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I’ve known for a very long time that my husband is lactose intolerant. He was very slow to realize it, and even slower to accept it! I had to find clever ways to adjust his diet, so I started cooking with almond milk, whenever I could. Almond milk is lactose, soy, and gluten free. It is also low in calories and has no cholesterol, saturated fat, or trans fat. I started buying it a while ago and soon the kids started asking to drink Daddy’s milk! At first, I always said, “no, that’s daddy’s special milk.” One day, Pedro challenged my response. He asked me if it was bad for kids. Of course, not! So, I’ve buying and cooking with almond milk for the whole family, every since.
I took all of the kids on a community outing the other day, to pick up a few necessities. Taking the kids to any store with me always requires a plan B, because their plan A is to beg me to buy them everything they see. I used to fall for their cute smiles and bright eyes. Since having the triplets, I’ve learned to resist the constant begging! With five kids, I’ve become very budget conscious. So my plan B the other day was to create a yummy treat from the stuff I was already going to buy. We stopped by Safeway and picked up some more almond milk. We bought Silk’s new blends; Almondmilk Protein + Fiber and Almond Coconut Blend. I wanted to try both. I wasn’t sure what I was going to make. There’s so many possibilities. I decided to create something new.
I didn’t go grocery shopping while we were out, even though I was running low on food. I used to do all the grocery shopping. While I appreciated the alone time, I would have much rather spent it getting my nails done or having coffee with a friend. It was time consuming and often felt like one more thing I didn’t have time for. My husband has recently made several grocery shopping trips alone and I’m trying to not ruin his new desire to help out a little more. I grabbed daddy’s milk, a few staple items, and we left.
Uh-oh. I promised the kids a special treat and now I had to make one! Hmmmm……
I added two cups of Silk Almondmilk Protein + Fiber.
I added one cup of sweetened shredded coconut.
I shredded 1/2 of a favorite milk chocolate and almond bar.
Once my mixture was well stirred, I used a baby bottle cap to pour the mixture into mini ice cube trays. I cut wide opening straws into 1/3 and added them to each mini cube section.
I froze them overnight.
I added some cute clips to the ends of the straws for the kids to use as handles. They were so delicious we didn’t even need the sprinkles. The kids normally demand them on all treats!
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By: Alicia Gonzalez