A few months ago now I mentioned that I was making a much stronger attempt at avoiding dairy and eggs and choosing to eat mostly vegan (minus the fact that I eat some lean meat) because of some really severe food sensitivities. But I have some pretty strong non negotiables on my food list that needed to get squared away before I could make a lasting change - things like my insane love of baking and eating sweets and treats. I have to admit that I have been so pleasantly surprised at some of the amazing alternatives I have found when forced to look. Coconut milk topping the list for sure.
First of all if you are considering going dairy/egg free you must know about So Delicious - their coconut products especially the ice cream and the creamer will in fact change your life. It is SO GOOD and so readily available at almost all major grocery stores!! Another fun thing I have discovered about coconut milk is how easy it is to make whipped cream. All you need is a can of full fat coconut milk that has been stored in the fridge for several hours or overnight.
After you have refrigerated the can and it is good and cold it will seperate naturally so don't shake it but instead crack it open and scoop off the top thick part of the milk and leave the water at the bottom for another use. Plop the thick stuff in a bowl and then get creative.
I have been adding about 1teaspoon of vanilla and a few tablespoons of powdered sugar and sometimes a dash of cinnamon. My friend Kim created her favorite using vanilla, cinnamon, honey and some orange zest which sounds a-mazing and it is on my list to try. I might also give amaretto a try because I am a huge almond lover. It's really super easy to experiment here and seriously the skies the limit. After you have added in all of your extras give it a good whirl with a wisk and you will be amazed and how soft and fluffy it gets. My favorite way to partake is a big blob on top of coffee or a vegan brownie but it's good right out of the bowl.
I think this must be one of the best kept secrets of vegans it is a must try even if you aren't avoiding dairy it is so light and easy - make it you will love it!
Happy Monday friends I will be back soon with more fun stuff to share but I couldn't help but pop in with this simple idea this evening hope you had a wonderful day!