Homemade Raw Snack Balls

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Next batch of Coconut milk, water and oil done…now what to do with all this left over Coconut pulp, it can’t simply go to waste, even after three times in the nut bag it still must have some use…yay…it does! Wow looking for a healthy filling snack, well here we are, just remember it is Coconut and you will wear it around your waist! Introducing Mamma’s Pulp Balls!
How cool and resourceful are these. Make your Coconut milk and with the left over pulp, just add a small amount of your desired liquid, a little natural sweetener, nuts, berries, seeds or whatever else takes your fancy and there you have a full batch of healthy snacks. Now that’s making the most of what you have an not wasting a thing, ok so it means another 30 bicycle crunches per 3 balls but hey when you need a snack, you need a snack and being this yummy and nutritional let’s face it there is a lot worse out there. Moderation now!
And yummy they are, this was my first batch and I kept it quite simple using Coconut Milk, Coconut Oil, Agave Syrup, Goji berries and an extra few magic powders that I had on hand, I rolled it all into balls then rolled each ball in desiccated Coconut just to be really Coconutty, placed them on a plate…(ate a few)…then popped them in the fridge to set.
They are so cute and they really set off my creative flare as they have to be the most versatile snack out there. What to use?  What to combine? The possibilities really are endless and I was still having fun making different types yesterday out of Almond pulp…that’s in a follow up post.
I totally recommend at least 12-18 hours in a very cold fridge to get the perfect density going on here, if you have a freezer, I’ve heard a while in there works a treat and if you just can’t wait and don’t mind a lil softness, heck they are raw snack balls, dig straight in!

We are all looking for sweet indulgences that won’t leave us with the guilt of that being unhealthy right? Well these babies do just that, although they contain quite a lot of healthy fats and may plump you up a bit, you can be assured that they are totally nutritional in a beneficiary way. Sweet snacks that are good for you seize the day!

Being resourceful in this way means you are being eco-friendly and respectful of food by re-using and creating no waste. It means you will save loads of money on bought-in snacks too as the pulp from one batch of milk makes a large batch of balls. You can change it up any which way you want using different pulps, milks, waters and oils/butters/fats which means you have your own custom homemade snacks for life at an extremely low cost…providing you don’t let the binge monster take over that is 😉

I’m thrilled to have discovered this new raw and totally vegan way to make deliciously satisfying snacks and I urge you to try your very own and then pass it on so everyone can see just how simple and cost effective natural healthy food really can be.

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.