Berry Boulder Bombs – Homemade Healthy Raw Snacks

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They’re big, they’re bad and they are back! Woah I just couldn’t help myself from resisting making another batch of health bombs and this time I have almost doubled them in size as I kept opening the fridge for another one and well bigger is just more economical here!
Who knew snacks were readily available just like that and totally raw…I’m more than happy, just need to curb the moderation and respect, happiness helps (thanks to Saffron for this morning’s boost)!
So previously I made Coconut rolled Goji bombs and ate the whole lot in like 36 hours as my kids didn’t like them and when I’m down or stressed I eat!…a lot! They were delicious and so easy to make, besides being fun, next time the kids can help and it can become a fun activity, rolling the balls, chopping the berries etc. they don’t seem to like Coconut so we’ll try a different mix perhaps this one although I feel it maybe too dark for them as the Cacao penetrates through the other flavours.
This time I was pondering on what to do with the leftover Almond pulp from the milk I had just made and you know me by now I just can’t stand waste so I needed something to do with this mountain of Almondness, I remembered I have a very dear friend who writes about and cooks (or doesn’t cook) the most amazingly inspirational dishes so I thought I’d see what ideas she had as I am new to the real food lifestyle and I’m so glad I did. She’s awesome at making the most simple of dishes into the most magical, every time, especially raw ones. And through her inspiration I decided not to make an Almond & Cacao butter but to try a different type of snack ball. Yay! With a little tweaking and experimenting it worked wonderfully, tasting sweet and holding together just right. I recommend 1/3 cup Almond milk here as I actually used about ½ and it’s proven a little too much. Live and learn ey!

Here’s my recipe.

Requirements:

1 Mixing Bowl
2 CUPS Almond Pulp
1/3 CUP Almond Milk
1/3 CUP Millet Flour
1/3 CUP Coconut Butter
1 tblsp Cacao Powder
1 tblsp Hemp Flour
1 tblsp Milled Chia Seed & Blueberry Powder
½ tblsp Passion Fruit Dry Extract
13 dried Incan Berries

Method:

Mix all the ingredients together.
Roll into balls. Roll into extra Chia seed.
Put them on a plate and place in the fridge overnight to set.

It really is that simple.

but watch out…a moment on the lips really is a lifetime on the hips with these bad boys!

Homemade Almond Milk…with a roar!

 

WP_20140731_008[1]I finally did it! Finally, like nearly a year and a half later…it’s really been that long? Goodness me! Time does fly when you look backwards.

The day was a beautiful one. Bees were collecting from our flowers, I saw a bat, I was filled with his sacred love, my children smiled and laughed and boy oh boy did Mama make some yummy Almond milk. Just as I thought you could not beat coconut milk…bang in comes Almond to sweep me off my feet, triumph! Yay!
So delicious, where has this been all my life? Happiness. They say good things come to those who wait and I’m sure there’s something about patience being a virtue but can’t quite remember that one. Few cobwebs about me as of late but nevertheless good things are finally coming out of this home.

Making homemade vegan milks is such a simple and satisfying process, it’s almost ludicrous to do it any other way.
It seems traditional English methods of simple healthy nutrition are as good as lost to the modern culture of Britain today.
It’s easier to buy poison at a cheap cost in abundance in more than convenient ways and it’s rather a struggle to locate and afford natural food.
Cow’s milk as we all know is widespread and seen as a staple and necessary produce for daily human consumption, while most of us (unknowingly or not) are dairy intolerant / struggle to consume animal produce, it’s readily available and almost frowned upon to not intake, whereas natural vegan (non-animal) milks such as Almond, Barley, Coconut or Oat are almost unheard of.

Very few people know (or care) of the inhumane and cruel ways in which Cows are kept and treated for their milk in the Western World. If being artificially impregnated and pumped, until raw, full of hormones and antibiotics wasn’t a bad enough risk to the animals and humans health, research and tests show their pus and blood escapes along with the added hormones during the process and is actually in the cartons you find in nearly every supermarket or convenience store.
The Cows’ babies are taken at birth and many are killed for Veal whilst the vast majority of Westerners happily consume their Mother’s milk experiencing intolerance. The Mother is left bereaved and is kept in conditions that leave her about to burst at the udders, screaming for release.
The majority of cows in this country aren’t fed grass or even fed healthily and they certainly aren’t gently milked for their well-produced liquid they are merely hooked up to machines that yank and pull at them causing sores and infection with no care at all.

Have you ever looked into a Cows eyes in this situation? Have you ever seem the look the animals really give when any image is publicised? Have you ever given a second thought of compassion to how the animal feels, how your milk got on that shelf or what’s even in it? To me the Cow screams help, why, how can humans be so disgraceful and cruel with their ethics? Time to wake up and start giving a damn. The process is undeniably cruel.
Its always been a puzzle to me as to why the human race sees it happily acceptable to drink from the teat of another species, many would shudder at the thought of drinking a humans breast milk from a Woman’s nipple, being of the same species, would they mate with a Cow perhaps? I mean really, it doesn’t take too much of a brain to know Humans milk is safe, healthy and highly nutritional for another human, we quite easily wean our young at tender ages off of our own milk as it’s apparently no longer vital, to then somehow find it plainly acceptable to move onto another species which has been shown to decay humans, seriously what’s up with that? How did we work out we need another species milk over our own? What actually went through the guy’s head that first miked a cow’s udders? Where were the female humans to help that hungry baby? Humans over other wild species have the brain to decipher using ethics regarding such matters and we should respect this gift.
Today’s modern Western culture that ever surrounds me is very simply and undoubtedly insane and it’s time for change.

Almond milk is made from Nuts that grow on trees that would fall to the ground and decay if not harvested.
It is a heart healthy and high protein drink! Soaked Almonds contains calcium, potassium, sodium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, zinc, selenium, copper, niacin, fiber, fats and sugars, yum! Almonds also contains vital vitamins and phyto-nutrients as well as being antioxidants.
A handful of soaked Almonds is a real health bomb and Almond milk is by far healthier for Humans than animal milk (as you’d expect really) although non soaking of Almonds does not release vital nutrients and can cause digestive discomfort. Pre-soaking Almonds, releases healthy nutrients by neutralising the phytates and this method in fact works as a digestion aid, a prevention of disease and helps to maintain a healthy BMI whilst being extremely tasty and moreish.
Almond milk whilst bringing all the above nutrients / benefits, is naturally sweet tasting so your quids in by saving on the Agave and Vanilla. It is so versatile, it can be used in any recipe calling for milk, it’s a natural sweetener, it can be consumed hot or cold and it’s a winner warmed with children before bed, it is divinely delicious with everything…honestly you have to try this stuff!

To prepare your own Almond Milk all the ingredients you will require is Almonds and Water.
Additional sweeteners and flavours such as vanilla or agave, can be added if you like but keep in mind this is a naturally sweet and tasty drink.
The equipment required is a suitable strainer i.e. a nut bag (homemade or ethically bought) along with a good blender or I’m sure a stone pestle and mortar would do the job too if you’re feeling really primitive and have an abundance of nothingness to dwell in. Also a cup and preferably a glass jug and dish ill be needed.

Method:
– Soak 1 cup of Almonds in a dish for around 12 hours. Overnight seems to be the best method. Make sure All the Almonds are covered with water as they will expand (using warm water will allow for easier skin removal if required). Cover the dish.
– Simply drain off the water, rinse the almonds well and re-use it for the compost (at this stage removing the skins can be done but it remains optional).
– Next take 2 to 4 cups of water depending on your desired consistency and place in the blender with the soaked nuts. (Use 2 cups water for a creamier liquid, more suited for coffee like drinks)
– Blend for 2 minutes on full speed
– Strain through a nut bag / cheesecloth into the glass jug.
– Drink then as it is, heat it gently or store cold in an airtight glass bottle / container in the fridge and consume within 3 days.

Other methods would be to use blanched (skin removed) Almonds or Almond flakes. Again, over night, soak the nuts then blend for slightly longer without straining. This ensures the whole nut is consumed, an absolute winner in breakfasts.

Enjoy this divine beverage and reap its amazing benefits from your kitchen today!

I vow to spread the word of my new found knowledge of nutrition to all I can reach whom show interest in heart felt healthy consumption. For a World of Compassionate Love.