Workshop #1 was awesome! Thanks to everyone who came out to Yerrama Yoga studio for our very first Waste Not yxe workshop. I am still feeling the sense of community and support… like a warm hug from a bunch of like-minded friends. A lot of great ideas were shared, connections made, and delicious snacks were devoured. Luckily, Cassandra’s delicious cashew cheese recipe can be found on a previous Waste Not yxe blog post, and you can attend one of her workshops to learn how to make Sourdough bread and crackers! I will definitely be attending your next workshop Cass!
There were a few requests for some of my recipe’s so I’ve included some below.
Coconut Oil Chocolate
This is a recipe I have adapted from Coconut Mama. Why make your own chocolate? Well other than the obvious deliciousness, it’s a healthier alternative (coconut oil boosts your metabolism!) and the packaging of conventional bars can be avoided!
- 1/2 cup Honey
- 2/3 cup Coconut Oil
- 2/3 Cup Cocoa
- 1/2 tsp Vanilla
- Pinch of Sea Salt
- Pinch of any spice you want, optional (try cayenne, cardamom, cinnamon or peppermint!)
Instructions: The trick is to keep the temperature low, stir a lot before pouring, and do it all quite quickly. On my stove I set the burner temperature to 3 out of 10. Start by gently melting honey in a small pot. Once it has melted, add the coconut oil. Once that has melted stir in the vanilla, salt, and optional spice. Then stir in the Cocoa. Stir vigorously before pouring into a mold or ice cube tray. If you find you have to pour slowly for accuracy, stir half way through this process. Place in the fridge for 2-4 hours, or in the freezer to speed up the process. These are best served cold.
Notes: If you want to buy candy molds I suggest choosing ones made out of silicone rather than plastic. They will last much much longer. Alternatively, you could use an ice cube tray or something similar!
Make your own Yogurt
You can use regular or organic milk from the grocery store, or you can use fresh farm milk if you are so lucky to have some.
You will need 2 tablespoons of plain probiotic yogurt (I prefer organic brands), 1 litre of milk and a sterilized container such as a mason jar, or the beloved Adam’s Peanut Butter jar. Be aware, if your jar is retaining a vinegar or peanut butter smell it will transfer to your yogurt. To rid your jars of these smells run them through the dishwasher or simply place them in gently boiling water for a minute.
Step 1: Gently heat (stove setting 3 out of 10) milk in a pot and very slowly bring to a gentle boil. Stir occasionally. It will start to foam. Remove from heat and let cool to room temperature.
Step 2: Once the milk has reached room temperature, transfer milk to a clean sterilized jar, stir in 2 tablespoons of yogurt, and secure the lid on the jar firmly.
Step 3: Prepare oven. Heat the oven to 170 and then turn it off. Turn on the oven light – the heat from the light is enough for the incubation process.
Step 4: Place the jar, on it’s side, in the oven and close the door. The yogurt should be ready in about 8 hours, but sometimes it takes up to 12 hours. Be sure to refrigerate for 1 to 2 hours before using.
Notes: Making yogurt is easy and rewarding! I can’t remember the last time I purchased yogurt. I will often make yogurt in the evening and take it out in the morning. Or, if I happen to do a lot of baking throughout the day, I will leave the jar on top of the stove for the day and the heat from the oven being on throughout the day is enough for the incubation process. You can keep using the last 2 tablespoons of yogurt every time, which will eliminate the need to buy yogurt all together.
Tooth Powder Recipe
I adapted my tooth powder recipe from Mommypotomus. There are a lot of reasons for making your own tooth powder. One reason is that toothpaste tubes are not recyclable. There are many health reasons as well and you can read about them at Mommypotomus.
I’ve tried a few recipes for toothpaste using coconut oil, baking powder, etc. and they were alright, but I never really felt like it was enough. So far, this recipe is the ultimate best for us! My partner Reuben even approves, which means it must be good. This tooth powder leaves our teeth feeling ultra clean and healthy.
- 4 tablespoons bentonite clay (I found bentonite clay at Mom’s Bulk Foods in Saskatoon)
- 2 teaspoons baking soda
- 1 ½ teaspoons finely ground sea salt
- ½ teaspoon ground cloves
- 20 drops peppermint essential oil
- 2½ teaspoons stevia powder
- ¾ teaspoons activated charcoal (Can be found as a supplement in the vitamin section – I opened up about 3 capsules)
Mix all of the ingredients and store in a small jar. You can dip your damp (but not dripping) toothbrush into the powder, then brush! Alternatively, you can have a little spoon to sprinkle the powder onto your toothbrush. It’s weird at first because it’s black! However the charcoal is actually whitening for your teeth so it won’t stain, I promise!