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The Perfect Chai

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Of course when I use the word ‘perfect’ it’s based solely on my opinion.  🙂

This ‘perfect’ blend of spices is not only a treat for our taste buds, it’s a bit of a treat for the rest of our beautiful bodies.  🙂

Because we drink this often, I like to soak the spices in water overnight – enhances the flavours.

In a 4c mason jar….

  • 8-10 cloves
  • 6 cracked cardamon pods
  • 1 tbsp fennel seeds
  • 2 cinnamon sticks

Fill the mason jar with water and soak overnight (or longer) ……. when you’re ready to enjoy, pour it all into a pot and bring to a boil …. turn down to low and let it simmer away for a while.  the water will reduce almost by half.  then add in two tablespoons of red rooibos tea (or two teabags)  …. let it simmer for another ten minutes and then add a generous amount (about a cup) of ‘So Delicious’ unsweetened coconut milk (or the non dairy milk of your choice)  ……….. once this has been heated to the temperature you desire, pour into your favorite tea cup, add a little bit of your favorite, healthy sweetener and relax!  🙂

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Tiramisu!

February 26th, 2013 233

Here is our version of a vegan AND gluten free tiramisu.

Let me start by saying that this is a little bit labour intensive, but in my opinion – well worth it.  🙂

After you’ve made your ‘lady fingers’ (we made them a day ahead)  …

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Dunk them in some ‘Level Ground’ fair trade decaf coffee and line them up along the bottom of a glass loaf pan.

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Cover them with a dusting of ‘Camino’ dark cocoa powder.

Next…

Place the following in a pot over low heat…

  • 1c of ‘So Delicious’ unsweetened coconut milk
  • 1/2c of ‘Level Ground’ decaf coffee (make it strong!)
  • 1/4c of coconut sugar
  • a generous splash of vanilla

Stir over the heat until the sugar has completely dissolved.

Remove from the heat and add in…

  • 1/2c of raw cashews
  • 1tbsp of chia seeds

Set aside and let it cool.

While the coffee/coconut milk mixture is cooling, open a can of ‘Native Forest’ coconut milk (place the can in the fridge the night before you make your dessert) and remove the ‘solid’ stuff.

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You should get about one cup of coconut cream.

Place it in a blender with 2-3 tablespoons more of the cooled decaf coffee and blend until combined.

Set aside in a separate bowl.

Once the coffee/coconut milk mixture has cooled (room temp is fine) place all of that in the blender and whiz away.

Pour almost all of the coffee/coconut milk mixture (I save a few tablespoons to dress the plate) over the ‘lady fingers’ followed by all of the coconut cream.

Give the tiramisu a generous dusting of ‘Camino’ cocoa powder, cover and place in the fridge for at least four hours.

Serve with a little espresso and great company!

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Lady Fingerish

February 25th, 2013 162

Here’s the first step to our version of a vegan/gf tiramisu…  🙂

Into the food processor…

  • 1.5c of all purpose GF flour
  • 1/4c of coconut sugar (lower glycemic index)
  • 1.5tsp of baking powder
  • 3tbsp of solid coconut oil

Mix these ingredients together for about fifteen seconds and then add in:

  • 1/3c of ‘So Delicious’ unsweetened coconut milk
  • 1/3c of warm water
  • a generous splash of vanilla

Pour the mixture into a parchment lined loaf pan and bake in a moderate oven (350) for approximately fifteen minutes.

Remove from the oven and cool completely.

Once the loaf has cooled, sliced the ‘cake’ into one inch pieces.  Line them up on a cookie sheet and bake in the oven for another twenty to thirty minutes… you want them to sort of resemble biscotti.  🙂

Cool and set aside until you are ready to assemble your tiramisu.

Stay tuned!  🙂

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Breakfast Smoothie

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I love smoothies for breakfast!

Today we used (for 2) …

  • 1 banana
  • 1/2c of wild blueberries
  • 1/2c of rhubarb
  • a pinch of pea shoots  (they have a pretty strong flavour so a little goes a long way – so to speak)
  • 1c of unsweetened ‘So Delicious’ coconut milk
  • 1/2c of coconut water
  • 1/2c of ‘Happy Planet’ orange juice
  • 1 heaping tablespoon of hemp seeds

Whiz away in the blender for a minute or two and enjoy!

Yum!

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Creamsicle Coffee

May 25th, 2012 068

I’m excited about this one.  🙂

We’re away from home this week so making a pot of coffee is a treat all on its own, but THIS … this almost makes me want to go out and buy a (cuisinart) coffee maker!

As a child, creamsicles were my most favorite treat – we didn’t get them often, but I still can remember the flavours of that perfect combo swirling around in my mouth.

YUM!

In the bender…

  • 1c of ice
  • 1/2 a mug of strong coffee
  • 1/2 a mug of vanilla ‘so delicious’ coconut milk
  • juice of 1 orange
  • 1tsp of orange zest

Blend away and voila!

Childhood memories and a hint or two of being somewhat of a grown up … hooked!

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Enjoy … and HAPPY Sunday!

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