I promise I’m alive and have some good stuff to post soon and looking forward to getting back to a regular posting schedule. But it’s been a rough and bumpy weekend in the hospital with my grandma with a round-the-clock visiting schedule to spend time with her and constantly reminding her that she’s cared about and loved during a very difficult time. I’m fried physically and emotionally and hardly know which end is up, what day of the week it is, what year it is – you get the idea.
For now I have a very basic recipe to share. One thing I love about being on a high raw, whole foods diet is being able to create kitchen staples from near scratch that I used to pay a premium for in packaged form not that long ago. The Vita-Mix has been a great tool for this allowing me to create my own salad dressings, sauces, soups, desserts, milks, etc. from fresh ingredients fast. Almond milk was one of the first raw recipes I learned as a simple and healthy raw vegan alternative to dairy milk. But creating raw almond milk regularly was a challenge for me being more time consuming and labor intensive requiring the nuts be soaked in advance, which I rarely did during busy work weeks. And straining the pulp out with a nut milk bag took an additional 15 minutes for me each time. As well as freezing the almond pulp for a future recipe and not wasting it all took time and planning.
Hemp milk is a lot faster and easier for my schedule with no soaking and pulp straining required. And since the taste of hemp seeds have grown on me to a point of obsession, create a lighter version of hemp milk for everyday use.
Everyday Hemp Milk
- 1 cup hemp seeds
- 1 tbsp. lecithin granules
- 2 tsp. vanilla extract
- 3 pitted medjool dates or 4 drops of stevia
- 4 cups water
Place all ingredients into a high speed blender and blend for about 3-4 minutes, until well blended and frothy. Makes about 4 full servings. Or enough for 8 servings of chia seed pudding or creamer for many cups of coffee for me.
I keep it in a glass pitcher in my fridge which lasts about 5 days depending on how much coffee and chia seed pudding I consume.
I buy hemp seeds in these bulk 5 lb. bags from Amazon to store in my freezer which makes it much cheaper than buying it pre-made and packaged, but still fast and easy enough for my especially crazy schedule lately. And it makes it easy to try new flavors like chocolate peppermint hemp milk and I might get a little crazy and try my own pumpkin spice version soon, hmmmmm. Stay tuned for that!