Saturday, October 24, 2015

Citrus Ningxia Wolfberry Tea

Hi friends!

I saw this recipe posted online by one of my Facebook friends who is also involved in Young Living, and it looked so good that I just had to try it and post about it for others to try! This is a perfect tea for a cool fall or winter day to curl up with a blanket and good book. I think the best part about it is getting to eat the hydrated wolfberries at the end- it's quite a treat! :D

Citrus Ningxia Wolfberry Tea

2-3 tbsp. Dried Ningxia Wolfberries (or enough to thoroughly coat the bottom of your mug)
1-2 drops Young Living Citrus Fresh Essential Oil
Honey or Agave Syrup (optional)
Hot Water

Put the wolfberries in your mug. You can add more to adjust the tea to your liking. I like my tea to be flavorful, so I tend to be more generous with the wolfberries. You can't really overdo it, so just try it to see what you like! Add boiling water to the mug, and let the tea steep for 2-3 minutes. Add the Citrus Fresh, or any other dietary Young Living Essential Oil. Stir in the honey or agave to your liking, and enjoy! I like to leave the wolfberries in the tea while I am drinking it, so I can slowly eat them. :-) 

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Thursday, October 15, 2015

Gluten-Free Chocolatey Pumpkin Walnut Bread Deliciousness (w/essential oils!)

MMMM I loveeee the tastes and smells of fall. Carmel apples, pumpkin pies, spiced coffees...I could go on! Today I decided to make a gluten-free chocolate pumpkin walnut bread with essential oils!! Now that's a mouthful- literally! This bread is SOOO good and very moist- it certainly does not taste "gluten-free." It is my new favorite go-to fall bread, and your house will smell amazing when you bake it. Enjoy!

Ohh fuzzy socks...! Those are also on my list for fall/winter favorites. :-)

These oils would be wonderful diffused together, they are all so wonderful in this bread!

The nice thing about this recipe is that it is a "one-bowl bread," meaning that you only use one bowl! I am a big fan of less clean-up and dishes so this made things super easy!

Note: The dough will be quite thick before you add the pumpkin and water (above picture). Don't worry though, it will become easier to work with. Also, you can remove the walnuts and/or chocolate if you don't like them, it shouldn't alter the recipe much.

Adding the oils, my favorite part!! Make sure you mix them in well (but don't overmix) so that they are evenly distributed!

This is my "I-wish-you-could-be-here-to-smell-how-amazing-this-is" look. Sigh. It is times like this that I wish scents could go through the computer!

Andddd after 67 minutes....viola! 

I like it the best when it is warm so that all of the chocolate is melted! Yum!

Gluten-Free Chocolate Walnut Pumpkin Bread w/ Essential Oils 

3 c. sugar (can use xylitol for a lower carb option)
1 c. grapeseed, avacado, or olive oil
4 eggs
2 c. gluten-free flour
1 1/2 c. almond flour/meal
2 tsp. baking soda
1 1/2 tsp. salt
2/3 c. water
1-15 oz. can Pumpkin Pie (not pie filling)
1 c. coarsely chopped walnuts
1 c. semi-sweet chocolate chips
7 drops of Young Living Nutmeg Essential Oil*
3 drops of Young Living Cinnamon Bark Essential Oil*
2 drops of Young Living Orange Essential Oil*
1 drop of Young Living Clove Essential Oil*

*I only recommend ingesting Young Living brand essential oils. Here's why.

1. Grease 2 large loaf pans and preheat oven to 350 degrees.
2. Beat sugar, oil, and eggs together.
3. Beat in flour and almond meal (1 cup at a time), baking soda and salt.
4. Stir in pumpkin and water (if using an electric mixer, don't use it for this step, as everything will splatter all over the place).
5. Add chocolate, walnuts, and all essential oils. Mix thoroughly, but do not over-mix.
6. Pour into 2 greased loaf pans and bake for 1 hour, or until toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. (Remember, if you added chocolate, it will always come out on the toothpick, but you are looking for no batter on the toothpick).
7. Let stand in the pan for 10-15 minutes, then remove to a rack and cool.
8. Wrap when completely cool. These freeze very well!

Enjoy!!! Let me know how you like it!

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