nutritious chocolate mousse?!

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Yes you read right!

I just love coming across recipes that end up becoming firm favourites with my children, especially when they’re as delicious and nutritious as this chocolate mousse, and the best thing is…they won’t know they’re basically just eating avocados!

You’re welcome 😉

Ingredients

  • 2 ripe avocados
  • 4 tbsp raw cacao
  • 3 tbsp coconut/maple syrup
  • 1 tsp vanilla essence
  • pinch of sea salt
  • pistachios

Method

Mix all the ingredients (except pistachios) in a food processor until smooth and creamy. Taste for sweetness and add more syrup if needed (the recipe I follow calls for 4 tbsp of maple syrup but my family is always happy with 3). Divide into serving bowls and refrigerate for 2 hours for the mousse to thicken. Top with pistachios , or any other nuts your children like.

Di x

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calendula tea

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My son had, what looked like, the start of an eye infection earlier this week. His eye was weeping and he, being 2, would rub it non stop. I used cotton pads dipped in cooled calendula tea and after two applications it had disappeared. I love this wonder herb in my apothecary for its skin healing, anti-microbial and anti-inflammatory properties & because it really does ease many ailments.

Here are 10 more uses for this great herb

  • Drinking calendula tea can help in the treatment of urinary tract infections.
  • The healing and anti-inflammatory properties of calendula make it very soothing on the throat.  Use it as a gargle when your throat feels sore.
  • Rinsing with a calendula tea can also help with other inflammations of mouth, such as canker sores, ulcers or thrush. It can be very healing after dental work.
  • Calendula can help with digestion when taken internally by healing ulcers, calming the GI tract and stimulating the production of bile.
  • Pour calendula tea into a spray bottle or use cotton balls to calm skin irritations such as diaper rash, insect bites or stings.
  • Calendula has anti-septic properties that can help skin conditions such as acne. Wash your face with calendula tea if you are prone to breakouts.
  • Many women find that drinking calendula tea regularly helps to regulate menstruation. It can also help with painful menstruation.
  • Use calendula tea as an eye rinse for itchy eyes due to allergies, dryness and viral eye infections
  • Calendula tea can help reduce fevers by causing a sweat- only 2-3 cups per day maximum.
  • Use cooled calendula tea as an astringent skin toner that is hydrating and healing.

To make calendula tea, pour boiling water over your dried calendula blossoms and allow to steep for 15 minutes.  Strain off the flowers using a mesh strainer or cheese cloth.

Please note calendula tea has a short shelf life- use within a day and kept in the fridge.

Di x

guilt free banana bread

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Yes it exists. And better yet, its delicious. I get so many requests for this recipe when I post it on my personal instagram I’ve decided to spread the love… and goodness! Because it’s really as good as it looks!

I basically use Gwyneth’s Banana Date muffin recipe from her It’s All Good cook book, but use Spelt flour from Birregurra Flour Mill instead of gluten free, which in my opinion, makes all the difference!

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups of Spelt or Gluten Free Flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 2 tsp baking soda
  • a pinch of salt
  • 2 overripe bananas, mashed
  • 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 2/3 cup pure maple syrup
  • 2/3 cup almond or coconut milk
  • 2 tsp pure vanilla extract or 1 vanilla bean pod
  • 6 large dates, pitted and chopped
  • 1/4 cup pumpkin seeds/peacans/walnuts, I use whatever we have in

Preheat oven to 190 deg c. Line a small bread tin with paper.

Whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a bowl.

In a seperate bowl whisk together bananas, maple syrup, olive oil, milk and the vanilla. I like to use the thermomix for this as it blends it perfectly. If you like to keep your banana bread more textured use a whisk.

Combine wet and dry ingredients, toss in the dates and seeds/nuts and fold them in with a spatula. Place batter in bread tin and bake for 30-40 min.

Enjoy,

Di x

winter immunity syrup

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My eldest started 3 yr old kinder earlier this year. And yes it’s all very excting and yes we’re having a fabulous time, but, put 15 children in one room together and the likelyhood of them picking up a bug increases by like 300%, ok maybe I made that statistic up, but those that have young children in any type of childcare/school will agree that they get sick often whilst their immunity develops.

So… What to do you ask? apart from ride it out, you boost their immunity thats what!

Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup dried elderberries
  • 1/4 cup dried bilberries
  • 1/4 cup dried rosehips
  • 1/4 cup dried hibiscus flowers
  • 2 tbsp fresh grated ginger or 1 tbsp dried ginger
  • 1 tbsp fresh grated tumeric
  • 1 tbsp dried echinacea root
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 5 whole cloves
  • 1/2 – 1* cup manuka** or raw honey (1 c. maple syrup for children under 12 mo.)
  • 4 cups pure water

Directions:

  1. Heat water in a saucepan on high until it comes to a full boil. Combine all dried herbs together in a bowl.
  2. When water boils, turn down heat wait until water is simmering, add dry herbs and grate in fresh herbs. Mix and simmer for 30 minutes or until water is reduced to 2 cups.
  3. Strain herbs using a mesh strainer. Press the herb mixture into the strainer using a wooden spoon to extract as much juice from the herbs as possible.
  4. Allow liquid to cool to room temperature. Measure honey and add it to your liquid. Mix well.
  5. Bottle, label, and store in the refrigerator.

Dosage:

For prevention, adults take 1 tbsp daily and children take 1-2 tsp. daily.

During illness, adults take 1-2 tsp every 2 hours while children take 1 tsp every 2 hours for the duration of illness.

Storage:

I have personally found this syrup to last around 6 weeks refrigerated when 1/2 cup of honey is used, 3 months refrigerated with 1 cup, giving the syrup a 33% sugar content. If you want your syrup to last longer (closer to 6 months), use 2 cups of honey. Though when it comes to this particular syrup I’ve found that it rarely lasts past a month in our home, the kids LOVE it and ask for it daily! But this is good info to know if you wanna keep a batch in the fridge in case you need it during warmer months.

 

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the miracle broth

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Bone Broth is life. Well not exactly… but it really can help with various ailments or at least increase your skin’s college production, and that in itself is a big natural fist pump!

I don’t think I need to go into the amazing and extensive benefits of why Bone Broth is a must have in my fridge/freezer (but if you’re new to the Eau natural lifestyle then keep reading) if you’re one that’s been on the bone wagon for a while then skip the next paragraph and get yourself the best recipe I’ve ever used. And I’ve tried a few.

Benefits of Bone Broth

  • Broth contains minerals in a form the body can absorb easily—not just calcium but also magnesium, phosphorus, silicon, sulphur and trace minerals.
  • It contains the broken down material from cartilage and tendons–stuff like chondroitin sulphates and glucosamine, now sold as expensive supplements for arthritis and joint pain.
  • When broth is cooled, it congeals due to the presence of gelatin. The use of gelatin as a therapeutic agent goes back to the ancient Chinese.
  • Gelatin is found to be useful in the treatment of a long list of diseases including peptic ulcers, tuberculosis, diabetes, muscle diseases, infectious diseases, jaundice and cancer.
  • When drank with meals we experience fewer digestive problems
  • Increases collagen production. Wave goodbye to expensive face creams as most bone broth coverts experience a significant increase in skin clarity and firmness.

Bone Broth Recipe I use The Nourishing Traditions version as a base, which I’ve altered a little to include apple cider vinegar, turmeric and ginger

  • 1.5 kg of organic grass-fed beef marrow and knuckle bones mix
  • 1 kg of organic grass-fed beef neck bones
  • cold filtered water
  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar*
  • 3 onions
  • 3 carrots
  • 3 celery sticks
  • a few sprigs of fresh thyme
  • a bunch of parsley (tied together)
  • 1 tsp dried green peppercorns crushed
  • 1 tsp of fresh grated ginger*
  • 1 tsp of fresh grated turmeric*

Place marrow and knuckle bones in a large pot and cover with water. Add apple cider vinegar & let stand for one hour ( this extracts all those beneficial nutrients out of the bones). Brown neck bones by roasting at 175 degrees in Iron Pot. Pour the fat out, add water to the pan, set over a high flame and bring to boil stirring with a wooden spoon to loosen any coagulated juices. Add this to the pot. Add onions, carrots and celery. If needed add additional water to cover bones.

Bring to boil. A large amount of scum will come to the top, remove this. After you have skimmed, reduce heat and add thyme, ginger, turmeric and peppercorns.

Simmer for at least 12 and up to 72 hours depending on how rich you like it. I cook mine for 36 hours. Just before finishing add parsley and simmer for another 10 minutes.

Remove bones and parsley, strain into a large bowl or pot and let cool in refrigerator. If you’re like me (and my family) and like your broth clear remove the layer of fat that congeals on the top. I store and use this fat for cooking veggies or legumes. The broth will last for up to 3 days in the refrigerator. I store one bottle in the fridge and freeze the remainder in silicon containers.

Voila, drink up and reap the benefits.

Di xx

Source: Weston Price Foundation