Leaf & Ardor Hidden Rose Tea Muffins

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It was a fun morning with a bit of chaos in the mix and this recipe came to me, by chance. I was making muffins, something healthy to have on hand, and something dairy free. And while beginning the recipe, which would include oat flour, I thought of our Hidden Rose Tea (all organic like the others, and this one with 2 types of white tea and baby organic rose petals).  It is aromatic, a bit earthy, and naturally sweet. So, here it is – a recipe with a base of oat and spelt flours and the Hidden Rose blend ground in a spice grinder and added to the mix! This harmonious mixture, new recipe is easy to make, and a good one to share on Valentines Day or any day of the year.

Blend together with a whisk:
1/3 cup nut-milk (I used hazelnut milk)
1/4 cup walnut oil (or your choice of oil)
1 egg + 1 egg yolk
2 teaspoons (or more) natural vanilla
1/4 cup Turbinado sugar

Add and blend:
1/2 cup oat flour (or ground oatmeal/make your own flour)
1/2 cup spelt flour
1 tablespoon Leaf & Ardor Hidden Rose tea (1 T once ground in a spice grinder)
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
A pinch of Himalayan sea salt
A pinch of ground nutmeg

Pour into cupcake paper-lined muffin tins. Sprinkle each with a few rose petals. Bake at 350˙ for approximately 10 minutes. Makes 8 scrumptious and healthy muffins.

 

Arugula & Fig Salad w/ Solstice Sun Tea Dressing

fig and SS salad

Fresh figs and candied walnuts – shaved parmesan and baby arugula – tastebuds awaken!  This salad hits most all of the many taste sensations. Dressed with the Leaf & Ardor Solstice Sun dressing – it’s one to dive into this summer and fall!

Salad Ingredients:

2 cups fresh arugula
3 fresh figs
1/4 cup shaved Parmigiano Reggiano
10 candied walnuts
Salad dressing ingredients (below)

1.) Making the Roasted/Candied Walnuts:

10 whole raw walnuts
1.5 teasp. grass-fed melted butter
1 teasp. Madagascar vanilla
1 teasp. clover honey
1 teasp. Turbinado sugar
pinch freshly grated nutmeg
pinch Himalayan sea salt

Mix all ingredients together and coat walnuts. Place on cookie sheet and roast at 375˙ for 10 minutes or until set. Remove and let cool.

2.) Making the Salad Dressing:

1 tblsp. Solstice Sun steeped tea (Leaf & Ardor aromatic black tea with petals and zest)
2 teasp. balsamic vinegar
1 teasp. maple syrup
1 tblsp. olive oil
pinch sea salt

Steep 1 large Solstice Sun tea sachet in 2/3 cup boiling hot water for 7 minutes. Remove sachet and let cool. In a mixing bowl whisk together the balsamic vinegar, maple syrup, and tea. Once blended, in a steady thin stream, whisk in the olive oil to emulsify.

3.) Putting it All Together:

Place the arugula in a salad bowl and toss in dressing. Sprinkle with organic dried rose petals, if desired. Add sliced fresh figs, shaved parmesan and candied walnuts, and share with a good friend or 2!

Serves 2 – 3 people.

Coconut Goji Strawberry Smoothie

CGL Smoothie

A delicious use of our Coconut Goji Love green tea blend during the summer. When making this recipe, add the loose-leaf tea blend directly to the blender without steeping in water.

1 Tbsp. Leaf & Ardor Coconut Goji Love Loose-Leaf Blend
1/3 cup plain, unsweetened coconut yogurt
2/3 cup coconut milk
2/3 cup ripe strawberries
1 Tbsp. clover honey

Mix together all ingredients in a blender or Vitamix.

Lemon Matcha Smoothie

lemon matcha smoothie

This refreshing Lemon Matcha Smoothie is a great way to awaken the taste buds any time of day! It is full of vitamin C, magnesium, amino acids, omegas, antioxidants, and more––a wonderful way to bring out a beautiful, healthy glow.

1 whole small lemon (including the rind)
1 teaspoon Leaf & Ardor Premium (ceremonial grade) Matcha
1/3 avocado
1 whole kiwi (including skin)
1 ripe pear
2 ice cubes
1/3 cup hazelnut or almond milk

Instructions: Core the pear and remove the skin of the avocado, chop the lemon and kiwi and blend all ingredients in a Vitamix or other blender. Allow it to blend well till smooth and pour into a your favorite chilled cup. This smoothie may also be enjoyed as a smoothie bowl. It tends to be thick naturally which works well for a smoothie bowl and to make it even thinner if wanting to enjoy as a beverage it can be easily altered by using more ice and less avocado.

Makes 2 + servings.

Find the pure matcha on our site. We sell only premium, ceremonial grade matcha which has a smooth and even slightly sweet finish. It is stone ground tea leaves which are full of essential vitamins and minerals and protein, naturally, which allows for a slow and steady release of caffeine.

Email us at info@leafandardor.com with any questions or comments.

To your health!

Benefits of Leaf & Ardor Teas and Herbal Blends

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Tea is often known to help soothe the soul, quiet the mind, or invigorate the body – even evoke mental clarity at the start of a new day. Some teas act as natural digestives, while an herbal or green tea blend might serve as an antioxidant. And ginger or turmeric blends may help reduce inflammation.

Below we have shared some basic information on our (Leaf & Ardor) teas for your enjoyment and further understanding. Here’s to enjoying the moment and to a good, organic cup (or pot) of tea!

Heaven & Earth – contains probiotics naturally, an energizing caffeinated blend, great for attaining and maintaining a keen focus. The pu-erh (fermented and aged tea) within this blend may help reduce cholesterol and aid in weight loss/shrinking fat cells.

Earl Grey – energizing and soothing, and the polypehnols and flavonoids in the tea serve as antioxidants. Natural bergamot can help to ward off depression and increase circulation.

English Breakfast – great for energy boost. Black tea is abundant in antioxidants, such as polypehnols and flavonoids, demonstrated to prevent the oxidation of LDL cholesterol. The manganese in black tea may help with cardiac muscle function.

Masala Chai – a warming blend – this combination of spices combined with a smaller percentage of black tea, a stimulant with it’s black tea and spices – a great way to drive away fatigue. Simmer it in nut-milk with a touch of honey.

Ruby Rose Hips – great to aid in the prevention of the common cold. This herbal blend is naturally high in vitamin C (excellent for collagen production), and the hibiscus which is the primary ingredient is said to help reduce cholesterol and lower blood pressure.

Moroccan Mint – this green tea and mint blend cleanses the system, soothes, and is known to be a natural digestive.

Solstice Sun – this black tea with subtle citrus and rose notes energizes, refreshes, and awakens the senses.

China Green – pure and buttery smooth, our China Green tea is high in antioxidants and green tea known for helping to maintain healthy liver function.

Coconut Goji Love – with it’s green tea base, this blend is high in antioxidants. The natural coconut has antimicrobial properties and goji berries may help with brain function and memory.

Hidden Rose – this white tea is high in antioxidants, yet has a lower amount of caffeine than most other teas. Rose provides a smooth and calming affect along with vitamin C, pectin and malic and citric acids – potentially clearing toxins and heat from the body.

Chamomile Bliss – ahhhh…chamomile with a touch of lavender has relaxing effect. This herbal blend has soothing properties and is often taken before bedtime to promote restful sleep. It may also soothe stomach upset and assists with digestion.

Harvest Brew – this one’s full of vitamins and minerals, with it’s dried fruit, spices, rosemary and hops. It is an herbal, caffeine free blend.

Ginger Elixir – truly an elixir/healing blend,  helps remedy inflammatory reactions. This tea also helps to soothe the stomach, and may have antimicrobial properties.

 

Please check with your nutritionist, health practitioner or physician about this information. These products are not intended to treat, cure, or prevent any disease.