SPICED CARROT SOUP
IngredientsServes 6 to 8
2 tbsp (30 ml) grapeseed oil
1 large white onion
1¼ lbs (625 g) carrots, peeled and chopped
3¾ cups (925 ml) low sodium chicken stock or vegetable stock
1 cup (250 ml) peeled and diced Spartan apples, plus an extra half apple, finely diced, for garnish
2 tsp (10 ml) freshly grated ginger
½ cup (125 ml) apple cider or apple juice
¼ tsp (1 ml) ground allspice
1 cup (250 ml) Almond Milk, to garnish
fresh mint, to garnish
1 cup (250 ml) raw almonds
2½ cups (625 ml) water, plus extra for soaking
- In large saucepan, heat oil over mediumhigh heat. Add onion and sauté until translucent. Stir in carrots, broth, apples and ginger and bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat to low and allow soup to simmer until carrots are tender. Purée in batches in a blender before returning to saucepan. Whisk in apple cider and allspice. Season with salt to taste. Set aside and keep warm.
- In a small saucepan, warm 1 cup (250 ml) Almond Milk until steaming and remove from heat. Using a milk frother, froth until foamy and doubled in volume. To serve, garnish with a dollop of almond foam. Top with diced apples and freshly torn mint and serve immediately.
- To make ALMOND MILK: Place almonds in a lidded container and cover with water, refrigerate overnight. Drain and rinse almonds well before placing in a blender. Add water and blend until almonds have been finely broken down and liquid appears milky. Line a fine mesh strainer with cheesecloth, and place over a large bowl. Gather up cheesecloth to squeeze out excess liquid. Refrigerate until ready to use. Can keep up to 2 days.