Pumpkin pie smoothie

I haven’t been making anything interesting lately, hence my lack of posts. I love smoothies, I have them for breakfast every day over my granola. This is one of my favourites! I’m usually not a fan of pumpkin but this is something a bit different from the usual.

When I make smoothies, I don’t measure anything out. It’s usually whatever is laying around so these measurements are approximates!

Ingredients
3 small bananas
250g pumpkin
200ml plant milk of your choice
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp crushed cloves
1/2 tsp ground ginger
1/2 tsp grated nutmeg

Method

Cut the pumpkin into small cubes and place in a microwave safe container. It took me 6 minutes in my microwave until they were soft. Obviously this will depend on your microwave and how big you cut your pumpkin. Alternatively, you could also steam them

Peel the bananas and add all the ingredients into your blender and blend until smooth. Easy!

Makes approximately 750ml

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DIY – Make your own nut milk bag for dummies + Hazelnut and cacao nut milk

I first tried nut milk when I was volunteering at Realfoods RMIT in 2011. I’ve always been fascinated by it but never got around to making my own. Recently I’ve been looking at getting a nut milk bag so I could make my own at home however being an unemployed student I couldn’t justify the prices.

I decided to make my own and let me be clear here, this is a super basic bag. The last time I used a sewing machine was 10 years ago so I have no real skill. I hand stitched my bag however if you are more talented than I, you could definitely use a sewing machine which would be considerably quicker.

I bought a strip of Swiss Voile in white and some white shoe lace style trim from my local Spotlight. I was unsure how to keep the pieces together while I stitched each side. Putting in pins seemed redundant to me as the mesh was so fine and the pins would put in unnecessary holes so I sticky taped the sides. I know, I know it sounds silly but it worked!

Start by stitching one side, leaving an inch at the top un-stitched. Stitch the bottom and then stitch the remaining side, doing the same as before. Now this part was tricky when hand stitching. I couldn’t do the sticky tape trick to keep the fabric from moving so I got my mum to hold the fabric tight while I stitched. If you don’t have anyone to help, you can use pins as that far up the holes won’t matter so much. Fold the fabric over to create a seam and stitch. Do the same on the other side. Thread through the shoe lace and tie the ends and you’re ready to use your nut milk bag!

I realize that didn’t really make much sense, feel free to comment if you need any more clarification!

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Hazelnut and cacao nut milk

This recipe is adapted fromĀ http://tasty-yummies.com/2014/04/08/how-to-make-nut-milk/

Ingredients
1 cup raw unsalted hazelnuts
4 cups of water (see notes)
2 tbs cacao powder
A pinch of salt
Maple syrup to taste

Method

Soak hazelnuts for approximately 8 hours

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Discard the soaking water and rinse the hazelnuts in fresh water

Place the hazelnuts, maple syrup, cacao powder, salt and 4 cups of water in a blender. Blend on high for up to 5 minutes. It will be creamy and foamy.

Strain milk through a nut bag. DO NOT discard the hazelnut pulp. There are many uses for it! I will be posting a recipe soon.

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Makes approximately 800mls

*Note – I used 4 cups of water but I found my nut milk to be a tad too watery for my taste. I feel like 3 1/2 cups would be perfect.

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