Dairy-free homemade eggnog & matcha lattes

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There are many benefits to removing dairy from your diet. One: less hormone intake. Two: it's terrible for some people's skin (and digestion). Three: well, you'd be surprised but nut milks are much lighter, are just as tasty (in a different way) and can provide several health benefits, as well. And making them yourself means you know what's in them - and you're actually getting the nut benefits, as opposed to two almonds and a whole bunch of water and additives.

 

PREP (with organic ingredients, preferably)

 

HOMEMADE ALMOND MILK (5 mins)

  • 2/3 cup of organic ground almonds + 1/3 cup of cashews + 2/3 mason jar full of water

  • Let sit in fridge overnight

  • Blend the next morning, then strain through cheese cloth (or nut milk bag)

Store in mason jar, in fridge (good for 4-5 days)

  

HOMEMADE COCONUT MILK (5 mins)

  • 2/3 cup of coconut rinds + 2 cups of boiling water in a blender
  • Let sit for 20 minutes... go shower
  • Blend, then strain through cheese clothe (or nut milk bag) careful, hot!

Keep warm for matcha latte or store in fridge for eggnog (thick crust is normal on top after a couple hours, just the coconut's fat coming to the surface)

 

DAIRY-FREE EGGNOG (VIRGIN OR SPIKED)

This drink is wonderful for cozy evenings at home, or for entertaining. Not only is it delicious, but it's also packed with great things for you. Alcohol aside.

(Makes 6 drinks)

  • Take 1.5 cups of chilled almond milk + 1 cup of chilled coconut milk in a blender (you can use store bought but man, you're missing out!)

  • Add a teaspoon of nutmeg, teaspoon of cinnamon and 1/2 teaspoon of allspice

  • Add 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract, 3 tablespoons of maple syrup and 4 egg whites

Blend and serve. Add spiced rum (1 oz) to the glass before pouring, for the auties and uncles. Or yourself.

  

DAIRY-FREE MATCHA LATTES

Best enjoyed in the AM to kick start the day, or replace your morning coffee (I know, yikes!) If you haven't yet head of the benefits of matcha, you should know that it's a wonderful antioxidant green tea, that contains caffeine (so you still get your boost) - and adding some sugar and salt makes it electrolyte friendly. Which, added to the fat content, means you can keep going for hours. Remember, not all fats are bad! In fact, coconut milk is one of the best things for your health.

  • Take the HOT coconut milk blend (1.5 cups) and add to small saucepan

  • Add 1 teaspoon of matcha

  • 2 pinches of salt

  • A teaspoon of vanilla extract

  • And sweeten with stevia or maple syrup

... a warm, fatty drink that will keep your brain juiced and energized for any winter activities!