Almond Blueberry Pancake Mix / Orange Licorice Rooibos Tea Mix / Mayan Hot Chocolate Mix / Za’atar Spice Mix

Almond Blueberry Pancake Mix / Orange Licorice Rooibos Tea Mix / Mayan Hot Chocolate Mix / Za'atar Spice Mix

Almond Blueberry Pancake Mix

Place 4 cups (1 L) organic whole wheat pastry flour, oat flour, or whole spelt flour, 2 cups (500 mL) almond flour, 1 cup (250 mL) dried blueberries, 2 Tbsp (30 mL) cinnamon, 2 Tbsp (30 mL) baking powder, 1 Tbsp (15 mL) baking soda, and 1 1/2 tsp (7 mL) salt in mixing bowl and use whisk to distribute ingredients evenly. Divide among gift jars.

Instructions: Place 1 cup (250 mL) pancake mix in mixing bowl. In separate bowl, stir together 1 beaten egg and 1 cup (250 mL) milk. Stir wet ingredients into dry and let rest for 10 minutes. Pour 1/4 cup (60 mL) batter for each pancake (makes 8 pancakes).

Orange Licorice Rooibos Tea Mix

Using vegetable peeler, remove rind from 2 oranges. Place orange rinds on parchment-lined baking sheet and bake at your oven’s lowest temperature for 3 to 4 hours, or until rinds have dried completely and curled. Turn off oven and let cool in oven. Pulverize orange rind in spice grinder or mortar and pestle. Stir together orange powder, 2 oz (56 g) plain rooibos tea and 1 oz (28 g) licorice root. Divide tea mixture among small glass containers.

Instructions: Place a heaping tablespoonful of tea mix in tea strainer and add steaming water; steep for 3 to 4 minutes.

Mayan Hot Chocolate Mix

Finely chop 6 oz (170 g) dark chocolate and mix with 1 cup (250 mL) cocoa powder, 2/3 cup (160 mL) coconut sugar, 1/3 cup (80 mL) powdered milk or powdered coconut milk, 1 tsp (5 mL) cinnamon, 1/4 tsp (1 mL) cayenne or chili powder, and 1/4 tsp (1 mL) salt. Pour into airtight jars.

Instructions: Mix 2 to 3 Tbsp (30 to 45 mL) cocoa mixture with 1 cup (250 mL) milk of choice and warm in a saucepan.

Za’atar Spice Mix

Mix together 1/2 cup (125 mL) dried thyme, 1/4 cup (60 mL) crushed sumac, 1/4 cup (60 mL) toasted sesame seeds, and 1 tsp (10 mL) sea salt. Divide among gift jars.

Instructions: Use in dips; blend into pasta salads; rub on fish or chicken; or sprinkle on roasted vegetables (such as winter squash, potatoes, eggplant, mushrooms), pizza, toasted pitas, scrambled eggs, and popcorn.

source: “Love Bites“, alive #386, December 2014

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