This post was created in partnership with The Body Shop Portugal.
Hi guys! It's Rita here. About two weeks ago, we were gifted a new product from The Body Shop. In case you're new to our blog, The Body Shop challenged us earlier this year to create original vegan recipes inspired by their latest launches. So far, we've worked on a Coffee & Pear Coffee Cake inspired by a firming green coffee cream, a Vegan Cashew Mango "Yogurt" inspired by their multiscented body yogurts and an Anti-Inflammatory Ginger & Turmeric Syrup inspired by their Roots of Strength firming shaping serum. This time around, we received the Mediterranean Almond Milk and Oats Instante Soothing Face Mask. It's particularly beneficial to those who bare sensitive, irritable skin (ehm, myself!), as it also includes other natural and soothing ingredients such as aloe vera and shea butter. As soon as we opened it and had a glimpse of its texture and flavour, we realised – this is the perfect chance to finally share the simplest recipes there is, Almond Milk and Oat Milk! There's really nothing to it, and by making our own plant-based milks, we tick a few important boxes: we avoid consuming additional plastic packages, we save the money we'd be spending on overpriced storebought milks and we keep their composition as simple and healthy as possible. And we can even use the leftover pulps in other recipes, which makes this task truly waste-free.
Today we're sharing two examples of plant-based milks. The people's favourite almond milk, which requires previous soaking (you can soak the almonds in boiling water and allow it to cool down completely – they'll be ready to blend in two hours); and the not-so-common-and-yet-delicious oat milk, which you can prepare straight away and at any time, no soaking needed. To prepare plant-based milks, you actually only need two ingredients: the main ingredients, whichever it may be, and water, preferably filtered. But we like to spice things up and add a few optional ingredients. Usually, we add 1 medjoul date and a pinch of himalayan salt for every liter of water. These will be enough to add a subtle flavour to your milk. Wanna make things even more interesting? Consider adding either of the following: cinnamon, cardamom, turmeric, vanilla (extract or bean), raw cacao powder. Give it a go, make a few experiments and see what are your favourite combinations!
SALTED CARAMEL & PEANUT BUTTER MILKSHAKE
5 minutes | serves 2
STEP BY STEP
Start by gathering, preparing and measuring all of the ingredients. This will improve your dynamic in the kitchen.
Drizzle the inside of the glassed with the coconut salted caramel sauce.
Add the remaining ingredients to your blender and blend for a minute or two (depending on how powerful your blender is!) until the smoothie is nice and creamy.
Pour into the glasses and enjoy straight away.