Tahini cookies

These cookies are like the Middle – Eastern version of peanut butter cookies. They are soft yet chewy, crispy yet light.. you get the idea! They’re also vegan, gluten-free and refined sugar-free. Oh yes! In other words, they are a dream.

Tahini date coo

Ingredients

1/4 cup of rolled oats
1/4 cup of blanched almonds
2 tablespoons ground flaxseed
1/2 cup packed soft pitted dates
2 tablespoons of warm water
1/2 cup of tahini
1 teaspoon of cinnamon
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon apple cider vinegar

Sea salt

Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees. Process the oats and almonds until finely ground in a food processor, when ready transfer to bowl. Add dates and warm water and process until it becomes a date paste. Add the rest of the ingredients, process and combine. Add to bowl and stir everything together until it resembles cookie dough. With wet hands, shape in to cookie and place on a parchment paper lined tray. Dip a fork in water and press on to cookie to create a cute pattern! Sprinkle a little sea salt over each cookie and baked for about 10 minutes – for a softer cookie, bake for 7 minutes and enjoy.

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Immune boosting smoothie

It’s that time of year where sniffles and snot grace noses. Tissue sales are booming. And germs are everywhere. I know it’s cold and you want all things warm but who says a smoothie can’t be warm?! This smoothie has immune boosting ingredients and more importantly, it’s tasty, delicious and bright yellow!

mangoturmeric

The colour of this smoothie is partly due to the addition of turmeric – that yellow spice that we tend to associate with curries and stained fingers! Well, “turmeric contains curcumin, a compound that increases the level of immunity-boosting proteins in our bodies. These proteins help fight bacteria and viruses when they try to attack. Turmeric is also a natural painkiller, an added benefit if you’re actively fighting a flu virus.” (http://www.canadianliving.com/health/prevention/top_5_immunity_boosters.php)

The smoothie also has ginger contains anti-inflammatory properties, helps fight bacteria amongst other super-powers!  (see here: http://www.boost-immune-system-naturally.com/health-benefits-of-ginger.html) and finally, some lemon juice – we all know that citrus is bursting with vitamin C!

Mangoes – the main star of the show – just because they are yummy, delicious and give a natural thickness and sweetness to the smoothie

Ingredients

2 ripe mangoes

1 thumb sized knob of fresh ginger

1 teaspoon of turmeric (more if you’re feeling brave!)

The juice of 2 lemons

1 cup of natural yoghurt of your choice (coconut, sheep etc)

Blend all the ingredients together and serve!