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I already love blending hemp seeds into mylks, like I did with this Lavender Moon Milk. So when Nuts.com came to me with their new Toasted Hemp Seeds, I knew I wanted to make a non-dairy milk of sorts. Since I didn’t yet have a coffee creamer recipe on my blog, I thought I’d put one together.
I wanted to make something naturally-sweetened, and thickened without gelatin or gums. This was when I turned to psyllium husk, which is both full of fiber and helps to thicken. This way you can get the creamy, lush texture of half and half without the dairy.
All you do is blend the toasted hemp seeds with cinnamon, vanilla extract, maple syrup, psyllium husk, and non dairy milk. From there you can either use it as it, but it will be a little grainy and leave some residue at the bottom of your cup. So if that bothers you, use a nut milk bag or cheesecloth to strain the creamer. Voila Cinnamon-Vanilla Toasted Hemp Coffee Creamer! Just store it in your fridge and use it in your morning coffee!
It’s got such a nice, nutty, cinnamon-y, yet sweet flavor and I’m so excited to make it all the time. I hope you love it like I do! xo.
Cinnamon-Vanilla Toasted Hemp Coffee Creamer
This Cinnamon-Vanilla Toasted Hemp Coffee Creamer is the best rich and creamy non-dairy creamer that you can make in your blender at home!
Add all ingredients to a blender. Blend on high for 30-60 seconds.
Pour into a nut milk bag, if straining, and squeeze over a large bowl. (Optional.)
Transfer to a jar and refrigerate until ready to use.
Pour into a hot cup of coffee and drink up!
After venting to my roommate endlessly about my anxieties and creative exhaustion for two days, I found myself saying, “I wish I could just throw my phone in the ocean.” And it hit me. Maybe all of my mindless scrolling was taking up part of my brain that needed some rest.
I was reminded of Sasha of Tending the Table’s resolution to be on her phone for 30 minutes in the morning and 30 minutes at night. When I heard it I was supportive, but I never thought I’d partake. My phone is my job, I need to be on it. Or so I thought.
But one day last week I hit my breaking point. I needed a break in a desperate way. So I bunkered down in my living room and strategized a way out. #Scrollfreeweek was born.
The rules were simple:
- You can spend 45 minutes a day on social media to upload content, answer comments, update stories, etc. Set a timer and whatever you don’t get to that day you can pick back up the next.
- Other than those 45 minutes the phone is to be used exclusively for texting, calling, music, podcasts, or navigation. Nothing else.
It was that simple. I didn’t delete social media from my phone or anything, although I heard from many that it was helpful to do so. (I have pretty good self-restraint.) I just simply left my phone in a different room or in my bag or wherever. I just didn’t scroll, even when I felt the urge.
I did find myself sitting in the waiting room of a doctor’s office thinking to myself, what do I do with myself? I reached for my phone and put it away. I looked at the outdated Christmas decorations, I questioned why they have a disco ball hanging in the waiting room, I watched as some nurses laughed with each other over what seemed like nothing, I made up stories about the lives of other patients. I created worlds in my head and used my imagination.
I had conversations with my friends that I wouldn’t have had otherwise. I had new thoughts. I had many thoughts.
I found quiet.
I found more time to clean and read and spend time alone.
I watched television without scrolling my phone, and actually remembered the episodes.
And after one week of this practice I found my creativity again. I shot three recipes that I was actually excited about (like this Cinnamon-Vanilla Toasted Hemp Coffee Creamer). I got new ideas and filled up my calendar with future projects.
I found some respite for my mind and heart. There is a world inside of my brain that is deadened when I spend hours of my day scrolling through other’s content. I lose my intention. I lose myself.
So from here on out I will continue to be intentional about the time I spend on my phone. Maybe more than 45 minutes a day, but hopefully not much more. I like the world outside of my phone.
I like the earth. I like the sky. I like the sound of my friend’s laughs and the thoughts inside my brain. There’s a large world outside of our handheld one.
Live more. Scroll less. Xo.