Introducing two of my favorite new products. I’m sure that the both of these have existed for years but they’ve just recently come into my life, so I thought I’d share!
We’ve all heard of soy milk when replacing lactose-rich dairy milk. I choose to limit my soy intake and to be honest, my rare indulgence of sushi, miso and edamame exceeds my preferred consumption. So years ago, I turned to almond milk and then after my adventures through Asia, fell in love with coconut milk. On the shelves now days, you can find oat, rice, quinoa, flax and even hemp milk!
Almond has a partner in crime in my culinary dreams due to the unique flavor that this product has to offer. It’s creamy, extremely smooth and has a flavor that seems to compliment both sweet and savory dishes. I’ve used it veggie plates, baked goodies, smoothies and my favorite, simply adding it to my warm tea or coffee. Good morning!
Introducing my newest buddy…. Cashew milk!
Next up is a tasty form of the coconut. This little nutrient powerhouse comes from a nut tree (even though it’s not actually in the nut family) and provides an incredible list of health benefits. So what did I find? It’s not oil, not toasted, but puréed!
When you first open it, you’ll see the natural separation between the coconut flesh and oil. I like to use both for a variety of uses so I scoop out the firm oil and store it in a different container. You can see the texture comparison between the two.
Top 3 favorite things I do with the coconut manna (besides just put a chunk in my mouth straight from the jar).
#1- Mix it right in my coffee or tea… with the cashew milk! If you have time and want to get a little fancy, throw it in a blender or bullet and watch the froth develop!
Put the mixture above with some greek yogurt and freeze it. Oh my!
#2- Add it into oatmeal. It makes for a slightly sweetened addition without using any other sugars. Sprinkle some crushed walnuts on top and I dare you not to want seconds!
Combine raw oats, coconut, honey and nut butter of your choice to make energy enhancing cookies.
#3- Use it for stir fry. I tend to favor the curry dishes… Mmmhmm, you know that’s delicious!