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Sweet Anti-inflammatory Roast Pumpkin Soup

Sweet Anti-inflammatory Roast Pumpkin Soup

Recipe courtesy of  The FODMAP Friendly Vegan

“Oregano is an amazing herb from a health perspective, and has been traditionally used to treat respiratory tract disorders, gastrointestinal (GI) disorders, menstrual cramps, and urinary tract disorders. It is often used in naturopathy to treat candida due to its potent antibacterial properties. It also contains vitamins A, C, E, and K, as well as fiber, folate, iron, magnesium, vitamin B6, calcium, and potassium. One active agent in oregano is rosmarinic acid, which is a strong antioxidant that may support immune system health. Fresh oregano has an intriguing, complex flavour, and the herb is among the few that dries incredibly well. In this recipe it draws out the sweetness of the caramalised pumpkin perfectly. This recipe will definitely become a family staple.”

Serves 4

Time taken: 50 mins

This is one of my favourite soups to prepare when my tum is playing up. Not only because it’s so easy to create, but also because it’s one of the tastiest. It is creamy (yet without cream), creates a cozy, warming feeling in your belly, is well-seasoned, and, to top it all off, is incredibly good for you! Oregano is an amazing herb from a health perspective, and has been traditionally used to treat respiratory tract disorders, gastrointestinal (GI) disorders, menstrual cramps, and urinary tract disorders. It is often used in naturopathy to treat candida due to its potent antibacterial properties. It also contains vitamins A, C, E, and K, as well as fiber, folate, iron, magnesium, vitamin B6, calcium, and potassium. One active agent in oregano is rosmarinic acid, which is a strong antioxidant that may support immune system health. Fresh oregano has an intriguing, complex flavour, and the herb is among the few that dries incredibly well. In this recipe it draws out the sweetness of the caramalised pumpkin perfectly. This recipe will definitely become a family staple.

Nourishing Ingredients:

  • 1 jap pumpkin (you could use butternut too – however note this is less FODMAP friendly due to its Oligos & Polyols content – so judge for yourself if this is safe)
  • 1 large carrot, cut into thick rounds
  • 1/2 cup roughly chopped spring onion tips
  • 1 tsp pure maple syrup
  • 3 cups vegetable stock (homemade is best to avoid added onion and/or garlic powders)
  • 1 cup Luz Almond original almond milk
  • 2.5 cm piece of fresh ginger, peeled and minced
  • 3 oregano sprigs (or 2 tsp dried oregano)
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric (you can use freshly grated or powdered)
  • A sprinkle of ground nutmeg
  • Coconut oil for frying
  • Extra virgin olive oil for coating
  • Himalayan salt & pepper to season
  • Optional: toasted pumpkin seeds & coconut cream to top

 

To Create: 

  1. Preheat an oven to 190ºC. Cut the pumpkin in half & scoop out the seeds.
  2. Place both halves on a baking sheet and fill each cavity with 1 sprig of oregano.  Drizzle the pumpkin with olive oil and sprinkle it with salt & pepper.
  3. Carefully turn the halves. Roast for about an hour, until soft and caramelised. Remove the pumpkin from the oven (turning off the oven) & allow to cool for 10 minutes.
  4. Place a heavy-bottomed pan on medium heat. Sauté the spring onion tips in some coconut oil. Add the ginger and chopped carrot and stir to combine. Scoop out the flesh of the cooled pumpkin and add it to the pot. Add the turmeric and maple syrup. Stir well. Allow the mixture to caramelise slightly but keep an eye on it.
  5. After a few minutes, add the vegetable stock to the pan and stir. Lower the heat and allow the mixture to simmer for 20 minutes.
  6. Using an immersion or high-speed blender, puree the soup until smooth. Add the nutmeg and stir. Taste and add salt & pepper as required.
  7. Pour the soup into bowls and top with some oregano leaves and a swirl of coconut cream if you’re feeling fancy. You could also add some toasted pumpkin seeds or activated buckwheat for added crunch.
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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Matcha Almond Pancakes

Matcha Almond Pancakes

Ingredients

1/3 – ½ cup Luz Matcha Almond Milk

1 egg, lightly beaten

½ cup almond meal

1 tsp Being Co Matcha powder

½ tsp vanilla extract

½ tsp baking powder

coconut oil for cooking

fresh fruit, for serving

honeycomb (optional)

Method

1. Combine egg, almond meal, matcha and baking powder in a bowl.

2. Slowly add the Luz Matcha 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 matcha mixture 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 and for an extra treat why not top with a delicious scoop of Luz Almond Burnt Toffee and Macadamia Frozen Dessert!

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

 

 

 

 

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.

 

10 Fabuluz Facts about Luz Almond Milk

10 Fabuluz Facts about Luz Almond Milk

Just in case you needed 10 more reasons to enjoy our delicious cold pressed almond milk!

  1. Vegan friendly – all Luz Almond products are 100% free of animal products
  2. Gluten Free – our products are free of gluten-containing products, and therefore are suitable for celiacs and those with gluten intolerances
  3. Dairy & lactose free – making them suitable for those who avoid dairy and lactose for dietary, religious or personal reasons
  4. Made with Australian Almonds – we are proud to say our product is Australian made using premium quality Australian almonds, supporting our local industry
  5. Activated almonds – we activate our almonds to reduce the phytates which can prevent absorption of the good nutrients in the almonds
  6. Source of protein – unlike most almond milk brand, Original Luz Almond milk contains 5.3g of protein per serve versus ~1g in other brands
  7. No added or refined sugar – our Original almond milk is made simply from almonds and filtered water, while our flavoured milks are naturally sweetened with dates
  8. Low in saturated fat – almonds are naturally high in good fats (poly and monounsaturated fatty acids) and low in the bad fats (saturated and trans fats) which cause high cholesterol and increase risk of heart disease
  9. 12% almonds – most almond milks contain 2-4% almonds and have added oils, emulsifiers and fillers to make them seem denser
  10. Fresh, unpasteurized, no HPP – our milk is simply made by soaking then pressing the almonds, bottling, labeling and distributing. Our milks contain no preservatives and do not undergo any form of heat or high-pressure treatment to ensure the nutritional integrity of the product is maintained.

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Berry Chia Trifle

Berry Chia Trifle

Serve as a delicious nourishing breakfast or a healthy dessert!

Ingredients
1/3 cup chia seeds
2 cups Original or Medjool Date Luz Almond Milk
1 tsp vanilla extract
honey or maple syrup to taste (optional)
¼ cup almond meal or LSA
¼ cup coconut flakes
1 cup fresh or frozen berries
Arils from ½ pomegranate
Method
  1. Combine chia seeds with almond milk, mix and leave to sit until chia seeds have swollen (10-20mins).
  2. Add vanilla, almond meal and coconut flakes, mix to combine.
  3. Fill two glasses about 3cm of the way up with the chia mix, then sprinkle with frozen berries and pomegranate arils, then repeat with remaining chia mix, berries and pomegranate arils.
  4. Refrigerate preferably overnight.

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Keeping Almond Milk Fresh

Keeping Almond Milk Fresh

At Luz Almond we have come a long way from our beginnings when our shelf life was 3 days INCLUDING the day of production. Through the introduction of new industrial scale machinery, a new factory and improving production processes we have recently been able to share the exciting news that Luz Almond Milk now has a shelf – life of 9-days post production! This has been a significant feat for us which has come from dedication, commitment and perseverance and is something we are very proud of!

However just like dairy milk, there are certain steps which should be taken to ensure your almond milk reaches and even extends beyond its shelf life. Most importantly refrigeration is the key to the safe consumption of your almond milk as the combination of increased temperature and moisture can lead to the growth of bacteria and organisms which can cause your milk to spoil earlier than anticipated. At Luz Almond we obviously want to ensure you are enjoying your cold-pressed almond milk as we intend in its premium state.

Here are some tips for optimum storage of your almond milk:

  • Pick up milk last and consider bringing an insulated bag
  • Put milk straight into the refrigerator when you get home
  • Check fridge temperature to ensure milk is being stored between 1 and 3 degrees celsius
  • Keep in original container and if decanted do not return decanted liquid to original container
  • Keep at the back of the fridge where it is cooler (doors are opened frequently so they should be avoided)
  • Keep container closed when not using to prevent milk from absorbing other flavours in the fridge
  • Return milk to refrigerator as soon as you are finished with it

Always remember to use your commonsense – smell and taste before consuming a large quantity!

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Warm Chia & Oat Porridge with Mandarin & Raspberry

Warm Chia & Oat Porridge with Mandarin & Raspberry

Serves 1

Ingredients
1 mandarin peeled and separated into segments
¼ – ½ cup raspberries (fresh or frozen, although if frozen allow to defrost)
1 tbsp chia
1/3 cup rolled oats
2/3 cup Luz Almond Original Almond milk
½ cup water
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp rice malt syrup or other sweetener
2 tbsp shredded coconut
pinch of salt

 

Almond Milk Recipe Warm Chia & Oat Porridge with Mandarin

 

  1. Place all ingredients EXCEPT mandarin and raspberry in a small saucepan over medium heat. Bring to the boil and reduce heat slightly. Stir continuously for approximately 5 minutes or until thickened and desired consistency achieved.
  2. Serve immediately topped with mandarin and raspberries.
Molten Chocolate Lava Cakes

Molten Chocolate Lava Cakes

by guest contributor Samara aka @fithealthyproject

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“Hi there! My name’s Samara and i’m the 19 year old girl behind the instagram ‘fithealthyproject’. I started posting around a year and a half ago, after deciding to take charge and make a change in my life. Long story short, I’ve battled severe depression and anxiety for a number of years. After hitting rock bottom in late 2013, I began researching holistic ways of overcoming these conditions. I stumbled across the benefits of a plant based diet, and consequently the lack of ethics behind much of the meat, dairy and other animal based industries. I decided to give it a shot, as at that point I had nothing to lose. I honestly cannot express how much that decision has changed my life… I became healthier, both mentally and physically. I was more positive, I had more energy, I began to be able to approach situations in a more calm manner. I’ve rediscovered how exciting and amazing life actually is, and now try to make the most of each day, rather than resenting each minute. Some of my hobbies/passions would be… baking (of course haha!), reading, jogging, doing yoga, playing soccer and touch football, chasing my kitten around the house and making her cuddle me … the list goes on. I love sharing my recipes with others and helping inspire people to start their own healthy lifestyle, since doing so has literally saved my life! ”

 Enjoy the recipe!

Ingredients

  • 1/3-1/2 cup GF flour mix (I used my go-to blend that I keep on hand which is 1 cup brown rice flour, 1 cup sorghum flour, 1/2 cup arrowroot, 1/2 cup potato starch)
  • 4 tbsp coconut sugar
  • 1 heaped tsp flaxseed meal + 3 tsp warm water, mixed and left to sit for 10 mins
  • 1/3 cup Luz Almond Cacao milk + 1/2 tsp apple cider vinegar/lemon juice (left to sit for 10 mins)
  • 1 scant tbsp cacao powder
  • 3 tbsp melted coconut oil
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • pinch Himalayan sea salt
  • 1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • For filling: 6 squares LE coconut milk chocolate (or 6 squares of your vegan chocolate of choice)

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Method

  1. Grease two normal size muffin tins with coconut oil. Preheat oven to 180 degrees celcius.
  2. In a small ramekin, mix the flaxseed meal and warm water together and place aside.
  3. In another small ramekin, mix the Luz Almond milk and vinegar and set aside.
  4. In a mixing bowl, whisk together your GF flour, baking powder, sugar, cacao powder and sea salt. Create a well in the centre of this mix.
  5. Pour the flax egg, almond milk, coconut oil and vanilla into the well. Using a wooden spoon, stir until just combined – be careful not to overstir!
  6. Spoon the mixture into the first greased muffin spot, filling to halfway. Layer three of your chocolate squares, then cover completely with more mixture. Do the same for the second muffin spot.
  7. Bake for 8-10 minutes, or until a skewer comes out relatively (considering you have melted chocolate in there haha!) clean.
  8. Let rest in the pan for 5 minutes. Tilt your pan to help ease the cakes out gently. Transfer carefully to serving plates, and top with whatever your heart desires (my tummy recommends Luz Almond cacao fudge vegan icecream, more melted chocolate, fresh fruit)!

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