Homemade kefir ice cream! More like an in between frozen yogurt and sorbet taste and texture. Big hit with the adults and the kids!
Follow the directions for your ice cream machine.
Serve and Enjoy!
(Raw, Fermented, Gluten Free)
(Raw, Fermented, Gluten Free, Vegan Option)
These two cakes go together perfectly and are enjoyed by children and adults alike. Best of all, everyone gets a thin slice of each. These are a bit different from the usual raw cheesecakes, as I add probiotic fermented goodness by using water kefir in the middle layer!
Each cake is measured for 1 deep 9 inch springform pan or two shallow aluminum pie dishes.
The Base (the same one from Our Birthday Cake)
Put in a food processor and blend well.
Put in a pie dish or tray, cover with parchment paper, then smoosh down until evenly flat on the bottom.
Put in freezer or fridge.
You could also add some berries, fresh, frozen or dried on the top of the cake - my daughter likes a heart shape!
Another option is to get fancy and make a 'layered' cake by doing the base, then half of the white middle layer, freeze for a while, then half of the chocolate cherry middle layer.
Notes: You must take it out of the freezer about 20 minutes before serving so it is soft enough to cut. It will eventually melt, so it should be eaten cold. You can see in the photo the texture of the white is perfect, while the chocolate was still a bit frozen when sliced. If you have leftovers, wrap the pieces individually in the freezer so it is easy to eat one piece at a time.
(Raw, Gluten Free, Sugar Free, Vegan Option)
Coconut yogurt is a healthy snack, with good fats and probiotics. Add chia seeds and you get the added boost of fibre and omega-3!
This is one of my all time favorite breakfasts or snacks.
You can either mix this up for a casual bowl, or layer it beautifully in champagne glasses for a lovely parfait. It makes a perfect breakfast or morning snack at your desk. It is easy to make up the night before and store in the fridge too!
** Note - Coconut yogurt is very filling, I often find just a 1/4 cup is enough for one sitting, so start small as you can always add more.
*** Substitutions – instead of coconut yogurt kefir, you could use milk kefir, whole fat plain greek yogurt or whole fat plain yogurt. Do be sure to choose a yogurt with no added sugar.
(Gluten Free, Vegan, Raw, Refined Sugar Free)
Lemon is the flavor of the season for me - Lately, I am all about my preserved lemons, lemon kefir water and lemon chocolate!
Making raw chocolate is easy and fun. I make coconut oil chocolate, chocolate with cacao butter and chocolate with cacao paste.
This recipe uses both coconut oil and cacao butter. Which give the health benefits of the coconut oil, with texture and flavor from the cacao butter too. There is a minimal amount of raw cacao powder. The result is a very smooth texture and a subtle flavor - enhanced with lemon oil.
They look so very pretty 'two toned' - with the sweetener and cacao settling on the bottom and the lighter coconut oil on the top.
It's a gentle flavor, and absolutely tastes best straight from the freezer. The thin 'coin' shaped ones are a perfectly cold, crisp, refreshing raw chocolate.
Option: You can also opt to put all the ingredients in a blender and whip it up that way - this does result in an even smoother final product, and I recommend doing this if you use a granular sugar or want less of a two toned result.
Please note, these will melt at room temperature due to the high amount of healthy coconut oil, they store best in the freezer.
Healthy Chocolate or Carob Bark
50 Wicked Bites - Raw Chocolate
( Fermented, Vegan, Raw, Gluten Free, Sugar Free)
What kids don't love ice pops? Especially on a hot summer day in Hong Kong, these are a go-to snack!
I have always made homemade ice pops for my kids, usually with fruit. Watermelon and chia seeds is the all time favorite, with coconut water and mango coming in a close second.
Now our ice pops have an extra probiotic boost from kefir!
How to make Kefir - http://www.lantaumama.com/blog/kefir-the-probiotic-elixir-class-notes
Below are the exact ice pop molds we use. We even bring them on holiday with us so we can have ice pops everywhere we go!
Silicon Ice Pop Molds - these fit great in the freezer, and are good for ages 7 and up
Rocket Ice Pop Molds - these are easy to fill, and are larger so good for ages 5 and up
Star/Flower Ice Pop Molds - these are easy to fill, and are larger so good for ages 5 and up
Ring Pop Molds - perfect size for younger kids - or bigger kids whom are not so hungry
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( Fermented, Vegan, Raw, Gluten Free, Sugar Free)
So easy, so yummy, so good for you! In Hong Kong, fresh young coconuts are easily available at the local supermarkets. They provide lovely fresh coconut water to drink, and soft creamy coconut meat to eat. Making coconut yogurt kefir is a great way to add even more probiotics to your daily diet.
The coconut water, you can drink straight, or ferment into coconut water kefir.
3-4 young coconuts
1/2 Cup of water kefir (more or less depending how much 'meat' your coconuts had)
1 Tablespoon of water kefir grains (optional)
Scoop the meat out of the young coconuts
Put it in your high speed blender (I use a Vitamix)**
Start to blend to see how thick/thin it is
Add enough water kefir to blend it smooth and creamy - to the consistency you want
Optional - if you have extra kefir grains you can add them too, this will make the coconut yogurt ferment more, but might get too sour for some people. This is completely optional, I only do it when I have a load of extra grains and know I will eat the coconut yogurt within 1-2 days.
You can eat it fresh at this point - my daughter loves it!
Alternatively, you can put it in a bowl on the counter to ferment for a few hours. It goes fluffy and more sour this way, but I still love it (daughter does not).
Coconut yogurt can be eaten plain, added to a bowl of cut fruit, eaten with cereal, enjoyed as a creamy topping to any raw dessert and more. It will last in the fridge up to 3 days so no need to finish it all at once. After 3 days I find the taste is a bit too sour for most people.
I also like to dehydrate coconut yogurt into coconut wraps - just spread thick on your non-stick dehydrator sheets! For more on dehydrating click here.
WARNING! Even in the fridge it expands, so please make sure your jar has room for the ever growing coconut yogurt.
** Note on blenders - you really do need a high speed blender to get coconut yogurt to the right consistency, regular power blenders just don't get it 'creamy' enough.
To learn how to open a coconut check out many videos on youtube or see this step by step photo instructions from Loulanatural:
How to Open a Coconut, step by step with photos
Coconut Water Kefir
Loulanatural - Coconut Yogurt
(Raw, Gluten Free, Vegan, No Refined Sugar)
This is a special gift, for someone with the special gift of healing. Richard Wickes is an amazing physical therapist, whom also specializes in at fascial therapy, Yuen Method and his very own Wickes Way. Richard approaches healing the body through the physical, emotional, spiritual and energetic. Honestly, I have no idea how he does it or what he actually does, but he has helped me on many occasions, you can contact him at Strengthen Everything.
This recipe is for him, well to be more precise the chocolate I made using this recipe were a gift for Richard. I promised him some homemade chocolate in return for a very urgent treatment he gave me. His request was peppermint and coconut, and the final result is truly wicked! Just as Richard brings out the best in his clients, this chocolate is truly the best I have ever made.
This amount makes about 50 bon-bon size bites or a full size chocolate bark.
Now it is time for you to either:
Put the chocolate in the molds, using a spatula to smooth it into each shape
Put a piece of parchment paper on a dinner plate, and pour the chocolate on that and smooth
Then put it in the fridge or freezer for 8-12 hours until totally solid
Finally, remove from the molds or chop the bark and put in a storage container in the fridge
Note: if you take them out of the mold too early, they might look like mine do in this photo - I was in a bit of a rush and made them very fresh for the gift, so they didn't set perfectly.
Since this is primarily cacao paste, it holds it's form at room temperature very well - but like any other chocolate, not in extreme heat.
LantauMama - Homemade 'healthy' Chocolate or Carob Bark
(Raw, Gluten Free, Vegan, No Refined Sugar)
I was playing around in the kitchen, and made something that is definitely not Nutella, it is not trying to be Nutella, do please don't expect Nutella, but it is quite yummy and not very sweet.
Basically, I wanted something chocolatey but soft and creamy and nutty, and for a change not my homemade chocolate.
So I came up with this, and it hit the spot. I've made a few variations and can really say that each different nut really gives it a totally different texture and taste - so experiment with some small batches with different nuts and see what you like best (I'm partial to almond).
It can be used as a dip, a spread, a ganache for a hard chocolate shell or just eaten off the spoon. If you put it in the fridge it will get solid, if you leave it on the counter, it will be softer.
This makes a very very small amount, so 2x the recipe if you want more.
Pour into jar to store on counter or in the fridge. It will get very firm in the fridge, and softer on the counter.
Putting it into little jars as gifts works really well too.
(Gluten Free, Vegan, Raw, Fermented, Refined Sugar Free)
I love almond milk. I love kefir. What better than homemade almond milk fermented with kefir grains?!
This drink is smooth and tangy at the same time, and chock full of great probiotics for you.
Drink it straight, put it in your muesli, or mix it with some chia seeds for a raw dessert - however you use it it won't last long.
There are two steps to this process, first to make the almond milk, second to ferment it.
Do watch the slide show below for key steps in images and captions.
Now, you could just stop here, and enjoy your almond milk - and trust me, I did, at least one glass before fermenting the rest!
Once fermented, put in a glass bottle with a lid put in the fridge.
We usually finish it within two days, but it will last almost forever in the fridge. Did I mention a glass of Almond Milk Kefir goes great with these Raw Brownies?
You can also use this to make an awesome smoothie - almond milk kefir, some berries, acai berry powder and a banana - sooooo good! This is a great way to use it if you accidentally ferment it a bit too long.
** Chinese Soup Bags can be found in the local ParkNShop or Wellcome in Hong Kong, they cost about 10 HK for 3 bags - great value and perfect for nut milk!
*** I use water kefir grains, then I keep them separate from my other grains in a jar dedicated to using with nut milks. You can also use dairy milk grains, and they will work fine as well, it depends on what you have.
**** The reason I keep my nut milk grains separate from my other grains, is so that if I am sharing grains with someone with a nut allergy, I know not to give them the nut contaminated grains. This is just a precaution because I love sharing my kefir grains.
LoulaNatural - Raw Almond Milk
LoulaNatural - Kefir FAQ
(Gluten Free, Vegan, Raw Refined Sugar Free)
Recently, I made some fabulous homemade almond milk, which I then fermented into fermented almond milk kefir. Super yummmmy! It left me with a whole load of raw, slightly damp, almond meal.
I knew just what I wanted to make - raw balls! Then as I was rolling them, I decided to do raw brownies instead. See, this is how I cook, or not cook in this case... I go by feel and mood, and often forget to take photos or write notes. So most of the recipes on this site I have made numerous times taking notes, so I can share them with you.
They have two different additions to most raw balls or raw brownies:
1 - black mission figs, the only reason I used any dates at all, was that I ran out of the figs, the figs really made a difference. I made another batch with only dates (I was out of figs) and it was good, but not as good as the batches with figs. So in short, use figs!
2 - peppermint extract, the flavor pulled the whole taste together perfectly
These can then be stored in the freezer for months or in the fridge for a couple weeks - but they won't last that long! My kids love them, and they go great with a glass of homemade almond milk kefir.