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Zuccini Pasta

Our favorite & quick Lunch Idea Zucchini Pasta. Zucchini is considered a vegetable by most people, but it is technically a fruit. It is often served as a side dish, or as an ingredient in soups, stews, salads or grilled vegetable sandwiches. One application most people aren’t likely to think of is to make pasta out of zucchini. It is common to add zucchini to pasta sauces, but using the zucchini itself as the pasta gives the dish a whole new dimension.

Raw Avocado Pesto with Zucchini Noodles

totalhealthnow raw pasta

Ingredients:

Serves 4

  • 4 medium zucchini
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes, sliced in half
  • 3-4 cloves garlic
  • 2 avocados
  • 1/4 cup cold pressed olive oil
  • 1/2 cup pine nuts plus some for garnish
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • pinch Himalayan salt and fresh cracked pepper

Instructions:

1. Spiralize the zucchini. Set aside in a colander to drain excess liquid)

2. Start food processor running. Drop cloves of garlic in, one at a time.

3. Add avocado, olive oil, pine nuts and lemon juice. Pulse until blended.

4. Season to taste with salt and pepper, then toss with the zucchini noodles and tomatoes.

Ingredients:

1 cup quinoa

2 cups water

1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil

1/2 cup finely chopped red onion

1/2 pound (about 1/2 bunch) asparagus, woody ends snapped off and discarded, spears cut into 1-inch pieces

2 cloves garlic, finely chopped

1 cup fresh peas or frozen petite peas, thawed

1 cup thinly sliced baby spinach leaves

Sea salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste

Instructions:

Rinse quinoa under cold running water and drain. Combine water and quinoa in a medium saucepan and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to a simmer, cover and cook until quinoa is tender and all the water is absorbed, 15 to 20 minutes.

Meanwhile, heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add onion and asparagus. Cook, stirring often, until asparagus is tender and bright green, 5 to 7 minutes. Add garlic and peas and continue cooking for another minute. Stir in cooked quinoa. Add the spinach and stir until it wilts, 3 to 5 minutes. Season with salt and pepper and serve immediately.

Total Health Now - Butter Bean

Ingredients: 

1 medium onion, sliced

3 chopped tomatoes

1/2 teaspoon mild paprika powder

salt and pepper to taste

1 cup of cooked butter beans

Instructions:

  1. In a frying pan soften the onion in olive oil for 5 minutes.
  2. Add the tomatoes and let simmer on low heat for 15 minutes, while adding the spices,  salt and pepper.
  3. Add the tin of butter beans. Let simmer for another 20 minutes.

 

 Ingredients:

1 lb. Organic Cucumbers, roughly chopped

2 Small Avocados, cut into small pieces

¼ cup of Fresh Lime Juice (about 2 limes)

¾ cup of Water

1 Tsp. Sea Salt

½ Tsp. Black Pepper

Chopped Tomato & Cilantro for Garnish (optional)

Instructions:

Place the cucumbers, avocados, lime juice, water, sea salt, and pepper into a blender.

Process ingredients until smooth.

Taste and add more salt/pepper if you like.

Transfer the soup to a large bowl or tupperware and chill in the fridge for at least an hour before serving.

Garnish with fresh, chopped tomato and cilantro if you like.

Ingredients:

  • 1 medium butternut squash
  • 1 ½ pints vegetable broth
  • 1 medium onion
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • 2 teaspoons red pepper flakes
  • teaspoon sea salt
  • teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

Instructions:

  1. Pre-heat the oven to a medium-high temperature (I set my fan oven to about 180 degrees)
  2. Cut the squash lengthways into quarters, arrange in a baking tray and drizzle with olive oil. Sprinkle the oil-glossed squash with the chilli flakes and cumin seeds, and season with salt and pepper, then roast in the oven for around 40-50 minutes.
  3. Once the squash is cooked through, leave to one side to cool before peeling off the skin.
  4. In a pan, heat the butter on a medium heat, then gently sweat the garlic and onions until translucent and soft. Pour in the stock and allow to simmer gently before adding in the chunks of cooked squash.
  5. Simmer gently for around five minutes, then blitz with a hand blender or liquidiser until smooth. Return to the pan, and if it’s too thick add a couple of tbsp water.

Rice-stuffed peppers like these are an easy, healthy, Mediterranean-style side dish. Cooked rice is mixed with sauteed onions and garlic, as well as raisins and ground almonds. Stuff the delicious mixture into bell pepper and bake.

Ingredients:

2 cups cooked brown rice

1/2 cup (100 gr) almonds

4 yellow, red or green bell peppers

½ cup olive oil

2 medium onions

3 garlic cloves

1 ripe tomato

4 fresh figs or 1/4 cup golden raisins

salt and pepper to taste

2-3 Tbsp chopped fresh parsley

Instructions:

  1. Cook brown rice in steamer or saucepan. Set aside.
  2. Grind nuts in a food processor until finely chopped, then set aside.
  3. Heat the oven to 375F (190C).
  4. Cut peppers in half lengthwise, or crosswise, depending on their shape. (The peppers should be able to sit level, and not tip or roll.) Remove seeds and membrane. Leave the base of the stem on because this will help the pepper keep its shape after roasting.
  5. Finely chop the onions and garlic. Cut tomato into eight pieces. Sauté in a large, heavy-bottom frying pan on medium heat until onions are translucent. If using raisins, drain water and to frying pan and mix. Stir in the tomatoes and 1/2 cup almonds. Add salt and pepper to taste. Continue to cook 1-2 minutes, then remove from heat.
  6. Then, spoon rice mixture into the peppers. Clean off any rice that sticks to the rims of peppers, as it may burn. Sprinkle chopped parsley on top. Place peppers on a cookie sheet. Bake in oven for 20 minutes.
  7. Remove from oven and sprinkle ground nuts on top. Return to oven for 20 more minutes.

 

Chlorella Ice Cream

Ingredients:

makes 4 servings
3 peeled medium bananas, sliced into coins and frozen until solid
1 tsp of Chlorella Powder
½ teaspoons Agave Syrup

Directions:
Blend bananas in food processor until they are the consistency of soft serve ice cream. Blend in chlorella and agave syrup, and transfer to a freezer container and freeze until solid.

Raw Vegan Easter Egg

Caramel Cream

  • 1 1/2 cups cashews
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3 tbl agave syrup or 1/2 cups of soaked Mulberries
  • 2 tbl coconut butter, warmed to liquefy
  • 1/2 cup water
  • Pinch Celctic sea salt or Himalayan Salt

Chocolate

  • 1/2 cup cocoa butter or coconut butter, warmed to liquefy
  • 3 tbl cocoa powder or cocoa paste
  • 1 tbl lucuma
  • 2 tbl agave syrup

Make the caramel cream first by combining all ingredients in a  food processor until smooth. The smoothness of the mixture will depend on the strength of your machine.

Then make the chocolate by combining all ingredients in a food processor or simply stir in a bowl with a whisk or fork ensuring any lumps are broken down until smooth. Pour the chocolate into each egg mould so half is filled. Then spoon some caramel cream into the mould. Then pour over some more chocolate so there is no trace of the filling. Set in the fridge or freezer to set.

Enjoy!!!

Packing a healthy lunch box for your children is a daily challenge for parents. It’s so hard to know how to pack healthy kids’ lunch bags. Kids are hungry at lunchtime, so they need a packed lunch that satisfies their appetite and gives them plenty of healthy food, including lots of the all important fresh fruit and vegetables. Trouble is, that it can be a bit of a challenge to keep coming up with healthy lunch box ideas. What to include? As well as providing stuff that’s healthy, parents are also trying to find food that’s a bit more interesting than the predictable cheese or ham sandwich with an apple.

Frittata

A frittata is a baked omelette.

Ingredients:

8 large eggs

150ml (5fl oz) single cream or any nut milk

50g (1¾ oz) Cheddar cheese, grated

1 tbsp chopped fresh parsley

1 cup grated courgette or carrot

salt and freshly ground black pepper

2 tbsp olive oil

Instructions:

Preheat the oven to 180°C (fan 160°C/350°F/Gas 4). In a large bowl, beat the eggs with the cream; add cheese, herbs and salt and pepper.

Heat the oil in a 23cm (9in) oven-safe, non-stick omelette pan over a medium heat until hot. Pour in the egg mixture and shake the pan a little to spread the ingredients evenly.

Transfer the pan to the oven and bake for 20 minutes, or until the omelette is just set in the centre.

Hold a warmed plate upside-down over the pan and turn the two over together so that the omelette inverts on to the plate. Serve hot or warm.

Avocado Hedgehog

lunch box chlorella

Instructions:

1 avocado

Sunflower seed

Raisins

Ingredients:

Cut avocado in half. Spoon it out and lay flat.

Press sunflower seeds into avocado so they will look like spikes

Use two raisin for eyes and one for hedgehog nose

Alfa Alfa Sprout & Avocado Wrap

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 Ingredients

1/8 cup alfa alfa sprouts

1 boiled egg

Half of avocado

1 tsp linseed

1 tbs hummus

Wholegrain wrap (wholewheat, rye or spelt)

Instructions:

 Cut egg and avocado into small pieces.

Add linseed, hummus and alfa alfa sprouts and mix.

Put the mixture in the middle of the wrap and roll.

raw pesto

Ingredients:

1 cup pine nuts

2 cups basil

½ olive oil

½ lemon juice

¼ walnuts

1 avocado

Pinch of Himalayan salt and black pepper

Instructions:

Blend all ingredients together until smooth

Try this red pepper hummus recipe for your next snack. The red peppers make a sensational addition to this traditional hummus recipe.

Ingredients:

1 can (16oz -19oz) of chickpeas

1 red bell pepper

1 tablespoon of tahini

1 ½ tablespoons fresh lemon juice

1 ½ tablespoons olive oil

3/4 teaspoon cumin

1 clove of garlic, crushed

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 ½ tablespoons water

Preparation:

Wash and dry red bell pepper. Chop into ½ inch pieces.

In a blender or food processor, blend the chickpeas. Add red bell pepper, olive oil, tahini, lemon juice, garlic, cumin, water, and salt until the ingredients form a creamy, paste-like consistency. Serve immediately or cover and refrigerate for 30 minutes.

Ingredients:

2 Aubergines

2 gloves garlic

½ onion

½ cup of olive oil

¼ cup of seamen seed

Instructions:

Slice the aubergine in thin slices and pierce with a fork. Grill in the oven for 10-15 minutes.

Let it cool. Blend all ingredients in blender until smooth.

 

A food dehydrator delivers the vast majority of foods with the same vitamins and minerals as their fresh counterparts, in a remarkable array of concentrated flavors, nutrients and enzymes!
Dehydration process retains almost 100% of the nutritional content of the food, retains the alkalinity of fresh produce and actually inhibits the growth of microforms such as bacteria.

totalhealthnow dehydrating

 

Ingredients:

½ cup Toasted Coconut Chips

1 cup Rice Pops

½ cup Roasted Almonds (cut in pieces)

½ cup Cranberries ( or roasted/dehydrated apples pieces)

1 cup Qunioa Pops

¼ Cup Cacao Nibs

Mix all ingredients in bowl and serve with a milk of your choice we prefer homemade Almond or Hazelnut Mylk

Super Quick Porridge

1 cup of Oat Flakes

1 cup of Brown Rice Flakes

½ cup Goji Berries or (Cranberries, Raisins, Mulberries)

2 large spoons of Psyillium Husk

2 tea spoons of Chia Seeds

Instructions:

Mix all ingredients in a bowl and keep in sealed container. To cook: add ½ cup of mix in a bowl, add hot water and cover with a lead for 1 minute. Add fresh fruit berries or banana and enjoy your morning porridge

 

 

Superfood Muesli

cereal

Ingredients (Serves approximately 10):

1 cup oats

1/2 cup of raw almonds (chop in a food processor)

1/2 cup shredded unsweetened coconut

1/3 cup sunflower seeds

1/3 cup pumpkin seeds (pepitas)

1/3 cup chia seeds

1/3 cup wheatgerm

1/2 cup almonds, roughly chopped

4 tbsp linseeds

2 tsp cinnamon

Directions

Mix all ingredients in a bowl then add into a large glass jar to store.

Cornflakes

1 cup of toasted coconut chips

1 cup of sliced Almonds (can slightly roast them)

4tbsp linseeds

Choosing a healthy breakfast cereal is not a simple task. The cereal aisle is a long one, full of contradictions. You’ll find cereals made with refined grains with nearly no fiber  and cereals made with whole grains and bran boasting 7 grams or more of fibre. There are cereals with so much sugar they seem more like boxes of little cookies. And there are cereals with sugar listed far down on the ingredient list.

If you eat cereal almost every day, either for breakfast or as a snack, the cereal you choose can say a lot about your health. It can add a lot of good stuff to your diet — or it can add a whole lot of nothing.

Cereals made with refined grains have generally not been linked to health benefits, like a lower risk of death from heart disease, as whole-grain breakfast cereals have. Refined-grain cereals do not lower the risk of gaining weight or having a higher BMI (body mass index), but whole grain-rich cereals do.

Choosing a Healthy Breakfast Cereal: Taste or Nutrition?

The trick is finding a breakfast cereal that is full of healthful attributes, low in sugar, and has no saturated fat and trans fat — but still tastes great! It doesn’t matter how good for you a cereal is; if it doesn’t taste good, you’re probably not going to eat it day after day.

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Fruit & Veg Smoothie Recipes

 totalhealthnow protein smoothie

Basic Spinach & Mango Smoothie2 cups of spinach1 mango1 tsp cacao nibs

Combine all ingredients in a blender and process until smooth

 

Kale & Berries Smoothie
1 ½ cups almond milk (or your favourite milk alternative)
1 ½ cups kale
1 ½ cups frozen berries (if using fresh, add some ice)
1 banana
Optional: 1 date or some agave nectar for additional sweetnessCombine all ingredients in a blender and process until smooth 
Protein Green Smoothie1 cup almond or hazelnut milk
1 handful baby spinach
1 banana
1 scoop of any Veggie Protein powder
6 ice cubesCombine all ingredients in a blender and process until smooth 
Creamy Mango
1/4 cup mango1/4 cup avocado
1/2 cup of orange juice
1 tbsp freshly squeezed lime juice1 tsp of Chia Seeds
Combine all ingredients in a blender and process until smooth.
Brain Health 
1 cup of blueberries
1 small banana
1 tbsp of cold-pressed flaxseed oil1 tsp of Chia Seeds
Combine all ingredients in a blender and process until smooth.
Healthy Heart Choco-Raspberry 
1/2 cup almond milk
1/4 cacao powder
1 cup of fresh organic raspberries
Combine all ingredients in a blender and process until smooth.
Chocolate Milk Shake1/2 cup of almond milk1 small banana
2 tbsp of natural hazelnut butter
1 tsp of cacao powder
1 tbsp of agave syrup
Combine all ingredients in a blender and process until smooth. 
Instant Balanced Energy750 ml Almond or Hazelnut Milk
1 table spoon of coconut oil1 dessert spoon of Spirulina
2 avocados1 dessert spoon of Chia Seeds
2 tbl spoons Agave Syrup
1 banana
Pinch Himalayan/celtic Salt

 

Green Juice Recipe

 Total Health Now - Juicing

Veggie Hippy2 carrots3 stalks celery1/2 cup parsley4 large spinach leaves1/2 beet root

1/2 cup alfalfa sprouts

 

Potassium Boost1 celery4 carrots1 apple1/4 cup parsley1/4 cup spinach

1/2 lemon

2 bananas

 

Refreshing Greens1/2 cucumber
1/4 a small Honeydew melon
Small bunch of seedless white grapes
2 kiwi fruits (without skin)
Large handful of spinach
Small sprig of mint
1 lemon
Spinach-Carrot Mix1 cup of spinach
1/2 cucumber
2 stalks of celery including leaves
3 carrots
1/2 apple
ABC Juice
– 2 apples
– 1 beet
– 2 carrots 
Morning Nourish Juice
– 1 pear
– 1 handful kale
– 1 apple
– 2 stalks celery 
Little Dragons Juice2 apples
1/2 large cucumber
1 handful fresh spinach leaves
1/4 inch ginger root
1/8 lemon 
 

totalhealthnow smoothies

Why to drink vegetable/fruit juices or smoothies

Holistic health practitioner opines that for complete health and vitality relying on an effective detox diet menu is significantly important.

Virtually every health authority recommends that we get 5-12 servings of vegetables or fruits per day and only very few of us actually get that. Juicing is an easy way to virtually guarantee that you will reach your daily target for vegetables.

Consuming green smoothies is a great way to increase your daily vegetable intake. Think about it, how many quality vegetables do you really consume in a day? Juices & smoothies deliver a natural source of energy. Ever feel like taking a nap in the afternoon? Rather than going for a coffee or diet soda, try a smoothie. The natural sugars from the fruit and vegetables will give you a boost, but the high fibre content and vitamins and minerals will help to prolong the energizing effects. Remember, your body is better fueled by real foods than food substitutes.

No doubt about it, juicing for children is a great way to get nutrition into their growing, developing bodies. Create a fun name and let your kids help run the blender. Some of our kid tested and approved favorites that will have them drinking their greens. Making it fun can make it more exciting and appealing to drink. This is a great mid-morning or mid-afternoon snack for a great anti-oxidant hit. Making snacks bright and colourful is important to gain a range of micro-nutrients which is important for healthy cognitive function and immunity. Recipes can be made to your child taste…

          

Juices and smoothies are completely different and require different machines.

Smoothie – this is when the whole food is blended into a thick drink using all of the fruit – except for the skin and seed depending on what it is.

Juice – this is when only the juice is extracted from the fruit or vegetable leaving the fiber in the pulp collector at the back of the machine.

Finally, drink plenty of water to complement with your complete detoxofication programme to achieve health and vitality.

chocolate&almond bites

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ingredients

2 cups of Almonds

1 cup Cacao Paste Melted

½ cup Agave Syrup

Instructions:

Gently melt the cacao paste first

Place the almonds, cacao paste, agave into a blender and gently mix until it is smooth and can hold itself.

Place the mix into a tray and smooth the mix flat.

Sprinkle over mulberries gently press them down so they are partially submerged into the mix.

Put into the freezer for approx 1 and half hours or until set.

Once set, cut into desired sizes of squares and enjoy!

Why not experiment and instead mulberries put in your own favourite nuts, seeds and dried fruits.

totalhealthnow - raw nutella pinecakes

Just like with everything else in life, there is a right and wrong way to do things. Making your own super healthy chocolate nut butter is the right way, eating the one from the jar that also contains soy lecithin, refined sugar and unhealthy fats is the wrong way.

Raw Nutella Spread
makes about 1 cup

1 cup hazelnuts, slightly roasted
1/4 cup raw agave or maple syrup
1 tsp coconut oil
1/4 tsp sea salt
1/4 cup raw cacao powder
2-4 tbsp raw almond milk*

Instructions:

Put all ingredients in food processor and blend until smooth mixture

totalhealthnow raw cocoa cheesecake

 

This recipe is so simple yet so delectable! You will make these over and over again!

The instructions below, can make about 10 delicious portions depending on the sizes you desire! Keeps for one week when refrigerated.

Ingredients

Base:

– 1 cup of almonds

– 1 tables spoon of coconut oil

– 1/2 cups of dried mulberries

Filling:

– 2 cups dates

– 1 cup of water from soaked dates

– 1 cup of cashew nuts

– 2 full table spoons of coconut oil

– 3 table spoons of raw cocoa powder

Directions:

1. Process the almond nuts, mulberries and coconut oil in the food processor until smooth.

2. Press crust onto pan. I use a potato masher to do it:)

3. Soak dates in one cup of water for 3 to 4 hours

4. To make the filling, blend (I use high speed blender) the cashews, dates plus soaked water, coconut oil, cocoa powder. Blend until smooth and adjust to taste. (might need some extra water).

5. Pour the mixture onto the crust. Remove air bubbles by tapping the pan on a table.

6. Place in the fridge until firm.

7. Decorate with blueberries or raspberries!

Enjoy!!!

 

 

 

An incredibly flavorful crackers made with pates and raw nori sheets. Each cracker is hand made and dehydrated and maintaining all the vital nutrients. An extremely nutritious snack for everyday energy and vitality.

nori ckrackers

Ingredients:

– A combination of flaxseed and any other ground seeds/nuts of choice to equal about 1 1/2 cups. I used flax,  cashew and sunflower.
– 1 tsp Kelp powder
– Half a bunch of Parsley & Coriander
– few dashes garlic powder
– juice of 1/2 lemon (if it doesn’t have much juice, use the whole thing)
– 2 sheets of Nori cut in square shapes

Preparation:

1. Mix all ingredients together
2. Put a few big tablespoonfuls on a sheet of nori and spread around. Spread all the way to the edges.
3. Dehydrate until they reach your desired consistency. I dehydrated mine until they were crispy like crackers.
Enjoy!

The grain quinoa (pronounced “keenwa”) is the only plant food other than soy/soy products to be a complete protein. Prepare it in the same way as you would rice. You can also buy quinoa flakes and add into your muesli or porridge. It’s also gluten-free and nutrient-dense alternative so a great food to substitute for wheat-based cous cous. You can also add stock, herbs, spices and other flavourings whilst cooking to make more interesting…

quinoa

Kale Chips, are a simple dehydrated snack food made out of kale. Not only do they taste great, but they are an excellent way to get anyone comfortable with eating and enjoying more greens.

kale chips

Ingredients:

1 bunch Kale
1 Red Bell Pepper or Sweat Pepper
1/2 cup raw cashews
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
1 tablespoon flaxseed
1/4 teaspoon sea salt

Directions:
  • Soak cashews in water for at least 1 hour
  • Drain cashews
  • Wash kale leaves and tear into pieces, discarding stems. Dry the leaves in a salad spinner
  • Place kale into a large bowl
  • In a food processor, with the machine running, drop in the garlic and process until minced. Add rest of the ingredients except the salt
  • Process until smooth, scraping sides as necessary, and add salt slowly to taste
  • Pour the sauce on top of the kale and stir with a spatula, until evenly coated
  • Place kale on dehydrating trays
  • Dehydrate for about 2-4 hours at 135° F, or 4-6 hours at 115° F (for raw) until crispy

Enjoy!!!

This our recreation of the recipe, which we saw online recently we just made some adjustments to suit our taste and make it even more healthy! So far this is our number 1 desert of the month:)

bananas

Ingredients:

3 bananas

1/3 cup cashew butter

1/2 cup of raw cacao paste/mass

1 T coconut oil

DIRECTIONS:

Cut bananas in small pieces. Divide your cashew butter. Spread the  cashew butter mixture over half of the banana slices.

Place the bananas in the freezer and freeze until firm.

When your bananas are all the way frozen, melt your cacao and coconut oil in a double boiler over low heat. (If you don’t have a double boiler, use a large skillet filled with some water and place a smaller pot inside the skillet on top of the water. Put your chocolate and oil in the smaller pot.) Stir until melted and smooth.

Dip each banana in the cacao and place on parchment paper. Place back in the freezer for a few minutes until chocolate is hardened and cold. Enjoy!

Dehydrating fruit is easy and fun. Cut the fruit into small, equal-sized pieces; spread in a single layer on the dehydrator trays, and crank up the dehydrator. It takes from 6 to 36 hours to dry fruit, depending on the juiciness of the fruit, but the wait is worth it when you taste the final product.

dehydrator

cacao truffles

• 5 tbsp of cacao powder

• 4 tbsp of coconut oil

• 4 tsp xylitol (natural sweetener from fruits)

• 1 ½ cup of any type of nuts or seeds (we use cashews)

• 1 cup of cashew nuts

Directions:

First you have to make the main part of truffle. To do so place cashews, coconut oil, xylitol, and cacao into food processor and pulse till batter holds together.

Grab a cookie scooper or spoon and scoop out your truffles. Roll each one in your hands to form a nice round shape. Enjoy!!!

This is perfect for when you are craving something sweet and chocolaty. Raw cacao is rich in magnesium, iron, and antioxidants. Goji berries are a complete source of protein and one of the most nutritionally-rich foods on the planet. These are a perfect after-school snack for kids!

bananas

– 1 cup of Goji Berries

– 1 cup of Cacao Paste/Mass

– 2 tsp Agave Syrup

Melt Cacao Paste over very low heat, add agave syrup. Fill bowl with goji berries and mix thoroughly. Place into the freezer for approximately 10 minutes to set. Out of this world!!

pinecakes with cacao nibs

Happy Pancake Day to you! Pancakes for breakfast, lunch and dinner today would be ok with me! Here is an AMAZING gluten and dairy recipe for Banana Cacao Nibs Pancakes with honey and berries for topping… Yum!

– 250 ml Isola Bio Buckwheat Milk or any non dairy milk

– 150 gr Of Self Raising Flour (we use Gluten & Wheat Free from Doves Farm)

– 1 egg

– 1 banana sliced

– 20 gr of Raw Cacao Nibs

In a bowl mix all  ingredients. Heat a non-stick griddle pan or skillet and grease with ghee, coconut oil, or butter. Pour batter (if a little thick use a spoon to help flatten out the batter in the pan) into 4-inch rounds. Cook and flip until each side is done.

Remove from pan and spread with ghee, butter or coconut oil. Drizzle with honey. Top with berries and enjoy your Saturday!

Makes about 12 4-inch pancakes

avocado

To preserve the area with the greatest concentration of antioxidants, you basically want to peel the avocado with your hands, as you would a banana:

1. First, cut the avocado length-wise, around the seed

2. Holding each half, twist them in the opposite directions to separate them from the seed

3. Remove the seed

4. Cut each half, lengthwise

5. Next, using your thumb and index finger, simply peel the skin off each piece

How to Get More Avocado into Your Diet

While avocado is commonly eaten raw, on salad or alone, with nothing but a dash of Himalayan salt and some ground pepper, for example, there are many other ways to include avocado in your diet. For example, you can use avocado in the following ways:

• Use as a fat replacement in baking. Simply replace the fat called for (such as oil, butter or shortening) with an equal amount of avocado

• Use as a first food for babies, in lieu of processed baby food.

 

Crust:

– 1 cup of Brazil Nuts

– 1 cup of oat biscuits

– 2 tsps of Coconut Oil

– 2 tbs of Cocoa Powder

– 2tbs of Agave Syrup or (1/2 cups of soaked dates)

Filling:

– one fresh Mango or 1 cup of dried soaked Mango

– 1 1/2 cups of soaked Cashews Nuts

– 2 tbs of Coconut Oil

– 1 cup of water or coconut (rice) milk or water from soaked dried Mango

Instructions:

To make crust place all crust ingredients into a food processor (or it can be done in a blender too). pulse till it sticks together.  Crust batter should be soft, slightly sticky, but easy to work with.

Place crust batter into tart shells and press into pan. our crust filled 2 mini tart shells, you may do it in one big pie shell or tart pan. Once tart shells are filled set aside to start making your filling.

To make filling: put all the ingredients together and place into blender or food processor. Blend till smooth and creamy. pour Mango filling into your tart shells.

Set tarts in fridge for a few about 3-4 hours to set.  Enjoy!!!!
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This raw chocolate version is still dairy free, gluten free and guilt free and although may taste a little different to commercially produced white chocolate, still tastes pretty divine and is a great alternative.

Ingredients:
•5 Sun Chlorella tablets or 1 Sun Chlorella granules
•50g Organic Raw Cacao Butter
•50g Ground cashew nuts (easily blitzed in a food processor)
•2tsp Lucuma Powder
•2 tsp poppy seeds
•1tsp Vanila Bean Extract
•2-3tbsp Agave Syrup
•Mini baking cups/petit four cases or silicone ice cube tray/mouldMethod:
First melt the cacao butter. I grate the cacao butter first so it melts quicker. Place in a bowl and then put this bowl into a larger bowl of hot water which heats the butters gently and you won’t end up cooking them! You can also get double boilers (bain marie or porringers) which does the same job but on the stove.When the butter has completely liquefied (you might need to add more hot water), add all dry ingredients. I shake the powder through a sieve to stop lumps. Next add the agave syrup or honey; slowly pour it in while stirring. Now pour the liquid chocolate into the moulds, sprinkle Sun Chlorella Granules or use tablets instead and put in the fridge to set.Enjoy!!!
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Banana Ice Creams

That mystery ingredient, of course, is banana! The smidgen of fat in bananas makes a magic trick when they are frozen and blended up. They turn creamy instead of crumbly, with a smooth texture any home ice cream chef would love to have in their frozen treats.

You can make it many different ways, experimenting with adding coconut milk, nut butters, avocado, chocolate powder, etc…

 

Peanut Butter & Honey Banana Ice Cream

makes 2 servings

1 1/2 peeled medium bananas, sliced into coins and frozen until solid

3 tablespoons peanut butter

2 teaspoons honey

Blend bananas in food processor until they are the consistency of soft serve ice cream. Blend in peanut butter and honey, and transfer to a freezer container and freeze until solid.

Dark Chocolate Banana Ice Cream

makes 2 servings

1 1/2 peeled medium bananas, sliced into coins and frozen until solid

3 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder

2 tablespoons coconut oil

1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

Blend bananas in food processor until they are the consistency of soft serve ice cream. Blend in cocoa powder, coconut oil, and vanilla. Transfer to a freezer container and freeze until solid.

Cinnamon Dulce Banana Ice Cream

makes 2 servings

1 1/2 peeled medium bananas, sliced into coins and frozen until solid

3 tablespoons coconut (rice) milk

1/2 teaspoon freshly-ground cinnamon

Blend bananas in food processor until they are the consistency of soft serve ice cream. Blend in coconut milk and cinnamon. Transfer to a freezer container and freeze until solid.

Strawberries & Cream Banana Ice Cream

makes 2 servings

1 1/2 peeled medium bananas, sliced into coins and frozen until solid

1/3 cup roughly chopped frozen strawberries

2 tablespoons coconut oil

Blend bananas in food processor until they are the consistency of soft serve ice cream. Blend in strawberries and coconut oil until smooth, and transfer to a freezer container and freeze until solid.