Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Almond Yogurt

I love yogurt.. Strawberry flavour especially. So much in fact, that last month, for Mother's Day, I taught a class on how to make it, and also how to make Parfaits with it! It was a great class! So many wonderful responses to the ease and deliciousness of the parfaits.

What I did NOT do, was send out the recipe , as I had promised! Life just got ahead of me, and I found myself doing other things.

Here it is , a month later, and I am doing another class tonight! ( This time on Raw Spaghetti with three sauces!).

SO... for all you who were at Planet Organic in May, and did not get the recipe.... here it is! ( Now, instead of mother's day , you can make it for Father's Day!)

Almond Yogurt

1 cup almonds, soaked for 8 hrs and drained
2 cup water
1 tbsp lemon juice, about 1/2 lemon
½ tsp probiotic powder, optional
Blend almonds, lemon juice and water in blender on high speed. Use as is.. or add the probiotic powder to make into instant yogurt .


To ferment ....

Pour yogourt into a glass jar or bowl , cover with cheesecloth to allow transfer of air.

Set your jar in a warm place and allow it to heat up to about 90 - 100 degrees F . It should be slightly warm to the touch. Let sit for about 8 -10 hours , taste for tartness. You may need to leave it a couple of more hours and taste again. It is ready when it tastes a bit tart.


Servings: 4
Amount Per Serving
Calories: 206
Total Fat: 16.69g
Cholesterol: --
Sodium: --
Total Carbs: 8.08g
Dietary Fiber: 4.38g
Sugars: 1.48g
Protein: 7.60g

The nutrition facts are listed on this one as a student requested it this time! In general I don't put up nutrition facts because they are so variable, depending on the ingredients, where they were grown, soaking nuts changes composition too.

The Recipe for the Parfait needs the Yogurt in it. Here is the Parfait recipe!

Strawberry banana Almond Yogurt Parfait with Apple

2 cups almond yogurt
2 bananas, frozen
2 cups strawberries, frozen, sliced
1 apple, chopped
Blend the almond yogurt with the strawberries and bananas in a blender on high speed until mixed well and smooth.

Place 2 tbsp of this mixture on bottom of cup or bowl add some diced apple. Top with more yogurt and add a few peices of apple as a garnish.

Repeat with other servings.

This recipe can be varied using seasonal fruit . Any berry would be a great addition to this dish. You can layer yogourt, berries to make this dish look quite beautiful. Strawberries, bananas, apples, pear, blackberries, raspberries all go very well.

You can even sprinkle some Raw Granola or Hemp seeds on top.


Servings: 4
Amount Per Serving
Calories: 167
Total Fat: 56.45g
Cholesterol: --
Sodium: 1mg
Total Carbs: 26.46g
Dietary Fiber: 5.44g
Sugars: 13.54g
Protein: 3.87g

This day we also made Rose water infused non dairy mango lassi. There are two recipes for this, first the almond mylk, then the lassi.

My littest one, who was 4 when we first made this recipe, could not get enough of it!! She loved it so much. We had to keep the house stocked in mangoes for quite a while. When you drink it, you will understand her passion for it. The longer it sits, the stronger the rose water flavour comes out too.

Almond Mylk

This is a delicious Raw Alternative to Dairy milk. Or Soy milk for that matter!

3 cups water
1 cups Almonds, soaked
3 Dates, pitted, optional
Place all ingredients in a blender, and blend at high speed until smooth.

You can strain through a strainer bag if you like to have a pulp free drink. You can use the pulp later for making cookies or cakes.

Almond Mylk will keep for 5 days in the fridge in a sealed container.
Shake well before serving. ( it will separate).


Servings: 2
Amount Per Serving
Calories: 439
Total Fat: 33.28g
Cholesterol: --
Sodium: --
Total Carbs: 23.43g
Dietary Fiber: 9.54g
Sugars: 9.52g
Protein: 15.38g

Mango Lassi

1 ½ cups Almond Mylk
½ cups Mango , fresh or frozen
2 tbs. Lemon Juice, fresh squeezed
6 large dates (I use Medjool or Halawi), or to taste
2 tablespoons rosewater
dash ground cardamom
Place all ingredients except cardamom into Blender . Blend until smooth. Sprinkle with Cardamom if desired.

These recipes are even better now that it is warmer out. VERY refreshing!
You can even put the mango lassi into popsicle molds and have on a stick. Yummy!!

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