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Due to the many wonderful responses regarding the hazelnut coffee (chickpea!) fudge, I take it you guys like coffee. I have a quick post today for a decadent vegan coffee creamer that I've been enjoying this week. If you don't drink coffee, this also works in black tea, especially earl grey -it's a similar taste to a London Fog, if you've ever had one of those. Coffee, herbal "coffee," tea, whatever you poison, you can use this. It also makes a fantastic addition to iced coffee, if you prefer your coffee cold during these warmer months. 

Since there's not much to talk about in the way of coffee creamers (or is there?), I thought I'd share with you some of the things I'm currently enamoured with in my kitchen and beyond. 
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Dulse Granules: I put these in smoothies, salads, soups... everything, really. They're a taste-free way to get more sea vegetables in your life. I use this as a source of iodine, something that's harder to access in vegan and vegetarian diets. It's also packed with iron, which I'm always searching for ways to get more of. 
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Salad for Dinner, by Jeanne Kelley: I don't remember if I bought this book one year ago, or two years ago, but it has become a staple in my kitchen. It's not aimed at summer salads only, but I find that I use it more in the spring and summer, than I do in the winter months. The combinations are inspiring and fresh. I also love the layout of the book. It has something for every taste, and I like to mix and match her salad ideas. It's not a strictly vegan or vegetarian cookbook, but you can easily omit the non-vegan ingredients. However, there are some great vegan recipes in there for salad combos I would have never been able to dream up. See all the post-it notes? I want it all!  
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Vega One: I add a scoop of this vegan protein powder to my daily green smoothie. It's packed with greens, vitamins, minerals, probiotics, omega-3s, fibre, and antioxidants. Since I don't take a multivitamin, I use this as an "insurance policy," even though I'd like to think that I eat well-balanced most days... I enjoy the vanilla flavour because it's a more neutral taste for any smoothie I'm in the mood for. If I feel like chocolate, I just add some cocoa or cacao powder. It's something that I really can't say enough good things about. I also have way more energy when I'm taking it. Score! 
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St. Francis Herb Farm Canadian Bitters: This is a digestive bitters tincture. It has nasty-tasting things in it like dandelion and turmeric, but it's very helpful for my digestion, so I plug my nose and take it. Since I'm new at adjusting to life without a gallbladder, I'm finding that my digestion is a bit off (no more coconut oil on top of my warm oatmeal :( why!??). Anyways... these herbs help to stimulate bile production in the liver. I figured I'd give my liver a helping hand, because it's working a bit harder these days. I don't really like adding supplements into my "health regime," other than B12 and this vegan DHA/EPA oil, but this tincture is herbal, so I feel comfortable taking it. 

Just a warning, herbs can be dangerous, so this is definitely not for everyone. Many herbs can have interactions with medications and/or health conditions. The A-Z Guide to Drug-Herb-Vitamin Interactions is a good resource if your worried about complication -and so are your doctor and pharmacist; always see them first. I clear everything with my GP, and I mean everything!  
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Bragg Nutritional Yeast: You haven't lived until you've made a kale salad with the "cheesiest" nutritional yeast in all the world. Packed with B-vitamins, this is delicious and nutritious. It makes me sad that I lived a quarter of a century without nutritional yeast in my life. It pretty much makes everything better-tasting, and better for you. Win-win. 
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Yummy Sushi Pajamas from The Cat's Pajamas: I am a HUGE fan of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and in one of the episodes she wears her yummy sushi pajamas and mentions that she's wearing her yummy sushi pajamas. I needed them, of course. These were a get-well gift from my dad after my surgery. And yes, I watch Buffy in my yummy sushi pajamas -that's how cool I am (not). Comic-Con, here I come (nerd alert, nerd alert)! Oh, and I figured these were food-related, so I snuck them in the list.  

So there you have it, from nutritional yeast, to designer pajamas, that's the stuff that's floating my boat. 
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Vegan Coffee Creamer 

Ingredients: 

1/3 cup raw cashews or raw macadamia nuts or blanched almonds, soaked in water for a minimum of 4 hours, drained and rinsed 
1 cup fresh water, room temperature   
2 tbsp coconut oil, melted 
1 tsp pure maple syrup
1 tsp pure vanilla extract 
1/8 tsp sea salt 

Directions: 

Place everything in a Blendtec or other high-speed blender, and puree until smooth. No straining required. Store in a covered jar in the refrigerator for 1 to 2 weeks. Shake gently before using. If you don't have a super high-speed blender, just make sure you strain it through a nut milk bag or fine sieve.  

Use in hot coffee, iced coffee, herbal coffee (I like Teeccino), or black tea. You can also use this as pouring "cream" over crisps, crumbles, cakes, oatmeal, etc.  
I hope you all have a wonderful long weekend! 

What are your favourite kitchen things? 

 


Comments

05/16/2014 3:32pm

This is an awesome list and your vegan coffee creamer sounds delicious. I love adding raw cashews to my banana almond milk smoothies because they just make everything taste better and creamier but have minimal grit since they're soft :)

And I totally agree about the supplements I used to want to try every new thing I heard about and then just realized it's way better to just adjust your diet so you have almost everything you need and just take a couple that you notice actually make you feel better/make a difference.

P.S. Buffy was awesome that was one of the few shows that ended when I still cared about it :/

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05/16/2014 4:25pm

Hey J.S.! Oh yeah, cashews are amazing! They do add a creamy, dreamy taste and texture to anything. Banana almond milk smoothie sounds awesome. I could go for one of those! And I always do food first, supplements second -as they're supplemental hehe. There are some that are good for sure, but I just like to keep is simple :)

Buffy is the best! I missed it when it was on "live" so now I watch it on netflix. I'm working my way through the seasons. Almost at season 6 :) Glad to know a fellow buffster -or, not sure what you call a buffy fan lol

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05/16/2014 5:20pm

That is so cool that you mention London Fog! It is my brother's very favorite Starbucks drink, but nobody here knows how to make it. Would you be able to tell me what typically goes in it?

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05/16/2014 5:46pm

Hi Am! Sure thing! How I make it is brew a cup of really strong earl grey tea, a tsp of whatever sweetener you like, 1/4 tsp vanilla extract, and then 2-3 tbsp of this coffee creamer or whatever milk you want, almond etc. preferably slightly warm :) I think starbucks is half hot water with the earl grey tea bag, half steamed milk and vanilla syrup (I would get them when I was in uni wayyyy back in the olden days). I much prefer my version, of course ;)

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05/18/2014 2:58pm

Thank you so much! He was so excited when I told him I got a recipe for how to make one, now! :)

05/16/2014 5:46pm

Nice list of stuff! I'm really interested in the Sea Seasonings iodine granules; I don't use much salt, and when I do it's usually Kosher. So, I've been a bit worried about it. I like this idea; and I bet they would be delish in a salad.
Your coffee creamer is great! Yep, I love me some coffee. I'll have to try this soon! :)
Have a wonderful weekend to you as well!

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05/17/2014 7:46am

Hi Debi! I really recommend the Sea Seasonings -it's a great product! I always add them to my salads :) It's a super easy fix for iodine so I never have to worry about getting enough. Hehe, I knew you'd like a good coffee-inspired recipe ;)

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Chloe
05/29/2014 12:55am

Just remember that iodine is something you can also get too much of, so I hope it's not too delicious!

05/29/2014 7:19am

Hi Chloe! I'm actually a nutritionist, so I'm very careful about how much certain nutrients I'm getting. I also get blood work every month, as I have a health condition, and my doctor checks my levels of absolutely everything. Thanks! :)

05/16/2014 7:16pm

I've always wanted to try Vega protein powder, but haven't yet. I need more greens in my diet so I may have to check it out! I love how simple this coffee creamer recipe looks.. I'm not a fan of store bought coffee creamer they always have way too much sugar.

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05/17/2014 7:49am

Hi Danielle! Vega is really good! I know there are individual packages you can purchase of any flavour, so you don't have to commit to buying a whole container. I looked at store-bought coffee creamer the other day and put it back on the shelf -there was some weirdness within! And yes, too much sugar for my tastebuds too. :)

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05/17/2014 11:50am

I love all of this stuff!! Can I just drink the coffee creamer by itself?! Your photos are really making me crave an iced coffee right now and it would go perfectly with the 102 degree weather we are having right now, yuck! I am practically living off of salads lately and I NEED that salad cookbook! I also love to put nutritional yeast on almost everything, especially kale! I make sure to keep a big stash of it on hand all the time. When all my stomach stuff started I think I looked into taking those same bitters, but I realized I have a bad habit of reading about supplements, ordering them off amazon for cheap, taking them and bad things happening, haha! so I held off on ordering that one. I have a whole cupboard full of things like dandelion root and yarrow flowers, lol. I love the fact that you wear pajamas and even more love that they are Buffy pajamas! Have a great weekend! :)

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05/17/2014 1:45pm

Also, when I was a kid and we would go to restaurants that had the little containers of cream for your coffee, I would drink them straight :) It sounds kinda gross now, but I loved them as a kid!

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05/17/2014 6:59pm

Izzy! Yes, you have my permission to drink it all by itself (shhh, don't tell anyone but I definitely have -and put it on my breakfast!). Mmm iced coffee is so good. I'm still drinking mine hot right now due to the never ending coldness this year. That sounds HAWT! Yikes! It got up to 30 deg C (80 F) last week and today it's 10 deg C (50 F)... so I'm making soup for dinner tonight lol. You must get the cookbook, I have a feeling you would love it! It has Izzy written all over it!

Haha! Well, I can attest that these bitters are all good -except for the taste! I got this one at a health food store. The St Francis Herb farm is about 5 hours away from my house, actually! Not that I visit... but it's there!

And as for the comment you made below about drinking the little containers -I did that too! I would also take them outside after and my older brother and I would put them under the wheels of cars, so when they would back up, they would explode. Rebelz!

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05/20/2014 11:03pm

I so love that you would put them under car wheels!!! That is so awesome!

05/17/2014 3:20pm

Oh my goodness, this sounds amazing! It almost makes me want to have my coffee not black for once! :)

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05/17/2014 7:00pm

Yeah! Give it a try :) variety is the spice of life!

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Millie
05/18/2014 2:25am

Hey Allison!! Ooohhh this sounds very decadent, would love to try! Reading your blog is amazing, you always have the BEST things to read about!! I can't wait **to mail you**!! :)

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05/18/2014 8:03am

Hey Millie! You're so sweet, thank you! And I can't wait either :) xo

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05/18/2014 8:22pm

This creamer sounds sublime! I will have to try it out soon. :)
I have a nutritional yeast obsession as well. My health food store sells it in 1 lb bags for ~$8 each. I can't get enough!

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05/19/2014 7:59am

Hey Elyse! Thanks so much :) That's the best nutritional yeast deal of all time! I wish my health food store did the same!

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I don't normally use creamer in my coffee, but my boyfriend does. He uses oodles and oodles of the I-don't-even-want-to-think-about-what's-in-it kind of creamer and this seems like a much better for you option. Can't wait to try it out on him

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05/19/2014 12:04pm

Hi Kelly! I normally take my coffee plain too, but the other people in my house love "milk" in their cup. You should definitely try this out on him! Hooray for taste testers!

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Charesa
05/19/2014 6:03pm

Thank you for another amazing recipe! I rarely ever drink coffee, so I'm going to add this to my organic black, rooibos and pu-erh teas. It sounds like a much healthier alternative than the processed coconut milk creamers I use. No carrageenan!

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05/20/2014 9:03am

Hey Charesa! My pleasure :) I love a rooibos tea! This would be perfect in that. I've never tried pu-erh, but now I'm going to google it and see what I can find! And this is 100% carrageenan free -yippee!

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05/20/2014 8:47am

That's one awesome coffee creamer you created there Cashews + coconut oil you can't never go wrong. I'm definitely going to give this a try!

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05/20/2014 9:05am

Hey Mike! Thank you so much. Cashews and coconut oil are best friends! I hope you love this :)

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05/21/2014 4:53pm

Hi Allison! I just stumbled upon your blog while searching for new, healthy recipes. Such a beautiful space! I love this idea of making your own vegan coffee creamer, I always just add almond milk, but this sounds so much more amazing!

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05/22/2014 7:29am

Hey Jordan! Thanks so much for stopping by! This is something a little different for your morning joe :)

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Jen
05/26/2014 9:19pm

Can't wait to try the coffee creamer!
My favorite kitchen thing is my Vitamix.
Tried the vega one protein shake & wasn't a fan. I prefer Amazing Grass

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05/27/2014 7:26am

Hi Jen! I hope you love it! A Vitamix is the best kitchen thing ever! It also happens to help you make this coffee creamer ;)

I've actually never tried Amazing Grass -I think I should pick up a sample sometime. I've tried their wheatgrass and thought that was the only product they offered.

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Jen
05/27/2014 12:41pm

Vanilla chai protein mix is my fave 😊

Allison @ Clean Wellness
05/27/2014 5:43pm

Nice! I will look for that flavour for sure.

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Xm
06/05/2014 8:32pm

Will the vegan creamer work if I use hazelnuts or almond milk?

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Allison @ Clean Wellness
06/06/2014 8:03am

You'll have to strain the hazelnuts, but it will still work! They don't blend seamlessly like the cashews. You could definitely also use 1 cup pre-made almond milk, just blend in the melted coconut oil, etc. in a blender. Should be great!

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06/15/2014 3:27pm

Geate blog post !! Greate article !

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