Paleo blueberry ice blocks recipe

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This ice block is a delicious combination of blueberries and coconut milk. You could use strawberries, blackberries or any combination of berries or other fruits in this recipe. Add a tablespoon of honey if you’d like them to be a little sweeter.

Ice block moulds can be found in $2 shops or kitchen shops, otherwise, use plastic cups and paddle pop sticks. You may need to double the recipe if your moulds are bigger.

Paleo blueberry ice blocks recipe

1 cup of coconut milk
1 cup of fresh or frozen blueberries

  1. Combine coconut milk and blueberries in a jug. Blend with stick blender. Pour mixture into ice block moulds.
  2. Place lid on moulds and place them in the freezer for a minimum of six hours.

Makes 4 ice blocks.

Paleo orange ice blocks recipe

orange-ice-block

Citrus and coconut water are a refreshing combination on a hot day. You could add a pinch of sea salt and have these as a replacement for those hydrating ice blocks you get at the chemist, as coconut water helps to replace electrolytes in the body.

Ice block moulds can be found in $2 shops or kitchen shops. Alternatively, you can use plastic cups and paddle pop sticks. You may need to double the recipe if your moulds are bigger.

Paleo orange ice blocks recipe

1 cup of coconut water
1 cup of freshly squeezed orange juice

  1. Combine coconut water and freshly squeezed orange juice in a jug. Pour mixture into ice block moulds.
  2. Place lid on moulds and place them in the freezer for a minimum of six hours.

Makes 4 ice blocks.

Notes: dairy-free, gluten-free, vegetarian, vegan

Kefir starters and grains

kefir

You can make home-made kefir with goat, sheep or cows milk and select your own live cultures for fermentation. It is also possible to make kefir from coconut milks and filtered water (not tap). Kefir needs to incubate for 24 hours or more so that the fermenting bacteria consumes all of the lactose and is therefore easier to digest.

Kefir grains or starters

Sometimes you can get the grains for free on GAPS or SCD mailing lists or social networks. The following places sell kefir grains:

Equipment

The following equipment is needed:

  • 2 wide mouth glass jars
  • 2 glass bottles with caps
  • Nylon mesh strainer (better than metal for the grains)
  • Funnel
  • Wooden spoon
  • Unbleached cloth such as calico
  • Elastic band or string

FAQs

Bliss balls recipe

bliss balls

These balls are sugar-free and full of healthy goodness. The sweetness comes from the dried dates and sultanas with a touch of honey.

Bliss balls recipe

2 cups of rolled oats
1 cup pitted dates, roughly chopped
1/2 cup of sultanas
1/2 cup of shredded coconut
1/2 cup of almonds
2 Tbsps cold-pressed organic coconut oil
1 Tbsp cocoa powder
2 Tbsps honey
2 Tbsps water
1 tsp vanilla extract

  1. Put all ingredients apart from the water into a food processor and blend until it has the consistency of breadcrumbs.
  2. Add the water and continue to process until it becomes sticky enough to roll into balls.
  3. Use a dessert spoon to measure the mixture and roll into firm balls.
  4. If you like, roll the balls in desiccated coconut to coat the outside (optional).
  5. Store in an air-tight container in the refrigerator.

Makes about 20 small balls.

Pannacotta recipe

pannacotta

Panna cotta is a traditional Italian dessert meaning ‘cooked cream’. I have attempted to make it before, but as I was trying to invent my own recipe with coconut cream – it didn’t turn out very well. I can reassure you that the below recipe does work and it’s dead easy. Vanilla pannacotta may be too bland for some people so think of it as a starting point and add other flavours or a berry sauce.

I didn’t have a vanilla bean, so instead, I used vanilla concentrated extract and vanilla bean sugar from Herbie’s Spices. The sugar has black flecks which are the vanilla bean seeds. If you have vanilla essence use 2 tsp to 1 tsp of concentrated extract (or twice as much).

Vanilla pannacotta recipe

2 Tbsp water
2 tsps gelatine powder
1 vanilla bean, split and seeds scraped OR
1 tsp vanilla concentrated extract and 1 Tbsp vanilla bean sugar
1/3 cup icing sugar, sifted
500ml single (pouring) cream

  1. Place the water in a cup and sprinkle over the gelatine. Allow the water to be absorbed, which may take about 5 minutes.
  2. Place the cream, icing sugar, vanilla bean and seeds (or vanilla concentrated extract and vanilla bean sugar) in a small saucepan over medium heat. Bring to the boil, stirring occasionally.
  3. Add the gelatine and cook stirring for 1 to 2 minutes, or until the gelatine is dissolved.
  4. If used, pick out the vanilla bean pod.
  5. Pour the mixture into 4 x 1/2 cup capacity (125ml) lightly greased moulds.
  6. Refrigerate for 4 to 6 hours, or until firm.
  7. Remove the pannacotta from the fridge 5 minutes before serving. Remove from the moulds.

Serves 4

Salted caramel popcorn recipe

popcorn

Here’s an easy recipe to make when you get the mid-afternoon munchies. The caramel sauce lifts ordinary popcorn into the I-could-easily-eat-all-of-this realm. It’s good to test your oil with one corn kernel first to tell when you have the right temperature.

Nom, nom.

Salted caramel popcorn recipe

1/3 cup brown sugar
1 Tbsp golden syrup
1 Tbsp butter
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp water
1/4 cup unpopped popcorn
olive oil
sea salt

  1. Stir all ingredients except the oil, popcorn and salt together in a small saucepan over low heat, until the sugar is dissolved and the butter has melted.
  2. Increase the heat and bring to the boil for a few minutes.
  3. Remove from the heat and set aside.
  4. Cook the popcorn according to the instructions on the packet.
  5. Pour the caramel sauce over the popped corn, season with sea salt and mix well.

Serves 3.

Luscious lemon sago recipe

lemon

After five attempts at making sago, I have finally found the answer. It still looks like frog’s eggs, but it’s a light and refreshing dessert.

Sago is sometimes sold as ‘seed tapioca’. The one  I used is made by McKenzie’s and they clarify the difference on the back of the packet:

A common alternative to Sago is Seed Tapioca. Sago and Tapioca are both starch extracts, sago from various southeast sago palms and tapioca is processed from the tubers of the cassava plant.

This explains my mixed results. Perhaps I should rename the recipe to Luscious Lemon Seed Tapioca? Naw, it doesn’t have the same ring to it.

You may like to try this recipe with limes instead. I like to eat lemon sago alone, but you can serve it with fresh or stewed fruit and cream or custard.

Luscious lemon sago recipe

1/2 cup of sago
2 cups of water
1 lemon, juiced
2 Tbsp honey
2 Tbsp golden syrup

  1. Wash the sago and soak for an hour in some water.
  2. Rinse off the water. Add 2 cups of water to a saucepan and bring to the boil.
  3. When boiling, add the sago and stir until quite transparent (this can take 15-30minutes).
  4. Add the lemon juice, golden syrup and sugar.
  5. Pour into a bowl or mould and chill.

Serves 4.

Stewed rhubarb recipe

stewed-rhubarb

I’ve worked out that I’ve been cooking my rhubarb for way too long! I do like it mushy though. Isn’t this a vibrant red?

Stewed rhubarb recipe

1 bunch of rhubarb
1/4 cup of water
4 Tbsp honey or sugar
1/2 lemon, juiced

  1. Cut the ends and leaves off of the rhubarb. Then cut the stalks into pieces about 3 cm long.
  2. Place the water, sugar (or honey) and lemon juice on to boil in a pot.
  3. When boiling, add the rhubarb.
  4. Cook gently with the lid on until tender, about 10 to 15 minutes.
  5. Allow to cool.

Serves 6.

Note: SCD and GAPS safe if you use the honey.

Kefir starters

Kefir is a fermented milk drink that originated in the Caucasian Mountains near Turkey, where it was used for centuries as a healthy drink. Kefir is a probiotic – a source of beneficial bacteria and yeasts which help maintain a healthy digestive system. These include Lactobacillus, Lactococcus, Leuconostoc, and Saccharomyces kefir.

It is best to introduce homemade kefir after homemade yogurt, when healing of the gut wall has taken place.

Kefir starters are available from your local health food store, although it is best to ring and check they have some in stock first. They are sold as ‘grains’, even though they are not a grain. Alternatively, in Australia you can order direct:

If you are overseas look for:

If you don’t want to make your own kefir, you may like to try Babushkas Kefir which comes in plain, strawberry and honey.

Yogurt starters and yogurt makers

Yogurt, yoghurt, or yoghourt is a food produced by bacterial fermentation of milk.

You can make home-made yogurt with goat, sheep or cows milk and select your own live cultures for fermentation. It is also possible to make yogurt from coconuts, soy and nut milks. Yogurt needs to incubate for 24 hours or more so that the fermenting bacteria consumes all of the lactose and is therefore easier to digest.

There are two ways to start off making yoghurt at home. The first way is to use a store bought yogurt and the second is a yogurt starter.

Yogurt

This Australian yogurt is suitable for your first batch:

  • Farmers Union Greek style natural yogurt (contains bifidus)

Yogurt Starters

Yoghurt starter contains cultures of bacteria that are used to inoculate the milk and begin the fermentation. The bacteria to look for in a yoghurt starters are:

  • Lactobacillus bulgaricus
  • Streptococcus thermophilus
  • Lactobacillus acidophilus (optional)

Here are some of the safe yogurt starters available in Australia:

Here are some of the safe yogurt starters available overseas:

Yogurt makers

Your yoghurt maker needs to be designed to maintain the ideal temperature for making SCD and GAPS yoghurt. It also needs to be able to ferment for 24 hours.

There are two suitable yogurt maker available in Australia:

Some people use their dehydrator to make yogurt.

If you are overseas look out for the Yogourmet electric yogurt maker (available from Amazon with starters, or Lucy’s Kitchen Shop).

Note: If you are following the SCD, then it is sometimes recommended to avoid the Bifidus strain as it may cause a strong die-off reaction.