Well hello there, long lost friends! Whether you’ve subscribed to my emails or are just stumbling upon this post by chance, it’s safe to say it’s been a while since you have been on my blog! (The same could be said for myself!) Rest assured, my internet silence is over. I am back at last, chiefly to sing the praises of my new favorite breakfast beverage. It’s chocolate milk, with a healthy and tasty twist.
I have adapted this recipe heavily from my new Holy Book, the Moon Juice cookbook by Amanda Chantal Bacon. (The hilarious thing is, there’s not a single meat product in those sacred pages, let alone bacon. It’s a book of what my parents would likely call “Hippie Food”). She calls it Deep Chocolate Moon Milk. I call it fucking scrumptious.
Let’s start by saying that the base of this decadent, lush, chilly, rich, foamy, (insert positive descriptor here) chocolate shake is homemade nut milk. I started making my own nut and seed milks when I got my Vitamix, and my life has been totally changed since.
So far, I have made this milk with both ALMONDS and HAZELNUTS. Walnut and pumpkin seed milks are next on my to-make list. Here is a brief overview of the very SIMPLE process you’ll take part in, should you choose to make some nut milk of your own.. which you should.. and you will.. ahem.
- Take 1 cup of almonds or hazelnuts and place them in a bowl. Add flax seeds if you’re craving some omegas. Cover them with water, and place in the fridge overnight.
- Remove nuts from the fridge. They are now “activated.” Hold your applause.
- Place nuts in the Vitamix, or any other high speed blender or food processor. Add 4 cups water and a pinch of pink Himalayan salt. Blend on HIGH for 30-ish seconds, until you don’t see bits of nut-shrapnel whirring around in there anymore.
- Strain the DELICIOUS, BEAUTIFUL, HEARTY, CAN’T-BELIEVE-YOU-MADE-IT-YOURSELF MIXTURE with cheesecloth or a nut milk bag (definitely a good thing to invest in, and they’re only a couple bucks!) There you have it! 4-ish cups of homemade, richer-than-you-can-fathom nut milk. You will NEVER buy processed, pasteurized almond milk in the store again, I guarantee it!
ALSO: You can use the pulp you strain out of the milk to make almond or hazelnut flours. Who knew?
ALSO, ALSO: This nut milk will keep about 5 days in the fridge.
Ha. That’s a joke, it’ll last 2. Because you’ll drink every last drop.
Chocolate Milk of the Goddesses
Once you have made the nut milk, take 16 ounces of it and pour into your blender. Add 3 ice cubes. Add 2 tsp cinnamon, 2 tablespoons cacao powder, and 2 tablespoons maca/lucuma/mesquite/cordyceps adaptogenic herb blend. I use this one! You can use whatever you prefer- I find this powder adds not only depth to the malty chocolate flavor of this health tonic, but it makes my day that much more energized and joyful. Add maple syrup or honey to taste.
Enjoy with a straw to enhance youthful bliss. But I promise you’ll enjoy this drink, straw or not! I know it’s got me feeling like a serious goddess.
Quick lil disclaimer: I really do believe in the power of adaptogenic herbs to increase quality of life. Starting my day with this chocolate milk (which tastes just like a decadent dessert but makes me feel energized and blissful, not weighed down and sugar-high) is a serious life hack. I feel a bit like I’ve stumbled upon an undiscovered culinary wonder of the world. Here are ALL the great ingredients in the maca blend I use:
Organic Mesquite Powder, Organic Lucuma Powder, Organic Maca Standard Powder, Organic Ashwagandha Powder, Organic Cinnamon Powder, Organic Maca Premium, Organic Cordy-Gen Mushroom Powder, Organic Stevia Powder
I encourage you to make your own adaptogenic blends and use them in your cooking. They are so easy to add to smoothies, and you will not only feel the difference, but you’ll begin to crave their taste because your body knows something good is coming down the pike! My next post will likely detail the many benefits of cacao powder, since it tastes like chocolate and acts like a superfood. What’s not to love?
Til next time, my gods and goddesses.