Peppermint Hot Carob

Peppermint Hot Carob: Sweetened with maple syrup, and dairy-free! A delicious caffeine-free drink that's great right before bed. Yum! -- The Nourishing Gourmet

Frothy and rich, this peppermint flavored hot carob drink is a delicious and soothing way to end the day. Since it’s caffeine-free, it’s great for having at nighttime, or for serving to children. Made with rich coconut milk or cream, it’s dairy-free deliciousness!

Carob is an antioxidant-rich food and has been cultivated for thousands of years. Many think of it as a “chocolate alternative”, but as a chocolate-lover myself, I find it better to think of it as its own distinctive flavor.

However, having said that, once you add the peppermint extract to this recipe, you could easily think that you are drinking peppermint hot cocoa!

If you prefer, feel free to use homemade almond milk too.

Ingredients:

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Other Hot Drinks: Chai Latte Powder and Coconut Ginger Apple Cider

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Peppermint Hot Carob

  • 1 cup of coconut milk (or ½ cup of coconut cream and ½ cup of water)
  • 1 tablespoon carob powder
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup or honey (for less sweet option, use 2 teaspoons. You can also substitute stevia extract)
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 – ½ teaspoon peppermint extract  (I love peppermint, so I really add a lot, but a reader emailed to say it was much too strong for her – so start with a scant 1/4 teaspoon, and add more only if desired).

1. Combine coconut milk carob powder and sweetener in a blender, and blend until smooth.

2. Pour into a pan, and heat over medium-high heat, until just barely simmering. Remove from heat and add the two extracts.

3. Enjoy!

Optional Topping Ideas: Homemade Honey-Sweetened Marshmallows or Coconut Whipped Cream

Peppermint Hot Carob
 
 
Ingredients
  • 1 cup of coconut milk (or ½ cup of coconut cream and ½ cup of water)
  • 1 tablespoon carob powder
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup or honey (for less sweet option, use 2 teaspoons. You can also substitute stevia extract)
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ¼ - ½ teaspoon peppermint extract (I love peppermint, so I really add a lot, but a reader emailed to say it was much too strong for her - so start with a scant ¼ teaspoon, and add more only if desired).
Instructions
  1. Combine coconut milk carob powder and sweetener in a blender, and blend until smooth.
  2. Pour into a pan, and heat over medium-high heat, until just barely simmering. Remove from heat and add the two extracts.
  3. Enjoy!

 

Instant Chai Latte Powder- A great DIY gift (dairy-free option)

DIY Healthy Chai Latte Powder - Lovely to hand on hand for afternoon tea times, or makes a great gift! -- The Nourishing Gourmet

This creamy, foamy, hot beverage epitomizes pleasure for many tea drinkers. Even those who enjoy coffee have a hard time resisting the sweet comforting spices, ones we smell first and then savor as we taste them. During the holidays the incense and flavors of chai are even more nostalgic and pleasing: the familiar flavor of cinnamon, the healthy bite of ginger, the peppery quality of allspice, and the earthy excitement of cloves, the subtle exotic presence of cardamom, and the pungent, almost bitter flavor of nutmeg.

We’ve all seen instant chai powder at the grocery market. But most instant drink powders contain refined sugar, hydrogenated oils and overall, less than healthful ingredients. These are unnecessary. Whole foods, full of nutrition + a spice or coffee grinder quickly makes this dreamy, creamy drink into a real food reality!

One main difference? There will be settling with this real tea version. If you wish to avoid this, simply steep the drink for 3-5 minutes, once blended; then pour through a strainer into your cup.

DIY Healthy Chai Latte Powder - Lovely to hand on hand for afternoon tea times, or makes a great gift! -- The Nourishing Gourmet

NOTES ON INGREDIENTS:

There are two approaches to this recipe: either buying a high-quality mix of bulk chai spices or measuring them out individually. Both create pretty much the same outcome, although whole spices ground fresh are more flavorful. The choice depends on your preferred sourcing.

For example, Mountain Rose Herbs has an excellent chai blend. If you like ordering from them, their mixture works perfectly for this recipe. You can also order through our affiliate Amazon this Frontier Organic and Fair Trade Chai blend . One recipe option uses this measurement.

However, if you have most of what you need already, and you only need a couple more spices to get started, I give the quantities below for measuring the spices separately.

This recipe can be made with whichever milk you like best. Instead of using powdered milk, as most factory-made chai latte blends do, this recipe uses milk instead of water to create your latte. Choose raw milk, goat milk, coconut milk, nut milk, whatever suits your diet. All will work well and taste great.

Regarding the tea, you can also choose which tea suits you best: black tea, decaffeinated tea, or red rooibos. All blend beautifully in the spice grinder, creating this instant tea delight!

NOTES ON EQUIPMENT NEEDED:

I tried out few spice grinders before landing on (affiliate) my favorite . If you have a coffee grinder at home, it is likely the only tool you’ll need. The recipe requires a fine powder. I purchased my grinder just for this recipe and am excited to have it from this point forward, finally a spice grinder in my very own kitchen! If you don’t have one yet, they are inexpensive and effective, so nice to have on hand.

INSTANT CHAI LATTE POWDER
Makes approximately 1-1/2 cups powder or 8-16 oz. servings of Chai Latte
Recipe can be doubled

  • 2/3 cup loose black tea or rooibos (this will measure out to slightly less than 1/2 cup tea powder, once blended in spice grinder)
  • 1/2 cup coconut sugar (or substitute granulated sweetener of choice; or add honey to taste at the time of serving)
  • 1/2 cup collagen or gelatin (optional)
  • 2 tablespoons whole spice chai blend
    -OR-
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon each: allspice, cardamom, cloves, and nutmeg (these spices can be measured once powdered)
  1. Place 12 oz. hot milk of choice and 1 tablespoon Instant Chai into a blender.
  2. Blend 12 seconds on medium speed. Serve and enjoy.

Bulletproof Variation- Use hot water and 2 tablespoons butter or coconut oil, in place of hot milk.
Iced Latte Variation- In warmer months, use collagen instead of gelatin. Blend cold milk with spices. Pour, strained, over ice.

Instant Chai Latte Powder
 
 
Ingredients
  • Makes approximately 1-1/2 cups powder or 8-16 oz. servings of Chai Latte
  • Recipe can be doubled
  • ⅔ cup loose black tea or rooibos (this will measure out to slightly less than ½ cup tea powder, once blended in spice grinder)
  • ½ cup coconut sugar (or substitute granulated sweetener of choice; or add honey to taste at the time of serving)
  • ½ cup collagen or gelatin (optional)
  • 2 tablespoons whole spice chai blend
  • -OR-
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon ginger
  • ¼ teaspoon each: allspice, cardamom, cloves, and nutmeg (these spices can be measured once powdered)
Instructions
  1. Place 12 oz. hot milk of choice and 1 tablespoon Instant Chai into a blender.
  2. Blend 12 seconds on medium speed.
  3. Serve and enjoy.

 

 

 

Garam Masala No Cook Pickled Onions

Easy Garam Masala Quick Pickled Onions (No cook and lovely for DIY gift giving!) - These can be eaten plain, served on sandwiches, or served as part of a liver pate combination platter. -- The Nourishing Gourmet
This five-minute project produces the tangy pickled onions flavored with the warmth of garam masala – a spice mix that uses cinnamon, nutmeg, cumin and a variety of other spices. It’s delightful, and it makes a great DIY gift!

I like to eat them plain, put them on sandwiches (try it with my homemade chicken lunchmeat!), or served with this favorite liver pate recipe. In fact, I first made this recipe to go with this liver pate. This last Thanksgiving, we served it with these onions and fig jam. Sublime. It was gobbled down quickly by all. This is a variation of the pickled onion recipe I have in my cookbook, Ladled: Nourishing Soups for all Seasons.

Now I am making up some to give as gifts! Not all appreciate and adore the Christmas sweet treats generally given – this recipe is a great option for the savory loving friend. Give it with a list of ways to use it, and the recipe, if you please. For gift giving, you could use (affiliate links)  a cute canning jar  or a flip lid jar .

For other Christmas worthy ideas, check out the 12 Days of Christmas series we have going on! So far we have Chai Eggnog, DIY Mint Chocolate Lip Balm, and Sweet and Spicy Candied Nuts.

Garam Masala No Cook Pickled Onions

Ingredients: 

  • 1 large onion, peeled and thinly sliced
  • 1 cup water (filtered)
  • ½ cup raw apple cider vinegar
  • 15 cloves, optional (but they look beautiful)
  • 1 teaspoon garam masala *
  • 1/4 cup coconut sugar
  • 1 ½ teaspoon unrefined salt

Directions:

1. Place the onions in a jar. Mix the rest of the ingredients together until dissolved. Pour over onions. Seal and place in the refrigerator.

2. Serve at earliest three hours later. Will keep several hours, but are best consumed within the first week.

Notes on Recipe: If I am serving these within the first couple of hours of making them, I will up the garam masala a bit. It will get really strong, though, after 24 hours, so the longer you plan on keeping them, the scanter you should be on the garam masala. I tested this with a plain yellow onion, but sweet or red onions would be delicious.

Garam Masala No Cook Pickled Onions
 
 
Ingredients
  • 1 large onion, peeled and thinly sliced
  • 1 cup water (filtered)
  • ½ cup raw apple cider vinegar
  • 15 cloves, optional (but they look beautiful)
  • 1 teaspoon garam masala *
  • ¼ cup coconut sugar
  • 1 ½ teaspoon unrefined salt
Instructions
  1. Place the onions in a jar. Mix the rest of the ingredients together until dissolved. Pour over onions. Seal and place in the refrigerator.
  2. Serve at earliest three hours later. Will keep several hours, but are best consumed within the first week.
Notes
If I am serving these within the first couple of hours of making them, I will up the garam masala a bit. It will get really strong, though, after 24 hours, so the longer you plan on keeping them, the scanter you should be on the garam masala. I tested this with a plain yellow onion, but sweet or red onions would be delicious.

 

How to Make Carrot Juice With a Blender

 

How to make carrot juice without a blender - easier than you think, and so helpful for those of us without juicers! -- The Nourishing GourmetBy Chloe, from How We Flourish

Here’s the thing: I have a very small kitchen. I’m also on a tight budget. I don’t have the option of having a kitchen filled with small appliances. However, I had heard a lot about the benefits of juicing. A morning carrot juice is also an important about of the GAPS Intro Diet, so I learned how to make carrot juice with a blender.

If you ask most people, they will tell you that you need a real juicer for juicing. To truly receive the benefits of juicing, commercial juice is not an option as it is pasteurized. Juices must be freshly pressed to preserve the enzymes and nutrients that makes vegetable juices so good for us. But not everyone can afford a big fancy masticating juicer! I’d love to have one, of course, as it is certainly less work than making juice with a blender. But when that is not an option, you do not need to worry. You can still get the benefits of juicing for a lot less money.

Why Juicing

I was never a fan of juice before GAPS. But I learned that juicing can help support detoxification, and the vitamins and minerals from the juiced vegetables can be quickly absorbed. It can be a great remedy for constipation! This might be TMI, but that is why I have taken such a liking to juicing. It helped for me very much, so it’s a tool I like to keep in my back pocket.

Interested? If you would like to test the benefits of juicing without the investment, read on to learn how to juice without a juicer.

How to Juice without a Juicer

The following tutorial is for 100% fresh carrot juice, which is the starting point for juicing on GAPS Intro. How many carrots you need will depend on how much juice you want – 2-3 carrots usually makes a decent sized glass for me. This method of making juice in a blender will also work for all types of juices!

  1. Wash and chop the carrots.
  2. Add them to the blender. Any type of blender should work fine.
  3. Add a small amount of filtered water. With more watery vegetables, you may not need any. If you like your juices more dilute, add more. For carrot juice, add enough water to come slightly less that halfway up the carrots. It just needs to be enough to help get things moving.
  4. Blend on medium until the ingredients are well pulverized.
  5. Place a nut milk bag in your desired cup/container and pour in the blended ingredients.
  6. Squeeze as much liquid out of the nut milk bag as possible. Save the leftover pulp in the freezer to be used in other recipes.
  7. Enjoy your juice! It is best to drink on an empty stomach, such as first thing in the morning before breakfast.

Tip: If you enjoy the benefits of juicing, but find that it spikes your blood sugar, try adding fat and protein to your juice. One of my favorite ways to do this with with the so-called “GAPS Milkshake.”

Want to make a large batch? It is recommended to always drink juice fresh. However, I believe that if you are experiencing benefits with juicing, less-than-optimal juice may be better than no juice at all. Try freezing the juice immediately and thawing it in a water bath when you want it.

Are you interested in learning more about healing your gut with GAPS Intro? Learn more about how I did just that (without going crazy!) in my book Healing Patiently.

How to Make Carrot Juice With a Blender
 
Author:
Recipe type: Beverage
 
Carrot juice is a delicious and nourishing drink. Learn how to make it fresh, even if you do not have a juicer!
Ingredients
  • 2-3 carrots
Instructions
  1. Wash and chop the carrots.
  2. Add them to the blender. Any type of blender should work fine.
  3. Add a small amount of filtered water. With more watery vegetables, you may not need any. If you like your juices more dilute, add more. For carrot juice, add enough water to come slightly less that halfway up the carrots. It just needs to be enough to help get things moving.
  4. Blend on medium until the ingredients are well pulverized.
  5. Place a nut milk bag in your desired cup/container and pour in the blended ingredients.
  6. Squeeze as much liquid out of the nut milk bag as possible. Save the leftover pulp in the freezer to be used in other recipes.
  7. Enjoy your juice! It is best to drink on an empty stomach, such as first thing in the morning before breakfast.

 Do you juice? What is your favorite type of juice to make?