5 Recipes with Shelf Stable Almond Milk – A Must Have Pantry Staple!
This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Blue Diamond Almond Milk. Thank you for letting me share my experience and recipes with their Shelf Stable almondmilk! And as always, thanks for supporting the businesses that support Cotter Crunch!
I’m going to let you in on a little story and “ah ha” moment for me. Yes, a story involving my first experience with shelf stable milk (which now has turned into my love and adoration for shelf stable Almond Breeze!). Can you even handle that excitement? Oh but trust me, you will after I finish this post. Mmm k?
You see, once upon a time I was an exchange student. In fact, I traveled from age 12-16! One of the families I stayed with was in Berlin, Germany. Gosh, I can remember it like it was yesterday. The pumpernickel bread, Nutella slathered on all the things, bowls of homemade muesli, and the best butter I’ve ever had. Haha! Food related, yes! But also, I remember the PANTRY ALWAYS FULL of shelf stable milk, which this little American girl was so amused by. How can milk be shelf stable? Being the curious age I was, I asked… A LOT OF QUESTIONS about how it was shelf stable and why she (the mom) always had so many boxes.
The answer? Simple. It was UHT milk , aka “ultra-high temperature.” Milk heated to 275 degrees Fahrenheit and packed into sterile containers in which it can stay fresh, without refrigeration, for as long as six months. Europeans, you probably remember this milk or still have it. It rhymes with “Carmalat”. Haha
Anyways, back to my point here: milk has become a pantry staple for me, just as much as sugar, flour, spices, etc. Handy dandy indeed! But times have officially changed, along with our food allergy sensitivities, and now we can have shelf stable ALMOND BREEZE ready to save the day.
You know, for those important moments when you run out of refrigerated almond milk and are DYING to make a smoothie or bake something that’s vegan, dairy free, plant based, etc. YEA!
How do you benefit from this? Well, I’m letting you in on my tricks and healthy recipe tips for when I’m in that moment…
Drama series meets Food Network, let’s do this! No driving to the store necessary.
5 simple recipes and meal ideas where you can use Almond Breeze Shelf-Stable Almond Breeze Milk to save your recipes!
Our favorite homemade creamy vegan salad dressing. You know, the one to put ON EVERYTHING! Yes, this green goddess vegan dressing is one we make again and again.
Proof: Green Goddess nourishing salad bowls and green goddess potato salad (spiralized). Plus, confession, I often just use this dressing as a dip with nut crackers. Gah, so good!
All you need is a little almond milk to make this salad dressing extra creamy and vegan-friendly. A little goes a long way, so thank GOODNESS for shelf stable Almond Breeze almond milk to “blend” the day. See what I did there? #cornycotter
Breakfast meal prep: Chia Matcha Overnight Breakfast Smoothie! Just blend it up the night before and enjoy it the next morning. Yes, it’s truly the perfect green smoothie breakfast on the go, or anytime!. BUT… I think we’ve all been there. You get on the meal prepping bandwagon, you schedule your Sunday night to PREP all the things, only to realize you don’t have milk (almondmilk) to finish your breakfast prep. Gah, the horror! Well, I learned this lesson the hard way. And let me tell you, going to the store at 10 pm in my slippers, just to get one KEY ingredient, is not my ideal Sunday night plans.
Also, trying to replace the almondmilk with water does not make for happy taste buds. Been there, done that. Shelf stable Almond Breeze, I LOVE THEE! My unsung hero for meal prep plans! Just sayin..
Speaking of Breakfast. Let’s talk dairy-free deliciousness: BOSTON CREAM PIE OATMEAL. Aka our post workout recovery oatmeal! The kind of oatmeal that fills you up and satisfies all your hanger cravings. Dairy-free, gluten-free, protein packed!
It’s also my.. “oh but I want to sit here a little longer and savor my breakfast” kind of breakfast oatmeal. Friends who have dealt with the post workout hanger, you know the importance of keeping all necessary ingredients/refuel in the kitchen. Shelf Stable Almond Breeze being yet another KEY ingredient and recipe saver.
Now, I definitely understand that shelf stable almondmilk comes in handy for breakfast meal prep but it’s also become quite handy dandy for last minute “throw together” meals. The ones where you utilize every leftover ingredient in your fridge and somehow it turns out AMAZING! It’s a sign that your resourcefulness pays off. I give you… ITALIAN EGG BAKE! Brunch, Brinner, Dinner, a true WINNER!
- parmesan cheese
- original almond milk
- pancetta (or bacon)
BAM! Dinner in under 25 minutes all because of the fridge and pantry staples. Can I get a high five for being somewhat resourceful and prepared now? Mmm k thanks!
And last but not least, shelf stable almond milk has come to my recipe rescue when I’m in the middle of baking. Specifically gluten free and DAIRY FREE baking. Have you been there? That moment ….the oven is preheated, eggs are at room temp, gluten free flour sifted, only to realize you don’t have MILK to finish mixing the muffin batter! Oh the horror! Haha, well that’s an easy fix these days. PHEW!
Get your pantry stocked. DO IT! Not only will Shelf Stable Almond Breeze come to your baking rescue…
But it’s also good to have extra for when you just need a glass of milk to go with your muffins. You know what I’m sayin? BLISS!
Alright, tell me friends… when was the last time you were in need of a recipe ingredient rescue? Well, if you’re looking for almond milk, just come to my house. I am now stocked, pantry stocked!
Keep up with the fun loving Almond Breeze on social media. They are full of gluten free inspiration! Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest
Liz @ The Lemon Bowl
I love these awesome dishes! I don’t usually use almond milk but this makes me want to try it!! 🙂
oh yay! Let me know if you do Liz!
Liren | Kitchen Confidante
Almond milk is a pantry staple indeed, and I chuckle because I remember wondering the same questions the first time I encountered shelf stable milk when I was also little and traveling through Europe and Asia! It is always good to have in a pinch!
I always keep almond milk in the pantry because ya never know when you’re going to run out of the cold stuff and we always need milk on hand. Smoothies and soups especially. It’s perfect in a pinch or even a non-pinch.
I love these idea! Shelf stable items like this make cooking so much easier.
So many amazing ideas!!!
Heather S Christo
I’m all over these ideas- thank you for sharing Lindsay!
Mary Ann | The Beach House Kitchen
Loving all these recipes Lindsay and Almond Breeze is a staple in our pantry too!
I love the shelf stable and these recipe ideas are all on-point. Your pantry is so pretty too!
Love this! All of the recipes sound delicious. And how handy is that?? Love that Almond Breeze has shelf stable products.
Thanks Lex! Right? SO handy. And delicious;)
Taylor @ Food Faith Fitness
I LOVE their almond milk! Shelf stable is seriously SO exciting!
Right? Love me allll the Almond Breeze. Shelf stable is so handy!
All those recipes are so inspiring ! I love my Almond Breeze milk, using it for the past 5 years and it is a life saver when you can’t have dairy anymore. I love your matcha overnight breakfast recipe, I will definetly try it maybe with the vanilla unsweetened !
Thank you, Carine! That’s so awesome, I’m glad it’s come in handy for you. For sure, let me know how it goes!
Great post, Lindsay! And. I want that bowl of oatmeal!!!!
Thank you so much:) Ha you would so love!
Jennifer @ Show Me the Yummy
Almond Breeze is the best and all these recipes look absolutely delicious 🙂
Aw, thank you Jennifer! They are the best, huh?!
Natasha @ Salt & Lavender
Hmm I never buy the shelf stable stuff, but I see no reason not to now!
It really is so handy, especially when you’re in a pinch and run out of milk mid-recipe!
I’m loving every one of these ideas, especially that egg bake!
Thanks so much, Matt! It’s a good one:)
Cassie Thuvan Tran
I used to use shelf-stable almond milk all the time! It’s great with anything. I would LOVE to try that Boston Creme Pie oatmeal. It looks so decadent!
Love that, Cassie! It’s good stuff. And you are sooo gonna love that oatmeal
So many awesome choices!!
Tara | Treble in the Kitchen
So many yummy options, and your pics are GORGEOUS!!!
Tara, you are too kind. Thank you!!
First off, love the new site layout/design. Secondly, love Almond Breeze! Great ways to use it.
Thank you so much Liz! It’s been a long time of the new redesign. ALl because that crazy site crash in March. But I’m glad it’s up! And yes, Love me all the almond breeze!!!