Paleo Coffee Creamer

20140616-065746-25066472.jpgSo giving up coffee creamer has been the hardest for me even though I know all of those nasty chemicals are so bad for me. A splash of milk or almond milk just doesn’t cut it for me and I’ve tried so hard but I really don’t like the taste of coconut milk in my coffee.
I’m happy to report that I have found the solution and my coffee this morning was as creamy and CLEAN as ever! 

I’m also happy to report that this recipe is super simple with 1-3 ingredients depending on how you like your creamer flavored.

Almond Milk Creamer {dairy free}

1 cup of almonds

1 1/2 cups of water

maple syrup (optional)

vanilla extract

Directions:

The key here is to soak the almonds for 24-36 hours changing out the water every 12 hours or less.

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After soaking the almonds rinse well and place in blender with 1 1/2 cups of water and blend at a high speed until combined.  No need to peel! I was so nervous because the mixture seemed so thick that I wasn’t sure if I would get alot of creamer.

 

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Now take a Nut Milk Bag (cheesecloth will not work, trust me on this one) and place the almond mixture in the bag and gently squeeze all of the yummy creamer out of the pulp.  Take your time with this, it took me about 10 minutes to make sure I got every last drop I could.  Save the pulp for another recipe ~ still looking for a good one, let me know if you have suggestions.

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Wisk in your desired flavoring ~ I used pure maple syrup this time with vanilla, but the possibilities are endless. Store in an airtight container in the fridge. Makes approximately 2 cups.

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Enjoy your clean and creamy cup of coffee!

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I don’t think I will ever tire of telling you the miracle you are to me.  It is true that light shines brightest when it is darkest.  My most challenging pregnancy during the most challenging part of my life brought me a joy like no other.  God knew exactly what not just me but what our family needed. Your birth began a series of blessings in 2010 that reminded me of God’s love for me and proved that there is nothing that can shake me or thwart God’s plan for me or our family.

When I look at you I can’t help but smile and most of the time laugh.  Your outlook on life and your passion for people at even four years old is contagious.  The way you talk to anyone who will listen is hysterical.  I have seen you grow in being kind to your brothers and your sister. The way you are growing in obeying mommy and daddy is really incredible.

In the valley I learned to not take for granted so much and it taught me to treasure each and every moment.  I will read Madeline to you as many times as you want, play your version of chutes and ladders to no end, and I am so excited that I get to teach you. What at times was a burden to me as a mom I count now as a privilege, don’t let me forget it.

Selah Kathryn Davis, Happy Birthday, I know you won’t understand all of this now, but know mommy and daddy love you so much and are so happy that you are our baby girl!

 

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Dear Jacob,

Well the day you have been waiting for is finally here!  It has been an amazing year.  I think the one with the most growth inside and out.  I bet if we stood side by side you probably would be taller then me today.  🙂

On to the mushy stuff. There are so many things that I think back on and think, “I’m not sure I could have done that if Jacob hadn’t have helped me the way that he did.”  From serving at Redeemer to watching the kiddos while mom and dad worked hard on the house or helping me paint our bedroom that night in fifteen minutes!  From helping me pack or moving or learning how to plug in microphones on a Sunday morning.  I don’t say it enough ~ thank you.

Thank you for the way you pour out your life.  Thank you for the way you live your life, it is an example to me. Thank you for living it the same way at home as you do outside the home.  When I look and see you holding Emery or taking care of other kids at Redeemer, I just smile because I know and see you trying to work on your relationships at home when no one is looking. When you feel like you are messing up a lot don’t be discouraged, it is just another time for the gospel to be on display in your life and that is more encouraging to your parents then you doing everything right and being perfect.

The way you are humble and seek to change when mom or dad point out sin or you are convicted by the Holy Spirit in your life blows me away. Thank you for being real and hashing it out with us when you don’t agree or don’t understand how or why something you are doing is wrong or when you think we are wrong.  The way you are gracious and forgive us when we make mistakes is incredible and a gift that I am grateful for.

I love seeing the fruit of your hard work in basketball and football. It is paying off and so fun to watch! I love watching you be silly and you funny jokes and all of your “Did you know the Jaguars….”   I can’t believe I get to be your mom and your friend. I can’t wait to see what this year will be like with the ups and downs of teenage life. I don’t claim to know exactly how to do this, but I’m confident God will be with us and help us.  🙂

Mom and dad are proud of you and love you.

Here’s to no more free cookies at Publix, ordering your own food, and to make this the year to “Do Hard Things.”

#standunited

Love,

mom

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