5 reasons you’ll go loopy for Lucuma Powder


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.)

Health benefits

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.

Healthy Summer Breakfasts

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.

More recipes here and here.

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.

  • 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.

Almond Milk: the facts

almond milk

We’ve just started selling FRESHLY made Almond Milk available on Saturday mornings in store for $8/litre. The only thing we’re putting in our milk is almonds, filtered water and rice syrup. Which got us thinking about all the other almond milk varieties that are available out there and the nasties that can be hidden in them, emulsifiers being one of them.

So what are emulsifiers? In short, it’s an additive to make otherwise unmixable ingredients, blend together. Why is it bad? Some research suggests it causes a whole range of different digestive problems. We think your best bet is to either make your almond milk or purchase a reputable brand. For the full list of additives that are added here in Australia, check out this list here.

If you’re keen on having a go at making it yourself, have a look at our DIY Almond Milk recipe without the crap. The only thing you will possibly need that you might not have is a Nut Milk Bag which are available in store. We’re also stocking Nutty Bruce Organic Activated Almond Milk if you prefer something out of a carton. Find it in the fridge. PLUS we’re also doing almond and coconut milk coffees available daily from 730am!


New Products – Spring 2015

So much new stuff has been hitting our shelves. Perhaps we’re getting more excited because of the weather? Perhaps it’s just because there are more and more amazing, wholesome foods and products our there to nourish our bodies. Good people doing good things.

We cannot get enough of the Matcha Maiden Green Tea Powder. Super versatile for smoothies and cooking. An easy way to get extra nutrients into your body. Matcha can have the nutritional value of up to 10 cups of regular green tea and up to 137 x the antioxidants of regular green tea!!! Mind. Blown.

We’ve also introduced some great organic oils from Mt Retour Skincare.

Acure Energising Body Lotion is waking us up in the morning and scrubbing away our winter blues.

And Nuilife Coconut Clarity is clearing our minds for a better day ahead!

New Products LP

We’ve also started receiving fresh produce in store from the fab bunch at The Organic Collective. Deliveries come in on a Tuesday afternoon and we choose fresh, in-season produce. Orders change weekly and are dependant on what’s available

OrganicCollective LP

Your guide to gut health

Gut Health

I’m sure by now you’ve heard the latest news in gut health and why it’s so important for the rest of your body to function. Improving your gut health has been proved to boost your immune system, eliminate toxins, reduce allergies, elevate your mood, normalise your weight and the list goes on! Upping your fibre intake can improve your gut health with products such as psyllium husks and chia and drinking bone broth. Eating fermented foods is another way! Fermenting terms such as kombucha, kimchi, kefir, jun are being dropped into more conversations than I can throw a cabbage at.

We spoke to Kim Veale from Organic Training Solutions and she took us through how to make Sauerkraut in your very own kitchen. She also showed us a bunch of other experiments on her kitchen bench including beetroot kvass! Check out the video…

No time for DIY sauerkraut? We stock a bunch of amazing products in store that can improve your gut health at Loose Produce. Some of these include Kehoe’s Kitchen Sauerkraut, Chia Company Chia Seeds, Remedy Kombucha, Honest to Goodness Apple Cider VinegarFoleys Ferments (sauerkraut), Kvass by Bio Beet, Loose Produce’s house made grass fed organic bone broth, slippery elm powder, Bragg Apple Cider Vinegar.  We’re open Monday through Friday 730am-530pm and Saturday’s 9am-5pm.

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