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Homemade Strawberry Almond Milk [Vegan, Gluten Free, Paleo]

homemade strawberry almond milk with purely elizabeth muesli

I am 100% predictable. I try to not be predictable (as seen by my ‘go to Mexico and tell my family and like three people’ stunt) but I have a lot of personality traits that as much as I try to change, I just can’t improve on them.

Examples include:

  • Breaking 3 Pyrex bowls while cooking dinner with my friend Sam because I don’t have my shelves properly organized and then breaking a jar two weeks later because I still don’t have things organized (Side note: I am f****d if there is an earthquake, excuse my French).
  • Constantly forgetting my wallet.
  • I’m always late, typically by 15 minutes.
  • Buying a nut milk bag to make nut milk but forgetting to use it.

The last one is what happened with the first time I made this recipe. Luckily the second time I wasn’t so irresponsible.

homemade strawberry almond milk with purely elizabeth muesli

Homemade almond milk – not as scary to make as it sounds!

I recommend you half the recipe if you live alone and aren’t going to go through 10 cups of almond milk in a week. I was literally just trying to make every recipe that included almond milk ever – a lot of Vegan Banana and Blueberry Breakfast Parfaits and chia puddings and an entire box of Purely Elizabeth Muesli. Which I highly suggest making with this Homemade Strawberry Almond Milk.

homemade strawberry almond milk with purely elizabeth muesli

The best breakfast for hot summer days.

This is the first time I ever had muesli to my knowledge and where the hell have I been my whole life? It’s basically kind of like overnight oats but minus chia seeds and with less liquid? Anyway, I threw mine on top of some Greek Yogurt because I’m basically all about adding protein to every meal possible and topped with some more Homemade Strawberry Almond Milk and some unsweetened carob chips because strawberries + chocolate = love.

homemade strawberry almond milk with purely elizabeth muesli

Homemade Strawberry Almond Milk with Purely Elizabeth Muesli

4.7 from 3 reviews
Homemade Strawberry Almond Milk [Vegan, Gluten Free, Paleo]
 
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Recipe type: Beverage
Cuisine: Gluten Free, Paleo, Vegan
Serves: 10 cups
Ingredients
  • 2 cups almonds, soaked overnight
  • 6 cups filtered water
  • 2 cups sliced strawberries
  • 1 cup dates
  • 1 tbsp vanilla extract
Instructions
  1. Place all ingredients in a high power blender and blend on the highest setting until no particles remain.
  2. Place nut milk bag over a large bowl or contained and strain mixture.
  3. Store homemade strawberry almond milk in refrigerator for up to one week.

If you’re looking for more Meatless Monday recipes, check out the Meatless Monday round-up from Tina Muir and Confessions of a Mother Runner.

My friends at Purely Elizabeth sent me some of their new muesli to try but all opinions are my own.

Chat with me:
What personality traits of yours do you wish you could change? How do you top your muesli? Have you ever made homemade nut milk?

The Healthiest Pina Colada [and a Giveaway!]

the healthiest pina colada | almost getting it together

Can you believe in almost one year of blogging (a week and a half from now is my Blogiversary!) I haven’t posted one boozy recipe? I’ve posted recipes that could get boozy, like my Bloody Mary Mussels and my Mint Arnold Palmer but I’ve never truly made a cocktail. To celebrate my first cocktail recipe, I’m giving away three bottles of Harmless Harvest Coconut Water (my fave!) to three of my readers. Scroll down to the bottom of the post to enter.

the healthiest pina colada | almost getting it together

The Healthiest Pina Colada

Why is this? It’s because deep down, I’m not a cocktail drinker. The idea of all that junk and sugar that typically goes into cocktails creeps me out. If I can see the bartender making my drink – and know that it’s only fresh fruit, liquor and other natural things – I’m okay with it. Otherwise, I’ll stick with wine.

the healthiest pina colada | almost getting it together

Photographing frozen things is even harder than photographing normal things.

The healthiest pina colada was inspired by a terrible pina colada Jake told me about. I knew that I could easily whip up a delicious and healthy one… once I researched what was in a pina colada. I subbed out coconut creme and coconut milk for coconut water, full of potassium and electrolytes. Then I added frozen pineapple for natural sugar – and that pineapple flavor, of course!

the healthiest pina colada | almost getting it together

The healthiest cocktail EVER.

Both coconut water and pineapple are debloating, so I’m going to go out on a limb here and say this is vaguely healthy. Take out the rum and it could have some health properties… right? And since I discovered coconut water in college as a hangover cure (true story), I am going to also make yet another unbacked medical claim and say this could potentially counteract any hangover you could get from having a few too many of these.

3.0 from 1 reviews
The Healthiest Pina Colada [and a Giveaway!]
 
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Recipe type: Drink
Serves: 2
Ingredients
  • 2 cups ice
  • 16 oz harmless harvest coconut water (1 bottle)
  • 1 cup frozen pineapple
  • 2 oz white rum
  • 2 tbsp fresh lime juice (one lime, juiced)
Instructions
  1. Put all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth and frothy.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: ½ recipe Calories: 175 Fat: 0 g Saturated fat: 0 g Carbohydrates: 27.3 g Sugar: 24 g Fiber: 3 g Protein: 0 g

Win Harmless Harvest Coconut Water!
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What’s your favorite way to get boozy? What are your plans for the holiday weekend? (Sorry, Canadian friends, if Labor Day isn’t a thing up there.)

Mint Arnold Palmer aka Mint Lemonade Iced Green Tea

Mint Arnold Palmer aka Mint Lemonade Iced Green Tea | almost getting it together

When I was in Portland over the 4th of July weekend, I had an intense craving for lemonade. I usually only crave lemonade once per year, typically around July I suppose. I’m not into sugary drinks (or sugary anything, really – slightly sweet is more my game) so I don’t usually enjoy lemonade.

When my dad picked me up from the airport after my insanely delayed flight, he lamented about how we had no food in the house since I hadn’t been home and asked if I was hungry. I was luckily smart enough to eat at the airport (only smart enough because my plane was delayed three plus hours since Delta can never seem to find their crews), but since we didn’t have any food, I didn’t have anything to take to lunch at work. We have a great cafe, yes, but I also did not want to be seen by anyone not in my immediate area since I had slept on a plane. Also I wanted to be sure that my dad was eating something healthy, so we stopped by Panera for salads to take to our respective offices.

I ordered an iced coffee but when I went to pour it there was an unsweetened acai green tea staring back at me. Unsweetened, you say? I had to try. So begins craving iced tea for a week straight.

Mint Arnold Palmer aka Mint Lemonade Iced Green Tea | almost getting it together

Arnold Palmer in this photo or John Daly? You decide.

You can make this Mint Arnold Palmer aka Mint Lemonade Iced Green Tea into a John Daly with a little bit of vodka.

5.0 from 1 reviews
Mint Arnold Palmer aka Mint Lemonade Iced Green Tea
 
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Mint Arnold Palmer aka Mint Lemonade Iced Green Tea, a perfect paleo treat for a hot summer's day. No refined sugar!
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Recipe type: Drink
Cuisine: Gluten Free, Paleo
Serves: 5
Ingredients
  • 5 cups filtered water
  • 4 green tea bags
  • 2 lemons, juiced
  • ¼ cup mint leaves
  • ¼ cup honey
Instructions
  1. Bring water to a boil.
  2. Add tea bags and turn off heat. Let sit for a few hours, until cool.
  3. Push excess water out of tea bags with a spoon.
  4. Pour tea into a medium sized pitcher.
  5. Add lemon juice and honey. Mix well.
  6. Add mint leaves and mix again.
  7. Pour over ice and enjoy.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 8 oz Calories: 54 Fat: 0 g Saturated fat: 0 g Carbohydrates: 14.4 g Sugar: 13.9 g Sodium: 2 mg Fiber: 0 g Protein: 0.2 g

 

Chat with me:
What is your favorite cocktail/summer drink? Is it just me whose flights involve missing crew members?