Ever heard of Lucuma Powder? Just another superfood powder I hear you mutter. We thought so too until we explored the tasty qualities and benefits so we thought we’d ‘ll you in on 5 reasons you’ll go loopy for Lucuma Powder.
What is it?
Lucuma powder is made from the subtropical fruit of the Pouteria lucuma tree, which is native to Peru, Chile and Equador. Lucuma are cool-weather drought-resistant trees that grow 25 to 50 feet tall. Known as the Gold of the Incas in ancestral times, the fruit is yellowish green and egg-shaped with a dry, starchy yellow-orange flesh. The taste is described as maple or caramel to pumpkin-like. The pulp of the lucuma fruit is dehydrated to produce the lucuma powder, or flour, which is marketed primarily as a flavouring. (Courtesy of Live Strong.)
Lucuma provides 14 essential trace elements, including a considerable amount of potassium, sodium, calcium, magnesium and phosphorus.
It tastes like caramel
What’s not to love about a powder that tastes like caramel AND is good for you?! It can be interchanged with Maca or Mesquite powder in your recipes. Add to smoothies, nut butters, bircher or biccie. Lucuma ice-cream is NEXT LEVEL!
It can be used in raw and cooked recipes
Great for those raw foodies as well as those who dabble. Versatile! Here are a couple of recipes to help get you on your way. Pinterest has a WHOLE lot more so go check that out too.
Lucuma is naturally sweet
This is great news for those who are weaning themselves from sugar or going sugar free. It can even be substituted all together for sugar. Try 2:1 (lucuma 2: sugar 1). Also safe for diabetics.
Rich in antioxidants
Lucuma’s rich antioxidant content means it helps to fight and prevent disease, and slow the aging process. The fruit is used as a natural healing medicine in South America, due to its antibiotic, antimicrobial and antifungal properties. (Via Be Good Organics)
We stock Loving Earth’s prepackaged powder or you can purchase a little or a lot from our loose assortment.
It’s summer and it’s hot here in Perth, WA. I don’t know about you, but when it’s hot I don’t really feel like eating much in the mornings so I’ve had to inspire myself somewhat because I know breaky really keeps me going until morning tea time. Here are four ideas that are quick and easy…oh and TASTY!
1. Overnight oats
There are a million different ways to do these and the only restriction is your imagination. They are also really great if you are low on time. Make them in individual jars to smash and grab on your way out the door. Eat in the car on your way to work (or train coz you take the train occasionally yeah?)
They’re super easy and great to use up leftover ingredients. Open your fridge and see what you have! For 4 small jars use 2 cups of organic oats, 1 Tablespoon of Chia seeds, 1 cup of milk (almond, coconut, cow, soy), grated apple or frozen berries, 2 Tblspn protein power if you’re that way inclined. Stir and divy up between your jars! Experiment. Here are 50 ideas to get you on your way and these ones are worth a try as well!
PLUS we make fresh almond milk in store everyday. You’re welcome to BYO container or take it home in one of our free jars. $8/L
2. Chia Pudding
Another easy, portable breakfast on the go. I use my leftover chai tea in a small jar, add 1 Tbsp chia seeds, a lil vanilla powder, a lil cinnamon when I’m feeling spicy, shake and leave overnight. Cashew milk, chia and vanilla is another great combination! Pour into your bowl in the morning and add fruit and whipped coconut cream. Oh. Yeah. We stock Australian Grown, Australia Owned Chia Company Seeds and a range of different coconut product. Banaban is one of our faves.
3. Paleo Coconut Choc Granola
Replacing oats in this granola turns it into a paleo breaky fit for a queen! This tastes like CocoPops in a bowl. Super easy: mix 4 cups of coconut flakes with a bunch of tasty nuts and seeds that float your boat. We use pepitas, sunflower seeds, hemp seeds, buckwheat groats, almonds and walnuts. Mix through 1/4 cup good quality cacao powder and 1/4 cup coconut oil. If you’re a sweet tooth, give it a dollop of fructose free rice malt syrup. A grind of salt, a sprinkling of vanilla powder and a dusting of cinnamon powder to spice things up. Mixing it with hands is best here! Pop into your preheated 180degC oven until slightly golden! Cool. Eat. Easy.
We stock all of the ingredients you’ll need for your designer granola and if you can’t be bothered making it yourself, Merry has fashioned up her very own secret recipe available in store. Merry’s Paleo Granola is $24/500g or $55 for 1.5kg.
I Quit Sugar has some great options here too.
4. Blueberry Paleo Buckwheat Pancakes
Again I Quit Sugar come up with the good for these tasty treats! These take a lil more time so perhaps a Sunday morning kinda dish but totally worth it! Again, we stock all the ingredients in store at Loose Produce. Buy a little, buy a lot.
- 1 eggs, lightly beaten.
- 1/2 cup coconut milk.
- 1 tablespoon coconut oil or butter, plus extra for frying.
- 1/3 cup buckwheat flour.
- 1 teaspoon baking powder.
- pinch salt.
- 1/4 cup shredded coconut, optional.
- 1/4 cup frozen blueberries.
- full-fat natural yoghurt, to serve.
- extra shredded coconut, to serve.
- 1. Combine eggs, milk and oil in a mixing bowl.2. Stir in flour, baking powder, salt and coconut until combined. Fold through blueberries.3. Heat a generous amount of oil or batter in a frying pan over medium heat. Pour in some batter. When the surface begins to bubble, flip carefully and cook on the other side.4. Repeat, until all the batter is used.Serve with yoghurt and extra shredded coconut.
Main image via Ashley Neese.
Nothing worse than a summer cold hey?! I feel like everything is gaining speed as we hurtle towards the festive season. Work do’s, family, friends, shopping, food, my list keep getting longer I’m sure so I’ve felt a little like I need a boost of late. This works really well with a Vitamix blender because if you don’t have one the carrot is kinda in bits through your smoothie.
- 1/2 carrot, diced
- 1/2 peeled orange
- 1/2 banana (frozen is great for the warmer months)
- 1/2 cup raspberries (again frozen if you need to cool down)
- generous spoonful of CoYo Yoghurt
Pop everything together along with a cup of filtered water or coconut water in your blender and blend until you reach your desired consistency. You might need to add a little more liquid depends how smooth you like your smoothies!
As the temperature rises here in Perth the more ice blocks we’re adding to our coffee. Recently the gals have been sipping on these Iced Maple Coffee’s in store. Try swapping your milk for something a little different. We may have added ice-cream with a drizzle of maple over the top too! #sometimesfood
- one shot of freshly brewed coffee (or two if it’s Monday). We use locally roasted, fair trade beans by Backyard Coffee.
- dash of organic maple syrup. We used strip by Honest To Goodness because it is authentic Canadian, organic syrup and owned by an Australian company.
- coconut, almond or dairy milk. We make our almond milk fresh every Saturday and it’s available for you to purchase by the litre. Buy a little, buy a lot.
No great brain strain here. Pour it all in together and blend. If you have a vitamix the more ice you add the more like a slushy it will be!