Make your own Easter Bliss Balls

raw cacao bliss ballsTo make these delicious & nourishing bliss balls, you will need:

250g organic almonds
200g organic sultanas
80g organic raw cacao
70g organic coconut oil
60g organic coconut flour
25g organic desiccated coconut

*** plus additional organic desiccated coconut to decorate

 

Ground almonds and set aside. Place the sultanas in food processor & briefly mince the sultanas.

Add the cacao, coconut oil, coconut flour & dessicated coconut to food processor & process for approx. 20 seconds until well blended.

Add ground almonds & process for a further 20 seconds (scrap down the side of food processor as necessary) to blend well.

Make the balls approx. 40g each & finish them off by rolling in extra desiccated coconut. To add an extra Easter touch try colouring some of the dessicated coconut with a natural food colour (we use beetroot juice & carrot juice) dry off the coloured dessicated coconut in the oven at a low temp (< 50).

Makes approximately 16 balls that are gluten free, raw, vegan & most important DELICIOUS!!

Have a safe & happy Easter break!!

a bit about butter

organic butterAs you can well imagine we fully believe in eating whole foods but just not too much of the one thing! So with that in mind lets chat about butter (organic of course!)…

Organic butter is much closer to a whole food than processed margarine & whilst we do not want to get too much into the butter vs margarine debate, we believe butter is better. Butter does contain a high percentage of saturated fat but bear in mind the valuable role that saturated fats play in our good health, particularly short chain and medium chain saturated fats of which butter has both. As an animal fat, butter has cholesterol but most active people can easily incorporate butter into their daily food consumption to benefit their health. Plus butter provides vitamin A & vitamin E along with its short chain fatty acids.

Possibly what is most important to consider is the source from where your butter came – being the cow’s environment & diet. Toxins in the cow’s food supply and/or poor lifestyle & health problems for the cow mean contaminated milk & therefore contaminated butter. Hence why we believe organic butter to be the best choice.

Tips for storing butter & making your own ‘margarine’:
Salted butter has a much longer shelf life than unsalted butter with the salt acting as a preservative. If you only use a small amount of butter & choose unsalted butter then consider chopping your butter into portions & freezing the portions.

Does your family slather on the butter or do you get frustrated trying to spread cold butter? Then consider making your own ‘margarine’. This is easily done with a blender/food processor by mixing organic butter with an organic oil to suit your taste. You could try safflower oil (less taste) or olive oil or a combo of both. Start with a ratio of ¼ oil to ¾ butter & adjust to your preference. Whipping the butter first in the blender/food processor will add volume & your butter will go further then slowly add the oil while beating. Pour into containers and refrigerate. NOTE: do not use your margarine for cooking if you used safflower oil or an unstable oil to make your margarine.

 

Butter may not be your thing, particularly for vegans, but there are lots of alternatives to butter … try organic avocado, hummus (or both together are particularly delicious & nutritious), organic nut & seed butters & spreads or simply a splash of organic extra virgin olive oil as we do at the Bean!

 

Watch out for our fats and oils future Health & Wellness session for more information.

About Green Smoothies

green smoothie

Do you struggle to get your quota of greens in each day (or the kids for that matter!)? Are you looking for a quick nutritious meal to ‘drink’ on the run?

Green smoothies are very nutritious, easy to digest, easy to make & quick to clean up after!

Made with leafy organic greens & fruit that are loaded with antioxidants & vitamins, green smoothies are an excellent way to enjoy a delicious drink that satisfies hunger & offers maximum nutrition.

They are very popular at the Green Bean & we love making them so we wanted to share with you just how easy they are to make…

To start with, a popular ratio of fruit to greens that is optimal for human consumption is about 60% ripe organic fruit mixed with about 40% organic greens. With that guide you don’t really need a recipe but for our green smoothies we use the following to make one large glass:

  • 3 stalks of organic kale or 1 large organic silverbeet or rainbow chard stalk (cut off any tough stalks but otherwise use the lot)
  • 3-6 leaves of organic Cos lettuce (or other organic lettuce)
  • 1 small frozen organic banana
  • ½ cup organic fresh or frozen fruit (eg. apple, kiwi, stone fruit, pear) and/or organic berries
  • 1 cup filtered water (you can substitute fresh coconut water)
  • 4 – 6 ice cubes (made with filtered water)

Roughly chop fruit & greens then blend really well in a blender/food processor until smooth & creamy. You will get colour variations depending on what greens & fruit you use. Remember the availability of organic greens & fruit is seasonal so be prepared to try new options.

TIP: roughly chop left over pieces of fruit & freeze & always try to have frozen bananas on hand!

 

Variations for your green smoothies

According to seasonal availability include organic: 

  • Baby spinach
  • Mint
  • Parsley
  • Lebanese cucumber
  • Celery 
  • Fresh ginger
  • Lemon juice

You can also add a teaspoon of one or more of the following organic ingredients (all available at the Green Bean :) ):

  • Hemp seeds
  • Chia seeds
  • Bee pollen
  • Maca powder
  • Spirulina
  • Flaxseeds
  • Virgin coconut oil (up to a tablespoon)
  • Natural yoghurt (up to a tablespoon)

There are so many variations you will never get bored!!

 

Some more benefits of green smoothies to consider…

Easy digestion…when blended well, most of the cells in the greens & fruits are ruptured, making the valuable nutrients easier for the body to assimilate.

Complete food…as opposed to juices, green smoothies are a complete food because they still have fibre & we all know how important consuming fibre is for our elimination system.

Taste…just try one & see for yourself!

Easy to make & quick to clean up after & you don’t have to discard any pulp.

Enjoyed by all ages including children!

Check out the organic wholesome goodness from the Green Bean kitchen…

Green Bean deliciousness...

Green Bean deliciousness...

Just a sample of the delicious organic goodies we make ourselves in the Green Bean kitchen.

 

Check out Facebook for regular updates & daily cafe specials.

 

Click here to see our full cafe menu.

 

Where we can we try to cater for vegetarians, meat-eaters, gluten-freers, vegans, raw foodies, sugar freers…feel free to ring us & check menu availability.

Happy New Year to you & your families!!

We wish you a fantastic 2014!!

We are back open & ready to take this new year on! We really appreciate your continued support especially after an incredibly difficult 2013 & wish to thank you & all our very patient suppliers for allowing us to keep our doors open.

We look forward to seeing you soon…

Warmest wishes from the Green Beanies xxx

Best Wishes for the Festive Season!!

Xmas HollyThe Green Beanies wish you & your family all the very best for the festive season!

We have really appreciated your support over the last year and very much look forward to seeing you in the New Year!!

Christmas Opening Times:

We will be closed from early afternoon on Christmas Eve and re-opening on Wednesday 2nd January:

Saturday 22/12: normal hours

Sunday 23/12: closed

Monday 24/12: 8am to 2pm

                                                                  Tuesday 25/12 to Tuesday 01/01: closed

                                                                  Wednesday 02/01: normal hours

Best Wishes from the Green Bean Team

Christmas Uncooked!!

prettylittlerawpetitfours

Pretty little raw petit fours!

Join us on Sunday December 2nd at the green bean organic store + cafe  for a very special Christmas ‘uncooking’ class on how to prepare raw Christmas goodies as healthy alternatives to traditional Christmas treats.

You will have the opportunity to get your hands dirty in this participative class that includes lots of tastings plus gives you tastes and recipes to take away. Also, several of the goodies we will be preparing will make great healthy Christmas gifts for those you love!

The Christmas goodie menu will include a nutty nog, “turkey” bites with cranberry sauce, maple cherry bombs (just divine!), pretty little petit fours, orange blossom ice cream and fruity spicy treats!

The featured dishes are all made from raw whole foods and are free from gluten, dairy, meat, eggs and refined sugars … truly guilt-free Christmas goodness!

Book your place now as there are very limited places available-

Tickets: $90 per person (tickets are non-refundable)

When:    Sunday December 2

Time:      2pm to 5pm

RSVP:     Monday November 26

Ph:          9361 8806

Email:     info.greenbeanstore@iinet.net.au

Our next special event…..”Chocolate Cravings” uncooking raw choc class!!

Join us on Sunday August 26th at the green bean organic store + cafe to get your hands dirty & tummy filled in an ‘uncooking’ class that will teach you how to prepare mouth-watering raw chocolate recipes from scratch with organic whole food ingredients that are naturally free from gluten, dairy, meat, refined sugar & guilt trips!!

In this class you will take part in preparing 6 raw chocolate dishes including mousse, chocolate (of course!) and cake plus you get to taste all these dishes!

Book your place now as there are very limited places available-

Tickets: $80 per person (tickets are non-refundable)

When: Sunday August 26

Time: 2pm to 5pm

RSVP: Monday August 20

Ph: 9361 8806

Email: info.greenbeanstore@iinet.net.au

Easter is nearly here!!

Easter Bunny Moo Free Vegan ChocolatesWe have lots of goodies for Easter … chocolate bunnys and medium & large Easter eggs in both milk chocolate & dark chocolate and they are all organic & fair trade!

For the vegans or those avoiding dairy we have “Moo Free” organic chocolate Easter Eggs, chocolate bars & chocolate drops.

For a healthier chocolate option we have organic raw chocolate in a variety of flavours plus we make our own raw choc in the cafe.

We also have the very special ChocAlchemy therapeutic raw chocolate which has been specially created for females! Each piece of this choc is an extra special blend of feminine herbs & raw choc to create the ultimate Goddess treat! A very unique Easter gift for any special females in your life!

Jude Blereau’s Whole Food Cooking Event – Sustainable Fish & Seafood Seminar…

Jude Blereau’s next Whole Food cooking event “Sustainable Fish & Seafood Seminar” is on Saturday March 3 2012 & is a really important one to attend! This seminar will help you to understand what sustainable fish to select, why you should be selecting sustainable fish plus how to cook nourishing, quick & thrifty meals with sustainable fish including some great take home recipes. Kailis Bros Fish Markets will be there & so will we with a selection of products from the green bean store (all on special for the event). Check the link to book your ticket & we will see you there!!