Sunshine Smoothie

This bright and creamy smoothie is a delicious way to start your day. The Sunshine Smoothie is packed with whole fresh fruit, anti-inflammatory turmeric and tahini for flavour and extra nutrients.

Turmeric is a bright yellow spice which is renown in culinary nutrition for it’s anti-inflammatory qualities and for aiding digestion. Curcumin, the active ingredient in turmeric, is more readily absorbed when combined with black pepper. So this smoothie includes this boosting spice too!

Tahini is sesame seed paste. It is a little nutty, a little bitter and deliciously creamy. It adds good fats, protein and iron to the smoothie.

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Pumpkin Spice Nice Cream with Candied Pumpkin Seeds

So we know fall is coming. The kids are back to school, temperatures are dipping and a few leaves are starting to turn colour . Despite all this, the temperatures still warrant sandals, shorts and dips in the pool.  Even still, I’m ready to start cooking up fall staples, squash, chili and any dessert that involves pumpkin. This dairy free ice cream is the perfect bridge between the seasons. Its cool and creamy, suitable for the temperature, but warming and autumnal with pumpkin pie spices of cinnamon, ginger and nutmeg. Continue reading “Pumpkin Spice Nice Cream with Candied Pumpkin Seeds”

Cherry Avocado Soft Serve

There really are a lot of dairy free ice cream alternatives out there, and some of them are really quite good…but they aren’t ice-cream.  I have also made ice cream a number of different ways, in an ice cream maker, in a blender, in a food processor and the beloved Yonanas.  Of these, ways, I am not a big fan of the ice cream maker, it is a lot of work for not that different of a result.  The Yonanas is great, because you send your banana through and instantly you have ice cream, but it is very banana-y, even when you add in other flavourings and frozen fruit.  My absolute favourite way is to use the food processor, you can use frozen bananas for the bae, which provides a great balance between frosty and creamy, but can add in other liquids (like milk or vanilla) and other frozen fruits. Continue reading “Cherry Avocado Soft Serve”

Vanilla Almond Milk

Vanilla Almond Milk

Plantiful Plates Dairy-Milk Alternative

In my plantiful kitchen I make a variety of dairy milk alternatives–almond milk, cashew milk, hemp milk, seed and nut milk, and nut milk blends.   All of these are so easy to make at home and do not include the preservatives, emulsifiers and flavours which are added to store-bought versions.

This recipe is for my go-to milk–Vanilla Almond Milk.  I like to have this on hand for cereal, smoothies, to mix straight with a protein powder or over ice on it’s own.  I think it is a good starter milk for people who haven’t tried homemade almond milk; sweet and creamy–this is a great drink.   You could leave the sweetener out if you want to keep it versatile for savoury uses or just prefer an unsweetened milk. Continue reading “Vanilla Almond Milk”