Bonzai Makes Homemade Vegan Yogurt Via Crock-Pot

bonzai home made vegan yogurt 01 Bonzai Makes Homemade Vegan Yogurt Via Crock PotPhotographer: Sayward Rebhal

Yogurt is an ancient wonderfood, brimming with beneficial bacteria to keep your gut running good ‘n healthy. But standard yogurt is made with dairy milks – blech – which contain hormones and carcinogens and acids and allergens and irritants. Oh my! But no worries, making your own alt yogurt is *super* easy and totally fun. It also saves a small fortune versus buying prepackaged products (which contain a slew of additives as well).

If you already have a yogurt maker you’re super stoked – and you can still use this recipe, but follow your machine’s directions when it comes time to culture. If you’re interested in making lots of yogurt at home, a yogurt maker may be a good investment for you. They’re really quite cheap – especially if you can find one secondhand (check Craigslist!).

But, a yogurt maker isn’t necessary! I make yogurt in my crock-pot, which is one machine that’s worth the money for all sorts of reasons. (I <3 my crock so much!) But even if you have neither a yogurt maker nor a crock-pot, you can *still* make yogurt at home! Just see the note at the end of this post. Continue Reading / See Additional Photos

A Raw Homemade Almond Milk (Bite This)

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It’s time to get the basics down people. Making nut milk couldn’t be easier. Almond milk also happens to be a goto milk for most of my recipes. It’s one of the most versatile of all the nut milks. So, no more heading to the grocery store to buy factory made boxed up milks. Trust me. When you taste this you will never wont to buy that (crap) old stuff again.

To make nut milks you only need to invest in a very inexpensive nut milk bag. You can substitute other nuts for the almonds… hazelnuts, pecans, cashew, brazil nut, walnut…and if you want a richer milk increase the amount of nuts or decrease for a lighter version… Now go make some milk!

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The Un-Milk, Better Than Milk – Yes Raw Hemp Milk

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I have been on a seed milk kick these days. Yes. I said seed. Pumpkin seeds, Sunflower seeds, Sesame Seeds and finally Hemp seeds. They are one of the easiest thing to make. When it comes to ‘milk substitution’ most people reach for the Soy milk over and over and over again. This is kinda no bueno. A little Soy is good but I am sure that if you take a look into how much you consume on a daily basis you may wanna ease up and try an alternative with your morning cereal or shake. It’s very important to mix things up at bit. In and out of the kitchen.

Hemp seeds are considered to be one of the most nutritious food sources on the plants. They are packed with 33 percent pure digestible protein, rich in iron, omega-3, GLA and contains three times the amount of vitamin E found in flaxseeds. Hemp protein contains all 20 known amino acids including the 9 essential amino acids (EAAs) our bodies cannot produce. It also is free of the tryspin inhibitors which block protein absorption and free of oligosaccharides found in soy, which cause stomach upset and gas. So drink up and be merry!

For the Hemp Milk:

1/4 cup hemp seeds

4 cups filtered water

4 TB raw agave

dash of sea salt

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Hemp Is The New / Old Perfect Food

living harvest hemp products 01 Hemp Is The New / Old Perfect FoodPhotographer: G Monkie (CC)

Milk is for calves. Soy is for losers. So, what’s the alternative? Hemp.

Hemp is the oldest food known to mankind, but only lately has it been receiving massive buzz as the next must-incorporate-into-your-diet super food. The reasons are clear. With its nutty creamy taste, hemp has a lot going for it. It’s got all ten essential amino acids, it’s a great source of protein, it has good fats in the form of omega 3 and omega 6 fatty acids, and it has naturally occurring vitamins, minerals and enzymes.

The crazy thing is, all of our hemp is currently imported from Europe and Canada, as the U.S. is the only industrialized nation that bans hemp production. Something to do with its fun-time relative, marijuana.

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Instant Cashew Milk

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Cashew Milk (raw)

Quickly whip up some creamy sweet cashew milk. I prefer using the cashew butter method as it is so fast and I don’t need to soak cashews or strain anything. Although you can get it even smoother by straining it, if you want. Most recipes for nut milks use a little less nuts, although I like mine creamier and more like a whole milk then skim. If you prefer it lighter and lower fat, just reduce the cashews some.

Instant Cashew Milk:

2 1/2 Cups Pure Water

4 TB Cashew Butter

2 TB Agave Nectar

1 Tsp. Vanilla Extract

1/8 Tsp. Sea Salt

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