Avocado Chocolate Pudding
• 2 medium avocados – seeded and peeled
• 5 tablespoons agave nectar
• ¼ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
• ¼ cup + 2 tablespoons nondairy milk of choice (hemp, coconut, almond)
• 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1. Place avocado flesh, agave, cocoa powder, milk and vanilla in a blender and blend until smooth.
2. Spoon into serving dishes or stemmed glasses (wine glasses are great for
3. Cover with plastic wrap – refrigerate for at least 2 hous or overnight.
4. Optional: garnish with whipped topping and/or sliced fruit
Recipe adapted from: Page 52 of the March Issue of Living Without
Dr. Bastyr’s Immune Support Soup
• 1 small yellow onion, chopped
• 1-5 cloves of garlic, chopped or crushed (to taste)
• 1 teaspoon – 3 tablespoons fresh grated ginger (to taste)
• juice of ½ lemon
• ¼ – ½ cup shiitake mushrooms
• 1 quart miso broth, chicken broth or mushroom broth
• 3 tablespoons fresh minced parsley
• 1 grated carrot
1. Combine broth, onion, ginger, garlic, mushrooms and carrot in large soup pot. Simmer for 15-20 minutes.
2. Remove from heat and add lemon juice and parsley. Cover pan and steam for 5 minutes, then serve.
Why it works:
Garlic: Garlic has strong antimicrobial properties due to the allicin compound. This compound gives garlic an excellent ability to kill unfriendly microbes like bacteria and yeast. Additionally, the allicin compound is excreted through the respiratory organs, making it effective for treating respiratory tract diseases like cough. Garlic has been studied for its ability to protect from the common cold. A recent study1 period from November to February were less prone to catching a cold or endured the cold easier than those who were given placebo.
Ginger: In Traditional Chinese Medicine ginger works on the organs of the lung and stomach. It is a warming herb that helps dispel cold from the body. It works in the lungs to help with cough and is useful in conditions like chronic bronchitis. It is one of the best herbs to use at the first sign of a cold when you come down with the chills.
Shiitake Mushroom: Shiitake mushrooms fall into the category of “medicinal mushrooms” – in fact they are one of the most studied mushrooms for their role in supporting the immune system. They contain polysaccharides, which actively boost specific cells in our immune system that fight microbes and cancer cells.
The Best Grain-Free Coconut Cupcakes
This recipe makes 8 cupcakes
Prep time: 5 mins
Cook time: 22 mins
• ½ cup coconut flour
• ½ teaspoon baking powder
• ¼ teaspoon fine sea salt
• 4 large eggs (room temperature)
• 1/2 cup agave or other liquid sweetener (honey, maple syrup)
• 1/3 cup coconut oil (liquefied)
• 2 tablespoons coconut milk or other nondairy milk
• 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1. Preheat oven to 350°F
2. Line 8 muffin cups with liners (paper or silicone)
3. In a large bowl, whisk the flour, baking powder and salt until blended. Whisk in the eggs, agave, coconut oil, milk, and vanilla until completely blended and smooth.
4. Pour the batter into the prepared muffin cups.
5. Bake in preheated oven for 18-22 minutes or until golden and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
6. Transfer baking tin to wire rack and cool 10 minutes.
7. Carefully remove the cupcakes from the tin and place on a wire rack; let cool completely.
Delicious with your favorite frosting, but equally delicious unfrosted and enjoyed as a muffin.
Can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 2 days or in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 1 week, or freeze (unfrosted) for up to 2 months.