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A Matcha (Frappe) Made in Heaven

 

You know we love superfoods.. Matcha happens to be one of our favourites! We love it because it’s packed in antioxidants, rich in fibres and vitamins, detoxifies effectively, and above all, it tastes heavenly. Here’s a healthier take on Matcha Frappe that we hope you love as much as we do. Give it a go and tell us what you think !

 

Time: 5 min

Serves: 1-2 people (depending on cup size)

Ingredients :

 

  • 1 teaspoon matcha powder (sifted)
  • 1 tablespoon Maple syrup
  • ½ cup Ice cubes
  • ½ cup of your milk of choice.
  • ¼ teaspoon vanilla powder or extract

 

Make it:

 

  • Put all the ingredients in a high-speed blender and blend until smooth.
  • After blending, taste and add more maple syrup or matcha if desired.
  • You’re welcome.
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Freshly Squeezed Almond Milk

A couple years ago I had some friends over for brunch and was testing out some packaged hemp milk for the first time, as were most of my guests we started talking about crazy it is that hemp seeds, almonds or rice are made into something that resembles milk. My friend Tana explained that it's actually really easy to make it at home, and so that evening I went in search of recipes and was shocked at just how easy it really was! Better yet it's much healthier than what you find in the shop because it doesn't have preservatives or any other nasty ingredients added to it, and you can make whatever flavour you like.

I normally add a bit of vanilla powder, in the photo above I decided to add cacao & lucuma powder to one and vanilla & maple syrup to the other, they both turned out really good! Lucuma has a naturally sweet taste so you won't need to add a sweetener.

If you have a nut allergy just substitute the almonds with cooked brown rice or shelled hemp seeds.

Ingredients (make about 1 litre)

1 cup raw almonds
1 litre water (about 4 cups)

Additonal ingredients
cacao powder (2 tablespoons per litre) 
lucuma powder (1-2 tablespoon per litre)
vanilla powder (approx. 1/4 teaspoon per litre)
honey/maple syrup (1-2 tablespoons per litre)
rose water (1.5 tablespoon per litre)

Equipment 
Nut milk bag (I have this one, its easy to clean and I've used it plenty of times over the past 4 years and it's only just stared to fall apart) OR a fine cheesecloth
High speed blender
Medium sized bowl
1 litre glass jar/ bottle with lid

Method

Cover and soak the almonds in a bowl of water overnight or for at least 6 hours.
Once soaked, drain and thoroughly rinse the almonds.
Place in a blender with 1 litre filtered water and blend for about 2-3 minutes, you want the almonds to be as fine as possible.
Place the nut milk bag or cheesecloth over a bowl and carefully pour the almond milk over the cloth, making sure it is secure.
Then hold the sides of the nut milk bag/cheesecloth and twist the top closed, then press and squeeze the pulp with your hands trying to get as much of the almond milk out as possible. (I like to save the almond pulp to make almond flour or amazeballs out of it)
If you're adding any of the optional ingredients, rinse out the blender, pour the milk back in, add the ingredients and pulse for 10-15 seconds. Then pour into the jar or bottle,  and place in the fridge to chill.

Enjoy!

*This will stay good for about 2-3 days.

**The milk may separate but just give it a good shake and it will go back to normal.

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Fauxtella Warm Chocolate

With all the cold weather in Doha lately, I've been drinking lots of hot (well, warm) chocolate to keep me snug. This is not the type which is laden with milk and processed sugars, this hot chocolate is 100% plant-based and is guaranteed to give you an excellent boost of nutrients as it's bursting with superfoods. In order to preserve the superpowers of the superfoods, especially the maca, this hot chocolate, is more warm rather than piping hot. The other advantages being that you don't have to wait until it cools to consume it, and you're very unlikely to burn your tongue! 

The fauxtella is already sweetened with 100% pure date syrup, therefore I don't feel the need to add more sweetener, however you can add your sweetener of choice to the blender with everything else if you would like it slightly sweeter. This is a delicious and nutritious way to keep the winter bugs at bay and an excellent excuse to have chocolate - need I say more?

Ingredients: (serves 2)

2 tablespoons VegetarianTreehouse fauxtella

1 tablespoon refined coconut oil

2 cups water

1/2 teaspoon turmeric powder

1 teaspoon maca powder

Pinch of cayenne pepper

Pinch of Himalayan pink salt / Celtic sea salt

1/2 teaspoon cinnamon powder

Method:

- Bring one cup water to a boil in a kettle. 

- Add all ingredients to your blender, including hot water and blend until combined. 

- Pour the mixture into two separate mugs, sprinkle a bit of cinnamon on top and enjoy! 

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