Gingerbread raw chocolate was created because I wanted to make healthier Christmas treats, with a hint of spices that are usually used when making Christmas goodies like gingerbread cookies. I thought that combining gingerbread spice to raw chocolate would be a nice combination, and it turned out well. I used maple syrup as a sweetener, the syrup is not raw ingredient but I prefer to use it when making raw treats, you can replace it with some other sweetener if you prefer.
Terra nova makes great organic gingerbread spice mix with ceylon cinnamon, ginger, cardamom and clove tree, I bought one jar from organic store last year and there is still much left of it so I’ll have to create a lot of recipes tasting like gingerbread! Maybe next time I could try to make some raw gingerbread cookies, bliss balls or even gingerbread hot chocolate. I really like that Terra nova uses Ceylon cinnamon in their spice mix, because it contains much less coumarin than regular cinnamon, coumarin is moderately toxic to the liver and kidneys so high doses of cinnamon is not very good for your body.
I created this warming pumpkin soup recipe, because I have been craving warm and spicy foods so much now when those warm and cozy fall nights has turned to be cold, windy and snowy! There is nothing better than warm soup, cardigan & sitting near the fireplace all day long.
It’s now pumpkin season going on, so I wanted to create something spicy to neutralize the sweetness of the pumpkin. I also wanted to make this soup vegan and nourishing, so I made it with low heat and used only organic ingredients. To give the soup some flavor I added some carrots, red pepper and chili and then I added coconut milk to make it soft and creamy, on top of the soup I also sprinkled some hemp seeds and basil.
For some reason every fall I start to cook more soups and smoothies, It’s easier to buy ingredients that are in season and to use berries from freezer that I have collected at summer. Now when salad season is over and I can’t harvest my salads from my own garden anymore I also like to make a lot of green smoothies, they are a good source of nutrients and you can use so many different green veggies and herbs to create most delicious green smoothies ever (here is link to my Super Green Smoothie recipe).
WARMING PUMPKIN SOUP
- 1 Small butternut squash
- 4 Carrots
- 1 Red pepper
- 1 Red onion
- 1 Clove of garlic
- 1/2 Chili
- 1 Can of coconut milk
- 2 tsp Coconut oil
- 1/2 tsp Turmeric
- Pinch of salt
- Pinch of pepper
- Juice of 1/2 lemon
- Cook onion in a large pot with low heat with coconut oil, then add chili and garlic. Cook for a few minutes and add turmeric in.
- Mix well and add chopped red pepper, carrots and squash into the pot. Pour in the coconut milk and water to cover the veggies and gently bring to the boil.
- Reduce the heat a little and simmer for 20 minutes, then remove from the heat. Add rest of the spices. Using a stick blender, blitz the soup until creamy and smooth, add a splash more water if it is too thick.
- Squeeze lemon juice into the soup, and stir the soup with a wooden spoon.
- Taste and adjust the seasoning, and serve topped with hemp seeds and basil leaves.
The color of this soup is so amazing, best thing about eating plant-based is all these beautiful colors and flavors!
What’s your favorite fall/winter soup?
Here is super simple and refreshing recipe for birch and ginger infused water that helps you to detox your body naturally! Really good way to hydrate your body and this is great for you non-water lovers out there because the ginger, citrus and birch flavor the water. I added some raw honey this time to add some sweetness, but I think it’s nice and fresh also without it. I really love to make infused waters, because fresh fruits, berries and herbs add nice taste to the water. There are tons of options to add your infused water, some of my favorites ingredients are mint, ginger, lemon, raspberries, birch and cherries.
Ginger – Helps with gastrointestinal symptoms and nausea. Ginger is also very anti-inflammatory and has immune boosting action that can help with colds and flus.
Lemon – Is good source of vitamin C. Vitamin C neutralizes free radicals in your body and is vital to the function of a strong immune system. Lemons contain phytonutrients with antioxidant and antibiotic effects.
Birch – Stimulates the cleansing systems of the body and helps to eliminate toxins. Birch helps your kidney and liver functions and is naturally diuretic.
Raw Honey – It has anti-inflammatory effects and ability to soothe coughs. Antioxidants of the honey help to protect your body from cell damage due to free radicals.
BIRCH & GINGER INFUSED WATER
- 2-3 cm ginger
- 1 tsp honey
- Spring water or purified water
- 1 Handful of Fresh birch leaves
- Juice of half a lemon
- Peel and slice ginger and place inside of a pitcher with birch leaves. Add water, honey and lemon juice. Use the back end of a wooden spoon and smash the ingredients to release some flavor.
- Refrigerate for a hour to allow ingredients to release more flavor to the water.
Do you like infused waters and what’s your favorite taste combination?