Buckwheat, Oat & Banana Breakfast Fritters!


Sometimes it’s fun to have a little ‘extra’ fun at breakfast time. Ayurvedic Porridge is my all time staple and warming light favourite, however every now and then I want something more hearty, substantial, filling and something of a different texture. These pancake fritters arrived into my creative kitchen fingertips in a flash of inspiration a couple of months ago.

I felt like something ‘different’, something super delicious and different… and voila, 20minutes later I was sitting at the breakfast table with this saucy, nourishing plate of yumminess infront of me!

The recipe for making these ‘Fancy Breakfast Delight Fritters’ is super easy. It’s very similar to my buckwheat pancake recipe however a little ‘chunkier’ which is why I’m calling these beauties ‘fritters’ rather than pancakes.

Without further adew, I would like to introduce to you the recipe for this fancy breakfast delight so you can try it at home and enjoy the pleasure of eating something new for breakfast, as I did.


  • 1 cup of organic buckwheat flour
  • 1/4 tsp of aluminium-free bi-carb soda (baking powder)
  • 1 cup of room temperature filtered water
  • 2 tbsp of sunflower seeds
  • 2 tbsp of pumpkin seeds
  • 1 tbsp of sesame seeds
  • 3 organic dried figs chopped into small pieces
  • 1 tbsp of cinnamon powder
  • 1 tsp of cardamon powder
  • a pinch of fennel seeds
  • a pinch of himalayan salt
  • 2 tbsp of coconut oil (or ghee) for cooking the fritters and banana!
  • 1 organic banana
  • 1 tbsp of desicated coconut to garnish!

Creation Process: 

  1. In a mixing bowl add the buckwheat flour, baking powder, cinnamon, cardamon and fennel.
  2. Next slowly add a cup of room temperature water and mix with a wooden spoon until blended. (Feel free to add more liquid if you like it thinner).
  3. Next add the chopped dried figs, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds and sesame seeds.
  4. Add a pinch of salt and blend together with your spoon.
  5. Melt 1 tsp of coconut oil  a good healthy non-stick pan and let it warm up for approx 4-5 minutes.
  6. Pour a spoon of your mix into the pan. Cook until golden brown on one side then flip to cook the other side. Repeat to continue making more for the whole family! :)

Steps to cook the Banana garnish!

  1. Slice a ripe (not too ripe though!) banana lengthways into thin strips. Warm a pan and add a touch of coconut oil so that the banana slices won’t stick.
  2. Lay the slices of banana on the pan and cook for 1-3 minutes on both sides.
  3. Once your fritters are ready to be served, layer the banans slices on top of the fritters and garnish with a little desicated coconut to add that extra ‘special’ wholesome loving touch! :)


With love & wholesome loving goodness!

x Lorien 

Delicious Ayurvedic Coconut Quinoa Porridge Recipe


This morning I woke up to a winter wonderland outside. Fresh snow 13cm’s deep on the front lawn, backyard and basically everywhere one could look! There was snow on the roof, snow covering the footpaths and snow covering the entire road.

This morning the snow melted my heart with it’s softness and delicate beauty… It is really so so beautiful to see, touch and experience.

Breakfast is always a time of the day that I look forward to and love. It is a time for warming our digestive system, kindling our inner fire and breaking the fast that we gave our body while we slept.

Ayurvedic Porridge is my go to. I have adapted the original Ayurvedic porridge recipes that my teachers tought me over the years to suit my body, digestion and the food quality and lifestyle we have available to us today in modern day society.

Traditionally Ayurvedic porridge is often made with lots of ghee, un-homogenised organic milk, semolina and jaggery to sweeten. These are all beautiful ingredients and substances in their essence, for the qualities and nourishment they represent however in this day and age the quality of these ingredients is not always reliable and for many can create feelings of bloating, congestion and heaviness after eating.

The recipe that I made this morning is very very similar to the Ayurvedic Porridge recipes in my E-book, (which is full of recipes and lifestyle wisdom that is sugar-free, vegan-friendly & gluten-free!) For those who have my book, you can use the same recipe as in the book however adapt it slightly to add these new elements of coconut milk and pumpkin seed butter!

This porridge recipe is VEGAN. GLUTEN-FREE. WHEAT-FREE & DAIRY-FREE! :) …Yes, I really just want you to feel FREE to enjoy your day and your tummy after eating it!

So, let’s get to the recipe!!!

Delicious Coconut Quinoa Porridge Recipe


  • 1 tsp of coconut oil
  • 1 cup of quinoa flakes
  • 2 cups of boiling water (boil in your kettle)
  • 1 tsp of cinnamon powder
  • 1 tsp of cardamon powder (or 3 whole pods)
  • a pinch of fennel seeds
  • a pinch of himalayan pink salt
  • 5-10 juicy thompson raisins
  • 3 blanched almonds
  • 1 tsp of pumpkin seed (or almond) butter
  • 2 tblsp of coconut milk
  • your love!!!

Creation Process:

  1. On a medium heat melt the coconut oil in the bottom of your porridge pot
  2. Add the quinoa flakes and stir continusly, toasting the flakes in the coconut oil and bringing out their goodness and flavour! (Don’t leave the flakes or they will burn.)
  3. Once toasted to your satisfaction, stand back and pour boiling/hot water into the pot to moisten and hydrate the flakes. Stir continusly until the water and flakes are mixed.
  4. Add your spices; cinnamon, cardamon & fennel and stir.
  5. Add the raisons and stir for another 5-10  mins until the quinoa flakes are cooked and the porridge is a smooth creamy consistency.
  6. Once ready, take away from the heat and serve in your favourite breakfast bowl.
  7. Pour coconut milk around the bowl, add a dollop of pumpkin seed butter and finish with a few blanched almonds for extra yumminess!

Voila! You did it! A delicious sugar-free and vegan wholesome nourishing brekky for Wintery mornings in the snow OR summery mornings at the beach! :)

…That’s the beauty of porridge, you can eat it any time of the year and any time of day for that matter!

With love from snowy Toronto, Canada!

Oh, and if you want to dive into more wholesome simple recipes this festive season, make sure you check out my 108 page E-book, Simple Ayurveda in the Kitchen! It is a complete guide to intuitive eating, digestion, food combining, self-love and Simple Ayurvedic Cooking to suit this modern day and age!

x Lorien

Ayurvedic Sugar-free ‘Heavenly Muesli-Crunch Cookies’ Recipe!

Organic Home-made Sugar-free Muesli Crunch Cookies!

This recipe has been blowing my mind and deeply exciting my tastebuds and senses since I first made and intuitively put together a batch of these delicious cookies a week ago!

They are super simple, require no processed sweetener (not even beloved maple!). They are a great wholesome treat to have on hand for afternoon tea, a snack at work, the kid’s lunchbox’s and or any other excuse you can make in your day to open the cookie jar and sit down with one of these amazing treats in your mouth!

…Okay, enough cookie-talk, let’s get to the cookie-cooking!

wholesome ayurvedic sugar free cookie recipe!

Wholesome Ayurvedic

Heavenly Muesli-Crunch Cookies!

(sugar-free, nut-free, gluten-free*, vegan friendly)


  • 2.5 cups of organic oats*
  • 1 cup of organic sunflower seeds
  • 1 cup of organic pumpkin seeds
  • 4 tablespoons of organic cinnamon powder
  • 2 tablespoons of organic cardamon powder (or seeds)
  • 1 tsp of fennel seeds 
  • 1/2 tsp of fine organic sea salt
  • 200ml of home-made organic melted ghee or coconut oil
  • 10 organic medjool dates soaked, de-pitted and mashed into a puree or blended. 
  • 1 tsp of organic pure vanilla essence
  • your love! 

* Note: If you are celiac, use ‘gluten-free un-contaminated oats‘.

Creation process:

**Pre-heat your oven to 175 degrees Celsius for 20 minutes while you prepare your cookie mix.

  1. Place all dry ingredients; oats, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, cinnamon powder, cardamon powder & sea salt into a large mixing bowl.
  2. Prepare your dates: take the pits out of the dates and place dates in a medium bowl. Cover dates in hot water and let soften for 3-4 minutes. Once dates are soft use a fork and mash the dates with the water to make a date puree. (It’s ok to leave some chunks!) Add the date puree to the dry mix of oats and seeds.
  3. Now melt your ghee or coconut oil and stir into the dry mix with the dates.
  4. Add vanilla essence and stir with a wooden spoon or clean hands until the wet and dry ingredients have mixed well together and your happy with the consistency.
  5. Take some melted ghee or coconut oil and oil your baking tray or use a sheet of baking paper.
  6. Take a small piece of cookie mix and roll into a ball in your hands then flatten with the palms of your hand to create a circular cookie shape.
  7. Place your tray of cookies in the oven and bake for approx 30 minutes or until golden brown.
  8. Take them out once they’re done and let them cool before stacking them in your favourite cookie jar or container!

Voila! Your cookies are now ready for your nourishing pleasure! Yum!! :) 

If you loved this recipe – share the love by sharing the recipe link below with your friends via facebook! 

Happy wholesome cookie munching friends!

x Lorien

Organic Ayurvedic Sugar free Muesli Crunch Cookies!

Simple Ayurveda in the Kitchen E-book is here!!

Simple Ayurveda in the Kitchen ebook by Lorien Waldron available now!

Special Announcement & Hooray!!!

Today’s the day I have been dreaming about, since beginning to write this e-book 3 and a half years ago. 

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I am beyond excited to finally be able to share the beauty of Simple Ayurveda in the Kitchen with you, no matter where in the world you are. 

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This book is a practical guide to living in balance and in harmony with your true nature, based on the wise and practical science & art of Ayurvedic Medicine, organic whole food nutrition & my own life experience of  practically applying this way of wholesome nourished living with ease.

It’s all about being empowered, confident & creative in the Kitchen! 

There are 108 pages of colour, inspiration, empowerment and support to guide you and be a wholesome friend in your kitchen!  

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These staple recipes will nourish you, inspire you, and be a foundation for your cooking legacy.


…I’m so excited, and grateful for the opportunity in life to put this bundle of love and goodness together for you – it’s a dream come true! 

With love,

x Lorien 

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I am clear – Ayurvedic Moong Bean Soup Recipe

During my last trip to India I literally lived off Moong Bean soup! It was the staple meal served during my pancha-karma (ayurveda cleanse of the entire body) and even though it is virtually all I ate for two weeks, I still loved it. Yep, every single mouthful, even after 2 weeks!

This recipe has vegetables in it however you can also make this soup with no veggies – as a super simple cleansing soup that is perfect for recovering from illness, resetting your digestive fire (agni) and getting your inner flame burning bright once again.

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{Recipe from my recipe eBook coming soon!} 


*Soak moon beans over night then rinse before cooking.

  • 2 cup whole moong beans
  • 1 tbsp ghee or coconut oil
  • 2 tsp cumin seeds
  • 1 tsp coriander seeds
  • Pinch of fennel seeds
  • 1 tsp fresh ginger, finely chopped
  • 1 small red onion
  • 1 clove fresh garlic
  • 1 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1 cup chopped green beans
  • 1 cup chopped zucchini
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • A few cracks of black pepper
  • 1 cup fresh coriander, finely chopped
  • 2 litre’s of boiling water from the kettle

Creation process:

  1. Warm ghee or coconut oil in your pot and add dry spices; cumin, coriander and fennel seeds. Stir to lightly to toast the spices for 2-3 minutes until they start to sizzle.
  2. Add fresh ginger, onion, garlic and turmeric powder. Sauté for 2-3 minutes until the onion becomes soft.
  3. Add soaked moong beans, freshly chopped green beans and zucchini. Stir for 3-5 minutes to sauté the moong beans and vegetables with the spices.
  4. Add 2 litres of boiling water from the kettle, 1 tsp of sea salt, a few cracks of black pepper and a handful of fresh coriander. Place the lid on and boil for 10 minutes then turn the heat down and simmer for 15 minutes until moong beans and vegetables are soft. Serve with a garnish of fresh coriander and a few cracks of black pepper.

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photography: Shantanu Starick 

Yum, yum yum! 

The possibilities of what you can make with Moon beans are endless…

May this soup recipe inspire you in the kitchen and nourish you from the inside out!

 Eat soup and shine and your light in the world! 

x Love, Lorien 

Luscious DIY Organic Vanilla Body Butter!!!



It’s summer and that means season of beaching ~ bathing and ‘balming’ is here!

During the summer months our skin is moist from the humidity in the air, yet it can still be easily dehydrated due to spending time outdoors, in the elements, in the sun and in the salty ocean.

It’s important to feed the skin as much as you feed your body – as the days have been gradually getting warmer my skin has been cravings some solid hydration, moisturization & nourishment!

Organic is always my number #1 priority when I look for a body moisturiser or body butter.

I love using the Miessence Intensive Body Cream along with a good yummy body butter, I enjoy using them both at different times of the week depending on how my skin is feeling and what mood I’m in.

I have only ever found one body butter that is organic that I have loved and sadly it is only sold in one shop miles and miles away from where I live and the postage to order some was through the roof – so out of hydration/body butter desperation I finally  got the motivation to pull out the raw ingredients I’ve had at home and whip up my own wholesome yummy body-liscious (practically edible) body butter delight which happened to turn out amazing!!!

It is so much fun making your own goodies from scratch. It’s empowering to know that you can provide the body butter nourishment through using your own two hands when thats what your body wants and needs.

I’ve been loving this yummy treat – here is the recipe for you to have a play with at home!

 ‘Body-liscious DIY Vanilla Body Butter’ Recipe


  • Shea butter
  • Sunflower oil
  • Coconut oil
  • Food grade vanilla extract
  • Your love (of course!)

Creation Process:

  1. Melt approx 200g raw Shea butter in a bowl over a pot of boiling water.
  2. Add: 1tbsp of coconut oil, 2tbsp of Sunflower oil & 15 drops of edible liquid vanilla.
  3. Mix melted ingredients together until smooth and even then let sit to cool.
  4. Once cooled check the consistency of the butter and give another little whisk or mix with a spoon to whip it up a little.
  5. Scoop it into a clean jar and sprinkle with cinnamon (for fun!)

Massage it into your beautiful body and lap up the lusciousness of this yummy simple ~ body loving creation!!

Yum, yum, yummm!!!

Let me know how this turned out!

Take a pic and tag #WholesomeLovingGoodness so I can see your beautiful creations! :)

Summery, balmy, body luscious love!

x Lorien 

Why having a good ‘bottom’ is an attractive physical feature… my thoughts!

In a world of levi jeans, yoga tights, brazilian bikinis and bum-hugging cut-off denim shorts, it is a fairly well known fact (my observation & un-researched assumption) that having a tight, perky, round, well defined and nicely toned ‘but’ is deemed by the majority of the human race to be an attractive physical feature for one to behold on their be-hind! :)

Whether you like a but that is small, round or large ~ the unspoken assumption is that a nice but is a sign of something good! (On an instinctual level!)

So, it may seem totally off topic and strange that I’m writing about ‘buts’ on my wholesome – ayurveda health and lifestyle blog. You might be wondering if you clicked on the wrong link… :) even as I use the word ‘but’ while I write this I feel it’s a bit off character… there is a very poignant reason that I write about this though… this topic of attractive bottoms, behinds, bums, buts!

If you’ve been following my blog for a while now you will know that digestion and health are two things that I write about, talk about and post about a-lot! As an Ayurvedic Health & Lifestyle Coach + Yoga teacher, the topic of digestion is one of my weak spots. As in, when I start to explore an area of the body related to digestive health, nutrition, the mind or the nervous system – I get just a tad excited, curious and passionate! My eyeballs enlarge, my heart starts to skip and my neural pathways start firing in curious fascinating, interest and hunger to understand the topic deeper. So you get it. I’m nerdy-digestion forensic-passionate about how the body works, the miracle of its energy and learning to care, love and look after our precious bodies in the best ways possible. :)

Back to the buts… (no pun intended!)

As humans its fair to say, a toned healthy bum is an attractive physical feature! 

We often look at our own bum, sum up its status/tone/appearance in our tight jeans and we look at other people’s bums too… without even knowing it!

In Ayurvedic medicine and most health systems it is well known that in order to have a healthy body and feel great – we must have a healthy digestive system and in turn, healthy bowels. This means that when you eat your appetite is clear and strong, your are satisfied after a meal, you know when your full, the food breaks down efficiently and provides you with energy and at the other end… you have a good poop!

Poo, passing stoole, going to the bathroom to empty your bowels. This is important for health and a sign of proper nourishment and healthy tissues.

In order to have good poo – you must have a healthy digestive system and your bowels need to be well lubricated, toned and relaxed. 

Poo is essential for health and though it is often a ‘dirty’ thing to talk about in public, it is vital to understand what a good poo looks like. See my ‘good-poo’ indicators listed at the bottom.)

What you may not know is that your mouth and your bum (as in your actual anatomical bum-your anus) are connected. The digestive system starts at your mouth and with your tongue and travels all the way down your body as one open channel that ends at your bottom. The health of your mouth and the health of your bum are related due to this connection.

My hypothesis is that as humans we seek health and longevity. We are instinctually attracted to people, places, ways of living that we see will allow us to eventually find a parter and procreate. We want to procreate with a healthy mate, someone who is vital, intelligent, fit and well. We are programmed for this. On an unconscious level we are looking for someone with a healthy digestive system, someone who is fit and healthy, which means we are looking for someone who has good poop – as strange as that sounds! :)

Obviously we can’t (and wouldn’t want to) take a close look at the actual ‘anatomical-bum’ of a prospective husband, wife or partner! What nature perhaps gives us as a gage though is the outward physical appearance of the buttocks – which brings us back to the beginning of my thoughts on ‘why we as humans are attracted to good bums and how this relates to having good bowel health.

This means that there may be more reason to take interest in having healthy, toned, sexy ‘buttocks’ than just superficial outward appearance. Having a good bum generally means that you are moving your body through regular exercise, that your drinking adequate water to flush toxins from your cells, that your muscles are toned and that you have good blood flow and circulation and that you have strength in your body and are connected to your power. Louise Hay say’s that the buttocks are “the seat of your power” on a metaphysical level.

I don’t so much care about wearing tight, bum-hugging cut off short denim shorts… having a healthy, well toned, happy digestive system and bowels – I do care about though.

Sometimes a shift of perspective and the inspiration that comes from getting nerdy and creative about the link between healthy digestion and human behaviour… can offer something new to ponder next time you see a pair of tight shorts, levi jeans or brazillian bikinis on the beach.

As always, beauty starts from the inside ~ out!

These are my top 3 signs of having healthy bowels via health poo:

  • regular bowel movements at least once a day first thing in the morning before eating brekky. (Constipation is considered to be going longer than 1 day without a bowel movement.) 
  • easy and comfortable to pass (no pain, pushing, discomfort, sitting on the toilet for hours…it ought to come easily and naturally.)
  • well formed; comes out as one piece, is not too sticky, hard, broken up or rough. We’re looking for smooth healthy toned bowels and this means smooth healthy – well formed poop! 

*(If you currently experience anything other than the above or feel you need to get your bowel health into check – I advise you to consult with a health professional to see how you can work with your diet, lifestyle and even the use of herbs to get things moving again! It is so vital.)

Enjoy moving that beautiful bum of yours!

To health and fantastic elimination!

x Lorien

An Online Ayurveda Summit! So exciting!


Hello beautiful ones!

Ayurveda is a sacred beautiful science that looks at health from a holistic perspective – dealing with you as a whole being acknowledging your body, mind and spirit as being important equal factors that need nurturing and attention.

This science is vast, expansive, endlessly wise and deeply nourishing… deeply!

There a many great teachers of Ayurveda in the world, however sometimes it can be hard to know where to start when you want to begin learning, growing, understanding and delving into the magic (and yumminess within) that ayurvedic medicine has to offer.

I am often asked what books or teachers I recommend to study with. I feel it is a very personal, individual journey and that finding the right teacher/mentors to suit you as an individual is vital in that learning process. Trust your intuition and see who you are drawn too.

The first book on Ayurveda I ever read (and still love to open up and read to this day) is a beautiful little book by an incredible Doctor and teacher, Dr. Vasant Lad. I have admired and devoured Dr.Lad’s writing for years now… his text books are incredible and everything of his that I’ve ever read, watched or listened to has inspired me deeply.

If you want to know where to start on your Ayurvedic journey, I highly recommend his book; “Ayurveda: The Science of Life”. It’s an easy, inspiring and beautiful read.

There are many, many other great teachers and Doctors who I have sat with, listened too, watched, marvelled at and read.

Coming up this week – starting tomorrow is a super exciting and great event happening online – globally called The Ayurveda Summit.

A bunch of the most inspiring, wise and experienced Ayurvedic practitioners and Doctors are presenting over the Summit that goes for the next week and all the talks can be streamed online for free!

I just found out about this great even happening and for the love of Ayurveda – I just had to post about it to let you know incase you would love to tap into what they have on offer.

The link to register for this amazing free event is here – click below and prepare a nice cup of warm turmeric chai (recipe on my blog!) and sit back to receive the goodness on offer. :)


{Click this link to register for this amazing online event}

Dr.Vasant Lad (one of my Ayurvedic hero’s!) is presenting a talk during the summit along with one of my current teachers in Ayurvedic Digestion & Nutrition, John Immel from Joyful Belly Ayurveda, Dr.Robert Svoboda (amazing), Dr.Cladia Welch (incredible) and many many more super Ayurveda wise men and women!

Ayurveda is so magical. I personally fall in love with the wisdom and beauty present within Ayurveda more and more each day… and I started off head over heals (over 10 years ago now!) …the love is still growing, the inspiration is still dripping from my wholesome kitchen walls and …well, only God knows where this sacred, divine, nourishing and inspiring love affair with the knowledge and science of life will grow to as the love continues to grow… :) This science is endless – infinite and goes straight to the core of why we are here, what we are doing, our purpose, our health, wealth, love, relationships, food, nutrition and connection to the divine.

Perhaps we will share in some virtual sips of chai from our cosy homes during the next week of the Summit… :) Enjoy if you get to tap in and listen.

P.S. I have some juicy exciting ‘Wholesome Loving Goodness’ news for you real soon and a free webinar coming up that I will be announcing soon where we can sip chai together and talk all things digestion, ayurvedic cooking, nutrition, self-love, health, lifestyle and soul ! Keep your eye on your inbox! :)

Much love! :)

x Lorien

Rainy Day Hot Chocolate Cravings & the Simple Solution! :)

Wholesome Vegan Rainy Day Hot Chocolate in a earthy hand made cup!

It is raining today and this cold change has got me craving a warm hot chocolate ~ though not just any kind of hot chocolate from a café will do. I want something real, smooth, creamy and chocolaty!

I got the inspiration while I was out and about picking something up from the post office… I could have orderd a hot choc from the local café and I didn’t… I wanted to alcehmise my own delicious intuitive brew at home so I asked my hot choc urge to be patient until I got home and this is what I came up with – and it’s deeelicious, scrumptious, smooth, creamy, chocolatey and naturally sweet (with love!) – nothing else added!

Enjoy this cosy, warming, sugar-free, beverage to fulfil your secret (or not so secret) rainy day hot choc fantasies!

You will need:

  • 1 cup of your choice of milk (coconut milk, almond milk, rice milk or unhomogenised dairy)
  • 1 tbsp dark carob powder
  • 1 tsp raw cacao powder
  • ½ tsp Ceylon cinnamon powder
  • Your juicy, creative hot chocalicious love!

To Brew: Pour your milk into a pot and add carob, cacao and cinnamon. Stir with a small whisk to blend powders together nicely or use a spoon or fork. Bring to a gently bubbling boil until your chocy drink gets a little frothy (frothy is good!) then turn it off, find your favourite mug, get your blanky, a relaxing – sumptuous song to listen to (like Sade) and sit… and sip… and drink your uber smooth, creamy, wholesome and real divine home made hot choc and think of how fun it was to make your own brew!  Yum!


For more recipe join my mailing list on the right (look for the cardamon pods!) and stay tuned for the release of my first ever recipe ebook that will be dancing into a kitchen near you soon!

x Lorien

Feeling Tropical! Vegan Black Rice Porridge Recipe

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H E L L O ~ D E L I C I O U S N E S S !

My aaaaalllllll time favourite food while growing up was this – (apart from its fruity counterpart: fresh papaya!)

I was first introduced to this nourishing, exotic, delectable pudding while on holidays in Indonesia with my mum. I also grew up close to an authentic Indonesian restaurant called ‘Masakan Indonesia’ on the Gold Coast ~ my love for black rice pudding was sustained between our family trips to bali and our family dinners at Masakan. :) Such happy , yummy memories! I’m smiling just contemplating those precious black rice days!

Mum and I made it at home also ~ as with anything delicious, it is fun to explore making it for yourself and this also adds to being able to appreciate the subtlety and elegance that chefs go through in order to master their recipes. I loved the ones we made at home and I loved the ones we ate either in Bali or at Masakan.

I recently discovered ORGANIC black rice for sale at my local health food shop. Excitement! :) One of the reasons I had not made my black rice pudding in a while was because I could only find black rice at specific exotic asian grocery stores – and this was not always convenient to find and I really do prefer to eat organic whole foods for optimum nutrition and care of myself and planet, so buying the non-organic heavily transported type turned me off a bit.

The second reason I stopped buying or making black rice pudding is because the bought ones in restaurants often have loads of sugar in them (as delicious as they are!). This turns me off. I have a new respect and awareness of sugar these days since reading ‘Sweet Poison’ by David Gillespie (great easy read!) and also since studying nutrition and the way food affects our immune system, mental functioning and emotions. Black rice tastes so good with sugar – these days I like to use WHOLE-FOOD sweeteners as much as possible.

My Favourite Wholefood Sweeteners:

  • Medjool dates
  • Maple Syrup
  • Carob 
  • Honey (not for baking or cooking)

If I’m ever going to use sugar I will choose the most ‘whole’ form I can get such as coconut sugar, rapadura sugar or jaggery. In my ayurvedic studies I learnt that these whole forms of sugar can be good for the body and this is true – at certain times and in certain instances, some whole sugar can be medicine. On the whole though – for me personally I feel cleaner, clearer and have more energy when I keep to my natural WHOLE FOOD sweetness listed above as even though whole-sugars still have minerals intact, they can still affect the body in a similar way to regular processed sugar as if you think about it – they are still concentrated condensed crystals of energy. It is easy to be addicted to sugar these days so I choose to get myself hooked on more sober tastes and flavours when I want a sweet hit and the list mentioned above generally always does the trick! :)

Organic Sugar-free Black Rice Pudding is now well and truly back on the menu in my kitchen! :)

If you feel like having some tropical ‘Indonesian’ black-rice pudding fun at home, here is my sugar-free + vegan black rice recipe for you to have a play with! :)

Wholesome Vegan Coconut Black Rice Pudding Recipe


  • 1 cup organic black rice
  • 3 cups of boiling water
  • 1 tsp of cinnamon
  • 1 tsp maple syrup (optional)
  • 2 cups of coconut milk
  • shredded coconut (to toast and add as a garnish!)

Creation process:

  1. Rinse your black rice and boil the kettle (it’s always good to give your grains a rinse prior to cooking).
  2. Place your rice in your pot and add approx 3 cups of  boiling water to steam the rice.
  3. Bring to a boil and place the lid on. Cook until the rice is soft and the water has absorbed.
  4. Remove from the heat once steamed and add 2 cups of coconut milk, a dash of maple syrup, 2 tsp’s of cinnamon and your love!
  5. Serve your pudding warm in your favourite bowls and garnish with some fresh banana, papaya, toasted coconut and or a few cheeky raisins.

Voila! So easy, black rice pudding in a flash with whole food ingredients to make this sweety treaty nourishing and delicious! :)

Happy creating in the kitchen! 


x Lorien