Lettuce Discuss… Chocolate Cake!

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Prep time: 15 minutes
Cook time:  25 minutes
Total time:  40 minutes
Serves: 12 cupcakes or one Round Cake

Light… Sweet… Moist…

Ingredients

1 ½ Cups Gluten Free Flour

1 teaspoon Baking Powder

¼ teaspoon Sea Salt

¾  Cup Raw Sugar

2 Egg Replacer

½ Cup Vegan Butter

½ teaspoon Vanilla Extract

½ Cup Almond Milk

¾  Cup Almond Milk

1 Tablespoon of Instant Coffee

1 Tablespoon of Cocoa Powder

 

Additional Toppings: Our homemade Chocolate Spread 

and ½ Cup of Dandies All Natural Marshmallows (we import from the USA)

 

Instructions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees f. (Gas mark 4)

Line muffin baking pan with paper or foil liners (If you are using paper liner we suggest applying a drop of olive oil and coat the paper liner to avoid batter sticking).

Prepare the 2 Egg Replacer in a small bowl and set aside.

In a medium bowl add the Gluten Free Flour, Baking Powder, Sea Salt, and Raw Sugar, mix well. Add the 2 Egg Replacer, Vegan Butter, and Vanilla Extract, mix well.

Take the ½ Cup Almond Milk and add the 1 Tablespoon of Instant Coffee and mix well, add to batter.

Take the ¾ Cup Almond Milk and add the 1 Tablespoon of Cocoa Powder and mix well, add to batter.

Take one scoop (we use an ice cream scooper) of mixture and place in prepared cupcake liner or cake pan. We added Dandies all natural marshmallows in the cake batter for additional Yummy Flavor!

Bake for 20-25 minutes, until a toothpick comes out clean.

Cool (We added our Chocolate Spread for additional Sweetness Flavor!)

 ENJOY!

 

Lettuce Discuss… Health Benefits!  
 “Just 1 tablespoon of unsweetened cocoa powder contains 3 to 9 percent of the recommended daily intake of iron, manganese, magnesium and zinc. In addition to carrying oxygen, iron helps make red blood cells and is essential for your immune system. Manganese is a component of enzymes that form cartilage and bones, metabolize nutrients and function as antioxidants inside every cell in your body. Magnesium helps produce energy and maintain a normal heart rhythm. Zinc is vital for the production and development of new cells, including immune system cells. Without enough zinc, the number of bacteria-fighting cells goes down and you become more susceptible to illness.
Flavonoids are the plant-based substances responsible for many of cocoa’s health benefits. There are many different types of flavonoids, but cocoa is a good source of two: epicatechin and catechin. Natural unsweetened cocoa powder has 196 milligrams of epicatechin in every 100 grams of powder, compared with unsweetened chocolate squares which have 142 milligrams and dark chocolate candy with 84 milligrams. The flavonoids in cocoa function as antioxidants that help prevent systemic inflammation. Epicatechin relaxes the muscles in blood vessels, which improves blood flow and helps lower blood pressure, according to research published in the March 2012 issue of the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.”

 

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For more information on Health Benefits- Cocoa Powder click the following links.

 http://healthyeating.sfgate.com/benefits-unsweetened-cocoa-powder-5662.html

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Lettuce Discuss… Biovea Organic Berry Powder Blend

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 Refreshing…   Sweet…   Healthy…

 

Recently we tried our favorite Antioxidant daily supplement “Organic Berry Powder Blend” by Biovea to enhance the flavor of Almond Milk, Cereal and Vanilla Ice Cream. Making these desserts a quick and healthy choice.

Ingredients

Biovea Organic Berry Powder Blend!

Instructions

Water: This is recommended on the Biovea Package! Add 1 scoop of the Berry Powder to 8 ounces of water, mix well.

Almond Milk Shake: Add 1 full scoop of Berry Powder to 1 ½ Cups of Almond Milk and mix well.

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Cereal: Add 1 full scoop of Berry Powder directly over cereal and stir to blend.

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Ice Cream:  Add ½ scoop of Berry Powder to 2 scoops of Vanilla Ice Cream, and mix well.

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ENJOY!

 

Lettuce Discuss… Health Benefits!
Organic Berry Powder Blend by Biovea: Improves Memory, Supports Healthy Vision, Anti-Ageing Protection, and Contains Beneficial Phytochemicals!
What does Organic Berry Powder Blend do?
Berries are astonishingly rich in beautiful red, blue and purple colours, provide some of the most powerful and significant health benefits for those fortunate enough to consume them every day. What is not so well known is that different berries provide different benefits to different parts of the body. Organic bilberry, for instance, supports healthy vision, while organic blueberry is known to protect the brain.
Berries are a rich source of many beneficial nutrients, and regular consumption has been shown to offer significant protection against chronic degenerative diseases, including heart disease, cataracts, diabetes and strokes. Research shows that the powerful health benefits of berries work synergistically and are far more effective when a full spectrum of fruits and berries is consumed rather than single berries or isolated compounds.
The brightly coloured freeze-dried berries in Organic Berry Powder Blend are the superfoods that research reveals can help protect against heart disease, memory and cognitive loss, certain infections, macular degeneration, inflammation and ageing. These berries contain natural phytochemicals, plant substances that can promote health and prevent chronic disease, including flavonoids, quercetin, anthocyanins, catechins, salicylic acid, phyto-estrogens, chlorogenic acid, ellagic acid and many others. In fact, organic black raspberries and organic black currants contain higher levels of disease fighting anthocyanins than any other common fruits.

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For more information on Biovea, please click link below!

http://www.biovea.com/uk/product_detail.aspx?NAME=BERRY-POWDER-BLEND-Organic-Strawberry-442g&PID=1753

Lettuce Discuss… Biovea Berry Powder Blend Vegan Sugar Cookies

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Prep time: 5 minutes plus 2 hours
Cook time:  8-10 minutes
Total time:  15 minutes plus 2 hours
Author: Lettuce Discuss… Hema & Mako
Recipe type: Vegan Sugar Cookies
Cuisine: Desert
Serves: 15-20 cookies (depending on cookie cutter size)

Recently we tried our favorite Antioxidant daily supplement “Berry Powder Blend” by Biovea to enhance the flavor of the classic sugar cookie recipe. The flavor is so great that no sugar icing is needed- making this dessert a quick and healthy choice.

Ingredients

1 ½ Cups of Gluten free self-rising flour

½ teaspoon of Baking Powder

pinch of Sea Salt

½ Cup Vegan Butter

½ Cup Raw Sugar

5 Tablespoons of Almond Milk

½ teaspoon Vanilla Extract

3 full scoops of Berry Powder Blend by Biovea

Instructions

Sift together the flour, baking powder, and salt in a medium bowl.

In the mixer beat the butter and sugar on low speed adding in the almond milk, flour mixture, and the scoops of the “Berry Powder Blend by Biovea”.

Refrigerate for 2 hours

Preheat oven to 375 degrees f. (Gas mark 5)

Flour the work surface and roll out the flavored dough to your desired thickness. We use approx. ¼ inch thick. Use desired cookie cutter and press into dough cutting the cookie out. Place on cookie tray and Bake for 8 to 10 minutes.

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Transfer hot cookie using a flat spatula to Baking rack to cool!

Enjoy!

Many Blessings

Hema & Mako

Link To Biovea, Click Picture or follow link below.

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http://www.biovea.com/uk/product_detail.aspx?PID=1753&OS=204&KW=berry%20powder&cp=4&NAME=BERRY-POWDER-BLEND-Organic-Strawberry-442g

 

 

Lettuce Discuss… What are Antioxidants?

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Antioxidants are phytochemicals. These are natural chemicals that are great for promoting health and well being in your body. They offer unique properties that help to maintain healthy cells.

Phytochemicals are non-nutritional chemicals found in plants. They have protective and disease preventing (not curing) properties.  Plants produce these chemicals to protect themselves, however these chemicals can also reduce the risk of diseases in humans. There are over a thousand known phytochemicals, the most common ones are found in Tomatoes (Lycopene), in fruits and berries (Flavanoids) and in soy (Isoflavinoids). These are all antioxidants. But before we get into antioxidants we need to understand what a “free Radical” is.

Free Radicals.

Simply free radicals are chemicals that are formed naturally in our body that have the potential to harm or damage our cells. In normal cellular functions they play an important role. However in large concentrations they can become hazardous to our bodies and cause damage to DNA, Cells, Proteins and Cell membranes. This can be caused by environmental toxins including and not limited too cigarette’s, metals, high oxygen atmospheres, and ionizing radiation (x-rays entering the atmosphere from space and exposure to radiation). These can increase the risk of cancer, heart disease and other diseases.

Antioxidants.

Antioxidants neutralize free radicals. The Antioxidants interact with the free radicals and prevent them causing any harm. The body does make its own antioxidants in small doses, these are called “endogenous”. Which simply means they are produced inside the cell or organism. However, the body really relies on the “exogenous” (externally produced), antioxidants to obtain what it needs. These are called dietary antioxidants and are found in higher concentrations in dietary supplements.

Summary:

Free Radicals in large concentrations can cause damage to cells, cell membranes and proteins within our body. Antioxidants interact with the free radicals and neutralize them rendering them harmless.

Follow this link for more information http://www.phytochemicals.info/antioxidants.php

We at Lettuce Discuss… use a daily supplement to top up our intake of Antioxidants.

Our preferred supplement is from Biovea and is called “Berry Powder Blend”.

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Click Image or Follow Link.  http://www.biovea.com/uk/product_detail.aspx?PID=1753&OS=204&KW=berry%20powder&cp=4&NAME=BERRY-POWDER-BLEND-Organic-Strawberry-442g

It makes a nice refreshing drink of a morning when you mix the powder with water. Organic Berry Powder Blend is an organic, blend of 12 fresh freeze-dried berries (including whole berries, seeds and juice). It is Fresh Freeze Dried and it is a Rich source of Natural Antioxidants. It tastes great and mixes easily without residue or after taste unlike so many other supplements. It is also Gluten Free, Organic, Vegan, Vegetarian, Alcohol Free

Ingredients:

Serving Size: 1 level scoop (9.8g)

Servings Per Container: 45

Amount Per Serving:

  • Organic Berry Blend: 1000mg

Containing Organic Maqui Berry(Aristotelia Chilensis), Organic Acerola Berry (Malpighia Punicifolia), Organic Blackberry(Rubus Fruticosus), Organic Blueberry(Vaccinium Angustifolium), Organic Strawberry (Fragaria Virginiana), Organic Goji Berry (Lycium Barbarum), Organic Raspberry(Rubus Idaeus), Organic Cranberry(Vaccinium Oxycoccos), Organic Yum Berry(Myrica Rubra), Organic Black Currant (Ribes Nigrum), Organic Bilberry(Vaccinium Myrtillus), Organic Lingonberry(Vaccinium Vitis-idaea), Organic Aronia Berry (Aronia Melanocarpa), Organic Concord Grape Fruit Juice Pwd. (Vitis Labrusca), and Organic Pomegranate Fruit Juice Pwd. (Punica Granatum) • Organic Stevia Leaf Extract 20 mg

Other Ingredients: Organic Cane Sugar, Organic Arabic Gum, Organic Strawberry Flavouring, and Citric Acid.

Further Reading

Phytochemicals: Antioxidants

http://www.phytochemicals.info/antioxidants.php

Free radicals

http://www.healthchecksystems.com/antioxid.htm

Stevia

http://www.livescience.com/39601-stevia-facts-safety.html

Biovea, BERRY POWDER BLEND (Organic -Strawberry) 442g 

http://www.biovea.com/uk/product_detail.aspx?PID=1753&OS=204&KW=berry%20powder&cp=4&NAME=BERRY-POWDER-BLEND-Organic-Strawberry-442g

Disclaimer

(Phytochemicals / Antioxidants are not a cure for cancer or heart disease. We have found no medical trials that suggest that Antioxidants will cure heart disease or cancer. We have only found commentaries suggesting that they will reduce the risk and help maintain a healthy body. There is no replacement for a well balanced diet. If in doubt visit your health care professional.)

Many Blessings

Mako & Hema

Lettuce Discuss… Multifarious Bean Loaf!

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Prep time: 8 minutes
Cook time: Various
Total time: dependent on use
Author: Lettuce Discuss… Hema & Mako
Recipe type: Vegan Burger, Vegan Sausage, VeggieBalls, Patties, etc…
Cuisine: All
Serves: 6-10 depending on use

 

Ingredients

1 Veggie stock cube

1 Tablespoon of Hot Water

3-4 Tablespoons of Nutritional Yeast

1 teaspoon of Onion Granuals

½ teaspoon of Paprika

½ teaspoon Basil

½ teaspoon of Oregano

½ teaspoon of Thyme

2 Tablespoons of Vegan Butter

2 Tablespoons of Olive Oil

1 Tablespoon of Soy Sauce (Tamari)

1 Can of Baked Beans

1 Can of Peas

1 Avocado

1 Small Onion

1 Cup Gluten Free Flour

 

Optional/Extra ingredients we use, not required for basic recipe.

* ½ teaspoon of Sage

* ½ teaspoon Cumin Seed

* ½ teaspoon Fenugreek

* ½ Cup Mushroom

 

Instructions

For Spice mixture…

Start with the ¼ cup measuring cup, Put 1 Veggie Stock cube into measuring cup, Add 1 Tablespoon of Hot Water to melt the Veggie Stock Cube.

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Add all the spices, 3-4 Tablespoons of Nutritional Yeast, 1 teaspoon of Onion Granuals, ½ teaspoon of Paprika, ½ teaspoon Basil, ½ teaspoon of Oregano, ½ teaspoon of Thyme, 2 Tablespoons of Vegan Butter,

2 Tablespoons of Olive Oil, 1 Tablespoon of Soy Sauce (Tamari)

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In a medium sized bowl add 1 Can of Baked Beans rinsed and mashed, 1 Can of Peas drained and mashed, 1 Avocado finely chopped, 1 Small Onion finely chopped, 1 Cup Gluten Free Flour, 2 Tablespoons of Vegan Butter and add the ¼ Cup of Spice mixture. Mix all ingredients well.

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It will be a sticky solid mixture. We store in a container and refrigerate until time of use.

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We use a spoon to measure out desired amount depending on the use, and use our hands to form the desired style. Example: rolling a ball for VeggieBalls, shape into Sausage Links and more… see Cooking Suggestions for our ideas!

Cooking Suggestions:

 VeggieBalls

Bean loaf balls

Form into small Balls and pan fry in Olive Oil until they form a crust.

 

Sausage Links

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Form into links and pan fry in Olive Oil until they form a crust.

 

Sausage Patties

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Form into flat sausage patties and pan fry in Olive Oil until they form a crust.

 

Pizza Topping

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Form into small flat patties and pan fry in Olive Oil until they form a crust, add to pizza.

 

Baked Stuffing

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Bake in  small loaf tin (greased) at Gas mark #5 (375 degrees ) for 60 minutes.

 

Savory Breakfast Pancake Burger

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Form into small flat round patties and pan fry in Olive Oil until they form a crust set aside, make Pancakes , heat baked beans and stack!

 

The BIG Breakfast Pile

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Form into small flat patties and pan fry in Olive Oil until they form a crust set aside. The BIG Breakfast Pile starts with Toast as the base, next add hash browns, pancake, chickpea scramble, Multifarious Bean Loaf Pattie and top with warm baked beans! Yes this is a Protein Punch… now go run that marathon!

 

Breakfast Butty

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Form into flat sausage patties and pan fry in Olive Oil until they form a crust, add to Toast and Chickpea Scramble!

 

Veggie Burger Sandwich

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Form into flat sausage patties and pan fry in Olive Oil until they form a crust, add Gluten Free Bread  and any preferred sandwich toppings!

Many Blessings

Hema & Mako 

ENJOY!

 

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Lettuce Discuss… Vegan Chocolate Avocado Mousse

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Prep time: 1 minute
Blend time: 4 minutes
Total time: 5 minutes
Author: Lettuce Discuss… Hema & Mako
Recipe type: Vegan Chocolate Avocado Mousse
Cuisine: Vegan Desert
Serves: 2

 

Ingredients

2 Ripe Avocados

¼ Cup Organic Honey (see our Honey Blog)

1/3 Cup Raw Cocoa Powder

3 Tablespoons of Raw Sugar

1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract

3 Tablespoons of Hemp Milk or any Non Dairy Milk

 

Instructions

•Halve the Avocados and scoop the inside fruit out into a food processor.

•Add the Honey, Cocoa Powder, Raw Sugar, and Almond Milk.

•Mix for a few minutes until mixture is smooth and all avocados bits are blended. Taste and adjust with extra raw sugar if desired.

•Scoop the Chocolate Avocado Mousse into two small dessert dishes or just one dish for you!

•Garnish with desired fresh fruit for additional yummyness!

Recommended: Refrigerate the Chocolate Avocado Mouse for 15 minutes before serving!

 

Health benefits of avocados!

Healthy for the heart, Great for vision, Osteoporosis prevention, Cancer fighter: Low levels of folate have been shown to increase the risk of breast cancer in women. Healthy babies, Lowered risk of depression, Improved digestion,

Natural detoxification, Protection from chronic disease: According to the Department of Internal Medicine and Nutritional Sciences Program of the University of Kentucky, high fiber intakes are associated with significantly lower risks of developing coronary heart disease, stroke, hypertension, diabetes, obesity, and certain gastrointestinal diseases. Increased fiber intake has also been shown to lower blood pressure and cholesterol levels, improve insulin sensitivity, and enhance weight loss for obese individuals.

Above information taken from the following link        http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/270406.php

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Lettuce Discuss… Vegan Banana Bread

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Prep time: 20 minutes
Cook time: 1 hour
Total time: 1 hour & 20 minutes
Author: Lettuce Discuss… Hema & Mako
Recipe type: Vegan Banana Bread
Cuisine: Vegan Dessert
Serves: 8

 Ingredients

1 ¼ Cup Gluten free flour

1 teaspoon of Baking Powder

½ teaspoon Sea Salt

3 Very ripe medium Bananas

¾ Cup Raw Sugar

½ Cup Hemp Milk

1/3 Cup Vegetable Oil

1 teaspoon of Pure Vanilla Extract

1 teaspoon Cinnamon

1 teaspoon Apple Cider Vinegar

1 ¼ teaspoon Allspice

¼ teaspoon Nutmeg

*Optional ¼ Cup Chopped Nuts (We used Macadamia Nuts)

 

Instructions

Preheat over to 350F  (Gas Mark 4)

Grease loaf pan

Mix all the dry ingredients (flour, baking powder, salt, sugar, cinnamon, allspice, nutmeg, and optional nuts) together in a medium sized bowl, set aside.

Mix all the wet ingredients (mashed bananas, milk, vegetable oil, vanilla, and apple cider vinegar) together in a medium sized bowl; gently fold the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients mixing well.

After all is mixed well, pour into greased loaf pan and bake for 50-60 minutes. Check on the loaf after 30 minutes if the top is browning quickly Carefully Tent the pan with foil.

Many Blessings

Hema & Mako

 

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