Homemade Cashew Milk

New year, new me! SIKE

I am trying to be more mindful though so I guess that starts with making my own milk and doing my part to better the environment. No I am not vegan or vegetarian but I am very mindful of my animal product intake. A little goes a long way, amirite?

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Also store bought cashew or vegan milk is not the best choice tbh. I saw this recipe on Eco Peaceful while looking for the best way to make cashew milk and the information on the post is very eye-opening. I did not follow their recipe exactly. I added a pinch of salt to my cashew milk. I read A LOT of cashew milk recipes and it seems that a fair number of them have salt so I decided to try that. Anyways, I hope you all have a wonderful 2019 ❤

RECIPE

Ingredients: 

  • 1 cup cashews, soaked in water for 8-12 hours and drained
  • ¼ cup maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 4 cups  water

Instructions:

  1. Put all the ingredients in a blender and blend for 2 minutes until silky smooth.
  2. Transfer to storage jars and chill. Use like you would regular milk.
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Caramel & Applesauce Cake

Happy holidays!!!

So I’m going to my friend’s Christmas party and I hate showing up empty handed to parties. I will usually bring a bottle of wine, candy or even chips depending on what the evening entails. I’m switching it up this time! Cake! Not just any cake but caramel applesauce. This cake goes perfectly with holiday cocktails or mulled wine. Hope you enjoy! ❤

*Word to the wise: this cake is very sticky so grease/ flour your pan extra if you’re not using parchment paper!!!

*I used THIS recipe for my caramel sauce. If you do NOT want a lesson in patience, buy your caramel sauce from a store!!!

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup caramel sauce (divided in half)
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup applesauce
  • 1/4 cup chopped toasted pecans

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Line the bottom of a 9-x-5-inch loaf pan with a rectangle of parchment paper. Spray the pan with non-stick spray, dust with flour, and tap out the excess.
  2. In a medium bowl, combine the flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, and nutmeg.
  3. In a large bowl (or in a stand mixer) beat the butter and brown sugar until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes. Beat in 1/4 cup of the caramel sauce and the egg. Add the flour mixture and beat on low speed just until combined. Beat in the applesauce just until combined.
  4. Spread the batter in the prepared pan and bake until cake springs back when pressed lightly, and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, 40 to 45 minutes. Let the cake cool in the pan for 20 minutes, then turn out and cool completely on a wire rack. (Cake can be wrapped and frozen at this point for up to 3 months.)
  5. Before serving, spread the remaining 1/4 cup of caramel sauce on the cake and sprinkle with the pecans.

Mulled Wine

HAPPY HOLIDAYS!!!

I’ve never made mulled wine before and I’m practicing because I’m making a mulled wine kit for my boss as a Christmas present so here I go!

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I’m surprised this turned out good!!! It’s a little dry so maybe I’ll use a sweeter wine next time. I used a 2014 Ondarre Rioja Reserva to make this recipe.

I learned that mulled wine is literally so easy to make. I had oranges, cloves and cinnamon sticks at home so that’s literally all I put in. Some people go crazy and use ground spices in a cheesecloth but honestly who has time for that?

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Anyways, here’s what I came up with! If you use a different wine, PLEASE let me know how it turned out!

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 orange
  • cloves
  • 3 cups red wine
  • 2 cinnamon sticks

METHOD

  1. Stick the cloves in the orange like the picture above.
  2. Cut the orange horizontal slices and discard the ends
  3. On medium high heat, pour in the wine and add in the cinnamon sticks and orange slices
  4. Let it boil. This should take about 3 minutes
  5. Turn the heat down to medium-low and let simmer for 15 minutes
  6. Serve & enjoy!

SNICKER DOODLES

It’s officially fall!!! My favorite time of year 🙂 And I’m celebrating by making fall themed treats starting with snicker doodles! These round, soft, cinnamon-sugar pieces of goodness taste every ounce as good as they look.

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I also decided to shove some ice cream between two cookies and let me tell you, I AM NOT DISAPPOINTED!

 

I think snicker doodles just became a staple in my home- mostly so I can make snicker doodle ice cream sandwiches lol.

RECIPE

Ingredients
Cookies:
  • 1 cup butter
  • 1 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons cream of tartar
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
Cookie Coating:
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
Instructions
1. In a large bowl, cream the butter and sugar on medium for 2 minutes until the mixture is light and fluffy.

2. Scrape down the sides and add in the egg and vanilla extract and mix just until combined.

3. In a separate large bowl, whisk together the flour, cream of tartar, baking soda, and salt.

4. Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients in seperate parts. Make sure before adding a new part, the ingredients are fully incorporated.

5. Cover the dough with ceran wrap and chill in the refrigerator for 30 minutes.

6. While the dough is chilling, mix the sugar and cinnamon for the coating and set aside.

6. When the 30 minutes is up, preheat the oven to 375F and line a large baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.

7. Scoop the dough with a spoon and roll into little balls. Roll each ball in the cinnamon sugar mixture before placing on the cookie sheet. Bake for 17 minutes

 

Dairy Free Chocolate Chip Cookies

Hello everyone!

This back to school season has inspired me to make snacks for work. I buy snacks very often but I find that when I make them, my snacks last longer (because I make a lot at a time- lol)!

I decided to make these dairy free because MILK IS EXPENSIVE! I’m trying to save money anywhere I can and I’d rather save my milk for my morning Frosted Flakes but now I’m gonna be dunking these cookies in my milk. What is life?!

RECIPE

INGREDIENTS

2 cups all-purpose flour

1.5 tsp cornflour

1 tsp baking soda

1/2 tsp sea salt

3/4 cup brown sugar

1/4 cup granulated sugar

3/4 cup butter (softened)

1 egg

2 tsp vanilla extract

1.5 cup chocolate chips

Instructions:

  1. Line two cookie pans with parchment paper

  2. In a medium bowl, whisk the flour, cornstarch, baking soda and sea salt. Set aside.

  3. In a separate bowl, beat the butter, brown sugar and granulated sugar until fluffy. This should take about 2 minutes. Add in the egg and vanilla extract and beat until it’s all combined.

  4. Add in the flour mixture and keep mixing till it’s all well incorporated. This should take about 3 minutes. Add in the chocolate chips and stir  gently.

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  5. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and refrigerate for an hour then preheat the over to 350F.

  6. Remove the cookie dough from the refrigerator and let sit for 10 minutes. Form cookie dough balls (about a tbs size each) and place on baking pan. Leave enough room between the cookie dough balls as they spread out in the oven.

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  7. Bake for 12 minutes then cool.

Shrimp Marinara Gnocchi

Aloha!!

K! This is my first time making gnocchi and I am really excited! I’ve really only ever tried it once too but I really want to branch out and start making more adventurous things.

I got store bought gnocchi (cuz aint nobody got time to make it from scratch) and was thinking about what I could do and I decided to make it like a pasta paired with shrimp and this is what I came up with! Enjoy 🙂

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RECIPE:

Ingredients:

  • 500g gnocchi
  • 4 cups water
  • 3/4 cup shrimp (without shells)
  • 1/2 garlic large clove (finely chopped)
  • 1/4 small onion (sliced)
  • 3/4 tbs olive oil
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh spinach
  • 1/2 roma tomato (chopped)
  • 1/2 jar of pasta sauce. I used presidents choice portebello mushroom sauce
  • 1/8 tsp dried basil
  • salt & pepper to taste

Directions:

1. Bring a pot of water to a boil and add the gnocchi. Add salt and let boil until gnocchi comes to the surface. Drain and set aside (keep in pot).
2. Place a large saucepan over medium heat and add in the oil. When hot, add in the shrimp, garlic and onions. Sautee until the shrimp turns pinkIMG_0376
3. Add in the tomatoes and pasta sauce. Let simmer for 3 minutes
4. Add the dried basil, spinahc, salt and pepper to taste
5. Pour the sace over the drained gnocchi on low heat. Stir and let sit here for 3 minutes.

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6. Enjoy!

 

FLOURLESS PEANUT BUTTER CHOCOLATE CHIP MUG CAKE

Who doesn’t love mug cakes?

They are such an efficient way to get cake when you’re craving cake. Now it was my birthday a few days ago, and I’ve had cake all week but I still want more. So this flourless mug cake is a little guilt free and I’m living for it.

I’m craving home made cake and I’m gonna make one gosh darn it and it will be ready in 5 minutes 🙂

Easy, perfectly porportioned, warm, fast, ugh. k I can literally talk about mug cakes forever so let’s just get to the recipe!


RECIPE

INGREDIENTS:

  • 3 tbsp peanut butter
  • 1 tbsp brown sugar
  • 1/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tbsp chocolate chips

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Add all ingredients except the chocolate chips to a microwave-safe mug or ramekin. Whisk till it’s all combined and smooth. Stir in 1 tbsp of chocolate chips then sprinkle the remaining chocolate chips over surface of cake.
  2. Heat in microwave for 1 minute and 45 seconds or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean.