Homemade Strawberry Cashew Mylk

Ingredients
3/4 cup raw unsalted cashews
3-4 cups filtered water, plus more for soaking cashews
A few drops of monk fruit extract
1/2 tsp vanilla extract (optional)
4 organic ripe strawberries 

Directions

Place raw cashews in a bowl and cover with cold water. Allow to soak for at least one hour up to overnight, then drain and rinse. Combine soaked cashews and filtered water in a blender and mix. 

Use 3 cups of water to 3/4 cup cashews. Add water in small batches till the texture seems right to you. Blend on low, then slowly raise the speed to high for 1-2 minutes till the milk is completely smooth and no chunks of nuts remain. Add monk fruit sweetener, vanilla and strawberries. Strain milk through a fine mesh strainer, tea towel, cheesecloth or nut bag into a storage container. A nut bag will work best for keeping your milk smooth and chunk-free. I usually strain the milk into a quart mason jar, which works perfectly with the 3 cup to 3/4 cup ratio of water to cashews.

If using a mesh strainer, you will need to move around the solids a bit to let all the milk drip through.  Gently stir and move the solids around to make room for the liquid to come through. Similarly, if using a nut bag, you will need to gently squeeze the bag till all of the milk seeps through. Store in a glass jar for up to 5 days and enjoy! 

Eat Cute on The Hallmark Channel: Coconut Cookies and Energy Bites

Raw Coconut Cookies and Energy Bites -  Watch My Segment

Raw Coconut Cookies and Energy Bites - Watch My Segment

Hallmark's Home and Family is hands down my favorite show to appear on. Mark Steins and Debbie Matenopoulos are so welcoming that it truly feels like I've been invited into someone's home... and that I'm part of their family! For this incredibly fun segment, we make Raw Coconut Cookies and Energy Bites. And the best part is... they are tasty chocolate treats packed with healthy fats and protein. These are perfect for those late night sugar cravings, and you can indulge without the worries of refined sugar, dairy, or gluten! 

Coconut Cookies

Ingredients
1/4 cup of unsweetened coconut milk
3 tablespoons of ghee
3 tablespoons of unsweetened cacao powder
A few drops of monk fruit extract
1/2 tablespoon of vanilla extract
2 cups of unsweetened coconut flakes
1/2 cup of chopped pecans and walnuts

Directions
In a medium pot add coconut milk, ghee, monk fruit extract, cacao and vanilla and bring to a boil for 2 minutes. Then remove from heat. Add coconut flakes and nuts and stir until coated with chocolate. On a sheet of parchment paper lined baking sheet, scoop large spoonfuls onto the sheet. Let cool for 30 minutes. Place in freezer and enjoy when you need something sweet!

Energy Bites 

Ingredients
3 medjool Dates
1 cup of shredded coconut flakes unsweetened
4 tablespoons of coconut butter
4 tablespoons of coconut oil
1/2 cup of raw cashews  
1/2 cup of walnuts
1/4 cup of almond milk or ( hemp, cashew) 
1 tablespoon of raw cacao powder
1 tablespoon of cinnamon

Directions
In a food processor mix all the ingredients until dough begins to form. Put coconut on the palm of your hand. Then roll dough into balls. When hands are slightly damp they are easier to roll. Place bites into a container and freeze. When ready to eat remove from freezer for 5-7 minutes until soft and chewy!