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Chocolate Brownies: Your Best Homemade Brownies Recipe

 

Chocolate Brownies: Your Best Homemade Brownies Recipe

 

A moist, luscious chocolate brownies are what every great treat needs. This chocolate brownies recipe is all about using raw chocolate as a tool to help you take your health to the next level, as we are going to replicate this classic cake using walnuts and almonds as the base.

When combined with antioxidant frosting, it makes for a sumptuous, satisfying, wholesome treat. The great thing that sets this brownie recipe apart from the rest is that you don’t have to bake or even dehydrate anything.

These brownies can be served alongside a raw ice cream as a hearty dessert or a cup of afternoon tea, cut into slightly smaller pieces or as a bite-size speedy snack straight from the refrigerator.

 

MAKES 20 MEDIUM BROWNIES

Chocolate Brownies

INGREDIENTS
  • Scant ½ cup raw coconut oil
  • 1 cup raw whole almonds
  • ½ cup raw cacao powder
  • 16 fresh dates, pitted and chopped widthwise into 3 pieces
  • 1¼ cups raw walnut halves
  • 1 heaping tablespoon xylitol crystals, plus extra for sprinkling
  • Pinch of pink crystal salt
  • Scant 1 tablespoon yacon syrup
  • Scant ¼ cup fresh filtered water
  • Antioxidant frosting
  • Generous ¼ cup raw cacao butter
  • ½ cup raw cashew nuts
  • ¼ teaspoon purple corn extract powder (optional)
  • 4 heaping teaspoons xylitol crystals
  • Scant ⅔ cup fresh blueberries

 

Preparation:

How to make chocolate brownies

1.  If your coconut oil has hardened and turned white, melt it gently in a bain-marie or dehydrator until a clear liquid (see here).

2.  Process the almonds in your food processor until coarsely ground.

3.  Add the coconut oil, cacao powder, dates, ¾ cup of walnuts, xylitol crystals, and salt to the almonds in the food processor. Process until all the ingredients are completely broken down, stopping the food processor to stir the ingredients with a spoon if necessary. You should have a thick brown batter when it’s done.

4.  Spoon the batter into a large mixing bowl and stir in the remaining walnuts, the yacon syrup, and water until the mixture turns sticky.

5.  Spoon into the cake mold, making sure that the mixture reaches each side of the mold, including the corners. Use the back of the spoon to smooth the top of the mixture evenly.

6.  Place in the freezer for 30 minutes or until firm but not frozen.

7.  Meanwhile, make the frosting. Melt the cacao butter gently in a bain-marie or dehydrator until runny (see here).

 

8.  Process the cashew nuts in your power blender on full power, using the plunger, until they form a fine flour. Use a butter knife or chopstick to scrape the milled nuts away from the bottom and sides of the blender jar if they stick.

9.  Add the melted cacao butter, purple corn extract powder (if using), xylitol crystals, and blueberries to the milled nuts in the blender and blend on full power, using the plunger, until smooth.

10.  Remove the firm brownie from the freezer and add the frosting to the top of the cake using a tablespoon. The back of the spoon, a knife, or a spatula all work well to smooth it over. I like to create swirls in the thick frosting with sweeping actions using the back of a metal tablespoon. I also don’t make the frosting right to the edge for this recipe but leave a ½-inch border around the entire brownie for an eye-catching effect.

11.  Return the brownie to the freezer for 15 minutes or until the frosting has set firmly.

12.  Take the brownie out of the freezer and peel the sides of the mold away to loosen it slightly. While the chocolate brownies are still quite firm from being in the freezer, lift it straight out onto a cutting board and sprinkle lightly with xylitol crystals to decorate. Slice into about 1½-inch squares and either serve immediately or keep the brownies refrigerated, covered, for up to 3 days.

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Matcha Green Tea Snow Ball Cookies

 

Matcha Green Tea Snow Ball Cookies

 

 Makes about 16 pieces

 

Ingredients:
  • 2 teaspoons Matcha Green Tea Powder
  • 100g Flour
  • 3 tablespoons Sugar
  • 3 tablespoons Vegetable Oil
  • 2 teaspoons Powder Sugar

 

PREPARATION:
  • Put matcha green tea powder, flour and sugar in a bowl and mix well.
  • Add the cooking oil to the bowl and mix with the flour by cutting motion until it becomes cookie dough.
  • Take a bunch of the cookie dough and round it up with your hands. Repeat to make more cookie balls.
  • Bake them in a preheated oven at 170 degrees for about 15minutes.
  • Cool the cookies at room temperature. Put the powder sugar in a plastic bag and the cookies to sugar-coat the cookies.
  • Serve on a plate and enjoy this matcha snowball cookies!
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Types Of Black Teas

 

Types Of Black Teas

 

Black teas have many health benefits. It can stimulate the nerve cells of the brain to make a certain protein that delays the onset of dementia and Alzheimer’s, improve memory, and increase alertness. Black tea also contains flavonoids. Flavonoids are an antioxidant that can reduce the likelihood that a person can contract oesophagal cancer.

 

Types of Black Teas

Numerous possible single black teas and blends are available on the market today. The following lists a few bestsellers with short descriptions and some suggested health benefits:

1) Assam Black Tea

Assam Black Tea

More black tea comes from this state in India than from anywhere else. Assam teas have a pleasant malty aroma. If alertness is what you desire, Assam will keep you awake because it contains a lot of caffeine.

 

2) Ceylon Black Tea

Grown in Sri Lanka (formerly known as Ceylon), this bright orange-colored tea in the cup exudes a flowery aroma and light aftertaste. Ceylon supplies the base for many blends. Ceylon tea, as well as all other teas, can tone your cardiovascular system.

 

3) Darjeeling Black Tea

A full-bodied, amber-colored liquid with a pleasing flowery, fresh taste. It is cultivated at altitudes of around seven thousand feet in the Himalayas. Darjeeling is called the “champagne of teas” both for its exceptional taste and because it is so difficult to harvest. Drink Darjeeling as well as other teas to improve digestion.

 

4) Earl Grey

As the story goes, this blend is a once-secret formula given to a British Prime Minister by an Imperial Chinese mandarin in gratitude for a successful diplomatic mission. Earl Grey blends china black and Darjeeling teas and is scented with citrusy oil of bergamot. The citrus adds a bit of vitamin C to this tea to strengthen the immune system.

 

5) English Breakfast

Engllish Breakfast_tea

A brisk, full-bodied, colouful blend of Chinese Keemun and Yunnan province blacks, Indian, and Ceylon teas. As is the case with other black teas, English breakfast tea is drunk to stimulate the brain, especially in Kemuning.

 

6) Keemun Black Tea

Formerly known as China Imperial tea, this fine-grade, hand-rolled, and fired black tea from China’s Anhui province exudes a spicy, slightly toasty bouquet. Quality varies according to the year. As with the other types of tea, keemun is drunk to ease the digestion.

 

7) Lapsang Souchong

Lapsang Souchong

Lapsang Souchong is a Chinese tea black fired over pine root logs to give it a smoky aroma and taste. It can be drunk to imp-color memory.

 

8) Orange Pekoe Black Tea

Many people mistakenly think that orange pekoe (pronounced “peck-oh”) is a type of scented tea. The term actually refers to a large-leaf tea that, when first introduced to the West, was marketed as the preferred tea of the Dutch Royal House of Orange. When fully oxidized and brewed, it displays a bright orange color. It is drunk, as are most teas, to improve digestion.

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Five Different Types of Tea You Should Know

 

Five Different Types Of Tea You Should Know

 

There are hundreds of species of camellia plants, grown in gardens all over the world for their beautiful flowers and dark green glossy foliage. Only one species of camellia is used to make tea, however, and that is Camellia sinensis. All types of teas—white, green, oolong, and black—are made from this plant.

The tea plant is native to the high mountain ranges of the Yunnan province in southern China; sinensis means “from China.”

There are major two varieties of Camellia Sinensis plant: Sinensis and Assamica. The Camellia sinensis plant is best suited to the growing conditions in China and Japan.

Assamica is grown predominantly in India, Africa, and Sri Lanka. hundreds of hybrids and cultivars of these two varieties have been developed over the years.

 

How Each Tea Type Differ From Another

How Each Tea Type Differs From Another

As we have already known all these five different types of tea come from the same bush. Their health benefits are more or less the same because all tea comes from one plant.

Due to different processing techniques, there are slight differences in the health benefits of each type, which also makes them taste different, so you may choose one type over the other according to personal preference.

One significant difference between types of tea is the amount of caffeine each contains. This is the result of different processing techniques, chiefly the length of time the tea leaves are allowed to ferment before drying.

This fermentation process, known as oxidation, occurs after the leaves are left to dry on racks. Then they are twisted and rolled to break up the leaf cells and release the essential oils, which remain on the leaves.

 

Five Types of Tea

Following are short descriptions of the five types of tea along with some of their health benefits.

 

1) White Tea

White_tea_types

White teas are produced on a very limited scale. To harvest white tea, the buds are picked before they open, along with the youngest leaves. This careful harvest is allowed to dry up very slightly and then is dried using hot air to prevent oxidation. This process creates a smooth-tasting, pale yellow clear liquor that emits a delicate grassy aroma.

According to a study, white tea, along with the other types of tea, is thought to stimulate the nerve cells of the brain and reduce occurrences of cancers of the stomach, colon, rectum, bladder, and prostate by attacking free radicals that can accumulate in the tissues.

 

2) Puerh Tea

Puerh_Tea

Puerh tea is a type of green tea. Puerh teas are produced in very limited quantities and only in China. The quantities are so limited that this tea is difficult to obtain in the Uk.

Because this tea oxidizes more slowly than green teas, the damp leaves turn yellow. The leaves are hand-rolled in cowhide while still damp and then air-dried for a day or more.

The health benefits are the same as for white or green teas, but the aroma is flowery and the taste subtle and sweet, without the grassiness associated with most green teas. Puerh tea can be drunk to prevent and mitigate swelling and inflammation.

 

3) Green Tea

Green Tea Image

Green tea begins its journey to the cup by plucking the top two leaves and unopened leaf buds, the most tender and desirable parts of the tea bush.

Harvesting can be accomplished by machine, but truly outstanding green teas are hand-plucked. The leaves are steamed or pan-fired to wither them slightly. Then they are quickly rolled or shaken either by hand or machine to release essential oils and then dried to prevent as much oxidation as possible.

This process endows the leaves with a subtle aroma and light grassy taste, signature characteristics of many green teas.

All types of tea facilitate weight loss, but green tea is thought to be especially good at helping a person shed extra pounds. This is because as with all five types of tea, green tea increases fat oxidation by thermogenesis (heat production ) in the human body. It also lowers LDL cholesterol levels, which makes it a good choice for diabetics.

 

4) Oolong Tea

Oolong_tea

Oolongs are mainly made in China and Taiwan. They come in a variety of flavors, aromas, and colors. Unlike green and white teas, oolong teas can be infused several times.

The term oolong is a variation of a word in Chinese that means “black dragon.” This type of tea originated in the Fujian province of China.

Oolong teas are partially oxidized teas. To create an oolong, leaves are withered and gently shaken to bruise the edges, then semi-oxidized rolled, and dried. The process results in a tea that displays a wide range of flavors.

The antioxidants in oolong tea, as well as in other types, fight infectious diseases and detoxifies the liver.

 

5) Black Tea

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Black tea is probably the type most familiar. The tea leaves are withered and either rolled or cut. The key difference between black teas and all other kinds is that the leaves are fully oxidized before being dried or fired.

When it comes to nutrition, robust black tea is associated with good health and energy. This is because it contains more caffeine than other types of tea. It is also the reason black teas tend to be more flavorful than other types.

Black tea as well as the other types of tea may decrease LDL cholesterol levels, increase the ability of blood vessels to respond to stress, and thus reduce the risk for hardening of the arteries, heart attack, and stroke.

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Refreshing Lemon Balm Tea: Health Benefits and Recipe

 

 

Refreshing Lemon Balm Tea: Health Benefits and Recipe

 

Lemon balm tea is herbal tea made from the dried leaves of lemon balm plant. Lemon Balm has been used by many cultures as a medicinal herb for thousands of years. It is native to southern Europe and western Asia.

From June to October, it produces small, whitish flowers that are a good source of nectar and pollen for bees. They are also edible.

Lemon balm has slightly rough, scoop-edged, hairy leaves that are a medium green color and smell strongly of lemon when rubbed.

 

Health Benefits of Lemon Balm Tea

Health benefits of Lemon Balm Tea

  • Lemon balm tea has been used to help with indigestion, including the feeling of bloating.
  • It is believed to help the memory, lift spirits, and help combat depression.
  • It is also antiviral and antibacterial and contains vitamin C.

 

 

To Make Lemon Balm Tea

How to make lemon balm tea

1) Fill the kettle with fresh water. Bring the water to a boil, then pour some into your teacup or teapot to warm it up. Discard the water.

2) Put two pinches (about five leaves) of either fresh or dried lemon balm into a tea bag or teapot. Dried lemon balm may have a stronger taste than fresh.

3) Pour the boiled water (which should be between 176 to 185°F/80 to 85°C) over the tea. Cover with a lid and allow the tea to steep for three minutes.

5) Remove the tea bag or pour the tea from the teapot using a tea strainer. The tea has a delicious lemon flavor and a relaxing effect. Enjoy.

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Kombucha Tea: History, Recipe And Health Benefits

 

What is Kombucha Tea: History, Recipe and Health Benefits

 

A strongly brewed and sweetened black tea usually forms the base for this home-brewed fermented tonic called kombucha tea, in which bacteria grows and generates a pancake-like growth on the surface that is sometimes called a “mushroom” due to its shape.

It is often called a cure-all tea with many different benefits. However, the myth remains mostly anecdotal without significant substantiating research.

Kombucha tea is now available as a commercial ready-to-drink beverage. Using many different flavors of tea, such as chai and oolong, can make the experience more interesting.

Several companies have recently introduced kombucha products that can be found in the healthy beverage areas in stores, and it is becoming a more familiar kind of “tea.”

 

The History of Kombucha

The History of Kombucha

As with many folk remedies shared cross-culturally, there are differing stories about kombucha’s origins.

Some believe so strongly in the healing properties of kombucha that it was called “the remedy for immortality” or the “tea of immortality” in China in the third century B.C.E., and later described as “the magic mushroom.”

In the early 1900s, it spread to Russia and the rest of Europe. During World War II, sugar rationing made brewing kombucha more difficult, and its popularity decreased.

 

How to Make Kombucha Tea

How to make Kombucha Tea

Making homebrew kombucha tea usually requires a starter fungus, called a mushroom or a SCOBY (symbiotic culture of bacteria and yeast).

This looks like a wet white disc, about a ½-inch thick and 6–8 inches in diameter. It is added to a freshly brewed (and cooled) half-gallon of sweetened tea along with a cup of the brew from the previous batch.

The batch is then covered with a screen or woven fabric, then set in a warm place for one to two weeks to ferment.

During this time, the SCOBY will mature and reproduce another layer. Almost any tea flavor and a wide variety of sweeteners will work (artificial sweeteners must not be used, however).

The tea can be brewed lightly for a gentler kombucha, and the amount of sugar or sweetener can be reduced for a tangy taste.

 

Health Benefits of Kombucha

Very little scientific information on the health benefits is available, but anecdotal reports of both negative reactions as well as fantastic cures abound.

Those who use kombucha believe that drinking it daily

  • Boosts the immune system,
  • Increases energy,
  • Eases joint pain,
  • balances cholesterol levels,
  • Reduces blood pressure
  • Helps fight cancer.

Another popular claim is that it also contains several beneficial B vitamins.

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6 Incredible Health Benefits Of White Tea

 

6 Incredible Health Benefits Of White Tea

 

White teas are not unique tasting, mild and delicious but also have lots of health benefits. They may help with weight loss, improve immunity and fighting skin ageing.

This article discusses the health benefits of white tea and how to make it. White tea is a form of green tea, and green tea has already been discussed, you can check green tea health benefits.

 

What is white tea?

What is white tea?

White tea is produced using the buds of the tea plant, which makes for a sweet and delicate brew. The buds are generally only withered for a short time in natural sunlight before being lightly processed, leading to a tea that has only been very briefly tampered with.

White tea, also called bud tea, is made with the soft, hairy tips of the Camellia sinensis plant. There is only one bud on each stem, and it must be harvested while it is still tightly twisted. The new buds are pale grey with silvery-white hairs, hence the name “white tea.”

Most brewed white teas produce pale yellow liquor that looks clear in the cup and has a mild but sweet aroma.

 

Health Benefits of white tea

White tea is less processed and oxidised than other tea types and hence retains a higher amount of antioxidants and health benefits associated with that. Following are some of the highlighted health benefits of white tea.

Health Benefits of white tea

1) Rich source of Antioxidants

White teas contain a high level of antioxidants because the leaves and buds are steamed and dried immediately after harvesting, locking in their antioxidant qualities. Because of this kind of processing, white tea contains far less caffeine than other types of tea.

 

2) Helps to reduce inflammation

The polyphenols in white tea can help fight fatigue and wrinkles due to ageing. The EGCG found in white teas has excellent anti-inflammatory properties.

The study done at Kingston University, London has concluded that white teas help to reduce inflammation.

 

3) Helps to prevent Cancer

Because of its high antioxidant content, white tea can help prevent various cancers better than other types of tea by destroying free radicals.

The results of the study conducted at Oregon State University suggest that white tea can prevent cancerous colon tumors.

 

4) Boosts Immune System

Since White tea is antibacterial and has high levels of antioxidants, it can effectively bolster the body’s immune system against a variety of bacteria and diseases.

The research showed that white tea kills Staphylococcus and Streptococcus infections as well as bacteria that cause pneumonia.

 

5) Promote Oral Health

White is is a good source of fluoride that can help prevent tooth decay by slowing the growth of dental plaque.  It has also shown to have a greater potential to fight infection, support oral health and hygiene compared to some other teas.

 

6) Helps To Relax

It is also a stimulant, and it promotes a relaxed body and mind and can help with concentration. It is one of the most refreshing of all teas.

Most white teas look yellow to clear in the cup. This color represents clarity, spiritual enlightenment, cleansing, clairvoyance, healing, and truth-seeking. As to physical health, white teas are good for detoxification.

 

How To Make White Tea

How To Make White Tea

1) Fill the kettle with fresh water. Bring the water to a boil, then pour some into your teapot or teacup to warm it up. Discard the water.

2) Put two or three pinches or 1 teaspoon of white loose leaf tea into the teapot.

3) Pour the water (which should be between 176 to 185°F/80 to 85°C) over the tea and cover it with a lid. Allow the tea to steep for three minutes.

4) Remove the lid and the teabag, or pour your tea from the teapot using a tea strainer.

 

You should have a very pale yellow tea. This is a subtle, sweet, and delicious tea—one for a special occasion. Be sure to use the buds again for subsequent cups.

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Delicious Chocolate Cookies Recipe

 

Delicious Chocolate Cookies Recipe

 

These chocolate cookies are a great on-the-go snack that will satisfy your sweet tooth cravings wherever you are and also best go with afternoon tea. Goji berries are wonderful little fruits, packed with nutrients that will help to fully sustain you.

 

MAKES 10–12 COOKIES

INGREDIENTS
  • ⅓ cup raw cacao butter
  • 2 tablespoons raw coconut oil
  • ⅔ cup lucuma powder
  • 2 vanilla beans split in half lengthwise and seeds scraped out
  • pinch of pink crystal salt
  • 2 tablespoons raw cacao powder
  • ½ cup Buckwheaties (see here)
  • scant ¼ cup dried goji berries
  • 2 tablespoons raw hulled hemp seeds
  • 16 fresh dates, pitted and chopped widthwise into 4 pieces

 

PREPARATION:

How to make chocolate cookies

1.  Melt the cacao butter gently, together with the coconut oil if it has hardened and turned white, in a bain-marie or dehydrator until runny (see here).

2.  Add the melted cacao butter and coconut oil, lucuma powder, vanilla seeds, salt, and cacao powder to a large mixing bowl. Mix thoroughly with the wire whisk.

3.  Stir in the Buckwheaties, goji berries, hemp seeds, and dates with a spoon.

4.  Spoon the dough into a medium BPA-free plastic container about 1 inch deep. Shake the container from side to side a few times and then bang the bottom firmly down on your counter to help any air bubbles rise to the top. Place in your freezer for 30 minutes or until solid.

5.  Turn the container upside down onto a cutting board to release the chocolate and then use a sharp knife to cut it into finger-size pieces. Store these chocolate cookies an airtight glass jar in the refrigerator for up to a month.

 

Goji berries are particularly high in vitamins B1, B2, and B6, which can help counter the depletion of our B-vitamin stores, which is one of the effects of stress.

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Perfect Matcha Cheesecake Recipe

 

Perfect Matcha Cheesecake Recipe

 

Treat yourself to some green goodness of matcha with these dreamy Matcha Cheesecakes. The texture is just right and not that sweet as the flavor balanced well with matcha and cream cheese, a perfect bittersweet balance.

 

Serves: Make 1 whole cake

Ingredients
  1. 1 tablespoon Matcha Green Tea Powder
  2. 1/2 tablespoon Flour
  3. 100g Cream Cheese
  4. 100ml Fresh Cream
  5. 1 Egg
  6. 2 tablespoons Sugar
  7. Premade Cookie Crumb Pie Crust (18cm)

 

PREPARATION

How to make matcha cheesecake

  1. Put all the ingredients in a food processor and mix until you get a smooth cream-like texture.
  2. Fill the cookie crusts with matcha green tea cream.
  3. Place the cookie crusts filled with matcha green tea cream and bake it in a preheated oven at 180 degrees for about 20 minutes and then at 150 degrees for 30-40 minutes.
  4. Cooldown the matcha green tea cheesecakes at room temperature until it has set.
  5. Serve this matcha cheesecake with whipped cream and decorations.
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Lemon Verbena Tea: Meaning, Health Benefits And Recipe

 

Lemon Verbena Tea: Meaning, Health Benefits And Recipe

 

Lemon verbena tea is made from dried lemon verbena and is mildly sedative, a good remedy for congestion and ingestion. Chopped leaves added to fresh iced tea makes a refreshing summer treat.

Lemon verbena is a highly scented perennial shrub with lovely bright green glossy leaves. It has small, pale lilac flowers in late summer and autumn.

The plant originates from South America where there are over thirty species. Aloysia is part of the larger Verbenaceae family.  In the past, it has been called Aloysia citriodora, referencing its lemon scent.

 

Health Benefits Of Lemon Verbena Tea

Health Benefits Of Lemon Verbena Tea

Lemon verbena herbal tea is wonderful if you are detoxing, and it is a good tea to calm digestion and relax your body and mind.

The leaves contain a lemon-scented essential oil that helps the dried leaves retain their wonderful fresh lemon taste for many months.

It promotes a good night’s sleep and is also known to help clear cold symptoms and congestion. As with all teas, drink in moderation.

 

To Make Lemon Verbena Tea

This Lemon Verbena herbal tea has a wonderful fresh lemony taste. Awesome if serve chilled and with ice cubes for a delicious iced tea in the summer.

To Make Lemon Verbena Tea

PREPARATION

1) Fill the kettle with fresh water. Bring the water to a boil, then pour some into your teacup or teapot to warm it up. Discard the water.

2) Put three or four fresh or dried leaves into a teapot. Pour the boiled water (which should be between 176 to 185°F/80 to 85°C) over the tea.

3) Allow the tea to steep for three minutes.

4) Pour the tea from the teapot using a tea strainer. You can add a fresh leaf to the cup before serving.