Steph and I have been getting into the holiday spirit these last few days. For both of us, that has involved MAKING Christmas gifts for the special peeps in our lives. I opted for a BIG batch of Maple & Honey Granola. Steph went with Homemade Almond Butter.
It got me thinking about other fun DIY holiday treats – little kitchen “crafts” that are as much about the experience as the end result. I immediately thought of Steph’s recipe for Hot Chocolate with Homemade Almond Milk. Perfect for the holiday season and definitely worth sharing.
Still have some gifting to do? Go DIY. Everyone loves good homemade, fun-in-the-kitchen food. And after all, it’s the thought that counts, right?
2 cups raw almonds
4 cups coconut water
4 cups filtered water
- Soak 2 cups of raw almonds in filtered water for 6 hours (or overnight). Once it soaks, the almonds will double in size (roughly 4 cups).
- Rinse almonds with a strainer and place in a blender. Add 4 cups of coconut water and blend on high speed for 2 minutes.
- Using a fine mesh sieve (or nut milk bag), separate the liquid from the almond pulp, removing as much moisture as possible. Freeze the almond pulp in a ziplock bag for later use.
- Pour the almond milk back in the blender. Add 4 more cups of water (if it will fit). Blend again and store in a tightly sealed jar.
Yields about 8 cups.
4 cups almond milk
8-12 dates, depending on how sweet you like it
3 tablespoons of cocoa powder
1 teaspoon cinnamon
2 tablespoons of semi-sweet chocolate chips
- Blend 4 cups of almond milk with 8 dates, cocoa powder, and cinnamon.
- Pour mixture into a sauce pan on medium heat. Add the semi-sweet chocolate chips until melted. Pour into glasses and serve.
Yields about 4 cups.
Kitchen Tip: If you (or young kids) are looking to enjoy an icy, chocolate milk, try blending together the all the ingredients along with 8-12 ice cubes. No heating required