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Sweet & Spicy Almonds

Sweet & Spicy Almonds

The perfect solution to that mid afternoon snack attack!

Ingredients

  • 2 cups raw almonds
  • 20g butter
  • 2 tsp olive oil
  • 1 tbsp cinnamon
  • 1-2 tbsp coconut sugar OR honey
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • Chilli flakes (optional)

Method

  1. Melt butter in large frypan over medium heat. Add olive oil then add almonds.
  2. Toss almonds to coat then add seasoning ingredients, stirring regularly to coat and allow to roast without burning.
  3. Once covered and lightly browned removed from heat and pour onto baking paper lined tray.
  4. Allow to cool.
  5. Enjoy by the handful!

 

Chocolate-y Easter Tart

Chocolate-y Easter Tart

These delicious tarts make the perfect Easter dessert! For a little fun try decorating with Easter eggs or baby chickens

Serves 6

Ingredients

Pastry

  • 1 1/4 cup almond meal
  • 1 cup coconut flour
  • ¼ cup coconut oil, melted
  • 1/3 cup pure maple syrup
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 tbsp cacao
  • 2-2 1/2 tbsp ice-cold water

Filling

  • 1 ½ cups Luz Almond Medjool Date or Original Almond Milk
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • ½ cup coconut milk
  • 3 tbsp tapioca flour
  • ¼ cup cacao (additional if desired)
  • 3 tbsp pure maple syrup (additional if using Luz Original)
  • 1 tsp cinnamon

 

Method
1. To make the pastry mix together all the dry ingredients (almond meal, coconut flour and cacao) in a bowl then add to a food processor.

2. Combine vanilla, maple syrup, coconut oil and 2 tbs ice cold water. Add to food processor and blend until it forms a dough. You made need to add a little more water if it appears dry.

3. Refrigerate for half an hour then press into 6 individual 10cm diameter tart tins.

4. Blind bake on 150 degrees Celsius for 10 minutes then remove weights and cook uncovered for further ten minutes or until crisp. Remove from oven and allow to cool.

5. To make the filling, put the tapioca flour, cinnamon and cacao in a saucepan. Add vanilla and maple syrup.

6. Whisk to combine over low heat then add almond milk and coconut milk and whisk constantly. Slowly bring the mixture to the boil and continue stirring constantly until thick custard consistency.

7. Pour into tart cases.

8. Refrigerate for 4-6 hours. Gently remove tarts from tins and serve dusted with cacao.

Gluten Free Almond Pancakes

Gluten Free Almond Pancakes

Serves 4

Ingredients

2/3 cup rice flour

2/3 cup almond meal

1 cup Luz Date Milk

1 tsp vanilla extract

2 eggs

2 tsp baking powder

coconut oil

Method

1. Combine eggs, almond meal, rice flour, vanilla and baking powder in a bowl.

2. Slowly add the Luz Date Almond Milk, starting with a third of a cup and adding more if required to thin out the mixture.

3. Heat a small fry pan over medium heat and add a teaspoon of coconut oil.

4. Add ½ cup pancake batter and allow to cook for 2-3 minutes per side or until set.

5. Repeat with remaining mixture.

6. Serve with fresh fruit, honey comb, edible flours and for an extra treat why not top with a delicious scoop of Luz Almond Burnt Toffee and Macadamia Frozen Dessert!

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Carrot Cake Muffins

Carrot Cake Muffins

Ingredients

1 cup rice flour

½ cup almond meal

1 tsp xanthan gum

2 tsp baking powder

½ tsp baking soda

½ tsp cinnamon

sea salt

1 cup grated carrots

½ cup pitted medjool dates

½ cup chopped walnuts

½ cup honey / rice malt syrup

½ cup Luz Date Almond Milk

2 eggs

¼ cup light extra virgin olive oil or macadamia nut oil

Method

  1. Preheat oven to 180 degrees celsius.
  2. Sift rice flour, almond meal, baking powder/soda and salt and mix evenly.
  3. Melt the honey in a small saucepan on low heat.
  4. Use a hand blender to combine the eggs, Luz Date Almond milk and oil. Then add the melted honey.
  5. Keep the mixer running gradually add the flour/almond meal mix until well combined.
  6. Fold in the carrots, dates and walnuts.
  7. Pour mixture into well-greased muffin tins, and bake for about 25 minutes or until cooked through when tested with a skewer.

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Lavender & White Choc Almond Milk Hot Chocolate

Lavender & White Choc Almond Milk Hot Chocolate

This recipe is super simple and is really up to your taste buds so play around. The most important thing is the lavender gets some time to infuse into the almond milk as it simmers! You can even make it and then allow it to cool overnight to really ensure a fragrant and delicious drink!

Ingredients

200mL Original or Date Cold Pressed Almond Milk

¼ – ½ tsp French lavender*

20-40g white chocolate (depending on sweetness)

½ tsp cardamom (optional)

Method

  1. Place all ingredients in a small saucepan over low to medium heat and allow to simmer, so the lavender can infuse.
  2. Sieve to remove lavender pieces and serve immediately or allow to cool.

* Available at speciality food stores

Matcha Tiramisu

Matcha Tiramisu

Ingredients
Almond Cashew Cream (1 batch)*
24 Ladyfinger / Savoiardi Biscuits
2 tsp Being Co. Matcha
1 tbsp water

Syrup
1 cup water
2 tbsp amaretto OR Malibu (optional)
¼ cup honey or rice malt syrup
2 tsp Being Co. Matcha

 

Method

  1. Prepare the almond cashew cream following the recipe here and including the coconut oil (and ricotta if you wish).
  2. Combine 2 tsp of matcha powder with 1 tbsp water, mix until paste formed. Add matcha paste to almond cashew cream and stir until thoroughly mixed.
  3. To prepare the syrup add all ingredients into a small saucepan and bring to the boil over medium heat. Reduce heat and allow to simmer for 10 minutes. Remove from the heat and allow to cool. (You may like to prepare ahead)
  4. Assemble either as one cake or in individual glasses. Begin by dipping a sponge finger into the syrup for approximately 10 seconds or until soaked but not soggy. Lay at the bottom of the dish. Repeat until bottom of the dish is covered.
  5. Add a layer of cream on top, approximately 1cm deep and ensuring the sponge fingers are covered.
  6. Then repeat with soaked sponge fingers. Repeat so you have 3 layers of sponge fingers and 3 layers of cream.
  7. Decorate the top as you wish, a simply dusting of Matcha powder also looks great!
  8. Refrigerate for 2-4 hours or until ready to serve.

*You can make the almond cream with Luz Matcha and omit the added Matcha in the cream layer

 

 

 

 

Rosewater Tiramisu

Rosewater Tiramisu

Serves 6-8

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Almond Cashew Cream (1 batch)
24-30 Sponge Fingers / Saviordi Biscuits
¼ cup freeze dried strawberries, chopped (optional)
Rosewater (to taste)

Syrup
1 cup water
2 tbsp Frangelico OR amaretto OR Malibu
¼ cup honey or rice malt syrup
1-2 tsp rosewater (add gradually)

Method

  1. Prepare the almond cashew cream following the recipe here and including the coconut oil (and ricotta if you wish).
  2. Add the rosewater so it provides a delicate, fragrant taste.
  3. Stir through freeze-dried strawberries.
  4. To prepare the syrup – add all ingredients into a small saucepan and bring to the boil over medium heat. Reduce heat and allow to simmer for 10 minutes. Remove from the heat and allow to cool. (You may like to prepare ahead)
  5. Assemble either as one cake or in individual glasses. Begin by dipping a sponge finger into the syrup for approximately 10 seconds or until soaked but not soggy. Lay at the bottom of the dish. Repeat until bottom of the dish is covered.
  6. Add a layer of cream on top, approximately 1cm deep and ensuring the sponge fingers are covered.
  7. Then repeat with soaked sponge fingers. Repeat so you have 3 layers of sponge fingers and 3 layers of cream.
  8. Decorate the top as you wish – you may like to try rose buds or petals, pistachios or some grated white chocolate!
  9. Refrigerate for 2-4 hours or until ready to serve.

 

 

 

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Almond Cashew Cream

Almond Cashew Cream

In the Luz Almond kitchen we keep coming back to this awesome recipe creation which is so versatile you can use it in anything from sweet tarts, cakes and desserts to savoury tart fillings or as a delicious spread!

See the variations below:

Ingredients
Almond Cashew Cream Base
2 cups cashews, soaked for 4 hours, drained
1 cup Luz Almond Original (or Date milk for a sweeter filling)
1/3 cup coconut oil, melted (optional)

Sweet filling
¼ cup maple syrup (or other sweetener to taste, you may need or more or less depending on desired sweetness)
1 tsp vanilla extract
Cinnamon and/ or cardamom to taste

Savoury filling (add any of the following to taste)
Salt and pepper
Herbs – fresh or dried
Fresh garlic, diced
Lemon juice

Method

  1. Blend cashews and almond milk in a high speed blender until smooth.
  2. Add coconut oil in steady stream if using (makes the cream set slightly more).
  3. Add sweet or savoury ingredients depending on how you are using it.

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NB: For those of you who are not avoiding dairy, you might like to try this recipe with ricotta. Simply add 500g ricotta to the blender after step 1.

 

Fig & Almond Porridge

Fig & Almond Porridge

As the weather cools down in Australia, we are embracing the opportunity to have some fun with some hot breakfast options. And while winter weather is coming in, fig season is going out so we thought we would capture the last of this delicious fruit by pairing it with a warming bowl of oat porridge so you can start the day feeling nourished and warm!

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Fig & Almond Porridge

Serves 1

Ingredients

1/3 cup rolled oats
½ cup Original Luz Almond milk
½ cup water
1 tbsp almonds, chopped
pinch of salt
1 tsp vanilla extract
½ – 1 tsp cinnamon
2 fresh figs chopped
1 tsp sweetener such as honey, rice malt syrup or maple syrup

Method

  1. Bring rolled oats, salt, water and Luz Almond milk to the boil on medium – high heat. Stir continuously.
  2. Once boiling turn down heat to low and add cinnamon and vanilla. Stir continuously for approximately 3-5 minutes or until desired consistency is reached. You may want to add a little more almond milk or water if it becomes too thick.
  3. Remove the heat, pour into a bowl and stir in chopped figs. Arrange a few remaining fig pieces on top, sprinkle the almonds, add a light dusting of cinnamon and drizzle the honey.
  4. Enjoy immediately!
Cacao Truffles

Cacao Truffles

A delicious and healthy cacao truffle which makes the perfect not – so – naughty treat at this time of year!

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Ingredients

1/3 cup purple skinned sweet potato puree (see step 1)

15 pitted Medjool dates

1 1/2 cups walnuts

1/2 cup raw cacao

1 tsp cinnamon

1 tbsp chia seeds

1 tbsp coconut oil (optional)

1/2 cup slivered almonds, toasted

 

Method

1. Heat oven to 250 degrees celcius (or very hot) and bake the sweet potato for 1 hour or until soft when pierced with a fork. Allow to cool and then scoop out flesh from the skin (discard skin). Puree flesh in food processor (Mash can be made in advance and kept in the refrigerator).

2. Chop 1/4 cup of walnuts roughly and set aside. In food processor grind remaining walnuts until fine, then add dates and mashed sweet potato. Blend until mixture sticks together.

3. Add raw cacao, chia seeds and cinnamon and blend until incorporated. Add coconut oil (optional).

4. Remove from food processor and fold in chopped walnuts evenly.

5. Roll teaspoon sized amounts into balls and roll in almonds.

6. Place on tray and refrigerate until set (1 hour +). Enjoy as you please!

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Tips

–        try other coatings to mix it up – chopped goji berries, cacao powder

–        to make the truffles that extra bit special dab them with gold leaf (see below)

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