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Ode to the Pumpkin + Pumpkin Pecan Muffins (Gluten-Free)

If you've been following me for a while, you know I love me some pumpkin and winter squash. Every Autumn as the leaves begin to turn, I harvest some from my garden and buy many varieties of these babies to make all sorts of tasty treats. Why? First because anything made with real pumpkin is just fabulous in my book. It can go savory or sweet, and it's really good for you. (More on the health benefits below). Read More

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My Favorite Winter Beverage - Warm, Sweet, and Comforting!


You must try Ojas Milk, a delicious hot, sweet, spiced creamy beverage. I LOVE it as a special winter treat and have enjoyed serving it to many visitors to my home! I made it during the holidays this week for my relatives who all enjoyed it, even the little ones.

It’s a warm, comforting beverage that builds your Ojas, according to Ayurvedic philosophy. Ojas is your life-force or life-sustaining vitality.  This recipe is adapted from the Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health.

The dates provide a natural sweetness. Enjoy for an afternoon snack or in the evening after dinner.

OJAS MILK

Time: 5 minutes, plus time for soaking the almonds
Serves: 1 (easily doubled or quadrupled for a crowd)

Ingredients:

1 cup organic almond milk (or another milk of choice)
• 10 almonds, soaked overnight, and peeled
• 2 whole dates, chopped
• 1/4 teaspoon powdered ginger
• 1/4 teaspoon powdered cinnamon
• 1/4 teaspoon powdered cardamom
• 1/4 teaspoon poppy seeds
• Pinch of saffron

Soak the almonds in a little bowl of water for 5-8 hours before making this to make them easily digestible. The skins will pop right off the almonds. Once the almonds are soaked, this takes a few minutes to prepare. Put the almonds in a bowl of water in the morning or early afternoon and you can make this after dinner.

Place all ingredients in a (except saffron) in a blender and blend to a creamy consistency. Pour into a saucepan and gently bring to a low boil. Pour in a mug and add a pinch of saffron.

Enjoy! Love in a mug!

NOTE: Some people heat the ingredients in a sauce pan first, and then blend the hot liquid. I prefer to blend the ingredients first, so that I do not put hot liquid in a plastic blender. The heat will cause the plastic to leach chemicals into your food. It's healthier to blend the cold ingredients first, then heat. 



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