Carrot, Coconut and ginger soup

Carrot, Coconut and ginger soup

This is a serious winter warmer.  Lightly spiced and delicious it is also FODMAP friendly (for those of you who are on this tricky diet like myself.)

Ingredients (seves 5):

7 x carrots, 6 x parsnips

2 x tbs garlic oil

2 x springs of rosemary

1 x 400ml can coconut milk

Spices: 1/2 tsp each of: turmeric, coriander, cumin, asafoetida, 6 x cardamom pods (bashed), 3 x cloves, 1 x bay leaf, 1 x star anise, 1 x knob of ginger (grated)

1 litre water

1 tbs rice syrup or honey

2 x lemongrass stalks (bashed)

Juice of 1 orange and x slices of orange peel

Method:

  • Preheat the oven to 180 degrees celsius.
  • Roughly chop the carrots and parsnips and roast in the oven along with a good glug of olive oil, 1 tbsp of rice syrup or honey, the rosemary and salt and pepper for 40 minutes.
  • Heat up 1 tbs of garlic oil and add the grated ginger, all the spices, the bashed lemongrass, orange peel.  Fry on a medium heat for 5 minutes until nice and fragrant.
  • Add the roasted parsnips and carrots and fry for another 5 minutes.
  • Add 1litre of water and simmer for 20 minutes.
  • Add the coconut milk and juice of the orange.
  • Remove the cardamom pods, the bay leaf, the lemongrass stalks.
  • Using a stick blender, whizz until smooth.
  • Add seasoning to taste, add more water if you like your soup less thick.

 

Turmeric latte

Turmeric latte

Such a great winter warmer – deliciously filling, sumptuously healthy and a bit of an explosion of flavour.

Ingredients:

1/2 cup almond milk

1/2 cup coconut milk

1 teaspoon grated turmeric

1 teaspoon grated ginger

1 teaspoon of rice syrup or sweetener of choice

1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

1 teaspoon coconut oil

A pinch of pepper

Method:

Heat the milk to a simmer.  Place all other ingredients in a blender with the heated milk and whizz up until nice and frothy.  Serve with a sprinkling of cinnamon.

Turmeric smoothie

Turmeric smoothie

Here is my simple but delicious turmeric mango smoothie.  Makes 2 glasses.

Ingredients:

2 x small bananas

1 x mango

1 small piece of ginger

1 1/4 cups of almond milk (or preferred milk)

1 medium sized piece of turmeric

1 heaped teaspoon of lacuma powder (optional)

Method:

Whizz it all together in a blender.  Add a dollop of plain yoghurt if you want a thicker smoothie!

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Flaxseed banana bread

Flaxseed banana bread

Ingredients

  • 350g bananas or 3 medium bananas
  • 3 eggs
  • 30g butter
  • 1 tablespoon of maple syrup
  • 1 tablespoon of rice syrup
  • 210g ground almonds
  • 45g ground flax seeds
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla paste
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 tablespoon of lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoons of cinnamon
  • A sprinkling of mixed seeds including flax seeds

Method:

  • Prepare a bread tin with baking paper
  • Preheat the oven to 170 degrees celcius.
  • In a big bowl mash up the banana and butter
  • With a whisk mix in the maple and rice syrups, vanilla paste, lemon juice, cinnamon, eggs and baking soda.
  • Whisk in the almonds and flax seeds until smooth.
  • Pour into the tin, sprinkle over the seeds and bake for 1 hour or until a skewer comes out smooth.
Spiced Ginger and Chocolate Cookies

Spiced Ginger and Chocolate Cookies

Inspired by Hemsley & Hemsley this recipe is vegan friendly and has no refined sugar.  It’s also the simplest thing to make and turns out nice and chewy and completely delicious!

Ingredients:

  • 440g ground almonds
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 2 tsp allspice
  • 2 tsp ground ginger
  • 1 tsp nutmeg
  • Pinch of sea salt
  • 2 tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 80g dark chocolate pieces / cacao nibs (the darker the better!)
  • 80g whole pecans roughly chopped
  • 4 tbs of maple syrup
  • 5 tbs of rice malt syrup

Mix in a big bowl the almonds, spices, salt, bicarbonate of soda, dark chocolate and pecans.  Stir in the syrups and shape into flat cookie like pieces.  The dough won’t be too wet so if you need to add a little more syrup for it to stay together then do.  Bake in a preheated over (175 degrees C) for 12 minutes – they should look slightly brown at the edges but very soft in the middle – be careful when placing them onto a wire rack to cool!

Enjoy!

Matcha Latte

Matcha Latte

This is so simple!

In a pan heat up and simmer a mug of almond milk (or milk of your choice).  Add half a teaspoon of powered matcha green tea and whisk together.  I like mine without sugar but for those of you with a sweet toot add an unrefined sweetener of your choice, such as Rice Syrup.