Vanilla Almond Milk

Vanilla Almond Milk

I have never been a big fan of almond milk. I’ve purchased it a few times at the store and every time I was wholly unimpressed. I couldn’t understand what the big deal was. To me it tasted either bland and chalky or sugary sweet.

When I made the choice to cut down on the dairy in my diet I had to rethink my decision. Almond milk could be very useful. I knew the only way I would use it was if I made it myself. I then could control the process and know exactly what went into it.  I wanted all natural ingredients, no added sugars, and it had to be tasty. 

Recipes for almond milk are abundant and making my own proved to be quite simple. With a few ingredients and some simple equipment I made a delicious, all natural lightly sweetened almond milk I love.  Dates and whole bean vanilla combine with almonds to give this vanilla almond milk a wonderful flavor. I can tell you for certain… my coffee has never tasted better. 

Dates and whole bean vanilla combine with almonds to give this vanilla almond milk a wonderful flavor. A simple recipe with all natural ingredients.

 

Vanilla Almond Milk
 
Serves: 3½ cups
Ingredients
  • 1 cup raw almonds
  • water for soaking almonds overnight
  • 4 cups water
  • 3 pitted dates
  • 1 whole vanilla bean
Instructions
  1. Place almonds in bowl and cover with water. Soak for at least 8 hours or overnight.
  2. After almonds have soaked the required time, drain and rinse.
  3. Place almonds, dates, vanilla bean and 4 cups water in blender.
  4. Blend on high for several minutes until almonds, dates and vanilla bean is thoroughly ground.
  5. Strain almond mixture through nut-milk bag into container.
  6. Chill and serve.

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Rosemary Sea Salt Sweet Potato Chips

Rosemary and Sea Salt Sweet Potato Chips are baked to perfection for a satisfying crunch. A healthy and whole food treat you can feel good about sharing.

ROSEMARY SEA SALT SWEET POTATO CHIPS

Sometimes I want to eat the potato chip. There is something primal in that salty, crunchy texture that goes way beyond snacking.  The only problem with indulging my cravings is most of the time they are store bought and anything but healthy. Even the so called “healthy” chips have way to much fat and little or no redeeming value. Thus my dilemma; how to satisfy my craving and keep it real all at the same time.

Sweet potatoes are the “hallelujah epiphany” I came up with. 

In doing my research on how to transform these nutritious healthy gems into tasty chips, I wanted to find just the right crunch. I found that everyone had a different answer on how to achieve it. The ingredients were mostly the same but the temperatures recommended varied a lot. And so, I ignored them all and set off on my own journey and I’m glad I did.

Rosemary Sea Salt Sweet Potato Chips are spot on; baked to perfection for a satisfying crunch. A healthy and whole food treat you can feel good about eating and sharing, though in my case the sharing is a little more difficult…I want to keep them all to myself.

 

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Rosemary Sea Salt Sweet Potato Chips
 
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Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Line 2 large baking sheets with parchment paper or wax paper. Set aside.
  2. Preheat oven to 450 degrees
  3. Place 2 tbsp coconut oil into medium sized microwave safe glass bowl.
  4. Microwave oil for 30 seconds to liquefy.
  5. Add sliced sweet potatoes to bowl and stir gently to coat.
  6. Place sweet potatoes onto baking sheets lined with parchment paper in single layer.
  7. In a small bowl, mix together sea salt and rosemary.
  8. Sprinkle sea salt and rosemary over sweet potatoes.
  9. Place sweet potatoes in center of oven (cook one pan at a time if necessary. It's important to have good air flow between the pans).
  10. Close oven door and immediately reduce heat to 300 degrees.
  11. Cook sweet potatoes for 50 to 60 minutes turning pan 180 degrees every 10-15 minutes for even browning. Once sweet potatoes begin to brown, remove from the oven and let cool completely.
  12. The sweet potato chips will continue to crisp up as they cool.

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Double the Fun: Homemade Fig Newton – Gluten Free and Whole Wheat

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NATIONAL COOKIE MONTH

October is National Cookie Month and I’m teaming up with a great group of Bloggers to celebrate cookies! Each blogger is unique in the style they bring to the table so this should be fun.

Each week we will present fabulous cookie recipes along with tips, tricks and great ideas to make amazing cookies. The holidays are just around the corner so follow along this month and get ahead of the game. Organize, plan and put a few cookies in the freezer.  Then sit back and relax when everyone else is stressed out and a bit crazy. Wouldn’t that be nice!  

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What’s the Scoop on White Enriched Flour: Is it a Real Food?

BALANCE YOUR LIFE  #3

“Balance Your Life” is a regular Monday morning feature here at Pure Grace Farms. I have teamed up with some pretty incredible ladies to offer a few ways to bring balance to your life. The goal is to share information on four different blogs balancing Spirit, Mind, Body and Heart.

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  • Spirit is represented by Heather @ My Sweet Mission.  Visit to see what great wisdom she is sharing today.
  • Body is covered by Caroline @ Fit Pink Mom. She shares simple exercises to get the body moving.
  • I represent Heart @ Pure Grace Farms sharing healthy recipes and ideas with an emphasis on whole food.
  • Mind comes from Christina & Millie @ 2 Crochet Hooks  sharing easy crafts, book reviews,  games and activities to build memory.

I hope visiting all four blogs enriches your experience at Pure Grace Farms, helping to add a little balance to your life.

What’s the Scoop on White Enriched Flour…Is it a Real Food?

Flour has been a main topic of conversation as of late. Especially with many who have issues with Gluten. While I have not had any particular problems that I am aware of, I do know many that do. Whether you are trying to eat gluten-free or are looking to increase the whole grains you eat in your diet, a little information may help in the choices you make. I’m going to keep my definitions extremely basic but will give plenty of links for you to follow up on if you would like to know more.

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Any time flour has been refined you can be sure that a great deal of the nutrients have been removed also. The bleaching process involves a chlorine gas to whiten the flour which can’t be good. Because much of the nutrients have been taken out in the process, a specific amount of nutrients are then returned to the flour. Many of the returned nutrients are not easily absorbed by our bodies.

The Global Healing Center states in their article The Hidden Truth About Enriched White Flour 

Once this stuff has been stripped down, you’re left with a starch. How does your body react to pure starch? The same way it reacts to pure sugar!

There are better alternatives to using Enriched Bleached White Flour. Let’s take a look at my favorite option.

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White Whole Wheat Flour 

I have been using white whole wheat flour for over a year now and have in the last few months eliminated Enriched Bleached White Flour from out diets completely. I haven’t missed it a bit. When I am substituting White Whole Wheat Flour for enriched flour I may have to add a touch more liquid to the recipe, but other than that everything else remains the same.

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What is White Whole Wheat Flour?

Clean Cuisine says it this way in What is white whole wheat flour? Is it healthy? 

White whole wheat flour is every bit as nutritious as whole wheat flour (it contains the nutrient-rich germ and the fiber-rich bran), it just bakes better and tastes more like the unhealthy all-purpose flour.

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Whole Wheat Flour  and other Whole Grains

Louise Tremblay with Demand Media in Healthy Facts About Whole-Wheat Flour Vs. White has this to say about Whole Wheat Flour…

White flour is made from heavily refined and processed wheat grains, while whole-wheat flour is made from grains that have not undergone heavy processing.

As stated before, the nutritional values of the two are vastly different, including the effects on blood sugar, fiber content, vitamins and minerals. This is a good reason to try and infuse more healthy grains into your diet.

Gluten-Free Flour

My Gluten Free Kosher Kitchen in their Kosher Celiac Cookery guide says this about Gluten-Free…

Flour is basically the powder obtained by grinding grains, seeds and tubers. Many plants other than wheat-can be made into a flour and include maize, chickpeas, tapioca, chestnut and potatoes. For those who suffer a wheat or gluten allergy (coeliac disease) or people who are intolerant, these flours offer an alternative to wheat.

The take away here is that there are alternatives to the flours one uses and plenty of choices. If you are trying to eat more of a real food or whole food diet, avoiding highly processed refined foods is a great place to start. If you are new to the idea, start slowly and begin to replace some of the enriched white flour with white whole wheat. You will be amazed at how easily the changes will come.

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BREADS FOR THE TABLE

In the spirit of using alternative flours I have chosen a few recipes for breads for the table around the web this week. Many types of flour is represented in this great round-up. Have fun with these great breads and get adventurous and experiment with a few. I would love to hear how they come out! 

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