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DIY Pistachio Milk

December 23, 2014

Change up your usual almond milk with this easy DIY Pistachio Milk recipe! Just soak, blend and strain to pistachio milk perfection. I love this recipe with a latte!

As I sit here drinking my warm cup of DIY pistachio milk (I highly recommend heating it up!) I’m thinking about social media and more specifically its role during the holidays.

Change up your usual almond milk with this easy DIY Pistachio Milk recipe!Β The holidays are a pretty intense time. Families convene, friends catch-up and more often than not lives are compared. This is only amplified with social media where its far too easy to share our best moments and hide the not-so-picture-perfect moments behind closed doors.

Now I’m not about to attack social media for being a highlight reel we compare to our behind-the-scenes. It is what it is and I certainly am a slave to it and admittedly I have no desire to be freed from it. What I would like to change is my reaction to it.

I’m not too concerned with those beautiful selfies and stunning travel montages but what I do get caught up on are the incessant articles and videos that find its way onto my Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts. Naturally I don’t agree with everything people post. We are all entitled to our opinions and while I respect everyone’s right to share them on their medium of choice, some of them just irk me.

Change up your usual almond milk with this easy DIY Pistachio Milk recipe!The problem with social media is not that people are sharing these things and being more vocal with their opinions, it’s how easy it has become to respond.

We have our computer screens protecting us when we disagree and instead of calling someone up or trying a more personal way of connecting when you feel attacked or violated, we leave a simple comment which more often than not can be summarized as “you suck”.

Social media has benefitted our lives in so many ways but its downfall is the lack of skills we have in telling someone face-to-face that we disagree with them. We cower behind our screens and let emotions build and either a) leave a mean comment or b) don’t say anything at all. Certainly the latter is the way to go but if you don’t have anything nice to say and can’t say nothing at all, at least say it to their face!

Change up your usual almond milk with this easy DIY Pistachio Milk recipe!One of my goals for the New Year is to take a second before I respond to anything. To remember that my initial reaction is not always my most authentic reaction. And while there are times that I wish I could tear someone apart all over their wall for having attacked me and shut up every internet troll who finds their way across my Instagram account, it won’t do me any favours in the long run.

More than anything I want to not let these things get to me so much. To be better at brushing them off . And when all else fails, having a REAL conversation with someone instead of leaving a snide comment.

On that note, I’ll be taking a back seat on SM for the holidays. I’ll be around every now and then but I could use a little bit less of it in my life right now. I hope you all have a wonderful Christmas if you’re celebrating! I’ll be making pizzas with C on Christmas Eve and eating latkes and brisket on Christmas Day like a good little Jew. Merry Christmas, friends πŸ™‚


DIY Pistachio Milk

  • Total Time: 6 hours 5 minutes
  • Yield: 4 cups 1x


  • 1 cup raw shelled pistachios
  • 4 cups water
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract (or 1 vanilla bean)
  • 1 T maple syrup


  1. Soak shelled pistachios in water for 6 hours. Rinse and drain.
  2. Place soaked pistachios in a blender with 4 cups of water. and blend until smooth.*
  3. Add in vanilla and maple syrup and blend until combined.
  4. Pour contents of blender through a nut milk bag into a jug.**
  5. Store in refrigerator for several days. You will need to give it a good shake before using as water may separate.
  6. Use in place of milk in cereal or baked goods, warm up for a comforting drink or add cocoa powder for a pistachio hot chocolate.


*Use a high powered blender. This will not work with a food processor. **A nut-milk bag is necessary for this recipe. I recommend this kit.

Change up your usual almond milk with this easy DIY Pistachio Milk recipe! Just soak, blend and strain to pistachio milk perfection. I love this recipe with a latte!Do you find yourself being reactionary on social media? Any tips or tricks?


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    Amanda Hurlburt
    February 12, 2015 at 2:17 pm

    Do I leave the shells on during the blending possess?

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    [email protected]
    December 27, 2014 at 10:43 pm

    Haters gonna hate. Don’t let that stuff get to you. You should only worry about the things within your control, the rest you gotta let go.

    For me, I really like Instagram. I only follow a handful of people and I really try to make those relationships meaningful and count. I try to engage with comments more often than not because other words what’s the point. I haven’t had any issues with it thus far and if people post things I’m not down with, I don’t follow them. Easy peasy.

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      Davida Kugelmass
      December 28, 2014 at 12:05 pm

      Will you be my full-time therapist??? You are buddha. Miss ya!!!

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        [email protected]
        December 28, 2014 at 5:24 pm

        I will be your therapist so long as you pay me in booze, preferably mimosas. Don’t worry, I’m quite confident the alcohol will only enhance my therapeutic skills. πŸ˜‰

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    Alexis @ Hummusapien
    December 24, 2014 at 11:22 am

    That green color is like the exact color of my sister’s bridesmaid dresses! SO purty. We were thinking about making a pistachio milk for Alchemy so this is some seriously fab inspiration.

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    Arman @ thebigmansworld
    December 24, 2014 at 1:19 am

    You mean we’re losing sassy Davs?

    Totally hear you on the social media thing buddy. Need to often hold back many times but…yeah. Let it go. (NOT like the stupid frozen song).

    I did not know pistachio milk could happen. My Iranian half is crying with joy.

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    December 23, 2014 at 4:13 pm

    I always appreciate your insights. It is unpredictable what topic you will delve into next, unlike many bloggers who stick to their schedule and themes to a fault in my opinion. I am always delighted to read what you have to say, am stoked by the creativity and health of your recipes, and impressed by the glorious food photography! Happy holidays!!!

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    December 23, 2014 at 2:21 pm

    Merry Christmas, have a nice and cozy time, and enjoy the pizza πŸ™‚

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    Mary Frances
    December 23, 2014 at 12:28 pm

    Couldn’t agree more. Definitely about the craziness of holidays πŸ˜‰ but also about SM being a crutch. It really does take away the meaningfulness of face to face conversations and the talent of voicing disagreements diplomatically. Way too often, I just want to ignore it and move on, and sometimes that’s a good thing (*shut up/don’t say anything/move on* πŸ™‚ but there are also times we need to say something. I’m actually excited to put away the phone over Christmas although I’ll miss seeing your food. This pistachio milk – WOW – is genius! A glass of this sounds like heaven. Pinning! And Merry Christmas Davida!

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    Sam @ Better With Sprinkles
    December 23, 2014 at 12:14 pm

    That is definitely the social media downside – it’s way to easy to be anonymous and people take advantage of that. unfortunate for sure, but we have to learn to just let it roll off our backs. Have a fabulous holiday love!

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    erin @ The Almond Eater
    December 23, 2014 at 9:22 am

    POUR SHOT ON POINT. I’ve actually slowly decreased my Facebook time throughout the year because of the things people post. Of course everyone is entitled to their opinion–that’s the beauty of social media–but when it’s something I don’t agree with I find myself getting easily irritated and annoyed and then jumping to the conclusion that I hate that person. ….rational. I need to work on telling myself ‘if that’s what they think then that’s ok’, and continuing to go on FB less. I love it for many reasons, though, so I don’t see myself giving it up anytime soon!

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    Alison @ Daily Moves and Grooves
    December 23, 2014 at 8:43 am

    First of all, this pistachio milk looks gorgeous. That color!
    I totally agree that reactions towards opinionated posts on social media become very cold and harsh because of the impersonal nature of dropping a comment. Unless I feel extremely strongly about an issue, I tend to remain quiet when it comes to opinionated, controversial posts. I post opinionated things, and I appreciate seeing others’ posts that may be completely opposite of my own beliefs. It keeps me educated and open-minded, but I usually prefer to “watch from the sidelines.”
    Happy Hanukkah, Davs!! β™₯

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    December 23, 2014 at 8:41 am

    FREAKIN AMAZING. Totally only looked at the pics, but I’m a picture-book girl. Seriously these photos rock D…you make mama so proud!

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      Davida Kugelmass
      December 23, 2014 at 9:02 am

      the only reason we keep the boys around is for the pour shot…

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    Liz @ I Heart Vegetables
    December 23, 2014 at 8:36 am

    I totally agree with you. Social media has given us the ability to voice our opinions without really requiring us to form a valid argument or own up to our opinions. I feel like it’s TOO easy to quickly comment our “strong” opinion on an article we didn’t actually read. Such is the downside of social media I suppose!

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