Turmeric Gingerbread Men

Turmeric Gingerbread Men

It’s beginning to feel a lot like Christmas… even more so when you smell the sweet-spicy scent of our vegan gingerbread men baking in the oven. With notes of ginger, cinnamon and the added anti-inflammatory benefits of turmeric, everyone in the family is sure to enjoy making, decorating and most importantly devouring these biscuits!

Ingredients:

 .1 tbsp chia seeds

.400g plain flour

.200g coconut oil

.2 tbsp ground ginger

.1 tsp turmeric

.1 tsp cinnamon

.1/2 tsp ground cloves

.1/2 tsp ground nutmeg

.200g dark muscovado sugar

.50g maple syrup

.50ml aquafaba (liquid from a can of chickpeas)

.250g icing sugar

.1/4 tsp lemon juice

Prep: 25 minutes
Cook: 10-12 minutes
Makes: 20 biscuits
Let’s Begin:

 

1.Heat your oven to 180ºC and line two baking trays with baking paper.

2.Soak the chia seeds in a small bowl with 3 tbsp water and leave for 10 minutes until gloopy.

3.Put the flour in a large mixing bowl and rub in the coconut oil until it’s completely incorporated into the flour. Stir in the spices.

4.In another bowl, mix together the sugar, maple syrup, chia mixture and 2 tbsp water until smooth. Pour your wet mixture into the flour mixture and stir to combine into a dough.

5.Roll out the dough on a floured surface until 1-2cm thick, cut into gingerbread men and bake for 10-12 minutes until they are just starting to darken at the edges. Place on wire rack to cool completely.

6.Whip the aquafaba in a bowl using electric beaters until nice and foamy. Add ¾ of the icing sugar and whisk until smooth and thick. Whisk in the rest of the icing sugar and the lemon juice until the mixture forms stiff peaks. Transfer into a piping bag and use to create designs on your little gingerbread men.

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Christmas Acai Bowl

Christmas Acai Bowl

We’re getting into the Christmas spirit here at Wholelife! Everyone loves a good Açai bowl & Christmas, so what could be better than a mixture of the two! This festive bowl of joy is both delicious and packed full of antioxidants. 

Ingredients:

.1 frozen banana

.2 frozen amazonia açai packets

.150ml coconut water

.Kiwi fruit sliced into rounds

.Watermelon cut into star shapes with cookie cutter

.Shredded coconut

.Goji berries

.Pomegranate

Serves: 1
Prep: 15 minutes

Let’s Begin:

1.Blend the açai, banana & coconut water until smooth

2.Scoop the açai mixture into a bowl

3.Arrange the kiwi fruit in the shape of a Christmas tree

4.Sprinkle the shredded coconut as your snow

5.Decorate the tree with the goji berries & the pomegranate

6.Add your watermelon stars and any other festive ingredients to your desire (we have added our cute as a button turmeric spiked gingerbread men

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Gut Loving Buddha Bowl

Gut Loving Buddha Bowl

As the weather warms up, our pantry and fridge items transition into lighter, fresher foods! We have gathered some of our favourite WholeLife pantry staples that you can call on to make a super healthy and fresh buddha bowl that your gut will love you for!

Prep time: 30 minutes

Serves: 1 large bowl

Ingredients:

Half an avocado

1 carrot spiralised

1 Lebanese cucumber

2 radishes

1 medium sweet potato

Small bunch enoki mushrooms

Tofu

1 cup Forbidden black rice

1 tsp WholeLife Healthfoods black sesame seeds

Green St. Kimchi

Ingredients for Dressing:

2 tbsp sesame oil

2 tbsp Braggs apple cider vinegar

2 tbsp soy sauce

1/4 cup miso paste

1/2 tsp fresh minced ginger

Let’s Begin:

1. Preheat the oven to 200°C

2. Peel the sweet potato and slice into 1cm thick rounds, arrange on an oven tray with olive oil, salt & pepper. Cook until edges are turning golden, approximately for 15-20 minutes

3. Prepare the fresh veggies:

. Create ribbons of cucumber using a peeler

. Sprialise the carrot

. Finely slice the radish in rounds

. Remove the skin from the avocado and chop in slices

4. Prepare the dressing:

Combine sesame oil, apple cider vinegar, soy sauce, miso paste and ginger using a blender or food processor. If mixing by hand, use a whisk and beat until smooth

5. Pan fry your tofu, we have opted for a teriyaki flavoured tofu but you can pick whatever you like best!

6. Cook your black rice as per the instructions on the packet – We opted for the microwave option as that was the easiest!

7. Begin putting your bowl together. Start with the rice then begin layering all your toppings in sections around the bowl

8. Dress the avocado with the black sesame seeds

9. Spoon your desired amount of dressing over the buddha bowl

10. Enjoy! Bon appetite!

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Almond Butter & Chia Protein Balls

Almond Butter & Chia Protein Balls

Packed full of protien and nutritious ingredients. These Almond Butter & Chia protein balls are the perfect grab & go snack to nourish your body!

Ingredients:

.10 pitted dates

.1 heaped tbsp Amazonia Isolate Protein Powder

.4 tbsp The Almond Farmer Chocolate Almond Butter

.2 tsp chia seeds

.1/2 cup almonds

.1/2 bar bennetto dark chocolate

 

Prep time: 15 mins

Makes: 10 balls

Let’s Begin:

1.Pulse the dates, protein powder, almond butter, chia and almonds in a food processor until well combined.

2.Using clean hands roll into 10 tablespoon sized balls.

3.Chill in refrigerator on a tray for 10 minutes.

4.Break up the chocolate into pieces and place in a clean bowl, we have chosen the Bennetto Mint & Cocoa nib chocolate for a pop of minty fresh flavour. Place the bowl over the top of a saucepan with boiling water. Slowly melt your chocolate until smooth. Turn off the heat.

5.Using a skewer or fork, carefully half dip the chilled protein balls in the melted chocolate.

6.Chill in the refrigerator for a further 5 minutes then they are ready to go!

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Superfood Lattes with Nutra Organics

Superfood Lattes with Nutra Organics

In celebration of Organic Awareness month, we chatted with the organic queens at Nutra Organics about their range of Certified Organic Superfood Lattes. Nutra Organics is an Australian family business who believe that the food you eat directly influences your health & wellbeing. They pride themselves on being a company of integrity that only sources the best quality, organic ingredients.

1. What inspired you to create these superfood lattes?

 Our range of superfood lattes were inspired by our teams own need to find a nourishing caffeine-free alternative to our morning coffees. We wanted to create delicious, functional options that we could enjoy throughout the day that we were unable to find anywhere at the time. 

2. What ingredients do you use to create these products?

 Our superfood lattes all contain different functional and colourful ingredients so each one has a unique flavour along with their own benefits. 

Our Velvet Latte is a delicious beetroot chai infusion which makes a vibrant pink latte. It’s naturally sweet with subtle Ayurvedic chai spices; ginger, cardamom, cinnamon, black pepper with cayenne, turmeric & vanilla bean. It’s the perfect harmony of flavour and nutrition.

Our Golden Latte is packed full of all the goodness of turmeric, along with the unique properties of Manuka honey, making a bright golden latte. It also contains creamy coconut milk powder along with Ayurvedic chai spices.

Our Mermaid Latte is a dazzling marine blue and features blue spirulina, blue butterfly pea flower, Manuka honey, arctic sea algae, and adaptogenic herbs, which are perfectly complemented by an array of Ayurvedic chai spices and creamy coconut milk. 

Our Lunar Latte is a blissful blend of vibrant purple carrot, traditional Chinese adaptogens and organic floral botanicals including Chamomile, Lavender and Passionflower making a moon milk potion to help relax before bed. Its smooth vanilla tones combined with caramel notes of mesquite and a subtle hint of pink Himalayan crystal salt compliment the delicate bouquet to deliver a delicious pre-bedtime indulgence. 

3. What process do you go through to learn and source what ingredients to use?

We are so fortunate to have a team of incredible naturopaths and research nutritionists who live and breathe sourcing unique and supportive ingredients which are not only delicious but provide unique health benefits that are easily incorporated into daily life.

4. How important is using certified organic ingredients to you?

It’s in our name! Our team works hard to source all of our products as locally as possible as well as certified organic wherever possible. It’s at the core of all we do. All of our Superfood Lattes are certified organic.

5. What is your favourite recipe incorporating a superfood latte?

That’s a tricky one, we’ve created so many delicious recipes over the years. One that definitely sticks out is our Unicorn donuts with creamy coconut glaze, we mixed our Velvet and Mermaid Lattes through the glaze and it was the perfect addition to the moist banana bread donuts. You can find it here.

6. What is your favourite flavour in the range and why?

That’s also a tricky one, and my answer definitely changes all the time. But at the moment I’d have to say the Lunar Latte, it tastes like a rainbow paddle-pop and is the perfect bedtime treat with relaxing botanicals and herbs like lavender, passionflower, chamomile, ashwaghanda, he shou wu and reishi mushroom.

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Turkish Couscous Salad

Turkish Couscous Salad

Featuring ingredients from this months catalogue , we created this delicious, bright Turkish Couscous Salad, studded with turmeric roasted chickepas, pistachios and sweet dates. The perfect accompaniment to any lunch or dinner.

Ingredients:

 . 1 cup couscous

. 1 ½ cup water

. Olive oil

. Sea salt

. Small bunch parsley chopped

. 1 cup chickpeas

. 1/2 cup almonds

. 1/2 cup pistachios

. 1/2 cup dried apricot sliced

. 1/2 cup pitted dates sliced

. 1 tsp turmeric

. Half a lemon

Let’s Begin:

1. Pre-soak chickpeas overnight & then boil for 2 hrs

2. Pre heat your oven to 200 °C fan forced

3. Place dry couscous in a bowl

4. Combine boiled water with 2tsp of oil and a pinch of sea salt. Pour over the couscous. Stir and leave to sit until all the liquid has been absorbed.

5. Roughly chop the almonds and place on one side of a baking tray

6. Place the chickpeas on the over side of the baking tray and sprinkle with turmeric

7. Leave to roast for 15 minutes or until golden and toasty

8. In a large bowl toss the couscous, parsley, apricot, dates, almonds, pistachios and chickpeas

9. Arrange on a large serving platter

10. Zest the lemon over the salad and finish with a squeeze of lemon

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