Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Creamy chai spiced pumpkin seed milk (raw) and a giveaway!


Hello hello my lovely friends! I hope all of you are doing well! So I am here today as promised with an awesome giveaway, a super healthy and delicious recipe, and a little announcement!  Where should I start?!

Well, first I guess I should let all of you in on the good news! No its not food related, but I thought you would enjoy the news anyways! The husband and I are very excited to be expecting baby number 4.  I am just about done with the first trimester, and I'm hoping that means that this morning sickness I have had will ease up a little. I have to be honest in saying that I haven't been able to keep a whole lot down. Or cook anything too exciting for that matter. But, I am really excited to be getting my appetite back a little and I am especially excited to create some new Thanksgiving dishes this year! I love coming up with new cruelty free and healthier ideas and hopefully inspiring others to give them a try! So there you have it. This house of veggies is about to get a little crazier than it already is, but in the best way ever! This will probably be the last little bambino for us so I am going to try to really take in the pregnancy and enjoy it fully. I will keep everyone updated on any new news!

Ok, ok, now back to what you all really come here for, the food! This recipe is a creamy chai spiced pumpkin seed milk that is entirely raw, so good for you, no sugars added (only from a banana) and a delicious treat that can replace all of the sugar loaded not so good for us "festive holiday drinks". I promise you that you will love this! Even my little two year old drank a whole glass and kept saying "mmmmm, yummy". Make sure that you use the raw pumpkin seed kernels (also called Pepita's). They are little green pumpkin seeds, and really mid in flavor. And they are just packed with such good nutrition! They are one of the healthiest seeds out there!


It's giveaway time!!!

If you have never made your own nut milk before, do not be afraid! It could not get any easier! You will however, benefit greatly from a good nut milk bag. I have bought and used many over the years, and my favorite is the one made by The Health Seekers Kitchen. You might think I am biased because she is in fact  my Mom, but the quality of her bags can not be matched! They are the most durable and easy to clean, and I just love them! And guess what...I have one to giveaway to one of you lucky readers! If you don't have one yet, now is the time to try and win this one! All you need to do to enter to win is leave me a comment on why you want to win the nut milk bag below. And that's it! Good luck to everyone!! Winner will be chosen Monday morning of next week!

And now its recipe time! mmmmmm mmmmmm tasty tasty!

Creamy chai spiced pumpkin seed milk
(raw)
What you will need:
1 cup of raw pumpkin seed kernels (also called Pepita's) Soaked in a bowl with water for a few hours
5 cups fresh water
2 tsp cinnamon
Seeds from 1 vanilla bean, or 1 tsp good quality vanilla extract
1/4 tsp sea salt
1/8 tsp allspice
1/8 tsp ground ginger
1/8 tsp ground cardamom
fresh nutmeg (about 10 grates on a microplane)
2 packets of stevia
1 large very ripe frozen banana

To Make:
After soaking the pumpkin seeds for a few hours, drain the water off and place into a Vitamix blender or any blender that you have. Add 5 cups of fresh water, and blend for several minutes, until the seeds are blended up very well. Using a large bowl, dump the milk into a nut milk bag and strain into the bowl. Squeeze the bag gently to get all the liquid out, and the pulp will stay behind in the bag. Discard the pumpkin seed pulp, you won't need it. Rinse the blender out well, and then dump the strained milk back into the blender. Add all the rest of the spices and the banana, and blend again to combine well. Will last about a week stored in the fridge. Soooooo Yum!!!!


40 comments:

  1. Congratulations!!! That nut milk bag looks so amazing, I have never made my own before but I would LOVE to!

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  2. I would love to win the bag because I've never made my own nut milk before. I've always wanted to but never knew where to start!

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  3. Congratulations on your new family member and I hope you feel better soon!

    I have been considering making my own nut milks but have to say I've been overwhelmed by the bags available. I know I need one but I haven't been able to find ones that got consistently good reviews. I'd love to try this one!

    Jen

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  4. I've always wanted to make nut milk but I tried once without a VitMix with very poor results. A nut milk bag would help me get a smooth consistency to my milks. I'm dying to try the pumpkin seed milk!

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  5. Congratulations on baby number 4! This sounds delicious and I will give it a try as soon as I get a nut milk bag like yours! I've never made my own but milk, but it would quite interesting to try! I would also love to branch out to other but milks besides the almond milk I always stick to.

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  6. I'd LOVE to win a bag. I'm a new follower--just found your blog (and your mom's blog) a few weeks ago. Love your recipes! I'm a long-time admirer of almond milk, but I just recently starting making my own. And my husband thinks it's not silky enough. So a better bag is just what I need.

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  7. Ooh I've never tried pumpkin seed milk, but it sounds good. I'd love a nut milk bag, because fiddling with cheesecloth to make nut milks and creams can be such a mess.

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  8. I've never tried making nut milk--it intimidates me a bit! Maybe winning this bag would lessen my fear! :)

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  9. Congratulations!!!! I would love for my two year old to drink something so nutritious and say "mmmm"! I have never made my own nut milk before but I'm venturing into new foods lately. I'm loving your blog. Thanks!

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  10. would love to try and make my own nut milk, so the bag would be great for me!

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  11. Well..I already knew but CONGRAT AGAIN! I am SO SO SO excited for you and your family and for all your crazy cravings and creations and our little venture ;-)

    Where the heck was i all day that I missed this post earlier??? Just opened up my google reader, thank goodness I didn't miss it!!!

    That pumpkin milk looks freaking incredible. Can you believe I never got a pumpkin this year?????

    Your mom makes those nut milk bags??? OMG! I will have to link those people always ask about them and if you say they are great quality I bet they are!!!!

    Love you!!!

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  12. Congrats on the good news! I have tried nut milk in the past and it is so good. Would love to try with the AWESOME nug bag!! :-)

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  14. I can't really drink dairy milk, and I love nuts! I've always blended almond with water to make almond milk, but a nut milk bag would be an added bonus (to separate the solid from liquid). I would appreciate the bag so, so much! Thank you!! : )

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  15. I would love to start making my own nut milk, especially almond milk, but have not found a great strainer/cheesecloth to use. The one from Health Seekers Kitchen sounds like it would work great & easy to wash and use over and over.

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  16. I make my own nut milk all the time, but have been using cheesecloth. It makes such a mess sometimes!!! A nut milk bag would be a wonderful addition to my kitchen :) Congrats on the new little bundle of love!

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  17. I would LOVE to win the nut bag because I have a really hard time making nut milk with my cheese cloth. I always make a mess :) Please come enter my giveaway as well :)

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  18. I think it would be fun to show my kids how to make nut milks. Then they can tell all their friends that they made their own milk!

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  19. I want to win the nut milk bag! I have been wanting to make my own nut milk but didn't know how. Now I really want to make the delicious sounding creamy pumpkin chai milk. MMMM I hope I win. :)

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  20. OMG! I have been looking everywhere for a nut milk bag! I have been using a strainer, or paper towels to strain my almond milk. This would be a life saver, I'm sick of drinking all of the meal that I can't get out of my milk. I could use it for so many things too! Thanks so much!

    kaycee(at)veganmachine(dot)com

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  21. I make nut milk but I currently use a really messy system involving a handkerchief, some rubber bands, and a pitcher. I'd love to have a bag to simplify the process!

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  22. Congrats on the newest little one!

    I would use the nut milk bag to make almond milk. I've thought about making my own often, but always assumed that cheesecloth would be too messy.

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  23. Comgratulations! I had terrible morning sickness, didn't really enjoy that part. Glad you feel better. My son is allergic to dairy and nuts so I am excited to see this recipe with pumpkin seeds. Didn't even think it was possible. Would love to win it so I can make some for him(and me sounds delish!!).
    P.S. Your mom has a wonderful blog too...noted!:)

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  24. Congratulations on your pregnancy...that is so exciting!

    Your mom's nut milk bags look amazing!

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  25. I make my nut milk with a cheesecloth... messy! It would be awesome to win a nut milk bag.
    My favorite nut milk to make at home is hazelnut milk, have you tried that? It is rich and creamym I love it!
    Ana

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  26. Congratulations on baby # 4! How exciting! Hope you're feeling better now and over the whole morning sickness thing. The pumpkin seed milk looks super yummy! :-)

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  27. You can make milk from nuts? Where have I been? I've heard of soy and rice, but nut? I must try this! Do I need a "nut bag", or can I use cheesecloth as I've heard others comment? I would like to win the nut bag so I can delve into this new area of healthy food.

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  28. Congratulations on your pregnancy. No.4! Pumpkin seed milk sounds a great idea. I'm desperate to start making nut milks at home- they are so expensive to buy and hard to find in the UK sadly. I've been trying to track down a nutmilk bag but have been overwhelmed with the choice. It would be great to win one recommended by you :)
    Emma
    http://coconutandberries.tumblr.com

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  29. I have no desire for a nut milk bag, but congrats on #4!

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  30. I so want this nut bag just to make this pumpkin spiced "milk"! It looks delicious! And a BIG congrats on baby #4!

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  31. That nut milk bag would be so great for making rice milk and almond milk!

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  32. I've been wanting a nut milk bag! I've made nut milk before but tried it without the bag..not so easy. Great giveaway!

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  33. My family of 5 (congrats on your #6!!!) is transitioning to a vegan diet effective Dec. 1st. I was referred to your blog and I LOVE it! I'm making my first batch of almond milk today. A bag sounds like a definite improvement on the process!

    Kate in NH

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  34. Oh gosh... I would just LOVE one of these. There is nothing that tastes as yummy of homemade almond milk, but I could do without the mess of cheesecloth! I think this would make the process a whole lot easier. Hope I win! Thanks for the opprtunity.

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  35. Wow! Congratulations for number 4! I myself am waiting for number 2, just done with my 1st trimester as well!
    I've been making nut milk for quite some time now and still haven't got a milk bag. I use cheese cloth, but it can be a bummer sometimes... I sure would make the whole process easier!

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  36. Congratulations! I hope that this will be your best pregnancy yet!!

    I make nut milk and just skim the milk from the jar before too much texture comes up. I'd love to win this bag to use all of the goodness from the milk as well as make nut cheese :) I think that I can get my children to enjoy the milk a little more if it was made differently. I have used the cheesecloth method as well but sometimes I just don't have the time.

    Thanks so much and enjoy your extra hour today!
    Christine

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  37. Dear Morgan,
    Congratulations on the new addition to the family. I would love to win the nut milk bag. We currently drink rice milk and the price has gone up yet again. I have two daughters, ages 6 and 3, and we love pumpkin seeds! I would love to make this milk for them and it would be cheaper than buying the boxed rice milk. I am a full-time student and I have been out of work for 2 months with a knee injury, surgery in 3 weeks, so we are really pinching pennies around here. Thanks Toni P.S. your "cheesy" chipolte corn chowder soup is my favorite! I LOVE the spiceness

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  38. Hi. I soak my seeds a bit longer and rinse twice a day so that my seeds barely sprout. Then i make the mylk and save the pulp to make the sweetest custard with agave nectar and a titch of apple cider vinegar plus a pinch of pink salt. It's delish warmed to wrist temp and drizzled over spiced apples that have been softened in the dehydrator. I havent tried making a frosting with dates but that's next. Please try making pates and cheezes from your nut and seed pulps. Yummy!

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