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Creamy Cup of Caramel

 

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Imagine sipping a cup of sweet and buttery caramel topped with frothy cream–this recipe makes that dream a reality.  Normally, drinking a cup of caramel would leave you feeling sick, but this cup of caramel is actually good for you! This recipe doesn’t contain any chemicals or artificial anything; it is filled with natural ingredients that will nourish the body.

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The key ingredient of this recipe is fresh, sweet dates–which means the taste of this recipe is only as good as the dates.  Certain varieties of this nutrient-dense fruit taste like butter and brown sugar.  You can use fresh or dried dates, but just know that this will influence the taste of the recipe so make sure you like the type of date fruit before making this.

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Dates are absolutely bursting with nutrients.  For instance, they are full of copper, magnesium, potassium, and iron–which means this is a great fruit for before or after physical activity.  This drink provides an instant boost of fuel that will go straight to your cells, and it helps replenish depleted muscles with much needed electrolytes, vitamins, and protein.  It is liquid gold. :)

 

Creamy Cup of Caramel
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Ingredients
  1. 1 cup pitted dates of choice
  2. 1 cup water or almond milk
  3. optional cinnamon and vanilla
Instructions
  1. Pit dates and add to blender; pour in liquid then blend on high until mixed thoroughly. Top with cinnamon for an additional touch.
Notes
  1. For another version, reduce liquid to 1/2 cup and use one frozen or fresh banana.
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Homemade Almond Milk

 

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Rich and creamy, almond milk is full of healthy-fats, vitamin E, protein, calcium and much more. But it is best when made fresh. Homemade almond milk seems intimidating, but with a blender or food processor, it’s really quite simple. Also, the almond pulp can be easily strained with a fine mesh strainer or nut-milk bag. This milk is very creamy with a delicious, light flavor that goes wonderfully with any recipe, smoothie or cereal; it goes especially well with cookies. :) 

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Homemade Almond Milk
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Ingredients
  1. 1 cup whole, plain almonds (soaked in water the night before)
  2. 4 cups water (or less for a creamier milk)
  3. dash of salt
  4. optional 4 tbs. sugar
Instructions
  1. Soak almonds in filtered water overnight. The next day, drain almonds and add to a blender along with four cups water. Blend on high for about a minute, then pour into a mesh strainer over a large bowl and set aside the pulp that is leftover. Blend the strained mixture again with extra ingredients added. Pour into a jar and serve chilled.
Notes
  1. For a sweet milk, you can add sugar with vanilla or cocoa powder.
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