My father-in-law has a grand lemon tree that he has grown for many years, it is his pride and joy. He takes great pleasure in showing the fruits of his labour to family and friends each Winter with a gleam in his eye and smile from ear to ear how can we not be anything but grateful to accept the buckets filled with his prized lemons. The lemon tree is in full bloom with hundreds of beautiful juicy lemons the size of baseballs which means we have an endless supply. Whilst we have been using them in juices, cooking, teas etc we still have them by the bucket loads. Baking just seemed the natural fit to use some of these luscious citrus fruits.Continue reading “Dairy-Free No Bake Lemon & Coconut Slice”
Have you tried Matcha Green Tea? Cooked with it? Or even know what it is?
This ancient Japanese green tea is an antioxidant powerhouse! This powerful superfood is made from Japanese green tea leaves stone ground into a powder form which makes an even higher amount of health benefits than green tea leaves itself. It supports sustainable energy and weight management, helps control stress levels and boosts immunity which can be helpful in cancer prevention.
Without getting too technical in a nutshell Matcha Green Tea can make you feel more relaxed, vitalise your skin and an overall powerful detox for your body.
So how do we use it?
There are many ways in which you can include Matcha in your day, easiest way is in your morning smoothies, smoothie bowls, adding it to heated milk to make an evening latte. You can also use it in baking cakes, biscuits, ice-cream and raw desserts.
The first time I’ve experimented in cooking with it I made a raw Matcha Mint Slice and I was definitely pleasantly surprised. It has more of a subtle flavour when mixed in baking but gives this vibrancy of colour that is just divine. The combo with the mint works so well together the possibilities are endless. The Japanese have a lot to say when it comes to health and vitality the figures show for itself. Start enjoying that cup of Matcha Green tea sooner rather than later and you will feel better for it. Makes sure to get an organic high quality ceremonial grade one, which is of highest quality, ask your health specialist at your local health food market for recommendations.
I will be trying a few different recipes with Matcha, some choc Matcha bliss balls may be next!
Raw Desserts are an easy way to enjoy something sweet without opting for a sugary treat. ‘Raw’ meaning uncooked/unheated and using unprocessed ingredients so free from refined sugars and flours. A healthier approach to eating sweets and desserts.
Majority of recipes are vegan too which means free from dairy and animal derived products, making ‘Raw’ desserts perfect for people suffering dairy and gluten intolerance. Or if like me like to cut our refined sugar in your diet.
This recipe is a sure winner in my home. It tastes amazing and you only need a small piece to feel like you aren’t missing out on the fun stuff! It has to be kept in the fridge or better the freezer as it will go soft. I like to slice into portions and freeze them in a container making it easier to grab one out and in only a couple minutes be ready with my afternoon cuppa.
Raw Caramel Slice Recipe by Donna Hay
*Note: I used Rice Malt Syrup instead of Maple Syrup
Zesty, lemony pure bliss balls to satisfy any Lemon and Coconut lover and refined sugar free!
Lemon & Coconut Bliss Balls
A raw ball treat that's just as sweet
200g desiccated coconut
1 cup almond meal
1/3 cup coconut oil
1/3 cup rice malt syrup or honey
Finely grated lemon zest
juice of 1/2 lemon
1 tsp vanilla extract
- Reserving 1 cup of coconut place all other ingredients into a food processor and blitz until comes together
- Roll into balls then roll in remaining coconut to coat
- Lay balls on a tray lined with baking paper
- Chill in the fridge for at least 30 mins