Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Moody Smoothie

Each night my husband and l make ourselves this Moody Smoothie full of amazing ingredients. I've named it Moody Smoothie because one of the ingredients that we like to add is called "ashwagandha" You can read more about it on Dr Axe but basically  is an adaptogenic herb (helps to balance, restore and protect the body). It’s valued for its thyroid modulating, neuroprotective, anti-anxiety, antidepressant and anti-inflammatory properties.
It’s ashwagandha’s ability to work as a stress-protective agent that has made it such a popular herb. Like all adaptogenic herbs, ashwagandha helps the body to maintain homeostasis, even in moments of emotional or physical stress. But the many ashwagandha benefits don’t stop there. This powerful herb has shown incredible results for lowering cortisol levels and balancing thyroid hormones. What's not to like about that! Enjoy...

Ingredients (for 2 people)

500ml almond milk
2 bananas
a handful of blueberries
1 tbs chia seeds
2-3 tsp cacao
1-2 tsp ashwagandha

*Note: we don't actually 'measure' when we make this, 
so the ingredient list is just a guide.
Also if it's not sweet enough for you, you can add some honey. 

Sunday, April 1, 2018

Happy Easter!

Well without dairy and sugar there are no chocolate Easter eggs to be found in our house BUT that did not stop the kids and I from making our first batch of GF, DF hot crossed bun {muffins}.

Here's the recipe:

170g cashew nut butter
1 orange juiced
zest from 1 orange 
3 eggs
50g almond flour
1 tbsp cinnamon
1 tsp ground all spice
1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
100g raisins/ sultanas
2 tbsp honey
2 tbsp rice malt syrup
1 tbsp coconut oil
1/2 tsp bicarbonate soda
ghee/vegan butter to grease the muffin tray

The Cross:
1 egg white
3 tbsp fruit sugar
add corn flour and tapioca starch to thicken

1. Preheat oven to 180C (350F)
2. Grease muffin tray
3. Add all ingredients for the muffin mixture into a bowl and mix well
4. Spoon the muffin mixture into the tray (Ours made 6 muffins)
5. Make the cross topping
6. Spoon the cross topping into a piping bag and pipe over the muffins
7. Bake for 20+ minutes until cooked
8. Serve with vegan butter 

Banana Cake: gluten free, refined sugar free, dairy free

A simple and lovely banana cake recipe that I made up today. And... it turned out great, so much so, that I had to literally stop myself from continuing to keep cutting little pieces from the edge as we were heading out for dinner. True story!

Even this guy gave it the big thumbs up!
Okay here it is:

2 tablespoons of vegan butter (melted)
1 cup of S.R gluten-free flour (I used White Wings)
1/2 cup Natvia Organic Sweetener (or sweetener of choice)
1/2 unsweetened almond milk
2 eggs + an extra yolk
1/2 teaspoon of vanilla
1 teaspoon of cinnamon
1 very ripe banana

Grease your tin. 
Heat your oven to 180 degrees celsius (350F)
Melt butter. Add all other ingredients and mix with handheld blender.
Put in the tin.
Cook for approx 30 minutes.

We didn't put any icing on ours. We ate it warm and moist straight from the oven. 

Vegan Butter

I always thought that "vegan butter" sounded so hard to make but I was wrong... it's totally not. 
I never knew that I would have all the ingredients that I needed to make vegan butter already at home, but I did! 
I imagined that it would take ages to make, but it took seriously 5 minutes!

Check out this super-easy recipe and start making this delicious non-dairy alternative today.

8 tablespoons of almond flour/meal
10 tablespoons of non-sweetened almond milk (or cashew milk)
2 teaspoons of nutritional yeast
1 teaspoon of salt
1 teaspoon of apple cider vinegar 
4 tablespoons of olive oil
1 cup melted refined coconut oil

Put the almond milk, almond flour, salt, nutritional yeast and apple cider vinegar in the blender and blend until it is smooth.
Pour in the coconut oil and olive oil and blend for about 1 more minute until smooth and light. 
Pour into a container with a cover and refrigerate until set. 

Saturday, March 31, 2018

Nutritional Yeast

So I hadn't heard of Nutritional Yeast until recently which makes me sad because it is so good! I love this stuff.

Aside from B12, nutritional yeast is also a "complete protein," it contains other B vitamins, is low in fat and sodium, is free of sugar and gluten, and contains iron. 

I love it because three people in my family need to avoid dairy and yet we still love eating 'creamy', 'cheesy' tasting foods.  This has been such a great alternative that I have stopped using any cheese at all.

So if you're not already using it, you may be wondering what you could add it to? 

Okay so start thinking fake-parmesan-cheese taste and have a look how I have been using it:

1. Tuna Mornay  (Actually I use it now pretty much every time I make a white sauce.)
2. Veggie Omelettes
3. Quiche
4. Vegan Butter
5. Savoury Muffins
6. Pasta dishes with a white sauce base

And I am only just getting started. I have also read that you can sprinkle it on salads among other things.

I'm sold!

What is nutritional yeast? - Dr. Axe

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