No refined sugar ♥ Vegan ♥ gluten free
The final result
The almond “pulp”
So this stared out as an experiment with low expectations. But yum. This was a winner.
If you’ve ever made homemade almond milk, you know you end up with loads of dry almond pulp when you’re done. I made my first batch of almond milk today (excited!!) and thought it would be silly to waste all of that good quality almond paste.
I started out with adding maple syrup. Because I was out of dates, I decided to give half an avocado a go. To decrease the moisture, I added oats, rolled them into balls and threw them onto a lined baking tray. I baked them at 175 degrees for 10 minutes, before I dipped them in homemade chocolate, drizzled them with coconut sugar, coconut shreds, bee pollen (not vegan) and served!
To summarize –
about 3/4 cup almond paste (wet pulp)
ca. 1/2 avocado, just enough to make it sticky
ca. 2 tbsp maple syrup, to taste
a good handful gluten free oats, add until dough is firm
some coconut sugar, to taste
Blend everything together in a blender, form into balls and place them on a lined baking tray.
Bake on 175º C for 10 minutes
I used these toppings:
Vegan chocolate, melted
Coconut shreds, unsweetened
Bee pollen (not vegan)
Some extra coconut sugar
Here it is, as promised; the chocolate smoothie. I’m a chocolate lover. Vegan or not, I will forever need my sweet treats. For so long I’ve been experimenting with raw cacao, trying to make good desserts that also taste good. There has been a few misses. Frankly, more misses than hits. Most of the healthy recipes I’ve found have had a few problems.
1. The cacao makes them bitter
2. They taste, or feel, too much like mashed banana.. I’ve never liked mashed banana very much
3. They predominately taste like dates.. and I don’t like the taste of pure dates that much either
A vegan that isn’t obsessed with bananas and dates.. hmm, that can be challenging. Not anymore! Finally, a milkshake-ish cacao snack that tastes DELICIOUS. This seriously gave me new hope.
2 tbsp raw cacao (NOT cocoa! google the difference)
a dash of cinnamon
2 dl almond milk (or your milk of choice)
1 tbsp almond butter, or a few nuts of choice (cashews work well)
optional: 1 ts coconut oil
blend it all together in a mixer and enjoy!
To give it a health boost, add 1/2 tbsp wheat grass/ acai powder/ hemp (protein) powder (Note: if you add a lot of powder, you should even it out with more fluids)
Top it with buckwheat grouts, chia seeds and shredded unsweetened coconut
Topping it with buckwheat grouts is almost a must. The crunchiness just makes it even more perfect!
mmmm, I’m obsessed. In the two bottom pictures I added acai to the mix, which gives the darker color.