Wednesday, 29 November 2017

Are Infused Teas Good For You?

Infused teas have recently joined the par-tea and we can’t get enough of them! Tea enthusiasts all over have embraced herbal and fruit infused teas wholeheartedly. But where does the line between tea and infused tea blur and does it really make that much of a difference? We bet you have a million questions brewing up in your mind right now. But fret not, just read on and sip on for good health!

1. Tea Vs. Infused Teas- Get The Difference

Tea, infused tea, fruit tea, herbal tea, herbal infusions, is your head spinning already? Even the most devout tea-lover may not be able to tell the difference between regular teas and tea infusions. So, what is an infusion after all? Infusions are made by letting herbs and fruits simmer in hot but not boiling water for a long time. All teas are technically infusions except that, actual infusions are steeped for longer in chunks full of herbs. Simply put, you drink tea to get your brain ticking, you drink infusions to get your body moving.

2. The Health Booster You Need

Infused teas can supplement your body with a much larger dose of nutrition than regular teas. Sip on tea infusions to stock up on some much-needed vitamins and minerals. You can even brew up various infusions using particular herbs to fight certain illnesses. Down with the common cold? Get a pot of jasmine infused tea brewing!

3. Go Caffeine-Free

If caffeine is your answer to get the creative juices of your brain flowing, well we hate to break it to you but it’s not doing much for your body, mate. Caffeine can affect the calcium levels in your body that means that it is so not good for your bones! Most true herbal and fruit teas are decaf as they are not made from tea leaves. So, a cup of pure peppermint tea can do you more good than a cup of black tea.

4. Pure Fruity Goodness

Sipping on fruit tea infusions made using fresh fruits like blueberries, raspberries, orange, peach is a whole lot better than gulping down aerated drinks full of artificial sugar as pure fruit teas only contain natural sugar. How about that cup of flavourful, aromatic cranberry and raspberry tea now?

5. Infuse Teas With Fresh Fruit

Here’s a quick way to infuse that delicious fresh fruit flavour to your everyday teas! To make a pot of fruit tea, add two green tea bags and ½ cup of chopped fresh fruit into a one-quart mason jar and fill it to the top with boiling water. Steep for ten minutes, strain, and serve either hot or over ice.

Ready to brew up some infused tea magic? Get your ingredients here at Nature’s Basket.

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Hazelnut Chocolate Recipes

They say hazelnut chocolate is one of mankind’s most fabled inventions. Was this combination a freak accident or is it the work of serious experimentation and thought? All we know is that this creamy, thick, sinfully delicious treat is a God given gift. We aren’t talking about that store bought, ready-made hazelnut chocolate, but rather something truly authentic. Crafted with love and care, a homemade mix is possibly what heaven tastes like. You can stop dreaming now! Check out these hazelnut chocolate recipes that are out of this world, literally!

1. Hazelnut Sandwich Cookies

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These tiny treats are like little treats of heaven! The smooth texture of the creamy chocolate hazelnut spread packed between two soft, crumbly vanilla cookies is sure to delight your taste buds!


• 1 kilo of Healthy Alternatives Hazelnuts
• ¾ cup of flour
• 1 kilo of Healthy Alternatives Cashew Butter
• ½ cup of Healthy Alternatives Organic Brown Sugar
• ½ kilo of dark chocolate, chopped
• Zest from 1 orange 


1. Roast the Hazelnuts in the oven for 15 minutes at 80° C. After this, rub off the skins with a clean towel. Once cooled, blend the nuts into powder.
2. Combine this hazelnut powder with the flour, butter and sugar.
3. Work into an even dough, wrap in plastic foil, flatten, and let cool in the refrigerator for 1 hour.
4. Take the dough out of the refrigerator, break small little pieces from it and roll into balls, approximately the size of a teaspoon.
5. Place the balls on a baking sheet, leaving an inch or so of space between each ball, and bake in the oven for 15 minutes at 160° C. Let them cool completely.
6. Melt the chocolate, place a teaspoon of the chocolate on the bottom half of the cookies and before the chocolate sets place the other hemisphere of cookie on top.
7. Sit back and soak in the moment. Sinfully enjoy the tastes of the Gods.

2. Chocolate, Cardamom & Hazelnut Torte

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This hazelnut torte is exactly as it should be-chocolatey and sinful! This cocoa covered treat can be your much-needed weekend delight or a rich party dessert that will surely  wow your guests away!


• 150g of Healthy Alternatives Hazelnuts
• 8 Healthy Alternatives Cardamoms
• 150g of dark chocolate
• 125g of butter
• 6 eggs, separated
• 125g of castor sugar
• 1 ½ tablespoons of cocoa powder
• Crème fraiche, to serve
• A pinch of salt


1. Toast the hazelnuts in a dry pan until golden, then leave to cool slightly and blitz to a fine consistency in a food processor.
2. Remove the cardamom seeds from their pods and grind to dust.
3. Heat oven to 160° C. Grease and line the base of a spring-form cake tin.
4. Use the microwave to melt the chocolate with the butter in 30-sec bursts until it is glossy and smooth.
5. Whisk the egg whites until they reach stiff peaks.
6. Whisk the yolks with the sugar in a separate bowl until they are pale and voluminous.
7. Combine the chocolate with the egg yolk mixture.
8. Incorporate the cocoa powder, a pinch of salt, the cardamom seeds and the hazelnuts.
9. Add a spoonful of egg white to the batter, stirring it through to loosen the mix.
10. Then fold in the rest, taking care to keep in as much air as possible.
11.  Gently pour into the tin and bake for 35 mins.
12.  Leave to cool in the tin, then dust with cocoa powder and serve with crème fraîche.
13. Bite into the heavenly goodness, and taste the love!

3. Hazelnut Gelato With Rich Chocolate Sauce

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This creamy hazelnut gelato can save you from all your frozen dessert cravings! The creamy, made-from-scratch chocolate sauce goes well with the nutty flavours of this decadent sweet treat.


For the ice-cream:

• 175g of Healthy Alternatives Hazelnuts
• 300ml of cream
• 300ml of full fat milk
• 100g of Healthy Alternatives Organic Brown Sugar
• 3 egg yolks

For the chocolate sauce:

• 150ml of cream
• 1 teaspoon instant coffee
• 100g of chocolate, finely chopped


1. First off, for the ice-cream, toast the nuts in a dry pan for 5 mins until golden. Once cooled, roughly chop them and set them aside.
2. Heat the cream, milk and sugar in a pan until nearly boiling. Be sure to save some cream (approx. 80ml) for the chocolate sauce.
3. Whisk together the eggs yolks in a small bowl.
4. Pour a little of the hot cream over the eggs and whisk together.
5. Pour the egg mix into the pan and gently cook for about 8-10 mins until thick
6. Set a medium-size bowl over another bowl of iced water.
7. As soon as the custard has thickened, strain into the bowl, then stir through the hazelnuts.
8. Leave to cool a little, then pour the mixture into a blender and whizz until smooth. Freeze it until ready (approx. 2 hours)!
9. Now, for the sinful chocolate sauce,
10. For the sauce, heat the cream with the coffee in a pan until boiling.
11. Take off the heat, stir the chocolate until melted
12. Serve the ice-cream with the chocolate sauce drizzled on top with scatterings of chopped hazelnuts.
13. Take a bite of the ice-cream and be sure to stay grounded!

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Wednesday, 22 November 2017

Organic Chocolates - The Healthy Way To Indulge

We have all heard about the aphrodisiac effects of chocolates and that dark chocolate is so much better for you than milk chocolate. Well, the word on the street these days is that there’s a bigger player in the candy world A.K.A organic chocolate. Wondering what the big deal is about going organic with your favourite comfort food? Don't worry, sit back and relax, because we have got all the answers right here.

1. The Full Scoop About Organic Chocolates

First things first, let’s get our facts right here. So, what exactly is organic chocolate made of? Cocoa beans straight from heaven? Not quite, though close enough. Organic chocolates are made from cocoa beans that have not been treated with any synthesized fertilizers, pesticides or herbicides but it doesn’t stop there. True organic chocolates are made of everything organic whether it’s milk, nuts, fruit, spices or cocoa butter.

2. Organic Chocolates Vs. Regular Chocolates

Let’s get to the real question, now. Does it really make that much of a difference whether your guilty pleasure snack is organic or not? Well, here’s a news flash for you. Conventionally grown cocoa has the second highest use of pesticides outside of commercial non-organic cotton. Not to mention that non-organic chocolates block the antioxidant and health benefits of chocolates as they are full of dairy, sugar, fat, wax, chemicals. So, which one would you prefer?

3. Health Benefits of Organic Chocolate

An organic chocolate bar contains as many antioxidants as a glass of red wine. It can help to lower blood pressure and contains very little caffeine. It also contains a high level of magnesium which can help your heart. Though, that doesn’t mean that you can go all out on them. Remember, moderation is key. Swap regular chocolate for organic dark chocolate or organic milk chocolate in those sinfully delicious baked goods and uplift the health quotient of your desserts!

4. Organic Chocolate Flavours You Must Try

Bite into these organic chocolates for some sinfully good fun! For a smooth and nutty texture, try the L’Exclusif Rose Almond Dark Chocolate. Get a zesty blast of flavours with the L’Exclusif Sea Salt Dark Chocolate or go all out on cocoa with the L’Exclusif 72% Dark Chocolate. Give your taste buds a fruity surpire with the L’Excusif Blueberry Walnut Dark Chocolate or refresh your palette with the tangy taste of the L’exclusif Lemon Ginger Dark Chocolate. So, which one do you crave?

Ready for some healthy indulgence with organic chocolates? Get your ingredients here at Nature’s Basket.

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Tuesday, 21 November 2017

Classic Thanksgiving Recipes

T’is the season to be thankful! This occasion is a heart-warming celebration of the fortune and love we have received over the past year. So how about a wonderful surprise for your family and friends with some festive joy? A wholesome, perfectly roasted turkey and some melt-in-your-mouth, mashed potatoes sounds pretty delicious too. Join us as we drum up a classic Thanksgiving dinner. What’s the key to a great Thanksgiving Dinner? That’s right, the Tur-KEY, and we’ve got the juiciest Turkey recipe coming up! Even better, it’s not half as hard as you think!

1. Classic Roast Turkey

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A thanksgiving dinner without turkey is simply unheard of. This roasted marvel of a turkey is tender, juicy and oh so delicious! This thanksgiving, crave into some meaty, fall-off-the-bone fun and breathe in the steaming, hot flavours.


• 2 tablespoons of dried Parsley 
• 2 tablespoons of freeze dried Rosemary
• 2 tablespoons rubbed dried sage
• 2 tablespoons of dried thyme leaves
• 1 tablespoon of lemon pepper
• 2 tablespoons of salt 
• 1 (15 pound) whole turkey, neck and giblets removed 
• 2 stalks of celery, chopped
• 1 orange, cut into wedges
• 1 onion, chopped
• 1 carrot, chopped
• 1 can of chicken broth (300-450ml)
• 1 (750ml) bottle of champagne (this is not a joke, we repeat, this is not a joke)


1. Pre-heat the oven to 175 Degrees Celsius. Line a turkey roaster with long sheets of aluminum foil.
2. Stir together the parsley, rosemary, sage, thyme, lemon pepper, and salt in a small bowl. Save a tablespoon of salt for the mashed potatoes. 
3. Rub the herb mixture into the cavity of the turkey, then stuff it with the celery, orange, onion, and carrot. Do it with passion!
4. Place the Turkey into the roasting pan. Pour the chicken broth and champagne over the turkey, making sure to get some champagne in the cavity.
5. Bring the aluminum foil over the top of the turkey, and seal. Try to keep the foil from touching the skin of the turkey breast or legs.
6. Bake the turkey in the preheated oven for 2 1/2 to 3 hours until it’s no longer pink at the bone and the juices run clear. Uncover the turkey, and continue baking until the skin turns golden brown, 30 minutes to 1 hour longer.
7. An instant-read thermometer inserted into the thickest part of the thigh, near the bone should read 180 degrees F. Remove the turkey from the oven, cover with a doubled sheet of aluminum foil, and allow it to rest in a warm area 10 to 15 minutes before slicing. 
8. Allow yourself a moment to gaze at the delightful turkey you’ve made!

2. Perfectly Mashed Potatoes

This recipe is all about those good, old-fashioned mashed potatoes! It’s a simple, must-try 3-ingredient dish that you cannot go wrong with. 


• 8-10 potatoes, peeled and cut into quarters.
• 1 tablespoon of butter
• ¼ cup of hot milk


1. Now, onto the mashed potatoes. Place the potatoes in large saucepan; add enough water to cover
2. Add 3/4 teaspoon of the salt. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low; cover loosely and boil gently for 15 to 20 minutes or until the potatoes break apart easily when pierced with fork.
3. Drain the saucepan. We’re almost there, relax!
4. Shake the saucepan gently over low heat for 1 to 2 minutes to evaporate any excess moisture.
5. Mash the potatoes with potato masher until no lumps remain. Add the margarine, the pepper and the remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt
6. Continue mashing, gradually adding enough milk to make potatoes smooth and creamy.
7. Place the delicious dish on the table full of thankful people!

3. Classic Thanksgiving Gravy


Add lots of flavour and spice to your thanksgiving with this simple yet lip-smacking gravy recipe. Pour it over the succulent turkey meat and the creamy mashed potatoes and your taste buds will thank you for it.


• 3 tbsp. butter
• 3 tbsp. all-purpose flour (Maida)
• 1 c. Pan drippings (from the turkey)
• 1-2 c. low-sodium chicken stock (or turkey)
• 1 tsp. fresh thyme leaves, minced
• 1 tsp. fresh sage leaves, minced


1. Melt the butter in a small saucepan over medium heat. 
2. Whisk in the flour and cook for 1 minute until the mixture is golden. 
3. Whisk in the pan drippings. (If you have more than a cup, use it and reduce the amount of broth!)
4. Bring the mixture to a boil and simmer gently until it has thickened slightly. Stir in the fresh herbs. Whisk in 1 cup of the broth and return the mixture to a simmer. 
5. Season with salt and pepper. Simmer to 10 minutes, gradually adding more stock if the gravy is too thick. Check for seasonings.

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Tuesday, 14 November 2017

Easy Healthy Snacks For Kids

Some kids go nuts for candies, some kids only have eyes for pizza. But if there’s one thing that kids of all ages hate, it’s eating healthy. But don’t worry, with these wholesome, healthy delights, you can say goodbye to those mid-meal tantrums.

1. Spiced Apple Crisps

These all-natural apple crisps are way better than the store-bought, preservative-induced potato chips! Just a sprinkle of cinnamon on top, and your kids will gobble up these fruity delights like there’s no tomorrow.


• 2 green apples
Cinnamon powder, for sprinkling


1. Heat the oven to 160C gas mark. Core the apple and slice through the equator into very thin slices, about 1 - 2mm thick.
2. Dust them with the cinnamon powder and lay them flat on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
3. Cook for 45 minutes – 1 hour, turning them halfway through and removing any crisps that have turned brown. Continue cooking until the apples have dried out and are light golden.
4. Cool the crisps and store them in an airtight container for an everyday snack.

2. Dried Fruit Energy Nuggets


These dried fruit healthy bites can provide oodles of energy. You can make a whole batch at home and pack them as mini snacks in your kid’s daily lunchbox.


• 50g of Healthy Alternatives Turkish Apricots
• 100g of Healthy Alternatives Saudi Dates, seedless
• 50g of L’Exclusif Whole Dried Cranberries
• 2 tsp. coconut oil
• 1 tbsp. Healthy Alternatives White Sesame Seeds, toasted


1. Whizz the apricots with the dates and the cherries in a food processor until they are very finely chopped.
2. Tip them into a bowl and use your hands to work in the coconut oil.
3. Shape the mix into walnut-sized balls, then roll them in the sesame seeds.
4. Store in an airtight container until you need a quick energy fix.
Can’t get over these dried fruit energy nuggets? Wait till you check out this easy fruit bliss ball recipe.

3. Pita Pockets

These pita pockets make the ultimate after-school snack! Delicious, healthy and wholesome, you will turn to this quick-fix recipe every time you are in a time crunch.


• ½ of L’Exclusif Pita Bread
• 25g of chicken breast, cooked
• ¼ cucumber, cut into chunks
• 4 cherry tomatoes, halved
Seasonings according to taste


1. Fill the pitta half with the chicken breast, cucumber and the cherry tomatoes.
2. Top with your favourite seasonings.

4. Healthy Chocolate Hummus


If you are looking for a way to get your kids to eat their fruits and veggies, search no more! This healthy chocolate hummus can make even the fussiest picky eater’s mouth water.


• 2 cups of cooked, unsalted chickpeas
• 3-4 tablespoons of unsweetened cocoa powder
• 2 tablespoons of Healthy Alternatives Peanut Butter/ Healthy Alternatives Almond Butter
• 1/4 cup of maple syrup
• 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract


1. Add all the ingredients into the cup of a large food processor, and puree until the mixture turns smooth.
2. Serve it with fresh fruit, crackers, or some pita chips.

Ready to experiment with these easy, kid-friendly recipes? Get your ingredients here at Nature’s Basket.

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Monday, 13 November 2017

Buckwheat Cookie Recipe That Will Change Your Life

This winter, fill up your Christmas cookie jar with these healthier alternatives of chocolate chip delights! Made from gluten-free buckwheat flour, they are nutty and earthy in texture and light and crispy on the outside. Now, you don’t need to wait for a cheat day to indulge in a little cookie fun!


• 150 grams of Healthy Alternatives Buckwheat Flour 
• 1 tbsp. baking powder
• 1 teaspoon of salt
•  3 tbsp. unsalted butter
• 80g of Healthy Alternatives Organic Brown Sugar
Vanilla extract 
• 1 large egg
L’Exclusif Chocolate Chips


1. In a bowl, mix together the flour, brown sugar, salt and the baking powder.
2. In another bowl, whisk the butter using an electric whisk.
3. In a large mixing bowl, combine the egg and the sugar.
4. Beat this mixture with an electric mixer on high until it’s light and fluffy. Add the butter and beat it on high until it’s combined.
5. Add all the dry ingredients and mix everything together until it’s combined. Add the extract and mix together.
6. Stir in the chocolate chips and scoop the mixture out on a baking tray using an ice cream scoop.
7. Preheat the oven to 375° F / 190° C and bake for 15 minutes.

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Thursday, 9 November 2017

The Buzz About Clover Honey

The whole world seems to be buzzing about this marvel of a honey that’s good enough to drizzle over just about anything! Produced from the nectar of clover blossoms, clover honey is widely known for its mild flavour and sweet aftertaste and of course, its amazing health-boosting properties. If you seemed to have missed the B-news, don’t fret, read on to find out everything you need to know about clover honey and its health benefits.

1. Helps In Healing Wounds

Because of its anti-inflammatory effects, clover honey can be a wonderful remedy for slow-healing injuries. Due to the high amounts of minerals such as iron, potassium, copper, and vitamins such as Vitamin-C, it can help in faster wound healing. It also works wonders against antibiotic-resistant bacteria.

2. Can Regulate Blood Pressure

Regular intake of 1-2 teaspoons of clover honey, early in the morning, every day can help keep high blood pressure under control. However, it shouldn’t be used as an alternative to blood pressure medications or a prescribed treatment suggested by an authorized medical professional. You can amp up the health benefits of clover honey by indulging in some regular exercise and a balanced diet.

3. Goodbye Bad Cholesterol

Raw clover honey that has not been subjected to heat can be used to effectively curb bad cholesterol. That’s why it can also help to prevent diseases that are caused by the accumulation of bad cholesterol in blood vessels. But that doesn’t mean that it is okay to go all out on that all-you-can-eat red meat buffet and top it off with some clover honey as a precaution. Always, try to avoid eating foods high in bad cholesterol as possible.

4. Best Natural Sweetener

As it contains simple sugars, compared to the complex ones found in refined white sugar, it can be used as an excellent natural sweetener, especially for kids. Due to its mild flavour, it can be used to sweeten your daily dishes or a delicious spread for your bagels and toasts. Drizzle it over your pancakes for a blast of natural flavours!

5. Can Prevent Aging

Due to its high anti-oxidant properties, clover honey can protect your skin cells and help in maintaining their health. That’s why clover honey is used in a lot of moisturizing products. But to harbor in on the benefits of clover honey, try and go for raw and pure forms of clover honey as possible.

Can’t find clover honey at your grocery store? Get all the honey you need at Nature’s Basket.

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Wednesday, 8 November 2017

How To Make The Perfect Watermelon Feta Salad At Home

Give your palette a jolt of flavours with this light yet filling watermelon, olive and feta salad. The succulent taste of watermelon combined with the tangy nature of olives and the crumbly texture of the feta cheese make for quite a delectable, healthy meal.


• 250 gm of watermelon, chopped
• 1 stalk of spring onions, chopped
• 6-7 black olives
• 50 gm of feta cheese, chopped into chunks
Salt to taste
• 1 tsp. of parsley, chopped
• 3-4 cherry tomatoes, halved
• 1 Tbsp. Healthy Alternatives Pure olive oil
• 1/3 tsp. oregano leaves
• 1 tsp. lemon juice
Spinach Leaves


1. Place all the ingredients in a big bowl.
2. Be sure to add the salt, lemon juice and olive oil in the end.
3. Mix all the ingredients properly and serve.

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Sunday, 5 November 2017

Easy Fruit Bliss Ball Recipe

Being a fitness freak with a sweet tooth can be so frustrating! But fret not, try this fruit bliss ball recipe to take care of all your dessert cravings. You can whip up this power-packed energy snack in just a few minutes for a pre or post-workout snack and your taste buds will definitely thank you for it!


For fruit bliss balls with nuts:

• 100 gms. Of Healthy Alternatives Cashews
• 150 gms. Of Healthy Alternatives Turkish Apricots
• 75 gms. Of coconut powder (for coating)
• 80 gms. Of white chocolate
• 150 gms. Of Healthy Alternatives Almonds

For nut-free fruit bliss balls:

• 150 gms. of Healthy Alternatives Dates
• 100 gms. of Healthy Alternatives Prunes
• 100 gms. of L’Exclusif Dried Goji berries
• 150 gms. of L’Exclusif Dried Cranberries 
• 1 tablespoon of Healthy Alternatives Raw Chia Seeds
Cocoa powder for coating


1. Roughly, chop all the fruits then place them in a strong food processor with all the other ingredients.
2. Blend until all the ingredients are combined.
3. Scoop out each ball and roll them into a round shape.
4. Coat them in coconut/ cocoa powder and garnish with nuts.

Ready for some fruit bliss? Get your ingredients here at Nature's Basket.

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Quick Recipe For Gajar Ka Halwa

This easy 20-minute recipe is going to be your go-to guide when you simply cannot resist those Gajar ka Halwa cravings! Say goodbye to those long hours of slogging in the kitchen with this super-easy yet super tasty Indian sweet recipe.


• 1 1/2 kg of carrots
• 10 whole Healthy Alternatives Green cardamoms
• 2 Healthy Alternatives Whole Cinnamon Sticks
• 500 g of Healthy Alternatives Organic Brown Sugar
• 250 g Healthy Alternatives Cow Ghee
• 400 g of condensed milk
• 50 g of Healthy Alternatives American Almonds, chopped
• 50 g of Healthy Alternatives Finest Irani Pistachios, chopped
Healthy Alternatives Cashews


1. Grate the carrots and put them in a pot on heat, stir fry continuously till all the water is evaporated.
2. Add the ghee and cook for a few minutes. Then, add the cinnamon sticks, the green cardamoms, the pistachios and the almonds and mix well. Then, add the sugar and cook for a while.
3. Finish with the condensed milk and cook well. Lastly, add the saffron and mix well.
4. Serve the halwa in bowls and garnish it with some cashews.

Ready to make some gajar ka halwa? Get your ingredients here at Nature's Basket.

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Thursday, 2 November 2017

No Churn Vegan Ice Cream Recipes

Even vegans will scream for some ice cream now, with these vegan ice cream recipes? A lot of people assume that living a vegan life means cutting down on all sorts of sweet treats. But we believe that No one should be deprived from these frozen dessert delights, that’s why, we have got your back with these homemade, no churn vegan ice cream recipes. Check them out below!

1. Vegan Chocolate Avocado Ice Cream

This vegan ice cream is creamy, chocolatey and oh so healthy! Try this at-home recipe for some comfort food fun over the weekend.


  • A 380 g can of full fat coconut milk
  • 127 g of avocado, peeled and pitted
  • 1/2 cup of cocoa powder
  • 1/2 cup + 2 tablespoons of maple syrup
  • 1 tablespoon of vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup of water
  • Vegan hot fudge, for drizzling (Optional)
  • Vegan Sprinkles, for sprinkling (Optional)

  1. Add the avocado and the coconut milk to a food processor and blend them together.
  2. Add the remaining ingredients and blend them for about 2 minutes until they are smooth and incorporated, scraping down the bowl once.
  3. Freeze the mixture in a freezer-safe container for 3-4 hours. Whisk slightly every 20 minutes to stop it from getting too icy It should be getting thicker after each whisking, until it's firm enough to scoop.
  4. Scoop and serve. You can optionally add hot fudge and sprinkles on top.

2. 1 Ingredient Vegan Banana Ice Cream

Making a healthy, mouth-watering vegan ice cream at home cannot get easier! Go bananas on this 1-ingredient ice cream recipe.


  1. Spread the banana slices onto a plate and freeze for 1 to 2 hours.
  2. Add them to a food processor and process until they turn smooth, scrape down the sides if needed.
  3. Transfer to a glass or a plastic storage container with a lid, and store in the freezer. Scoop and serve as needed. You can garnish it with some nuts or maple syrup or fresh fruits.

3. 2 Ingredient Vegan Blueberry Ice Cream


This vegan blueberry ice cream recipe is all you need to perk yourself up during those mid-week blues! Get your scoops ready for some vegan dessert fun!


  1. Add the bananas to a food processor and blend. They will break into hard pieces, and will begin to blend into a smooth cream after a few minutes of blending.
  2. Add the blueberries in as soon as they become creamy. Blend together until they are combined.
  3. Serve immediately or add to a freezer safe container in the fridge and freeze for at least 2-4 hours
4. Vegan French Silk Ice Cream


Go gourmet on your homemade desserts with this vegan French silk ice cream! The vanilla swirl and mocha ice cream are bound to blow your taste buds away.


For the vanilla swirl:
For the mocha ice cream:

  1. For the vanilla swirl, whisk together the cashew butter, the maple syrup and the vanilla extract. Add the milk slowly until the mixture is thick but is still pourable. Set it aside.
  2. In a food processor, combine the frozen bananas, the cacao powder, and the espresso powder.
  3. Blend on high until this mixture is creamy and smooth. You may need to stop and scrape down the sides.
  4. Add the vanilla swirl and the chocolate chunks, and serve immediately as a soft-serve. 
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All About Double Yolk Eggs

The double yolk egg phenomenon has got the entire world stepping up their sunny side up breakfast game! Did you know they occur only in 1 out of every 1000 eggs? However, now you can get entire cartons full of double yolk eggs.  So, what are double yolk eggs, why are they so egg-cellent and more importantly, where can you get yourself a bit of two-some fun? Get the answers to all your egg queries below!

1. The Gist About Double Yolk Eggs

What happens in the egg doesn’t stay in the egg! So, how is a double yolk egg formed? This rare phenomenon occurs when one yolk was through the oviduct and the next day's yolk caught up with it and they were both encased in the same shell. The reason you haven’t seen them much in the past is because people have been superstitious about these eggs in the past. But, with new age foods and trendy au-naturel diets being all the hype these days, double yolk eggs are back on the menu.

2. Are Double Yolk Eggs Safe

Are these double yolk producing chickens seated next to a nuclear plant? No, and they’re not mutant chickens either! It’s time to get egg-ucated on this. The answer is yes, they are absolutely, 100% safe. They are no different than regular eggs except they come with two yolks in them. They taste just the same and are just as nutritional.  So, there’s nothing to worry about.

3. It’s All About Candling

To package cartons full of double yolkers, the eggs are inspected through a process called as ‘candling’. They are observed with a light to look for blood spots and egg development and to check whether the eggs are A-okay and ‘farm-fresh’ healthy. This process, also, lets them identify the number of yolks. The double yolk eggs are, then, set aside and packaged to the stores where you can pick them up and make those mouth-watering omlettes.

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