nspired by a traditional, horchata this drink features toasted macadamia nuts, vanilla bean and cinnamon stick, in a cool, creamy beverage that will keep you refreshed all summer long. There are a couple steps to this recipe, but it is easy to make, and it is well worth the effort. This recipe makes two servings to get the most out of your vanilla bean and cinnamon stick. Equipment: blender, fine strainer
Spread the macadamia nuts on an ungreased cookie sheet and bake at 325 for ten minutes or until they begin to turn a golden color and smell fragrant. Remove them from the oven and set aside to cool slightly.
Split the vanilla bean in half length wise with a sharp paring knife. Scrape out the seeds with the edge of the knife.
Place the toasted nuts, the vanilla bean and its seeds, and the cinnamon stick in a pitcher or large mason jar.
Bring the water to a simmer and carefully pour it over the nuts, vanilla bean and cinnamon stick.
Leave the water mixture out on a counter until it has cooled to room temperature.
When it has reached room temperature and is no longer hot to the touch stir in the vanilla keto chow, cover the container and refrigerate the whole thing overnight.
When the mixture has been refrigerated overnight remove the split vanilla bean and the cinnamon stick and blend the rest of the ingredients in a blender until the nuts are completely pureed and it looks smooth and creamy.
Strain the blended liquid through a very fine strainer set over a pitcher or large jar.
Using the back of a spoon or a rubber spatula push the liquid through the strainer until all that’s left in the strainer is the nut meal. You can line the strainer with a couple layers of cheesecloth if you have it.
Discard the nut meal or save it to use in keto baked goods or hot cereal.
Taste your strained cooler and add heavy cream if desired.
Serve well chilled, over ice.
Note: If you don’t have vanilla beans you can substitute a teaspoon of pure vanilla extract. Add the extract after the hot water has cooled.
Creamy, cool and elegant this old-fashioned gelatin brings back memories of root beer floats on hot summer days. The carbonated water lightens the gelatin and adds a little sparkle to the root beer. Try cherry, vanilla or even lime soda water to add another layer of flavor to this creamy delight. Equipment: Ring Mold
Chocolate Dipped Banana Keto Chow and Peanut Butter Pops
When I was a kid peanut butter and bananas was one of my favorite snacks. Well I don’t eat bananas these days but I still love the flavor combination and when you add chocolate you’ve got an incredibly delicious treat that won’t throw you off your keto game. These pops are fun and delicious especially if you find yourself some banana shaped popsicle molds (https://amzn.to/2Yaqh1P) to freeze them in. But if you don’t feel like taking the time to freeze them, the mixture also happens to make the most delicious banana-peanut butter smoothie you can imagine.Special equipment: popsicle molds or small paper cups and popsicle sticks
Combine milk, heavy cream, peanut butter, banana keto chow, and sweetener if you are using in a blender and blend until everything is fully combined and creamy.
Pour into popsicle molds and freeze overnight
When your popsicles are completely frozen prepare the chocolate coating.
Melt the coconut oil in the top of a double boiler or in the microwave in a microwave safe container.
Add the chocolate and stir gently continuing to heat until all the chocolate is melted.
Be careful not to stir it too much and keep the heat low or the chocolate may seize and get grainy and stiff. Allow the mixture to cool down somewhat so it is still flowing but isn’t so hot that it will melt the popsicles.
Loosen the popsicles from their mold but do not unmold.
Working quickly, one popsicle at a time unmold a frozen popsicle dip it in the melted chocolate or pour the chocolate over with a spoon. Sprinkle the chocolate coating with crushed peanuts while it is still soft.
Place the popsicle handle down in a cup or bowl that will hold it upright while the chocolate sets.
Repeat with the rest of the popsicles until they are all coated.
Once the chocolate has set you can serve them immediately or wrap them and return them to the freezer to serve one at a time.