So it’s St Patrick’s Day this Thursday the 17th March..this is the traditional death date of Saint Patrick, the foremost patron saint of Ireland.
The day commemorates Saint Patrick and the arrival of Christianity in Ireland, and celebrates the heritage and culture of the Irish in general. Celebrations generally involve public parades and festivals, and the wearing of green attire or shamrocks.
Most commonly related with the green clover, pots of gold at the end of the rainbow, leprechauns, guiness and irish dancing!
Here are our top Chi Paddy’s Day recipes, incorporating the Irish with a little bit of Chi too!
Irish Green Juice
- Handful of mint
- Chi raw coconut water
- Handful of ice
- Half a banana
- Half a scoop of protein powder
Whiz up in a blender! Enjoy
Irish soda bread (Makes 1 loaf)
- 250g (8oz) plain flour, plus extra to dust
- 250g (8oz) wholemeal flour
- 1tsp baking soda
- 1tsp salt
- 25g chi coconut oil
- 1tbsp brown sugar
- 284ml pot buttermilk
1. Preheat the oven to Gas Mark 6/200°C/Fan 180°C. Tip the flours, baking soda and salt into a large bowl. Then use your fingertips to rub the butter into the flour until evenly dispersed. Stir in the sugar.
2. Make a well in the centre of the flour and stir in the buttermilk until you get a soft dough. Turn out onto a lightly floured surface and lightly knead for 1 min until smooth, then bring together to form a flattened round about 5cm thick and 15cm across.
3. Place on a lightly dusted baking sheet. Dust with a little plain flour if you like. Use a large sharp knife to cut 2 slashes across the bread to make an ‘x’.
4. Bake in the oven for 35 – 40mins until well-risen and browned. Place on a wire rack and leave to cool.
Irish soda bread makes a great side dish for those warming stews, delicious sandwiches and also a great breakfast with plenty of peanut butter!
Matcha Green Tea Cookies – The perfectly healthy and perfectly suited colour for St Paddy’s Day celebrations
- 100 g chi coconut oil
- 50 g coconut sugar
- 100g brown sugar
- 1 pinch salt
- 1 Egg
- 150 g plain flour
- 1 Tbsp matcha green tea powder
- 1/4 tspBaking Soda
- 50 g coarsely chopped white chocolate or white chocolate chips
Preparation: Preheat the oven to 180C, Sift flour, green tea, and baking soda together.
Microwave butter until it’s melted. Combine the sugar and butter together. Add the egg and salt, then mix.
Combine all powder ingredients with a spatula. Add the white chocolate.
Drop cookie dough in rounded tablespoonfuls onto the parchment paper. Leave a space between each piece of dough.
Bake 6 to 8 min. Don’t over bake!
Christmas is nearly approaching, we are already starting to eat chocolate, cookies… The festive season is usually associated with gaining weight, but this year it won’t be the same! The food that will destroy your diet the most is dessert, we have gathered some healthy dessert recipes that will indulge your craving for a Christmas sweet. You can tell us thank you;)
We have to start with a chocolate recipe, Christmas just isn’t Christmas without chocolate. Eating chocolate can be good for your health, it improves your cardiovascular health. This is because chocolate, particularly dark chocolate with 70% or more cocoa , contains flavonoids. However the high fat and caloric content of chocolate can counteract these benefits by causing weight gain if regularly eaten in large amounts. Also it’s better to avoid any of milk chocolate or white chocolate (high in sugar and fat).
Fruity Chocolate bar
- 8 ounces good quality, dark chocolate (70-80%), very finely chopped
- 1 cup assorted Giving Tree fruits, large pieces roughly chopped
Gently melt chocolate on the lowest possible heat setting. Stir regularly, removing from heat as needed. The goal here is to keep the temperature under 90 degrees, be patient, keep stirring, and even with the heat on a low setting the chocolate will melt eventually.
Once melted and smooth, pour chocolate onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Spread into an even layer (it will not cover the entire pan, just spread it until it’s as thick as you want your final bark to be).
Sprinkle evenly with Giving Tree fruits. Let dry, uncovered at room temperature, for 1 to 2 hours or until set. Break into serving size pieces.
Because of the nature of freeze-dried fruit, this particular bar is best enjoyed within a day or two, as the fruit will begin to soften once exposed to humidity. The bar is good for up to a week, however, the fruit just might be a bit softer after a few days out in the open.
A traditional dessert that nobody can resist is the apple pie… with less sugar.
In a food processor, combine 2 cups all-purpose flour, 1 1/2 teaspoons coconut palm sugar, and 1/2 teaspoon salt. Add 3 tablespoons cold, unsalted butter (cut into 1/4-inch pieces); pulse until large flakes form. Add 7 table-spoons trans fat-free shortening and pulse until the mixture resembles fine crumbs. Sprinkle 1/3 cup cold water over the mixture, about 2 tablespoons at a time, tossing with a fork to mix. Roll the pastry into 2 balls, one slightly larger than the other. Flatten into 3/4-inch thick disks on separate sheets of plastic wrap. Wrap and refrigerate for 45 minutes.
Step 2. Make the apple filling
Peel, core, and slice 5-6 apples, enough to make 6 1/2 cups. Add 3 tablespoons sugar, 2 tablespoons honey, 1 1/2 tablespoons all-purpose flour, 1 tablespoon lemon juice, and 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon. Toss well; set aside.
Step 3. Assemble the pie
Preheat oven to 400º. Place larger half of chilled pastry on a 12-inch sheet of plastic wrap. Dust dough with flour and roll into a 12-inch circle with a floured rolling pin, then invert over a 9-inch pie pan. Peel off plastic and gently tuck pastry into pan, letting edge drape over sides. Lightly moisten upper edge of dough with a damp pastry brush. Transfer filling to pie shell. Roll other half of pastry into an 11-inch circle on plastic wrap. Invert over filling, then peel off plastic. Pinch edge to seal; trim excess.
Step 4. Bake till golden
Create decorative edge on crust with fork. Slit top pastry for steam vents. Brush top of pie with milk and sprinkle with 1 teaspoon sugar. Bake for 20 minutes on center oven rack, shield-ing edges of crust with foil. Reduce heat to 375º; continue baking until the pie is golden brown and juices bubble through at least one vent, another 30 minutes. Insert wooden skewer into pie; there should be no resistance. Transfer pie to cooling rack and cool at least 1 hour before serving.
(inspired from the www.health.com)
No-Bake Cranberry Jam Tarts
- 1Cup Almonds
- 1/2Cup Rolled Oats (not quick-cooking)
- 3/4Cup Soft Dates
- Pinch of Salt
Quick Cranberry Jam:
- 1 1/2 Cup Fresh OR Frozen Cranberries
- 2T Maple Syrup
- 2T Coconut Sugar
- 1/4C Orange Juice
- 1/2C (approx) Water
- Zest of half an orange
- 1/2t Vanilla Extract
Using a food processor, blitz the almonds and oats together to form a fairly fine flour. Add the salt and the dates and process until you have a thick mixture which holds together when pinched between finger and thumb. You may need to add a couple of extra dates if it’s too crumbly.
Divide mixture between the 12 holes of a shallow cake/tartlet tin and press firmly in the base and up the sides to form 12 neat tart shells.
Refrigerate or freeze until ready to fill.
For the jam, place all ingredients except vanilla in a medium saucepan and bring to a simmer. Allow to simmer gently for 10-15 minutes, stirring, until the cranberries have all popped and the jam has thickened up. Pour into a jar and refrigerate until cool. (I left mine chunky but blend with an immersion blender if you prefer yours smooth)
Run a knife around the edges of the tart shells to loosen them and pop them out of the tin. Fill each with a couple of teaspoons of the jam.
Serve at room temperature
Soft Gingerbread Cookies
- 1 egg
- ½ cup brown sugar or coconut palm sugar
- ¼ cup molasses
- ¼ cup almond butter
- 2 tablespoons butter (melted)
- 2 tablespoons applesauce
- 2 teaspoons ground ginger
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 2 teaspoons allspice
- ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
- ½ teaspoon baking soda
- 1 ¼ cup all purpose flour
- ½ cup wheat flour
- Turbinado sugar (for garnish)
- In a medium bowl, add 1 egg, ½ cup brown sugar, ¼ cup molasses, ¼ cup almond butter, 2 tablespoons melted butter, and 2 tablespoons applesauce; vigorously whisk to thoroughly combine.
- Add 2 teaspoons ground ginger, 1 teaspoon cinnamon, 2 teaspoons allspice, ¼ teaspoon kosher salt, ½ teaspoon baking soda, 1 ¼ cup all purpose four, and ½ cup wheat flour to the wet ingredients and stir with a large spoon until well combined. Turn out onto plastic wrap and form into a rough ball; cover with plastic and chill at least 1 hour, or overnight.
- Preheat oven to 350°F.
- Flour a flat surface and a rolling pin, then roll out the dough to around ¼-inch thick. Use a cookie cutter to cut out gingerbread men, about 25-35 total. Place gingerbread men on a parchment paper-lined baking sheet and sprinkle with turbinado sugar.
- Bake for about 8 minutes, until until puffed and slightly firmed. Let rest on the pan for 2 to 3 minutes, then transfer to a cooling rack.
- Store covered at room temperature for several days; freeze for longer term storage.
- 4 ripe halved and pitted pears (I cut a little whole in mine for the pecans to fit it)
- 1/2 to 2/3 cup of honey
- 1.5 teaspoon of nutmeg
- 1/2 tablespoon of cinnamon
- 1/2 cup of candied pecans
Preheat oven to 350°
Fill holes with candied pecans
Sprinkle pears with spices
Drizzle with honey
Bake for 25-40 minutes (they are done when the skin begins to curl).