There are heaps of different brands available of pre-made nut milks, but you’ll never quite know what goes into them unless you’re making it yourself. It’s so super easy and we stock both a great range of nuts as well as nut milk bags right here at Loose Produce. No excuses really. Go nuts.
How to make Nut Milk
- 1 cup nuts. You can use any kind. Experiment! Almond, cashews and hazelnuts are our fave. Or why not mix them!
- 1 tblsp lemon juice or apple cider vinegar
- 1 pinch salt
- honey to taste
- 3 to 4 cups filtered water
- 1 nut milk bag
- 1 blender
- Soak nuts in water and lemon overnight
- Rinse well, add to your blender
- Add filtered water, honey and salt, blend
- Put through nut milk bag
- Store in fridge in 3 – 5 days or freeze in ice cube trays/jars
- Use as you would your normal milk. On your homemade granola, in your cups of tea, in baking, in your smoothies….the list is endless.
How do you make your nut milk?
I’m sure by now you’ve heard about activated nuts…if not you’ve probably seen them at your local health food shop and noticed the higher prices. Let me tell you a secret. You can do it yourself. And it’s super easy. Here’s how to activate nuts and why they’re better for you activated.
Nuts and seeds are a great source of protein, healthy fats, fibre and important minerals such as zinc, calcium and magnesium. However they also contain a couple of ingredients (phytic acid is one) that reduce the body’s ability to absorb the good stuff properly. Activating your nuts breaks down this acid giving your body better access to what it needs.
- Soak your nuts in filtered water preferably overnight.
- Drain and rinse.
- Dehydrate over night using either your dehydrator or your oven on the lowest setting.
- Test them as you go. They need to be completely dry before you take them out for they’ll go moody. Gross.
- Munch til you’ve hearts delight. Use them as you normally would, in baking, raw foods or as a snack. There are some tasty variations as well!
- Sweet tooth? Once your nuts have been soaked and drained, pop them in a bowl with cinnamon and rice malt syrup and give them a good stir. Dehyrate as normal.
- Tamari and salt is great for those savoury fans.
- Apple cider vinegar and salt.
- Coconut oil and curry powder
Loose Produce have started stocking a new coffee this month.
It’s BY Coffee (Backyard Coffee) and it’s Organic, Fair Trade, Locally Roasted and very hard to stop at one cup.
BY Coffee works hard to ensure, first hand, that all their beans are ethically sourced.
“We will continue to find new ways to know our coffee producers through visiting their plantations & communities, learning about growing principles and sharing in healthy international relationships.”
Then they take the beans and roast them right here in WA!
“We employ a ‘hands-on’ approach to roasting our coffee so that you get coffee that you love. Roasting locally means that everyone who uses our coffee, experiences the delight of the intricate, delicious flavours within freshly roasted beans.”
They know and love their coffee and trust me, it shows.
We are currently stocking three fabulous different blends:
Come in and have a taste (and a smell) it’s smooth, it’s rich and it’s fantastic!
A friend of mine asked me why I had two 1 Litre tubs of Coconut Oil in my kitchen and one in my bathroom.
‘What on Earth do you use all that for?’ She asked…
‘What don’t I use it for?!’ I replied. ‘I use it for EVERYTHING!’
It has been called The Healthiest Oil on Earth, The Fountain of Youth, The King of Oils, Nature’s Drugstore and The Miracle Oil (to name a few) and I can honestly understand why.
I have replaced every oil in my kitchen with Coconut Oil and food has never been so light and tasty. Fried food no longer makes me feel sick and my raw food would be lost without it. My smoothies are now extra, extra smooth and home baking has become a relatively guilt free eating experience.
In the bathroom, all my moisturisers are obsolete and my skin has never been so clear and soft. My leave-in hair conditioners have found new homes and my hair is obviously grateful. I use it in place of nappy cream, to treat eczema, small wounds and burns, dandruff, dry cuticles, cracked heels, even to keep fleas off my pets!
I use it for EVERYTHING.
Thanks to our friends at Niulife here is a little look at where this incredible product comes from and how it is produced…
It really is a wonder of ancient science. See for yourself! Come in to Loose Produce and grab a tub today.
It’s getting colder. Brrrrrrrrr. That means it’s time to pull out the hefty winter doona, time to light the fireplace, time to put on 2 sets of PJ’s, a beanie, socks and ugg boots and curl up with your favourite pets, people or pillows. AND… it’s Hot Chocolate time! Pity they’re so unhealthy… But what is this?! They don’t have to be!!?? WHAAAAAAAAT!???
Here’s a little Hot Chocolate alternative for you to try…
This recipe makes 2 regular mugs or one extra large mug and can be made to suit any dietary need including; vegan, dairy free, sugar free and even nut free (if you replace almond milk for soy or rice milk)
What you’ll need:
2 x Cups Almond milk
1/2 x Cup of Water
2 x Teaspoon Coconut oil
2 x Tablespoons Raw Cacao powder
1 x Vanilla Bean
4 x Cloves
A pinch of Cinnamon
A dash of your choice of natural sweetener (Maple Syrup, Agave, Coconut sugar, Honey, Dates)
Tiny pinch of Himalayan Pink Salt
(It can be fun to add a little chilli powder for a spicy kick!)
Coincidentally, all ingredients used in this recipe can be found at Loose Produce! How convenient
Place Almond milk, Water and Coconut oil into a medium sized saucepan.
Place on a low heat.
Slowly add Cacao powder and stir through as the liquid comes to a gentle bubble.
Now add Cloves, Cinnamon, Salt and Vanilla all the while stirring and keeping the mixture at a simmer.
Next, add a dash of the sweetener and keep on stirring.
Once the completed mixture has been simmering for roughly 3 minutes, remove saucepan from heat and let rest for about a minute.
At this stage, if you have a blender, blend your mixture on high for about 30 seconds. (Remember: If your blender has a glass jug, pre warm the glass before placing hot liquids inside! Especially on cold days as it could shatter due to the sudden change in temperature.) (If you’re lucky enough to own a Vitamix/Thermomix, just place all your ingredients in the unit and blend on high for about 5 minutes, strain and serve!)
Blending is not essential but is highly recommended for maximum flavour.
Now, strain the mixture into your serving vessel, add a dusting of cinnamon, and you’re done!
Trust me, this is the bees knees.
Even though it takes a little more effort than instant store bought powder and a kettle, it is sooo much tastier and better for you.
This is definitely one to keep in the family recipe vault. Future generations will praise your name for a million years.
You will not regret it.