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Galactagogue (breast milk promoting) cookies

Throughout history mothers from many cultures have utilised galactagogue foods to promote or increase the flow of breast milk. It is important to be eating a wholesome diet with enough calories to support milk supply, so having some healthy, delicious, milk promoting snacks on hand is always helpful.

 

These cookies are quick and simple to make, requiring only a few ingredients, which are understood to support the production of milk.

 

It is believed Ancient Egyptians used chickpeas to support the flow of breast milk. Chickpeas contain phytoestrogens, which may explain their galactagogue action. Chickpeas are a great baking alternative to flour as they have minimal flavour, are gluten free, are a vegetarian source of protein and contain high amounts of fibre, which helps sweep clean your digestive tract, regulate your bowel motions and help control your blood glucose levels.

 

Tahini is made from sesame seeds and another great source of phytoestrogens beneficial for breastfeeding mothers. Tahini is a rich source of calcium, iron and magnesium, which are essential minerals necessary for correct functioning of all body systems. Tahini is a vegetarian source of protein and contains B vitamins, fundamental for energy production, cognition and stable moods to name just a few.

 

Almonds are a great source of nutrition, rich in protein, calcium, vitamin E, vitamin B and minerals, all of which are passed through to your baby when feeding. Almonds are also believed to enhance breast milk supply and improve the flavour.

Coconut oil and other coconut products are considered galacatgogues and are believed to enhance the amount of medium chain fatty acids in the milk. MCFA may help the absorption of nutrients, improve digestive function, regulate blood sugar levels and protect the baby from pathogenic microorganisms.

Ceremony Caccao (https://ceremonycacao.com) powders are blended with organic super foods, each with an array of medicinal properties to support your health and wellbeing while breastfeeding.

 

Galactagogue Cookies

 

Prep time: 10 mins

Cook time: 30 mins

Total time: 40 mins

Serves: 15

 

Ingredients

 

  • 1 can of organic chickpeas drained and rinsed with filtered water
  • 1/2 cup of almonds
  • 2 tbsp. of Ceremony Classic Cacao(https://ceremonycacao.com/product/poncho-3/)
  • 1 tbsp. of unhulled tahini
  • 1 tbsp. of virgin coconut oil
  • 1 tsp. of rice malt syrup or sweetener of your choice (honey, maple syrup, molasses)
  • 1 tbsp. of shredded coconut

 

Method

 

  1. Turn the oven on to 150 Degrees Celsius
  2. Line a tray with baking paper
  3. Add all ingredients except the shredded coconut into a food processor and blend until smooth
  4. Roll small balls of mixture between your hands and lay evenly spaced on the tray
  5. Sprinkle each cookie with shredded coconut
  6. Bake for 30 minutes or until lightly golden – they will stay quite soft even when golden brown

Ceremony Chocolate Bark

The most delicious healthy chocolate, ready in 30 minutes. 

The most delicious healthy chocolate, ready in 30 minutes.
Ingredients
– 3 tbsp. cacao butter
– 1 tbsp. coconut oil
– 2 tbsp. maple syrup
– ½ cup toasted almond slivers
– 1/2 Teaspoon sea salt flakes
 Method
1. Line a baking tray with baking paper and set aside.
2. In a small pot, melt the cacao butter and coconut oil until runny and well combined.
3. Slowly add in the maple syrup and cacao powder and stir until dissolved. Be careful to not overheat as the mixture can quickly burn.
4. Pour the mixture onto the baking tray and sprinkle almonds and sea salt flakes evenly on top.
5. Place the tray in the freezer until the chocolate sets. It should take about 20 minutes.
6. Break into shards and serve.

Ceremony Peanut Butter Cups

4 ingredient peanut butter cups packed with health benefits.

Are you a sucker for peanut butter cups? We have you covered! This super simple recipe is a healthy spin, created with only 4 ingredients, all of which possess abundant health benefits.

 

Coconut oil is a rich antioxidant, peanut butter provides a good source of protein and ‘healthy’ monounsaturated fat, while Ceremony powder provides you with essential minerals, supports a happy, balanced mood, increases stamina and stabilises blood glucose levels.

 

Unfortunately many varieties of store bought chocolates are loaded with refined sugar and hydrogenated fats, which our bodies do not recognise and therefore cannot utilise for essential processes. These ingredients are harmful to our health.

 

When you make your own treats you know exactly what is in there and can enjoy them guilt free – the way food should be eaten.

 

Ceremony peanut butter cups

Makes: 10 cups

Time: 40 minutes

Ingredients

  1. 3 tbsp of Ceremony Classic Cacao
  2. 3 heaped tbsp of organic coconut oil
  3. 2 tbsp of organic peanut butter (read the label and look for 100% crushed peanuts)
  4. A few pinches of celtic sea salt

Equipment

  1. Chocolate mould, small ice cube tray or tiny cup cake cases

Method

  1. Bring a small amount of water to boil on the stove, on top place a heatproof bowl and add 2 tbsp of coconut oil, allow to melt
  2. Add 2 tbsp of Ceremony Classic Cacao into the bowl and stir together until combined
  3. Take off heat and spoon mixture into chocolate mould/small ice cube tray/tiny cup cake cases until each is half full
  4. Place in the freezer and let stand for 15 minutes
  5. Remove from the freezer and add a dollop of peanut butter on top of each chocolate base
  6. Repeat step 1, this time adding only 1 tbsp of Ceremony and 1 tbsp of coconut oil to the bowl, stir until combined
  7. Pour the chocolate mixture on top until the peanut butter layer is covered
  8. Sprinkle a pinch of celtic sea salt on each peanut butter cup
  9. Place back in the freezer for 20 minutes or until set
  10. Allow 5 minutes for them to melt just a little before eating
  11. Enjoy!!
  12. Store in an airtight container in the freezer for up to two weeks

Chocolate-coconut chickpea cookies

Soft, nutrient dense balls of chocolate goodness. Gluten, dairy and refined sugar free.

You may not like the initial idea of chickpea cookies, but please trust me when I say they do not taste like hummus. 😉 These soft, nutrient dense balls of chocolate goodness are gluten, dairy and refined sugar free and perfect for a run-out-the-door breakfast, afternoon snack or healthy dessert.

 

Chickpeas are a great baking alternative to flour as they have minimal flavour, are gluten free and provide you with added nutritional benefits. Chickpeas are a vegetarian source of protein and contain high amounts of fibre, which helps sweep clean your digestive tract, regulate your bowel motions and help control your blood glucose levels.

 

Tahini is a a rich source of calcium, iron and magnesium, which are essential minerals necessary for correct functioning of all body systems. Tahini is another vegetarian source of protein and contains B vitamins, which are fundamental for energy production, cognition and stable moods to name just a few.

 

Ceremony powders are blended with super foods, each with an array of medicinal properties to support your health and wellbeing.

 

These cookies are quick and simple to make, requiring only a few ingredients.

 

I hope you enjoy. x

 

Chocolate Coconut Chickpea Cookies
Author: Ema Taylor
Prep time: 
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Serves: 15
Ingredients
– 1 can of organic chickpeas drained and rinsed with filtered water
– 1/2 cup of almonds or nut of your choice
– 1 tbsp of tahini
– 1 tbsp of coconut oil
– 1 tsp of rice malt syrup or sweetener of your choice (honey, maple syrup, molasses)
– 1 tbsp of shredded coconut
Instructions
  1. Turn the oven on to 150 degrees celcius
  2. Line a tray with baking paper
  3. Add all ingredients except the coconut into a food processor and blend until smooth
  4. Roll small balls of mixture between your hands and lay evenly spaced on the tray
  5. Sprinkle each cookie with shredded coconut
  6. Bake for 30 minutes or until lightly golden – they will stay quite soft even when golden brown

What’s so wonderful about cacao?

The different health benefits of cacao VS cocoa & how to get the most out of chocolate.

Chocolate really is good for you – however in order to reap the many nutritional benefits from ‘The food of the God’s’ it’s important to understand the different forms of chocolate available to us.

 

Cacao VS Cocoa 

 

Cacao is the most pure form of chocolate available to us as it comes very close to the raw and natural state in which it is harvested. Cacao powder is produced by cold pressing the cacao bean; this process ensures all living enzymes and medicinal properties stay in tact for their positive health effects. Research has classified Cacao as one of Mother Nature’s true super foods.

 

Cocoa powder is produced by roasting the cacao beans at high temperatures in order to enhance the beans sweetness. Unfortunately this method changes the molecular structure and destroys some of the powerful nutrients and enzymes. Cocoa is most often found in chocolate bars, chocolate powders and processed ‘treats’, all of which also commonly contain refined sugar, trans fatty acids, hydrogenated oil and milk powders.

 

Ceremony only uses 100% organic Peruvian Cacao

 

– It is one of the richest natural food sources of magnesium, necessary for stress adaption, muscle recovery, restful sleep, reduction in PMS symptoms and over 300 other biochemical processes.

 

– A rich source of antioxidants, which reverse damage caused by free radicals, helping you feel younger and healthier.

 

– Enhances and sustains energy without feeling a sense of unnerving stimulation and experiencing a energy crash shortly after.

 

– Contains the neurotransmitters serotonin, dopamine and trytophan, which assist feelings of wellbeing and encourage resilience to stress and anxiety.

 

– Contains (PEA) which helps the body create feelings of excitement and euphoria.

 

– Contains Anandamide – part of the endorphin group known as the ‘bliss chemical’, which is released when you are in love or after physical exercise.

 

– Is cardiovascular protective, helping to reduce blood pressure and stabilise insulin resistance.

 

We understand and embrace the power of food as medicine and are focused on improving accessibility to fair-trade, organic whole foods. Our naturopathically crafted blends contain absolutely no refined sugars, preservatives or additives, only the most pure cacao and a handful of Mother Nature’s super foods.

 

Enhance your wellbeing one delicious sip at a time with Ceremony.

 

 

Ceremony on the rocks

An iced chocolate recipe to cool you down over summer.

Oh baby it’s warm outside, which means it’s time to serve Ceremony on the rocks! We love an iced chocolate almost as much as a hot chocolate, so today we share how to make the perfect Summer Ceremony to cool you down and nourish you from within.

 

Iced Ceremony Serves 4.

 

  1. Add 4tbsp of Ceremony into a jug or saucepan
  2. Pour 1tbsp of boiling water into the jug and stir until Ceremony is well blended with no lumps
  3. Add 3 cups of homemade nut mylk or milk to the jug and stir well
  4. Add 2 ice cubes to 4 drinking vessels and pour mixture over ice
  5. If you are feeling a little tropical add a scoop of coconut ice cream – yum!

 

This will keep in the fridge for up to 4 days.

 

Enjoy the sunshine, sunshine.

Homemade Nut Mylk

Creamy nut mylk with all the nutritional benefits that Mother Nature intended.

Making your own nut mylk is incredibly easy and tastes substantially more delicious than store bought varieties. Unfortunately many store bought mylks contain less than 5% nuts and the flavour and shelf life are enhanced by supplementing sugar, preservatives and other additives.

 

Making your own ensures you gain all the nutritional benefits from nuts, which contain protein and an array of nutrients and vitamins that help promote satiety, enhance skin and tissue repair, support strong bones, a healthy heart and fight free radicals, encouraging optimum detoxification and longevity.

 

Make your own mylk in 5 simple steps.

 

  1. Soak 1 cup of raw nuts (we love almonds, hazelnuts, cashews or macadamias) in 2-3 cups of filtered water overnight or for 6 hours
  2. In the morning drain the nuts and rinse with filtered water
  3. Add the nuts to a food processor and add 4 cups of water, blend until smooth
  4. Strain the mixture through a nut mylk bag or muslin cloth to separate the liquid from the pulp
  5. Pour into a milk bottle and store in the fridge for 5 – 7 days

 

We don’t like to waste the pulp, it is perfect for baking biscuits or muffins, drying in the oven to make almond meal, or using for compost to nourish the garden.

 

Enjoy!

Guilt free chocolate brownies

Refined sugar, gluten and dairy free brownies with a rich chocolate taste and soft centred texture. These tasty morsels are perfect for an on the go breakfast, afternoon snack or healthy dessert.

Refined sugar, gluten and dairy free brownies with a rich chocolate taste and soft centred texture. These tasty morsels are perfect for an on the go breakfast, afternoon snack or healthy dessert.  

Ingredients:

  • 3/4 generous cup of buckwheat flour
  • 3/4 cup Ceremony classic or chilli cacao powder
  • 1/4 tsp baking powder
  • 175g sweet potato, cooked and mashed to a puree
  • 1/4 cup coconut sugar
  • 175g goats butter/coconut oil
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla extract

Method:

  1. Preheat oven to 180 degrees
  2. Sift the flour, Ceremony cacao and baking powder into a bowl.
  3. Place the sweet potato puree, coconut sugar, melted butter/coconut oil, egg and vanilla extract in another bowl and mix together well.
  4. Stir dry ingredients into wet.
  5. Pour the brownie mixture into a rectangular cake tin lined with grease proof paper and bake for 20-25 minutes, until it is set on top but gooey in the middle.
  6. Cool in the cake tin, then cut into squares.
  7. Store in an air tight container if you haven’t eaten them all on the first day.