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Sunday
May242009

Not So Plain Vanilla

The vanilla beans we use in all of our chocolates (mmm, Vanilla Hazlenut!) are from Madagascar and are organic and sustainably grown (of course) without pesticides or synthetic fertilizers.

Where do they come from? The answer will surprise you! Vanilla bean pods come from an orchid (the only fruit-bearing variety of orchid). When these special orchid flowers are are pollinated, often by hand, the vanilla bean will form.

Nine months after pollination the ripe green vanilla bean is picked. Curing is a continuous process of sun-drying the pods during the day, then placing them in wooden boxes for the night. This process takes 6 months as the pod becomes dark and pliable.

Now that you can find these sun-dried vanilla beans in our Organic Bulk Shop, experiment with the following ICE CREAM recipe! Freshly harvested vanilla (you get to scrape the “paste” out of the pod) is one of the greatest tastes your palate can experience!  

Lucuma Ice Cream
(Special thanks to aniphyo.com)

1/2 cup lucuma powder
1 cup cashews
1 Tablespoon vanilla bean paste
1/4 cup yacon powder
1 cup filtered water

Blend ingredients and freeze. Enjoy!

Sunday
May242009

GO GOJI Berry

Goji berries are a superfood considered by experts in Traditional Chinese Medicine to be the #1 food-herb due to its enormous number of health benefits including vitamins, trace minerals, and antioxidants.

These sun-dried berries, which have a delightful chewy consistency, have phenomenal anti-aging properties and are said to have helped one man, Li Qing Yuen, live to 252-years-old!

Goji Berries help the body to naturally produce and release Human Growth Hormone (HGH), which counteracts the negative effects of aging. Improved strength and sexual vitality are other benefits of consuming Goji Berries. The Goji Berry is a complete protein source, containing 18 different amino acids (including all 8 essential amino acids) and has an amazing antioxidant content 2-4 times that of blueberries!

Further benefits include:

  • Goji Berries contain 21 trace minerals and vitamins B1, B2, B6, and E. 
  • Mature fruits contain blood-building iron, beta-sisterol (an anti-inflammatory agent), linoleic acid (an essential fatty acid), anti-aging sesquiterpenoids, antioxidant tetraterpenoids, and liver-healing betaine.
  • They contain polysaccharides which fortify the immune system.

Use goji berries from our Organic bulk shop in this brilliant berry smoothie recipe, in trail mixes, salads, any dessert, and the straight hand-to-mouth recipe! So delightful!

1 Cup soaked goji berries
1 cup blueberries (fresh or frozen)
2 bananas (fresh or frozen)
2 teaspoons cacao powder
1-2 cups almond or hemp milk
a few tablespoons of your favorite superfoods!

Combine all ingredients is a strong blender and blend until smooth. Note: you can soak the goji berries first to make them blend better. Makes 2 large servings.

 

Finding Goji Berries in Gnosis Chocolate!


Cashew Goji Berry Raw Chocolate Bar 2oz (56g) $925
Cacao Beans*, Cashews*, Goji Berries*, Black Currants*, Agave Nectar*, Vanilla Bean*, Blue-Green Algae*, Love. *organic  More Info

 

 

PowerChoc Raw Chocolate Bar 2oz (56g) $925
Cacao Beans*, Almonds*, Sunflower Seeds*, Goji Berries*, Inca Berries*, Agave Nectar*, Hempseeds* and Hemp Protein Powder*, Sproutein Raw Spout Protein Powder™ Cordyceps Mushroom*, Siberian Ginseng*, Chlorella*, Spirulina*, Blue-Green Algae*, Vanilla Bean*, Love. *organic   More Info

 

 

SuperChoc Raw Chocolate Bar 2oz (56g) $925 
Cacao Beans*, Agave Nectar*, Goji Berries*, Raspberries*, Mesquite*, Maca*, Siberian Ginseng*, Ashwaghanda*, Gingko Biloba*, Gotu Kola*, Burdock Root*, Acai Berry*, Blue-Green Algae*, Vanilla Bean*, Love. *organic   More Info

 

 

Superberry Lime Raw Chocolate Bar 2oz (56g) $925
Cacao Beans*, Palm Nectar*•, Superfood Berries (Goji*, Mulberry*, Inca*, Maqui∞,  Aronia∞, Pomegranate*,  Yumberry*, Camu Camu∞, Schizandra*, Açaí*), Vanilla Bean*, Blue-Green Algae*, Lime Essential Oil*, Love. *Organic  ∞Wildcrafted  •Heated over 118ºF

 

 

PowerChoc Trail Mix 1lb (448g)
Almonds*, Sunflower Seeds*, Inca Berries*, Goji Berries*, Gnosis Chocolate (Cacao Beans*, Agave Nectar*, Vanilla Bean*, Blue Green Algae*), Hemp Seeds*, Cacao Nibs*, Love   *organic      More Info

 

 

Organic Goji Berries 1lb (448g)

For use in all your home recipes - from smoothies to ice cream! More Info

Origin: Tibet     


Goldenberry Jam (2 sizes)
Mulberries*, Goldenberries*, Agave Nectar*, Goji Berries*, Pink Himalayan Salt*, Love. *organic     More Info

Net Wt 2oz (56g) $6  

 Net Wt 8oz (224g) $18