe.

Pancakes (GAPS, Paleo, DF, GF)

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I don’t know about you, but I LOVE pancakes.  These pancakes are GAPS friendly, Paleo friendly, Dairy Free and Gluten Free, oh, and vegetarian (not vegan).  I personally think they are the closest thing to regular pancakes, but I haven’t had real pancakes in a LONG time.  In my opinion, almond flour is too heavy and dense; and coconut flour has its own texture/taste issues.  This recipe uses walnuts as a base, so if you are allergic or sensitive, skip this recipe altogether.

1 cup walnuts (I recommend soaking and dehydrating according to Nourishing Traditions/Weston A Price, or buy them already soaked and dehydrated, like I do)

Use the food processor to grind them into a nut butter (or close to it.)

Add four eggs and continue to process.

Add 1 tsp baking soda

pinch of salt (I love pink himalayan salt)

1-2 Tbsp raw honey

Mix all the ingredients before pouring batter to make pancakes each time (the walnut butter likes to separate and sink to the bottom.)

Double the recipe or triple it to store for additional meals!  I love to use them in place of bread.

Enjoy!

Spicy Carrot Soup (gaps, df, gf)

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Soup is such an easy and affordable way to feed your family healthy.  And this soup is a great last minute meal, as its quick to make!

 

 

 

This meal is cheap, dirt cheap if you make your own chicken broth.

Spicy Carrot Soup

2 L chicken broth (9 cups)

14 large carrots

1 T chili powder (more if you like spicy)

1 tsp cumin

1 tsp coriander

Salt

 

Cook carrots in the broth on the stove until soft.  Purée in the blender or use an immersion blender.  Enjoy.

 

Mushroom Soup (gaps friendly, dairy and gluten free)

I don’t have any beautiful photos to show off for this soup, besides my daughter inhaling it!

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This soup developed after I made a batch of homemade chicken broth and had a hankering for mushroom soup (which I haven’t had in years!)

This soup was delicious!

Here’s the recipe:

1 liter of  (4 1/2 c) homemade chicken broth

(I’m heavy on salt for broth so I didn’t add any to the soup)

16 oz mini Bella mushrooms

2 smashed cloves of garlic

 

Cook on stove until mushrooms are done.  Blend and serve.

 

Pistachio Flat Bread

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Sadly the ginger snap cookies caused some trouble with Eby, so almond flour is out for us.  That’s okay because I like pistachios better.

Mornings are my most productive times.  This morning I whipped up this pistachio flat bread that we all love, even my picky grandma!  It’s a great snack for days like today when I know we will be away from home.

3/4 c pistachios

1/3 c applesauce

1 tsp baking soda

Pinch of salt

1 tsp apple cider vinegar

1 egg

Take 3/4 cup pistachios (already soaked and dehydrated) and put them in a food processor ( or coffee grinder or “super” blender).  Blend until you get your desired texture.  I chose to only blend for a short time which resulted in a bread with a multigrain texture.  If you prefer a smoother, less textured bread, process till the nuts are close to a nut butter.

Pour processed pistachios into bowl and add 1/3 c applesauce.  I use homemade, and unsweetened.  Combine.

Add a pinch of salt.  (I prefer real salt or Himalayan pink salt for added minerals).

Add a tsp of baking soda, a tsp of apple cider vinegar, one egg and mix well.

Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.  I put tallow on it as my nonstick oil of choice.

Pour batter onto greased parchment paper and even out with spoon.  I spread it into a circle or rectangle depending on my mood.

Put in oven at 350.  Bake till firm enough to flip without crumbling.

Variation on this: add a sweetener for a yummy sweet bread.  (This recipe is already mildly sweet, but if I’m craving more of a dessert like treat, I add rapadura when I mix the batter)

Ginger Snaps GF/DF

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I adapted this recipe from Elana’s Pantry Ginger Cookies.

http://www.elanaspantry.com/ginger-cookies/

2 1/2 c almond flour (honeyville blanched almond flour)

1/2 t salt

1 t baking soda

2 T ginger (powder)

1/2 c applesauce

1/4 c molasses

1/2 c date syrup (or honey)

Bake at 350.

Not the best price right now, but this is the almond flour:

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date syrup:

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