Warm banana, almond, macadamia and coconut milk with cinnamon and vanilla

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Warm drinks always seem to feel nourishing, calming and settling to me, especially when experiencing digestive difficulties. Traditional Ayurvedic medicine recommends warm drinks rather than cold to support digestion, especially for those with certain body types.

Whilst there’s loads of recipes around for smoothies, all the ones I have found are served cold. I wanted a warm drink incorporating banana, and my home-made almond, macadamia and coconut milk.  So I invented this recipe, which turned out so beautifully I wanted to share it……enjoy!

Warm banana, almond, macadamia and coconut milk with cinnamon and vanilla

Serves 2

1 ripe organic banana, chopped

420mL home-made organic almond, macadamia and coconut milk (see recipe below), approximately

1/2 tsp organic cinnamon, or to taste

1/3rd vanilla bean pod, or 1/2 tsp vanilla essence without sugar as an additive3.

1. Place chopped banana, almond, macadamia and coconut milk and cinnamon into a blender (I use a Vitamix however the recipe should work with any blender).

2. Scrape the vanilla bean seeds into the mix or add your vanilla essence.

3. If using a Vitamix, blend on high speed for 6 minutes – the milk should be steaming by then. If using a standard blender, blend mixture until smooth, then place in a saucepan and heat gently until it is warmed through.

4. Pour into two of your favourite cups, add a little boiling water if you wish, and slowly enjoy this nourishing, sweet, warming milk!

Home-made almond, macadamia and coconut milk:

2 tbsp shredded coconut

20g almonds (preferably activated – soaked in water with a tsp of apple cider vinegar, overnight, and peeled)

35g macadamias (preferably activated – soaked in water with a tsp of apple cider vinegar, overnight)

1. Place 2 tbsp shredded coconut into a heat proof bowl.

2. Pour 3/4 cup boiling water over the coconut, cover, and let sit for 30 minutes.

3. Place 20g almonds, 35g macadamia nuts, and 1 cup of water into a blender. Add the coconut and water mix, and blend on high speed. I use a Vitamix so it only takes a couple of minutes to blend the mixture completely, however you may need to blend for longer with a lower powered blender.

4. When completely blended through, strain through a nut milk bag or piece of muslin cloth into a jug. You should have approximately 420mL milk.

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