April 1, 2013

Almond milk...and sweets!

Did you notice the new tab atop?  It's a recipe index, a work-in-progress, as I sprinkle recipes that I have been making throughout my blog posts.  I will keep adding to it as I sift through old posts.

I made a batch of almond milk over the weekend.  I followed this recipe:
Almond milk
 (you'll get 2-3 cups)
1 cup almonds, soaked 8-12 hours beforehand
3 cups water
6 dates or 1/4 cup agave (I used 1/4 cup maple syrup)
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
a pinch of salt

Rinse off your almonds and discard the soak water. Add the almonds and the other ingredients (water, sweetener, vanilla) to a regular blender or food processor. Blend them on high speed.  Then, simply put a cheesecloth or strainer over the top of a jar (and put a rubberband around it to make sure it stays) and scoop the milky pulpy almond over it and let it sit, give it a good 15 minutes.  I took out the almond pulp and put it in a bowl...
...and made cookies (SO many awesome recipes on this blog) with it!!!  By the way, the almond milk turned out wonderfully.  We poured it over homemade granola this morning.

Almond chocolate chip cookies

1 cup dried almond pulp “flour” (I didn't dry mine, so I added about 1/2 cup flour to the mixture)
1/4 cup coconut oil, softened
1/4 cup pure maple syrup
6 tablespoons raw almond butter
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon fine sea salt
dark chocolate chips, as needed

Mix all ingredients well, except chocolate chips.  Scoop onto baking sheet lined with parchment paper.  My daughter pressed 3 chocolate chips on each one.  Bake 8-10 minutes in an oven heated to 350'F.  Allow to cool (or eat warm, as we did, and the melted chocolate chips are gooey) and enjoy!
We also made bird's nests over the weekend.  We used:

3 tablespoons coconut oil, melted in a pan
1 bag of marshmallows
6 cups crispy rice cereal
5 jelly beans in each one (we got a 15oz. bag of natural color and flavor ones at Trader Joe's for $3.99, made in Ireland, ironic, because on Saturday we old calendar Orthodox Christians celebrated St. Patrick's day!)
After the marshmallows melt, mix in the rice crispies well and form by pressing into bowls, using wax paper, then add jelly beans to look like eggs.  My girls wrapped them in bitty bags and wrote "Happy Easter" on them, put 6 in each of their baskets and passed them out to some of the residents at the nursing home where Rob's Grandma lives....
Doesn't she look cute in my purple sunglasses?  We stopped at Long John Silver's and got some lunch and rootbeer.
Rob played his mandolin at the cemetery, where we spent time at the Grandpa's graveside.  Playing and singing "Amazing Grace," as Grandma holds his music...


elizabeth said...

that's really beautiful. So glad for these good things for you! and yay for recipe index! what a great idea!

Anna@stuffedveggies said...

What lovely goings-on! I love the new recipe index : )

I didn't know your DH had this Mandolin - playing talent - what a wonderful blessing : )

Mom said...

Rob is such a wonderful grandson. I can only hope for such some day.

GretchenJoanna said...

That is just the sweetest thing - it makes me cry thinking what a blessing to Grandma, and to all of you to give this gift.

Mary said...

I think the recipe index is a great idea!!!

I love the video of Rob playing Amazing Grace. It's really nice to hear him play the mandolin and sing.

I made almond milk this morning with honey! It was great! I threw the pulp in the compost which I know is a huge waste, but I was in such a hurry (I had to get to church for a baking session - vareneky, hummus, and eggplant caviar).

Mama Shara said...

The biscuits look so good, If I have almond pulp left over, I use it to coat chopped chicken breast, bake in the oven for yummy nuggets!

Jenny said...

Soooo sweet!

Michelle M. said...

That is so beautiful! What a gift for all of you.

Thanks for sharing the recipes!

Heather said...

Hi Martha! Thanks so much for joining the Easter parade! :D what a great post! I've never made almond milk, but that AND the cookies sound so, so good.
And what a sweet visit with your husband's grandmother. I'm sure she was so happy to see everyone and get to spend the day with you! Looks like you had beautiful weather for your outing!

Mimi said...

May his Memory be Eternal. I'm so glad you were able to pray together and remember him.

I should say that I'm pinning this for the almond milk recipe, but truly, it's for the birds' nests :) Yum!


such a heartfelt post ♥

DebD said...

what a blessing to Rob's grandma and, what a blessing to all of you too.

What Remains Now said...

What a beautiful day. The recipes sound so yummy. I love the taste of almonds, and I love sweets, so everything you made sounds wonderful. I know Rob's grandma had an awesome day with all of you.

WendyLady@GoodBooks said...

Thanks for sharing the sweet video, of Rob and his grandmother. Precious.