Gluten-free Banana Bread

Gluten-free Banana Bread

This lovely light Gluten-free Banana Bread is full of taste and nutritional goodness.

Bananas are one of the best sources of vitamin B6, which is needed by the body for a healthy nervous system. They also contain the amino acid tryptophan which is in charge of producing serotonin. Serotonin has a calming effect on the brain, acting as a mild sedative and helps us feel good during times of stress. Bananas are rich in potassium, which not only helps to keep the heart healthy it does wonders for your sex drive. Potassium (along with B vitamins) are needed for the production of the sex hormones in men and women to promote a healthy love life. Potassium is also important for boosting bone health, helping to reduce the risk of osteoporosis. Bananas are also one of the few fruits that contain a type of fibre called resistant starch, which support and maintain the health of our colon by promoting healthy levels of “friendly” bowel bacteria.

This banana bread makes a delicious afternoon treat with a cuppa or tasty breakfast topped with some ricotta and a drizzle of honey.

Gluten-free, dairy-free

Gluten-free banana bread

3 medium ripe bananas

3 organic eggs

2 tablespoons raw honey

1 teaspoon vanilla bean paste

1/4 cup cold pressed coconut oil

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1 tablespoon lemon juice

2 cups almond meal

1/4 cup chia seeds

Handful of roughly chopped almonds for topping
 


Method:

1. Preheat your oven to 160 C and line a square baking tin with baking paper.

2. Combine bananas, honey, coconut oil, vanilla, eggs, bicarb and lemon juice in your food processor.

3. Add the almond meal and flaxseed and mix well.

4. Pour your batter into the tin, decorate with chopped almonds and bake for 1 hour until a skewer comes out cleanly from the centre.

5. Remove from the oven, drizzle in a little honey and allow it to cool before removing it from the tin.

TEA PARING:  Bodhi Organic HonesTEA or Black BeauTEA go beautifully with this Gluten-free Banana Bread.

 

Gluten Free Brownies, With Sweet Potato

Gluten Free Brownies

These absolutely delicious Gluten Free Brownies are so good you definitely won’t be able to stop at just one.

They are the perfect accompaniment with a cup of Bodhi Organic tea. Sweet potatoes are full of beta-carotene goodness, which is important for strengthening the immune system and for supporting the health of your eyes, mucous membranes and skin. Sweet potatoes are also a great source of fibre and complex carbohydrates, needed for slow releasing energy. Raw cacao, which is chocolate in its natural form, contains potent antioxidants called phenols. These antioxidants prevent bad ‘LDL’ cholesterol from clogging up arteries, lower total cholesterol and reduce blood pressure.

Gluten-free, dairy-free, paleo

Gluten free brownies, with sweet potato

3 cups grated sweet potato (approx. 1 medium sweet potato)

¼ cup coconut oil

1/3 cup raw honey

2 organic eggs

3 heap Tbsp coconut flour

1 tsp vanilla bean paste or extract

½ cup raw cacao powder

1 tsp baking powder (gluten-free)

1 tsp baking soda

 


Method:

1. Preheat oven to 190C.

2. Line a square baking tin with baking paper.

3. Place all ingredients into a large bowl and mix well.

4. Pour into baking tin and smooth out with a knife.

5. Bake for 40-45 minutes until a skewer comes out cleanly from the centre.

 

Serving suggestions:

  • Absolutely delicious served straight out of the oven with a dollop of fresh cream, or some raspberries.
  • Allow them to cool and melt some dark chocolate over the top.
  • Allow them to cool and dust some cacao on top.
  • Add some raw cacao nibs to the mix, or walnuts.

TEA PAIRING: These sweet potato brownies pair perfectly with Bodhi Organic Black BeauTEA and HonesTEA.

Chai Latte Recipe

Chai Latte Recipe

This delicious creamy Chai Latte Recipe can be made with the milk of your choice, however it is absolutely beautiful made with fresh homemade macadamia milk, which is so quick and easy to make and is full of nutritional goodness. Using a milk that contains healthy fats helps bring out the lovely flavours from your aromatic chai spices.

Macadamia nuts are jam packed with important nutrients needed for good health. These beautiful soft buttery nuts are rich in monounsaturated fats that help protect against cardiovascular disease by lowering cholesterol levels and triglycerides. They contain plenty of protective flavonoids, which are plant compounds that have impressive antioxidant properties that fight free radicals in the body. A build-up of free radicals can lead to the development of cancer and heart disease. Macadamia nuts are also a fantastic source of protein and fibre, making them a good choice for keeping blood sugar levels balanced and sugar cravings at bay. They also provide important vitamins and minerals such as calcium, phosphorus, potassium, vitamin B1 and magnesium.

Masala chai is made with black tea and lovely warming spices such as ginger, cinnamon and cardamom. These spices are beneficial for stimulating circulation, reducing inflammation in the body and for aiding digestion. This tasty tea also supplies plenty of antioxidants which help protect the body from cancer and cardiovascular disease. Cinnamon and black tea also have a blood sugar level stabilising effect.

TIP: This gorgeous drink is delicious served hot or iced. For an iced chai pour cooled chai macadamia nut milk over ice then enjoy.

Gluten-free, dairy-free, vegan

Activated Macadamia nut milk


1 cup raw macadamia nuts
6 cups filtered water
5 fresh medjool dates
1 tsp vanilla bean paste


Method:

  1. Soak macadamia nuts for 2 hours. You only need to soak macadamia nuts for a short time to activate them. This will help improve their digestibility and nutrient availability. Don’t over soak them.
  2. Place nuts, water, vanilla bean paste and dates into your blender and blend until you have a lovely white creamy milk.
  3. The beauty of using macadamia nuts is that you don’t have to strain your milk, unlike almond milk.
  4. Pour your macadamia nut milk into glass jars and store them in the fridge for up to 5 days.

Chai Latte


2 heap Tbsp Bodhi Organic Masala Chai
2 cup macadamia nut milk
1-2 tsp raw honey, coconut sugar or 1 medjool date
OPTIONAL: For a delicious chocolate drink add 2 tsp raw cacao powder.


Method:

  1. Place macadamia nut milk and chai (and optional cacao powder) in a small saucepan and heat on a high temperature until it nearly starts to boil, then bring the heat down it down to simmer for 5 minutes.
  2. Strain and then add some honey or coconut sugar. If you would like to sweeten your chai with a medjool date add into in the saucepan with the nut milk and chai.

Healthy Chamomile & Lavender Lemonade

This refreshing and Healthy Chamomile & Lavender Lemonade is a delicious alternative to sugar and chemical laden store bought lemonade. You will find plenty of vitamin C in this nourishing drink which is an important nutrient helps support skin health and immune health. Citrus fruits are a fantastic source of antioxidants to help reduce oxidative damage in the body. Serve your lemonade straight after squeezing your lemons to reap all the benefits of this valuable vitamin. Chamomile and lavender are wonderful calming herbs that are great for relieving stress and can help you sleep. This is a lovely drink for kids too instead of unhealthy soft drink.

Healthy Chamomile & Lavender Lemonade


1 cup water
1 Tbsp Bodhi Organic SereniTEA
1 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice (approx. 6 lemons)
2 1/2 cups sparkling mineral water
1/4 cup raw honey
Ice


Method:

  1. In a jug add a tablespoon of SereniTEA and cover it with 1 cup of boiling water. Leave it to steep for 30 minutes.
  2. Strain and then place your tea in the fridge to cool.
  3. Once cooled stir through freshly squeezed lemon juice, sparkling mineral water, and honey.
  4. Add plenty of ice and then garnish with lemon slices and dried lavender.

Makes 6 glasses.

Healthy Anzac Cookies

Healthy Anzac Cookies

Aussies love an Anzac cookie!!! They are delicious, but unfortunately contain loads of sugar and fat. Try these lovely Healthy Anzac Cookies with Brazil Nuts’ I made with my kids today, ready for Anzac day tomorrow. They’re rich in beta-glucan, a type of fibre found in oats that helps lower cholesterol levels, and selenium, a potent antioxidant found in high levels in Brazil nuts. Coconut oil is a great oil to bake with that won’t turn into a harmful trans-fat.

Ingredients:

1 1/2 cups of rolled oats

1/2 cup of whole Brazil nuts

1/2 cup shredded dried coconut

2 Tablespoons organic raw honey

1/2 teaspoon of ground cinnamon

1 teaspoon of vanilla essence

2 1/2 Tablespoons of cold pressed coconut oil

1 Tablespoon of water

Method:

Preheat your oven to 150*C.

Put oats, coconut and Brazil nuts in your food processor and mix until combined.

Then add the honey, oil, vanilla essence and cinnamon and mix until well combined. Then add the water and mix again.

Place cookie mixture on a oven tray with grease proof paper. Try using a tablespoon of mixture for each cookie. Flatten down your cookies and then pop them in the oven for around 35-40 minutes. Allow to cool and then tuck in ?

Makes around a dozen cookies.

Try with Your Favourite Bodhi Organic Tea

Gluten Free Blueberry and Lavender Chocolate Cake

Gluten Free Blueberry and Lavender Chocolate Cake

This gorgeous Gluten Free Blueberry and Lavender Chocolate Cake tastes as beautiful as it looks.

Rich in protein and fibre to help stabilise blood sugar levels, this cake makes a healthy afternoon tea treat with a cup of tea. A cup of Bodhi Organic SereniTEA goes particularly well with this recipe.

Blueberries are a wonderful source of potent antioxidants called anthocynanins that help protect the body against free radical damage, which is linked to the development of chronic diseases like cardiovascular disease, and premature ageing.

Lavender has a lovely soothing effect on the body, aiding relaxation and helping induce sleep.

Raw cacao is an excellent source of polyphenols that help support cardiovascular health by lowering cholesterol levels and reducing blood pressure. Cacao is also a good source of magnesium, calcium and zinc.

 

Gluten Free Blueberry and Lavender Chocolate Cake


½ cups raw cacao
2 ½ cups almond meal
1 tsp baking powder
½ cup cold pressed coconut oil
1 tsp vanilla bean paste or extract
3 organic eggs
½ cup milk of choice
½ cup raw organic honey
Lavender Cream:
250mls organic cream
½ tsp dried lavender
½ tsp vanilla bean paste or extract
1 tsp raw organic honey
Topping:
180g good quality dark chocolate
1 heap tablespoon cold pressed coconut oil
1 heap tablespoon cold pressed coconut oil
Punnet blueberries
Dried or fresh lavender for decoration


Method:

1. Preheat the oven to 160*C.

2. Place the cream and lavender in a small saucepan over medium heat and simmer for 3 minutes. Then place in the fridge for at least an hour and then press cream through a sieve or strainer to remove lavender buds. Beat the cream with vanilla and honey and then keep in the fridge until your cake has cooled.

3. Place all cake ingredients in your food processor and blend until well combined. Pour half your mixture into a small round cake tin, lined with baking paper. Bake for 45 minutes, until a skewer comes out cleanly from the centre. Place on a cooling rack and then bake the other half of your mixture for the same amount of time.

4. Once both cakes have cooled completely, top one half with cream, then also top with some blueberries, then place the other cake half on top.

5. Now melt your chocolate with a heap tablespoon of coconut oil. Then pour the melted chocolate over the top, so it starts to drip down the sides of your cake.

5. Wait until your chocolate sets and then decorate your cake with fresh lavender and blueberries. Then enjoy!!

 

By Lisa Guy, naturopath, founder of Bodhi Organic Tea

Warm Apple Cider Vinegar Green Tea

Warm Apple Cider Vinegar Green Tea

This delicious warm apple cider vinegar green tea is a fantastic way to stay warm this winter while supporting good health.

Raw apple cider (ACV) vinegar is a prebiotic food that can help support the growth of healthy microflora in the gut. ACV can also help improve digestion when taken before meals.

Green tea is loaded with potent antioxidants that helps with protection from chronic disease, and supports heart health. Both ACV and green tea are thermogenic foods that can help boost your metabolism and assist with weight loss. This tea also contains ginger, cayenne and cinnamon which are wonderful herbs that stimulate circulation and help improve digestion.

Warm Apple Cider Vinegar Green Tea

1 cup of green tea (Bodhi Organic ViridiTEA)

Small slice ginger

1-2 tbsp raw apple cider vinegar

1 tbsp lemon juice

1 tsp raw honey

1 pinch cayenne

½ tsp ground cinnamon
 


Method:

1. In a teapot brew 1 tsp of green tea and ginger in a cup of near boiling water for 3 minutes.

2. Add the rest of the ingredients and stir well, until well combined.

3. Pour and enjoy!

 

By Lisa Guy, naturopath, and founder of Bodhi Organic Tea

Nut-free Muesli Bars

nut-free muesli bars

These delicious crunchy 'Nut-free Muesli Bars' are perfect for a nourishing afternoon snack with a cup of tea, or for your children's lunch boxes. Made with whole oats these bars are a fabulous source of dietary fibre to help lower cholesterol levels, along with B vitamins and slow release complex carbohydrates for energy. Seeds are an excellent source of important nutrients including protein, magnesium, zinc, calcium, and healthy fats. These lovely bars are a healthy alternative to store bought sugar-laden muesli bars.

Wheat-free, dairy-free and nut-free.

Nut-free Muesli Bars


1 1⁄2 cups whole oats
40 g desiccated coconut
50g pepitas
50g sunflower seeds
90g raw honey
50g cold pressed coconut oil, melted
7 medjool dates, deseeded
2 Tbsp hemp seeds or flaxseeds


Method:

  1. Preheat oven to 160*C. Line square slice tray with baking paper.
  2. Place all ingredients in your food processor and pulse until well combined.
  3. Press mixture into slice tray, sprinkle with hemp seeds and bake for around 25 minutes until golden brown.
  4. Take out of the oven and cut into squares while still warm. Allow to cool completely before eating. Stores well in airtight container in the fridge.
  5. Makes 12 bars.

TEA PAIRING: Our Bodhi Organic SereniTEA goes perfectly with these Nut-free Muesli Bars.

Peanut Butter Coconut Balls (Gluten-Free)

Peanut Butter Coconut Balls (Gluten-Free)

The Peanuts used in these Peanut Butter Coconut Balls (Gluten-Free) are rich in healthy monounsaturated fats, which help promote healthy cholesterol levels and good cardiovascular health. This legume also delivers vitamin E, folate, niacin, manganese and the potent antioxidant. Eating a few Brazil nuts daily will supply you with a good dose of the antioxidant mineral selenium, which is needed for good tissue elasticity. It also acts to reduce cell damage from free radicals, and may play an important role in reducing the risk of skin cancer. These nutritious gluten-free balls make a perfect afternoon snack with a cup of Bodhi Organic Tea.

Gluten-free, dairy free and vegan.

Peanut Butter Coconut Balls


6 medjool dates, remove seed
4 heap Tbsp 100% peanut butter
2/3 cup shredded coconut
1/3 cup brazil nuts
1/3 cup pepitas for coating


Method:

  1. Place dates, peanut butter, coconut and brazil nuts in your food processor and blend until well combined.
  2. Roll into 1 tbsp balls and place on a plate.
  3. Blitz your pepitas a couple of times in your food processor until you have small pieces.
  4. Place pepitas in a small bowl and roll each ball in pepita crumbs until they are all covered.
    Store your balls in the fridge until ready to eat.

Makes around 12 balls.

TEA PAIRING: These tasty Peanut Butter Coconut Balls go perfectly with our Bodhi Organic ViridiTEA.

Coconut, Vanilla Bean & Fig Custard

This delightful 'Coconut, Vanilla Bean and Fig Custard' is a healthy version of an old time favourite. When it comes to antioxidant goodness, nothing beats dark purple fruits like the fig. These purple nutritional powerhouses are jam-packed with vitamins, minerals and important anti-aging antioxidants. Their lush purple colour indicates the presence of potent antioxidant compounds called anthyocyanins, that help protect us from chronic diseases such as cancer and heart disease. Purple foods are also rich in another anti-aging compound called resveratrol.

Choose organic cage-free eggs. Not only will you notice that organic cage-free eggs taste better but they are also richer in certain nutrients such as vitamins A, E and omega-3’s. These eggs come from chickens that are allowed to roam freely and are treated humanely. They are not given antibiotics, steroids or growth hormones and are fed pesticide-free feed.

Gluten-free and dairy free.

Coconut, Vanilla Bean & Fig Custard


2 organic eggs
1 cup coconut milk
1 ½ Tbsp coconut sugar
1/2 tsp vanilla bean paste
1 fig
Small handful toasted coconut flakes


Method:

  1. Pepare your steamer.
  2. Whisk eggs, coconut milk, coconut sugar and vanilla bean paste, until well combined.
  3. Pour mixture into 2 ramikin dishes and cover with foil.
  4. Place ramikins in your steamer for around 12 minutes, until your custard is firm in the middle.
  5. Top with half a fig, toasted coconut and a sprinkling of coconut sugar.

Serves 2.

TEA PAIRING: This Coconut, Vanilla Bean & Fig Custard goes beautifully with our Bodhi Organic VitaliTEA.

Kale & Mango Green Tea Smoothie

Kale & Mango Green Tea Smoothie

Get your daily dose of green goodness with this tasty 'Kale & Mango Green Tea Smoothie'. This smoothie is jam-packed with beta-carotene (pro-vitamin A). This important vitamin acts as a potent antioxidant and helps reduce inflammation in the body, while supporting eye health and vision. Kale is a super brassica vegetable that contains high levels of sulfur compounds essential for liver detoxification of carcinogens. Mangoes are a wonderful source of vitamin C, which is a powerful antioxidant and vital for collagen production for healthy, youthful skin. Vitamin C is also needed for healthy adrenal gland function, and to strengthen immunity. Green leafy vegetables like kale and baby spinach are a good source of iron to bolster your immune system and promote red blood cell production and the transport of oxygen around the body. Green tea has been shown to help speed up your metabolism, to increase fat burning and weight loss. Green tea is also rich in antioxidants which are important for reducing the risk of chronic diseases like cancer and cardiovascular disease, along with preventing premature ageing.

 

Kale & Mango Green Tea Smoothie

1 1/2 cups frozen mango pieces

1 packed cup baby spinach

1 large kale leaf, remove rib

Small handful fresh mint leaves

1/4 large Lebanese cucumber

1 cup chilled Bodhi Organic ViridiTEA (green tea)

Small handful of pistachios


Method:

  1. Place all ingredients, except pistachios, in your blender and mix until smooth and well combined.
  2. Pour into 2 glasses and top with roughly chopped pistachios and some mint leaves.
  3. Enjoy! Serves 2.

Supercharge your smoothie:

  • Add 1 tsp of spirulina or super greens powder to boost your immune and skin health.
  • Try adding 1/2 small avocado for extra heart healthy monounsaturated fats and beta-carotene.

Chocolate Date & Brazil Nut Bites

Chocolate Date & Brazil Nut Bites

These incredibly moorish 'Chocolate Date & Brazil Bites' will satisfy any chocolate craving. Eating a few Brazil nuts daily will supply you with a good dose of the antioxidant mineral selenium which is needed for good tissue elasticity. It also acts to reduce cell damage from free radicals, and may play an important role in reducing the risk of skin cancer. Dates are a good source of dietary fibre and iron to support bowel health and energy production in the body. Having a couple of squares of good quality dark chocolate at night with a cuppa is a good way to reduce your risk of heart disease. Dark chocolate contains powerful antioxidants called phenols that help lower cholesterol levels and blood pressure. The darker and more pure the better, so look for a dark chocolate with a cacao content of at least 70%, and preferably organic.

Gluten-free.

Chocolate Date & Brazil Bites


12 Medjool dates
12 Brazil nuts
200g good quality dark chocolate
Topping:
Raw cacao nibs, bee pollen, coconut, or crushed nuts or seeds


Method:

  1. Cut medjool dates down one side and remove the seed.
  2. Place a Brazil nut inside each date and press date around it.
  3. Melt chocolate in a small bowl. Dip dates in chocolate, covering them well. Use a fork to remove your chocolate dipped dates so that the excess chocolate drips off.
  4. Place them on a tray covered with baking paper. Sprinkle with topping of choice and then place in the fridge until set. Keep them in the fridge until ready to eat.

TEA PAIRING: Our Bodhi Organic Masala Chai goes perfectly with these Chocolate Date & Brazil Nut Bites.