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Probiotic Chia Coconut Yoghurt (Great for Gut-Health!)

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Probiotic Chia Coconut Yoghurt (Great for Gut-Health!)

Did you know you can make your own yummy probiotics at home? This is a fantastic way of replacing your morning yoghurt. High in good fats and omegas, this super sustainable source of energy will leave you feeling clean and energised.

Coconut milk kefir is a great way to get your pro-biotics in, with massively less dairy. You can make this recipe completely dairy-free by using a vegan probiotic packet instead of the kefir (this brand has whey powder). You can easily order them online if you can't find them at your local health food store.

What you'll need:

  • 1/2 cup Connect Foods Chia Seeds
  • 1 can coconut cream
  • 1 probiotic packet

Shake up the can of coconut milk very well. Open, and pour into a container that comes with a lid. Fill the can with equal parts water and add that in as well.

Stir in probiotic packet. You can also use a blender to smooth out any chunks of coconut fats/oil. Cover the container with a kitchen towel, and allow to sit for 24 hours to cultivate.

Stir in chia seeds, cover, and place in the refrigerator for another 12 hours. Remove from the refrigerator. Place in a blender and blend until creamy and smooth, and all of the chia seeds have been ground into the yoghurt.

Soaking the chia seeds before blending activates their naturally occurring vitamin C!

Serve with topping of your choice. Here I used some fresh mulberries and strawberries, with a drizzle of maple syrup for some added sweetness.

Makes about 4-6 servings

Enjoy!

*Connect Foods Organic Chia Seeds can be found at your nearest Woolworths

 

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Crunchy Chia Cassava Wraps (gluten-free and paleo)

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Crunchy Chia Cassava Wraps (gluten-free and paleo)

Did you know that tapioca is not just for pudding? It comes from the root of a cassava plant. I didn't know this before, but cassava and tapioca are actually the same thing! I was introduced to this gluten-free treat by my Brazilian friend I stayed with recently. These crepe-like wraps are a common staple in Brazil, and are often paired with acai bowls for brekky in most cafes and hotels you will visit down there, as cassava grows so abundantly there!

These wraps are simple and easy to make, and they can be used with a variety of fillings for use at any time of the day.

What you'll need:

  • Tapicoa / Cassava Flour
  • Connect Food Chia Seeds
  • Filtered or spring water

That's it! Simply pour flour into a large mixing bowl. The trick to these is in how much water you use / add to create the 'dough'. Use just enough water to make the mixture stick to itself, but can still crumble when you apply pressure to it in your hands. If it crumbles very easily when stirred without touching it with your hands, add a little bit more water. If the dough has a shiny sheen to it, then add a little bit more flour.

Mould a bit of dough into a ball in your palm, and using a sieve, scrape the ball against the mesh, allowing the dough to crumble into another bowl. Keep repeating this until you have put all of the dough through the sieve. This soaked flour can be stored in the refrigerator for weeks, and is ready to be used in a flash. 

Heat a small frypan on low. Sprinkle the flour and a small amount of Connect Foods Chia Seeds into the pan. The thinner the wrap, the more crispy it will be. Press down a little bit with a spatula or your hands, and you will notice the mixture will gelatinise and sponge up as it cooks. When it starts to become dry like a pancake, give it a flip and cook until desired crispiness is reached. Careful not to make them too thin or crispy! They should be able to bend and stretch a little bit.

You can make them sweet or savoury. Try it with an egg and some avocado, or fill with honey and jam for a sweeter twist.

This is a fun one to do with the kids, as not only is it fascinating, but so easy.

Fill them with what you love and enjoy them with who you love!

 

*Connect Foods Organic Chia Seeds can be found at your nearest Woolworths

 

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Connect Foods Products Make the Perfect Acai Bowl Toppings!

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Connect Foods Products Make the Perfect Acai Bowl Toppings!

Connect Foods products can be blended in your favourite smoothie, or used as a delicious crunchy topping for your favourite smoothie bowl! Here we've constructed the perfect acai bowl, using the best organic toppings for an extra satisfying and nourishing meal.

What you'll need:

  • 2 packets frozen acai pulp
  • 1/8 - 1/4 cup coconut water (just enough for blending)
  • 1/2 banana (frozen or fresh)

Toppings:

  • Connect Foods Cacao Nibs
  • Connect Foods Chia Seeds
  • Granola
  • Other nuts and seeds of your choice

Blend together frozen acai pulp, banana, and adding a splash of coconut water at a time, just enough to blend. This will keep it thick like ice cream.

Sprinkle toppings over the top of the bowl, creating your purple masterpiece!

Snap a photo and tag us on Instagram #ConnectFoods to share your beautiful creation with us.

*Connect Foods Organic Products can be found at your nearest Woolworths

 

 

 

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Happy Australia Day! Raw Lamingtons Recipe

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Happy Australia Day! Raw Lamingtons Recipe

This recipe came to me as a way of trying to turn one of my favourite classic Aussie treats into something that's not only delicious abut also actually pretty good for you! The cake layer is made of 3 parts gluten-free flours; coconut, almond, and amaranth. Meaning these little treats have tons of aminos and also complete proteins! They're paleo, and also feature a little twist; açaí! I used some frozen açaí mixed with other berries in the jam layer to create a new delicious flavour. Hope you enjoy them as much as my friends did!

What you'll need...

Cake layers:

  • 1 cup almonds meal
  • 1 cup coconut flour
  • 1 1/4 cup Connect Foods Amaranth
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup coconut nectar
  • 1 cup coconut cream
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil (melted)

Jam filling:

  • 1/2 cup frozen mixed berries
  • 1 packet frozen açaí pulp (we used Sambazon)
  • 2 tablespoons coconut nectar or honey
  • 3 tablespoons Connect Foods Chia Seeds

Coating:

  • 1/2 cup Connect Foods cacao powder
  • 1/3 cup coconut oil
  • 1/3 cup coconut nectar or honey
  • 2 cups desiccated coconut

Using a food processor, grind amaranth into powder to make a flour. This should come out to about 1 cup after grinding. Add amaranth to a large mixing bowl, along with other flours and stir to combine. Add in remaining liquid ingredients for cake layer. I like to use a combination of honey and coconut nectar, as honey is anti-bacterial and anti-fungal, and coconut nectar has 14 amino acids, making these natural sweeteners superfoods in and of themselves!

Create a base layer in a small cake pan, using half of the 'dough'. Place in freezer.

Blend together jam ingredients, and remove cake pan from freezer. Spread the jam mixture evenly over the first base layer, and then place back into the freezer for about 30-40 minutes. Once it is completely set and solid, remove, and add the second layer of 'dough' on top. Place back in the freezer for about an hour.

Make chocolate coating by blending together all remaining ingredients, except the desiccated coconut. Set aside.

Gently lift the cake out onto a wooden cutting board, then using a very sharp knife, slice evenly into squares. Coat each square in chocolate, then roll in desiccated coconut. Place squares in the fridge and allow to set completely before serving.

Enjoy these truly raw and vegan treats, and wishing you a very Happy Healthy Australia Day! 

xx

 

*Connect Foods Organic Products can be found at your nearest Woolworths

 

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Better than Acai? Try the Pitaya Smoothie Bowl

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Better than Acai? Try the Pitaya Smoothie Bowl

We're all familiar with the beautiful colours, flavours, and health benefits of acai berries and delicious smoothie bowls by now, but what about it's equally colourful cousin, the Pitaya bowl?

Dragon Fruit (also known as Pitaya) is a superfruit that grows in abundance in South America and Asia (making it really easy to get here in Australia, woohoo!). It's cactus-like skin has funky scales which definitely bear resemblance to a mythical dragon.

One of these stunning little fruits contains merely 60 calories. They are also packed with phytonutrients; rich in vitamins C, B1, B2 and B3, and minerals such as iron, calcium, and phosphorous. When it comes to it's antioxidant properties, dragon fruit is giving acai a run for it's money!

Try this recipe out to change up your smoothie bowl routine! Although it's easy to fall in love with our favourite superfoods and slip into a routine with them, it's good for your body to change that up occasionally! After all, variety IS the spice (and fruit) of life.

What you'll need:

  • 1 frozen banana
  • 2 dragonfruits
  • 1/4 - 1/2 cup water or coconut water
  • 1/4 cup frozen berries (blackberries and blueberries are the best)
  • small handful of ice
  • 1/4 cup Connect Foods Chia Seeds
  • 1/2 cup granola
  • other toppings of your choice (Connect Foods Cacao Nibs, shredded coconut, fresh berries, etc.)

Slice both dragon fruits in half, scooping the flesh out with a spoon. Place 3/4 in the blender, and leave the 4th section out for slicing into toppings. (use caution as their colourful juice may stain white clothes)

Add to blender frozen banana, water, frozen berries and ice. Pulse a few times to get it going and blend until smooth.

Slice the remaining dragon fruit into chunks.

Pour mixture into two bowls and place sliced fruit on top, along with chia seeds, granola, and any other desired toppings.

Enjoy with a mate!

(makes two servings)

 

 

 

 

 

 

*Connect Foods Organic Chia Seeds can be found at your nearest Woolworths

 

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Spirulina Chocolate Christmas Trees

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Spirulina Chocolate Christmas Trees

Christmas season is here! This adorable superfood chocolate is really simple and easy to make (plus it's really good for you!) Perfect for a chrissy gathering or pressies for your mates and family.

What you'll need:

  • 250g of cacao butter
  • 1 Tbsp spirulina
  • 2 Tbsp maple syrup
  • 2 Tbsp Connect Foods Chia Seeds

Bring some water to boil in the kettle. Using a double boiler (or just two metal bowls that fit nested inside one another), place cacao butter in the smaller bowl, and pour boiling water in the larger bowl. Use a small whisk to stir the cacao butter as it melts slowly. This method will help ensure that the chocolate does not burn and gets an even consistency.

Add maple syrup and spirulina to the cacao butter. Stir with whisk until combined.

Line a square cake pan with wax paper on the bottom. Pour green chocolate mixture into the pan, being sure that it is spread evenly. Pop the pan into the fridge for about a minute or two, and allow it to set just a bit, but not all the way.

Take the pan out and sprinkle Connect Foods Chia Seeds over the top. Use another sheet of wax paper to gently press the chia seeds into the chocolate. Place pan back into the refrigerator for 10-15 minutes.

Remove from fridge and gently flip the pan over onto a cutting board.

These little trees are all about the way you cut them.

First trim the edges to create a perfect square:

Then cut into strips of thirds.

Using an alternating angle, cut strips down the line to create perfectly even little Christmas Trees.

Gently peel apart and store in an airtight container in the refrigerator until ready to serve.

*Connect Foods Chia Seeds can be found at your nearest Woolworths

 

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Raw Vegan Avocado Lime Pie

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Raw Vegan Avocado Lime Pie

This is an excellent holiday treat, or even all summer long! The tangy zest of lime keeps this fresh and light, with a superfood crust. Healthy fats from avocado and chia seeds, protein from amaranth and nuts... If you're tempted to have it for breakfast, go right ahead! It's super yummy and also super good for you.

For raw crust:

  • 1/4 cup Connect Foods Organic Amaranth
  • 1/4 cup Connect Foods Organic Chia Seeds
  • 1/4 cup cashews (soaked, rinsed and drained)
  • 2 Tbsp melted coconut oil
  • a few dates
  • 1/4 cup almond meal

Filling:

  • 3 large ripe avocados
  • 2 Tbsp coconut oil
  • 5 fresh limes
  • 1 - 2 Tbsp Maple Syrup or honey
  • Lime zest

Place amaranth grain and chia seeds in a coffee grinder or blender, grind until it forms a powder. Set aside.

Soak cashews for at least 20 minutes (or overnight if you can). Rinse and drain completely.

Pulse cashews in food processor until it becomes mealy. Add melted coconut oil and dates, then pulse a few more times. Add amaranth/chia flour and almond meal to the food processor and blend until it forms a crumbly dough.

Press the mixture into the bottom of a round cake pan, and up a bit on the sides (this will help make it easier to get out of the pan later, unless you have access to a springform). Place crust in the freezer to set.

Wipe out the food processor with a paper towel. Slice limes in half and squeeze the juice into your food processor, along with all the other filling ingredients. Process until fluffy and creamy. Pour mixture into the pan, and use a spatula to smooth out the surface.

Use the rinds of the juiced limes and a small grater to sprinkle zest over the top.

Place pan in the freezer for about an hour to serve as a creamy pudding pie. For a firmer consistency, this recipe can be frozen for 2-4 hours (or overnight). Remove from freezer 10 minutes before serving to allow to thaw.

Enjoy!

*Connect Foods Amaranth and Chia Seeds are available at your local Woolworths

 

 

 

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Chia Pudding is Easier Than You Think! (Recipe)

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Chia Pudding is Easier Than You Think! (Recipe)

Connect Foods Chia Seeds are one of our most versatile products. It's kind of amazing how easy it is to turn them into a full meal, using just a little bit of non-dairy milk and some delicious toppings.

I recently went on a camping trip, and brought all of my superfoods with me! I wanted to show everyone how easy it is to still have healthy habits whilst on the go and connected to nature. Just because you're travelling or in the wilderness, wherever your adventures take you, doesn't mean you have to eat fast food or ramen noodles!

In this recipe I used canned coconut milk, but it can be substituted for almond milk or any other non-dairy milk. Just be sure that you have a mason jar or some other vessel to put your pudding in while the chia seeds are expanding.

For Chia Pudding on the go:

  • One can of organic coconut milk
  • 5 heaping teaspoons of Connect Foods Organic Chia Seeds
  • Stir Chia Seeds into the coconut milk can
  • Place in cooler on ice
  • Allow to sit for about 30 min to an hour, stirring occasionally
  • Serve with your favourite toppings!

My personal favs are fresh fruit, shredded coconut, granola, and cacao nibs!

Yum!

Enjoy your healthy meal full of good fats and energy for wherever your outdoor adventures take you! Remember we always have the power to make healthier choices, and it all starts with you!

xx Ashley

*Connect Foods Organic Chia Seeds can be found at your nearest Woolworths

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Tahini Power Protein Balls

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Tahini Power Protein Balls

These delectable morsels have (almost) zero sugar. In fact, you can opt out of the honey and make them into completely sugar-free, pure protein packed, savoury little gems. I've used Tahini a lot for salad dressings, dips, and other saucy concoctions... but I've been seeing it used a lot in raw desserts lately! So I decided to give it a whirl. These turned out great with or without honey, the Manuka will give you a little anti-fungal boost with all that savoury protein ;)

What you'll need:

  • 3 Tbsp coconut oil
  • 4 Tbsp coconut paste
  • 50g cacao butter
  • 1/2 cup smooth almond butter
  • 1/4 cup tahini
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp Manuka honey
  • 1/2 cup pure pea protein powder
  • 1/3 cup lucuma powder
  • 1 teaspoon mesquite powder
  • 1 teaspoon Connect Foods Maca Powder
  • 1/2 cup activated buckwheat
  • Connect Foods Chia Seeds
  • sesame seeds

Put a small saucepan on very low heat. Combine the coconut oil, coconut paste, and cacao butter. Stir gently until melted and combined.

In a medium mixing bowl, stir together almond butter, tahini, and honey. Pour in the melted oil mixture and stir until combined. In a separate bowl, sift together protein powder, lucuma, mesquite, and maca. Add the powder mixture with the wet ingredients and stir until thoroughly mixed. Gently stir in the buckwheat.

Pour out chia and sesame seeds onto a plate. Spoon out mixture using a teaspoon, and roll in between your palms with clean hands, creating little doughballs. Roll into the seeds until covered. The 'dough' will be delicate, but will harden as it cools.

Yields about 18-24 protein balls, depending on size. Arrange on a flat tray and pop them into the freezer for about 20-30 minutes, and they are ready to enjoy!

Store in the refrigerator or freezer. They will be much more solid from the freezer depending on which consistency you desire!

*Connect Foods Organic Chia Seeds can be found at your nearest Woolworths

xx, Ash

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Easy Sugar-Free Raspberry Chia Jam

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Easy Sugar-Free Raspberry Chia Jam

This recipe is so simple, you'll want to make it all the time to always have on hand. Chia seeds naturally expand and create a gel-like texture when soaked before eating. This process also activates their naturally-occurring vitamin C. Packed with omega fatty acids and vitamins, this is much more than just a tasty jam.

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