Milking it and going crackers!

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Hello you lovely people. I’m always so humbled that you take time to read and comment on my blog. I really do appreciate it. You’ve got some good karma on its way back to you, I’m sure.

You all knew I was a bit crackers a long time ago. However, now I’m not just crackers but I’m making them. And I’m making them out of nuts! I’m enjoying my new healthy eating regime. A big part of the enjoyment for me is learning how to make plant based alternatives and creating new recipes. I love learning new things. I find preparing and cooking food very meditative.

So, about my nuts… I include nuts in my daily routine. I use Christianne Wolf’s guidelines (from her Body Rescue Plan book) on nuts and ensure I have around a fist sized amount every day. Nut butters and nut oils make up some of this allowance. I’ve grown rather fond of my nuts, actually. Ok, enough of that… onto milking my lovely nuts…

My diet now has no dairy so I have discovered how to make my own milks! I’ve tried oat milk and it’s lovely but haven’t made it yet. I’ve made a few batches of almond milk, though. They’ve turned out very nice! The first time I used my Vitamix using a 3 to 1 water to almonds ratio.

I then lined a sieve with a Liz Earle cleansing cloth (clean) and poured the liquified nuts and water or ‘milk’ into it. I then squeezed all the liquid through the cloth, almost like milking a cow! It worked a teat… ooh, I mean treat.

I then discovered that we had a Jason Vale slow juicer on at a special price! I bought it for juicing fruit and veg but I use it regularly for milking my nuts! I soak a mug full of almonds overnight in a bowl of filtered water. I put them in a bowl with about two mugs full of water. Then, I put in a few almonds at a time and add a little water at a time. Again, about a 3 to 1 water/almond ratio. Super easy, just let the juicer do the work!


(Products featured clockwise from left: Ecoegg Laundry EggsJason Vale Slow JuicerKitchenAid Stand Mixer; Nutri Ninja IQ)

The machine is so good. It separates the liquid from the pulp. So you’re left with a mug full or so of almond pulp at the end of it. They’re expensive and good for you so it seemed, to me, to be a shame to waste this pulp. I started thinking about all the different things you could do with it. Add as an ingredient to muffins and other baked goods, bulk out a pasta sauce, add to stir fries… so many options.

I wondered what would happen if you dehydrated them in the oven on a low heat like you would with root vegetables to make crisps. I discovered that they can be made into little biscuits or crackers!

Here’s the basic recipe I used but you can add anything you want… especially dry ingredients like rosemary and garlic or mixed herbs might be nice to accompany a soup.

– 1 mug (roughly) of almond pulp
– 2 tablespoons of chia seeds
– 2 tablespoons of melted coconut oil
– Seasoning

Just chuck it all in a bowl and squish it around with your hands. It resembles a dough once all the ingredients are incorporated. Then either roll it into small balls and flatten out on a pre-greased baking tray or flatten out across the entire surface of your tray and cut into squares. I preferred my little circular crackers but it’s personal preference and one big tray is far quicker in terms of preparation. The flatter you can make them, the crispier they’ll be. Mine were about 2-3mm thickness. Just cook them on about 180 for around half an hour, carefully turning halfway through. Just keep an eye on them and judge by the brownness… they could take less time or more. Ovens can vary and you don’t want to burn them after all your hard prep work.

I find they are great with nut butters, as an accompaniment to soups or just a tasty snack if, like me, you get crispy cravings. Much better for you than popping open processed crisps or biscuits when the mood takes you. I like to have a hefty dose of my cashew cheese dip (recipe on last week’s blog) and add a sprinkling of omega rich seeds. I love my food and tend to be, ever so slightly, more of a savoury girl but you could add fruit jams or sweet spreads if you wanted more of a sweetie treatie!

Lots of love,

Catherine xxx

10 Comments

  1. Tess Doyle February 28, 2018 at 11:06 am -  Reply

    Thank you for all your amazing information and inspiration love following your recipes brilliant xx

    • Catherine Huntley February 28, 2018 at 11:47 am -  Reply

      Aw Tess, thank you. Kind words xx

  2. Emily Curtis February 28, 2018 at 12:23 pm -  Reply

    Thankyou for the tip’s I’m going to buy the book and have a good read but in the meantime I’m going to make some of the nutty crackers’ they sound much more interesting than oatcakes my current snack. Stay warm and safe and by the way you look really well and I love your hair. Keep up the good work love Emily

    • Catherine Huntley March 11, 2018 at 3:55 pm -  Reply

      Thanks Emily! I hope you enjoy the nutty crackers. I like oatcakes, too. Oats are such a brilliant food. I adore an oat milk latte, very creamy.

      Catherine x

  3. Sue earl February 28, 2018 at 3:35 pm -  Reply

    Love seeing your recipes love your straight forward attitude to tasty food xx

    • Catherine Huntley March 11, 2018 at 3:57 pm -  Reply

      Thanks Sue, I appreciate that. I quite like food that’s uncomplicated, unfussy and kind of nice to prepare. I’ll never be a cordon bleu type. Just good, honest, chuck it together type nosh.

      Love Catherine x

  4. Janice Harrison March 1, 2018 at 9:44 am -  Reply

    Love the cracker recipe, will have to make it soon.

    • Catherine Huntley March 11, 2018 at 3:57 pm -  Reply

      Thanks Janice xx

  5. Sharon Windram March 6, 2018 at 4:56 pm -  Reply

    Hi Catherine, i love your blogs particularly this one & with the photo’s too. I have heard that some people have achieved brilliant results with weight loss after giving up dairy. You are such a busy lady but still find time to look after yourself so, you have inspired me to try your recipe for those delicious looking crackers & maybe try giving up or cutting down at least on dairy products because after all, if we don’t look after ourselves who will? xx

    • Catherine Huntley March 11, 2018 at 4:00 pm -  Reply

      Thanks for your kind words, Sharon. I have heard it said that if you don’t find time to look after yourself now, you’ll have to make time later. I think of it as a sort of insurance policy for good health. You can never guarantee anything but it’s good to give yourself fighting chance for the future.

      I wish you all the best with taking good care of yourself, too!

      Love Catherine xxx

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