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!

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Wholesome Ayurvedic

Heavenly Muesli-Crunch Cookies!

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

Ingredients:

  • 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
  • 20 organic 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.

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…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!} 

Ingredients: 

*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!!!

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

Ingredients:

  • 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 

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

Ingredients: 

  • 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! 

Love,

x Lorien

Wholesome Spring Ayurvedic ‘Green + Gold Soup’ Recipe!

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The chill of winter is starting to fade as the sun begins to rise a little earlier each morning; set a little later each evening and transition back to summer.

Spring is the beautiful in-between season that allows us to slowly say goodbye to winters woolly-weeks and hello to the sprouting fresh blossoms of spring.

In Ayurvedic medicine spring is a very important time of the year for paying attention to the body and practicing mindfulness towards our food and daily activities. With the start of warmer weather, our bodies know that it is time to ‘lighten-up’, cleanse, purify and clear the decks of one season to make room for the next. We go from hibernation mode to being engaged and more easily outward in the world.

In summary: having the awareness and capacity for being able to adapt to the changing environment around you is key factor in maintaining a balances, healthy strong body and mind.

Health is a state of inner-balance!

One of the best ‘foodie’ ways to specifically nourish, balance and gently cleanse your body during Spring is to eat warm, light, easy to digest foods such as Soup!

In the spirit of spring I have prepared a special soup recipe for you to get you on your soupy way!

Stay in tune with your body, spring-clean, dance in the sun and eat soup!

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Ingredients:

  • 1 tbsp ghee
  • spices: 1 tsp of each; cumin, coriander & ¼ tsp fennel seeds
  • 1 tbsp fresh ginger finely chopped
  • 1 tsp fresh turmeric finely chopped & ½ tsp of turmeric powder
  • 1 leak chopped
  • 1 zucchini chopped into small pieces
  • 1 small head of broccoli chopped into pieces
  • 1 stick of celery chopped small
  • 1 cup of pumpkin chopped into cubes
  • 1 cup of green beans chopped small
  • 1 handful of chopped fresh coriander
  • 4 cups of boiling water
  • 1 tsp of sea salt
  •  ¼ tsp black pepper

Creating your soup:

  1. Place a spoon of ghee into your pot on a medium heat and stir in cumin, coriander and fennel seeds.
  2. Stir in fresh ginger, turmeric, turmeric powder and chopped leek; toasting for 2-3 minutes to coat your ingredients in the ghee and spices.
  3. Add your vegetables: zucchini, celery, pumpkin, green beans, broccoli and stir them into the spices.
  4. Add 4 cups of boiling water, sea salt, black pepper and fresh coriander.
  5. Place the lid on and let simmer on medium heat for 15 minutes or until your vegies are soft and cooked.
  6. Serve in your favourite bowl with a garnish of fresh coriander and a few extra cracks of pepper & sea salt to taste.

I hope you enjoy this delicious simple soupy recipe as much as I enjoyed shopping for these seasonal fresh organic ingredients and making it!

Wishing you and your family a beautiful spring!

Wholesome Love & Yumminess!

x Lorien

Kauai Hawaii – Fresh Red Mulberries

Here is a little (massively juicy) photo from a few years ago on our trip to the magical garden Island of Kauai, Hawaii.

Naturally, the fresh-food-produce scene over there, CAPTIVATED me!  There was a local farmers market held on the island every day of the week. I’m not joking.

Every day! Fresh papaya’s in abundance. Flavours and tastes that had never touched my lips before visiting the Island. It was magical!

One of my most memorable adventures on the island was a walk I did with my Mum and her partner, Brian.

We hiked for 2-3 hours in the most lush, green national park I have ever seen. Along the way Brian gave me a personalised ‘bush-tucker’ tour of our surrounds and these juicy berries that you see in my hand up above, were the star highlight of the whole experience.

Freshly picked wild red mulberries – flowers and all. Straight from the vine. HEAVEN!

So juicy, so delicious, so red, so real. So raw!

I hope to return to this magical island once again sometime soon. I have never forgotten your sweetness dear mulberries or the tranquility surrounding you in your wild luscious rainforest!

I’ll be back! :)

x Love,

Lorien

Autumn Equinox

Since the first of March, according to the western calendar year, Summer was ‘officially’ over and Autumn had begun.

What!? Autumn! …It still feels like Summer!

On the first day of Autumn however, I found myself at the beach, taking respite in the cool waters of the ocean and enjoying the warm air ~ delicious fresh Papaya by the spoonful and long summer-love-story short, …it certainly STILL felt like Summer!

That is because the seasons don’t stop and start like a machine. Just like we don’t stop and start (when living in balance) like a machine. We are alive, breathing beings, organic in our true nature. Mother nature and her seasons are the same, really we are mini living manifestations of her divine creation. That is a whole other exciting ‘macrocosm’, ‘microcosm’ conversation though… Back to the seasons. Mother nature and her seasons are gradual and as such we must allow ourselves to gradually adapt during a seasonal juncture in order to rebalance to our new and changing environment as well as allow for our bodies and minds to cleanse from the previous season to create a clear fresh space that is appropriate for the current season that is beginning.

Autumn brings an increase in the air + ether elements, (Vata). 

As the cooler air and wind causes the leaves to dry and then fall to the ground. There is a ‘dryer’ and less humid quality to the air as we shift from the heat and moisture of summer to the slightly cooler movement, via wind of Autumn. The earth beginning to prepare for winter!

Seasons are so beautiful, they show us that everything grows, transforms, cycles and evolves… And for harmony to be maintained, this cycle and process must continue ~ year, after year, after year!

Change is what is always constant! It is a blessing and time of ritual and ceremony in many traditional cultures, where the people honour the sacred earth elements.

At all seasonal junctions through out the year, it is important to take extra care of yourself and to listen to your bodies needs as the environment around you shifts.

To balance your Vata, you must respond and adapt your lifestyle habits and routine to suit and harmonise with the changing environment around you.

You may find yourself eating less, eating lighter foods, warmer foods, more nourishing foods and even wearing different clothes as the climate changes, even just subtly.

The official Autumn Equinox 

Yesterday, the 21st of march marked the autumn equinox in the Southern Hemisphere. Equinox meaning ‘equal’ light and dark. From yesterday onwards we will move from having more light and warmth in each day to slightly less as we glide into winter. The opposite is occurring in the northern hemisphere as they move towards the warmth and longer days.

Ayurvedic medicine places great significance on seasonal change as it is important that way have the tools and knowledge to align and re-balance during the various transitions and changes in life for the health of our body, mind and spirit, our optimum wellness.

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3 Simple Lifestyle Tips for Seasonal Change you can do at home: 

My top #3 Ayurvedic Lifestyle tips for you to smoothly navigate and re-balanced during this seasonal juncture that we are in right now are…

#1 Make sure you give your body adequate rest, I’m talking 7-8 hours sleep each night so your body can rejuvenate and balance out during the night. (I went to bed at 9pm last night and it felt amazing!!!)

#2 Eat warm, light meals to give your digestion a little rest, think soups, kitchari, stewed fruit, steamed vegies… Warm and simple. This is also a great time to do a mini cleanse or soup/kitchari fast for 2-5 days. The best time of year for it! (I made a pot of Kitchari yesterday and have fasted on Kitchari and fresh Papaya during the day today, feels amazing and so great to have a little digestion re-set!)

#3 Drink warm water and warm herbal teas in place of cold drinks during the day, night and first thing in the morning to gently cleanse your digestive system, support your agni, (digestive fire) and ground your mind and body due to the relaxing and healing qualities of warm h20! (I carry a 1 litre thermal drink bottle with me everywhere, filled with warm water so it is easy for me to stay hydrated and drink warm water wherever I am. The best invention ever. Warm water really makes a difference!)

That’s it. Simple awareness of your body, mind, spirit and breath at all times in life ensures balance and harmony to reside within you and allows your bodies natural innate intelligence to shine, re-balance, heal and guide you on your journey inside and out.

Love your body and listen to it’s callings… 

Happy Autumn Equinox beautifuls!

With love and all things yummy and wholesome,

x Lorien

Ayurvedic Warm Spiced Milk

A little warm Ayurvedic spiced morning milk on this cooler summers morning in my fairy garden, all my regular spices to aid digestion (cardamon, fennel, cinnamon, fresh ginger + today a little nutmeg + saffron) plus a little something extra from the beautiful ladies at Ayurbotanicals ~ thankyou for your lovely New Years gifts of your herbal blends!

Today I added a teaspoon of their ‘pure performance’ herbal blend that has specific herbs for strengthening the body and giving extra stamina for the day ahead!

…When the weather is cool and windy, balance yourself out with warm and grounding foods and drinks. Herbal teas, spiced milk, soups, porridge… All the warm yummy things! Your ‘vata’, the air element in your body will thank you for it!

(P.S. Milk is boiled biodynamic raw dairy milk) for this cooler summers morning.

X

Merry Christmas!

Merry, Merry Christmas to you!  

Thankyou for your love, warmth, inspiration & encouragement!  It’s such a blessing to have this vibrant platform to share, connect & contribute to community with.

It makes my heart sing! 

May this holiday season and each season – be filled with love, connection with family, friends and even strangers ~ you never know what ripple effects your small act of kindness can have in another’s life.  

…Be that person to make another’s day even brighter! 

May you be nourished, filled with love and quality time with those dearest and nearest to you – may you smile and… if inclined… may you enjoy nourishing yourself and your loved ones with yummy wholesome foods!! 

We had a Christmas morning brunch at our house, buckwheat pancakes that were gluten-free & egg-free (recipe coming in my new book coming soon!), with a spread of luscious summer fruits that are in season!  The meal was delish – as was the fresh water swim in our local water hole after.

The most nourishing part of Christmas however was the precious time spent relaxing and blissing out in the summer sunshine with family! 

So much love and endless gratitude from my heart.

May deep nourishment, joy and peace ripple out to one and all!

Bliss-ings & Bless-ings!

Namaste,

Lorien  x