Let’s start from the beginning. Who I am I?
I am a traveler, forever learner, knitter, corset-tutu-wing maker, once a costumier to the stars (for a very long time) and lastly (but not least!) Dessert Diva and Whole Food Educator. You can find my journey of how I got to this on the about me page on the Living Lotus Website.
If I had a LinkedIn profile, it would say I am the founder of Living Lotus Food and Nutrition Inc., which is true, but I thought I would start this blogpost with a little more me and a little less business.
I grew up in Vancouver, B.C. Canada and remain living in this beautiful place. I enjoy making things with my hands - knitting, sewing and don't forget food (and especially dessert)! I’ve spent a good chunk of my life gallivanting around the world whenever I could get a chance. The sun is my friend and I love anywhere hot that has sand and a beach.
When I wasn’t traveling, my time was filled while working on a film set. With such little time and energy, sensible food choices, health and well being took second fiddle.
And that's how Living Lotus was born.
The first recipe I’d like to share with you is my White Chocolate Peppermint Hot Chocolate recipe.
Why this is good for you:
- High in monounsaturated fat this lowers LDL (bad) cholesterol,
- Vitamin E lowers the risk of heart disease.
- High in the minerals Magnesium and Potassium, very good source of trace minerals Manganese, Copper and Vitamin B2.
- High in antioxidants, vitamin E and flavonoids
- Contains tryptophan - this makes you happy!
- Contains oleic acid which raises HDL (good) cholesterol
- Good source of manganese, copper and vitamin C
- High in soluble and insoluble fibre
- Slows the release of sugar & cholesterol into the bloodstream.
- Excellent source of potassium
White Chocolate Peppermint Hot Chocolate
2C Almond milk (or non-dairy milk of choice)
24g cacao butter
4 drops peppermint oil
3 medjool dates (soaked for 1 hour)
6 mint leaves
1/2t vanilla bean powder
Chop the cacao butter into shavings with a chef's knife.
Put everything into your Vitamix blender** and blend until warm.
Taste test and adjust to taste (this part is very important) I like mine extra minty.
Pour into a cup and trick your friends and lovers!
**If you don't have a Vitamix, melt the cacao butter by filling a large bowl half way with hot water, take a smaller bowl (make sure it's dry inside) with the cacao butter shavings and nest it in the larger bowl - careful not to get any water inside the smaller bowl. Stir, stir, stir until the butter melts.
This can be stored in the fridge for 3 days - the cacao butter will harden, but don't worry! Just place it back in the blender to melt and enjoy!
What’s your favourite wintertime drink? I’d love to hear about it. And of course if you have any questions about this recipe or the ingredients, just shout :)
Audrey is the founder of Living Lotus Food & Nutrition Inc. a plant-based dessert and food education company in Vancouver, BC. Trained as a certified Whole Food Educator and raw food chef, she is passionate about Making Health Sweet and empowering people to make better food choices. She enjoys playing in the kitchen, yoga, sewing & riding her bike in the sun. Follow her on Twitter @1Living_Lotus or FB 1LivingLotus