Papaya and Strawberry Unicorn Smoothie Bowl for Gastroparesis & GERD (Vegan + Gluten-Free + Dairy-Free)

Papaya and Strawberry Unicorn Smoothie Bowl for Gastroparesis & GERD (Vegan + Gluten-Free + Dairy-Free)

A Papaya and Strawberry Unicorn Smoothie Bowl seemed the most fitting way to round up Gastroparesis Awareness Month for 2020. Because who wouldn’t love a smoothie bowl decorated as an enchanting unicorn anyway?

Before we get into the recipe, and all the ways this is such a dream for Gastroparesis and GERD, it’s also worth mentioning straight from the get-go that this recipe is also vegan, gluten-free, dairy-free and low-FODMAP. Is just got even more loveable, didn’t it?!

This dreamy and mystical Unicorn Smoothie Bowl is lovingly made in mind especially for Gastroparesis, and this Gastroparesis Awareness Month.

It’s an enchanting mix of Papaya and Strawberry topped with gluten-free toppings and a little sprinkling of shimmer to take you off to the land of the Unicorns.

Inspiration: Pluk’s Unicorn Bowl

As for my whimsical inspiration, this all goes straight to dreamiest Pluk, my favourite cafe in the Netherlands (if not the world).

If you follow me on Instagram you will have seen many photos of magical Unicorn bowls appear quite regularly on my feed!

Well here is the mystical and enchanted unicorn bowl once more in both a strawberry and passionfruit variety. They really are visually and in taste, a slice of a truly mystical and beautiful world.

Taking these as my inspiration, we’re going to make a unicorn smoothie bowl that is just as magical but suited to Gastroparesis and GERD.

But let’s get back to the magic of the ingredients. This all comes from Papaya as our base that is fused with sweetest strawberries, soothing banana, dairy-free mylk, vegan yoghurt and some vegan protein powder (if you desire to add this in).

I made the base with Payapa as it’s just such a super fruit for Gastroparesis. With enzymes called papain, Payaya helps improve digestion and reduces heartburn. It truly is a medicinal fruit.

Other than helping with digestion and heartburn, Papaya is also known to fight against heart diseases, diabetes, cancer, bone health and asthma. It contains vitamin K, beta-carotene, calcium and they are also a rich source of vitamin A.

Enjoy it here as a smoothie bowl alongside sweet strawberries. Berries can be difficult with Gastroparesis but Strawberries are something I can enjoy in moderation. If they are at all troublesome for you, either leave them out or reduce the amount used.

To finish off the fruit base I’m using half a banana: one of Mother Nature’s original fast foods, right?! Bananas are easy to digest, high in potassium, and are less acidic than many other fruits. Not a banana fan? It’s fine to skip this!

For that creamy, decadent consistency alongside the fruit, I then added some Lucy Bee Coconut Milk (the very best) with some Nush Strawberry Yoghurt (also just heavenly).

To create the enchanting finish touch, you can then top your smoothie bowl with gluten-free and low-FODMAP toppings of choice. From granola (I love Dorset Cereals), the rest of the banana for the ears, a gluten-free ice cream cone (this is what I’m using) and chia seeds for the eyes.

Fancy some shimmer? Feel free to add some edible glitter to make this even more of a mystical, whimsical treat!

unicorn smoothie bowl for gastroparesis

Papaya and Strawberry Unicorn Smoothie Bowl for Gastroparesis and GERD (Vegan + Dairy-Free + Gluten-Free + Low-FODMAP)

Georgie xoxo
This dreamy and mystical Unicorn Smoothie Bowl is lovingly made in mind for Gastroparesis. It's an enchanting mix of Papaya and Strawberry topped with gluten-free toppings and a little sprinkling of shimmer to take you off to the land of the Unicorns.
Total Time 15 mins
Course Breakfast, Drinks, smoothies
Cuisine Fairy Food, Unicorn

Equipment

  • Blender

Ingredients
  

  • 1/2 Papaya (de-seeded, peeled and chopped)
  • 1 cup Strawberries (put in a blender whole to save wastage)
  • 1/2 Banana (you'll want to keep some extra over for the Unicorn ears!)
  • 2 tbsp Strawberry Vegan Yoghurt (I'm using Nush)
  • 100 ml Coconut Mylk (I'm using Lucy Bee's Coconut Milk but any dairy-free milk will do)
  • 1 Scoop Protein Vegan Powder (optional)
  • 1 Gluten-Free Ice Cream Cone
  • Gluten-Free Granola (I'm using Dorset Cereals Gluten-Free Granola)
  • Chia Seeds
  • Coconut Chips

Instructions
 

  • Place the chopped Papaya, Strawberries, half the Banana, the vegan yoghurt and coconut milk into a blender and blitz together. You can always add a scoop of vegan protein powder if you would like to. You'll want to give this all a good few minutes to create the consistency you're after!
  • Pour your smoothie mixture into a bowl. I'm using a small bowl from Coconut Bowls. If there's too much smoothie for you, put some in another bowl and keep for another day.
  • Now it's time to decorate! To start, I added a semi-circle halo top to the bowl with the Coconut Chips.
  • Next, add the gluten-free granola in front of where you added the coconut chips..
  • You're now ready for the truly mystical details without them sinking into your bowl! To start, add the gluten-free ice cream cone to the centre of the granola. Aim for it to be as centred as possible.
  • Now it's time for the ears! Take the end of the half of the banana you didn't use and cut down the middle to make the two pointy ears. Add them either size of the gluten-free ice cream cone.
  • Finally, carefully create two eyelashes details with the Chia Seeds.
  • Anything else you add is now down to your whimsical imagination! I added some of my edible florals, a little raspberry, and some edible glitter. If you want to add glitter to the cone, a base of the vegan yoghurt will truly help it stick. Now, enjoy enchanted being!

Notes

Is it possible to create something so truly whimsical AND nourish and soothe Gastroparesis flare-ups? Yes! Creating this smoothie bowl not only helps me seek everyday whimsy whilst battling the insidious symptoms of Gastroparesis, but it truly packs in heaps of nutrition and comfort. 
Keyword dairy free, gastroparesis, gerd, gluten free, low fod map, vegan

Also, how cute is the coconut bowl? I got it from Coconut Bowl themselves! If you’d like to get one you can click here. Fancy a discount on your own coconut bowl for all your smoothie creations? Enter 768980EF at checkout right here (this is an affiliate link).

I do hope you loved this enchanted, whimsical Papaya and Strawberry Unicorn Smoothie Bowl. I’d love to know if you re-create it! My social media platforms are at the top right of this post so do tag away!

What do you love in your smoothie bowl? Do you find smoothie bowls nourishing for your Gastroparesis? I’d love to know your most enchanting combinations in the comments, please!

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GASTROPARESIS RESOURCES

Thank you so, so much for taking the time to read this post and engage in any way you can with this very important awareness month. I’m truly beyond grateful and your constant love and support is the strength that I will use to create the seemingly impossible things.

To read all my posts about Gastroparesis the dedicated category is right here.

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It’s my ultimate hope that there has been something on my blog that has enabled you to travel into the deepest realms of wonder and enchantment so that you can truly feel and embody your own world, and the world around you, that can be filled with more magic than you could possibly imagine. 

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Gastroparesis Picnic Ideas: Vegan, Low-Fodmap and Gluten-Free Picnic Recipes for GERD & Gastroparesis

Gastroparesis Picnic Ideas: Vegan, Low-Fodmap and Gluten-Free Picnic Recipes for GERD & Gastroparesis

Welcome to the third post in my Gastroparesis Awareness Month series: Gastroparesis Picnic Ideas. A recipe post full of not one, but an abundance of vegan, Low-Fodmap and Gluten-Free Picnic Recipes for GERD and Gastroparesis.

There’s just something about summer that has me dreaming of checkered blankets on the fresh ground and delicious goodies, with either a book or my favourite people, spending some time under the big blue sky.

So, here’s to cherishing these long lingering summer days whilst they are here and enjoy these comforting recipes for Gastroparesis and GERD.

And even if you don’t have GERD or Gastroparesis I think you’ll still adore these summer treats!

As a disclaimer, this amount of food wouldn’t be something I could eat by myself. I made this earlier this week and have enjoyed it all week. This post truly serves as inspiration as to your particular Gastroparesis symptoms.

Sandwich Ideas for Gastroparesis

What is a picnic without sandwiches?

Here, I’ve gone all afternoon tea style with some sweet dainty sandwich ideas that won’t be troublesome for Gastroparesis.

I’ve made all of these on Gluten-Free Bread but you could also try them out in Gluten-Free wraps too.

Cucumber Sandwiches

An oh-so-classic English classic that is actually so perfect for Gastroparesis! Simply thinly slice a few cucumbers to a piece of bread and enjoy. You can also add a dairy-free spread to the base of the bread.

Hummus Sandwich

To make this sandwich filling head down the post for my Hummus recipe and add it to one side of the bread. I also added a few salad leaves to finish.

Avocado Sandwich with Watercress

In a bowl, mash some avocado with a tiny bit of salt, pepper and lemon juice. Mix well. Then, spread to one side of the salad and top with a few salad leaves of choice.

Roasted Pepper and Pesto Sandwiches

One of my favourites! For this, thinly slice some peppers. add salt and pepper and a tiny bit of oil and roast in a hot oven for 15 minutes.

When the peppers are roasted, add a pesto of choice.

I really like making my own peso with a handful of parsley, basil, pine nuts, cider vinegar, and olive oil. If you prefer, you can also buy a store made vegan pesto. Just be careful to check the ingredients to make sure they are no irritants for Gastroparesis.

Dips for Gastroparesis

I really adore Middle East cuisine and I was in such heaven whilst I lived there earlier this year.

There are so many tantalising and flavoursome recipes that can be enjoyed on the side of something else, or enjoyed alone during a flare-up of my Gastroparesis.

The only problem with some Middle East dips is the inclusion of garlic that can irritate Gastroparesis. Here, I’ve developed two popular recipes that exclude garlic but still have all the same goodness.

You can either serve both of these dips with warm gluten-free pita bread, peeled vegetable sticks or crackers.

I truly adore Deliciously Ella’s Chickpea and Paprika Veggie Crackers. Just a note of caution to say that there is Chilli listed in the ingredients, a well-known irritant for GERD, however, I’m happy to report this wasn’t noticeable at all for me taste-wise.

Hummus

Hummus is such a comfort food for me. I love the significance it has to the Middle East and I loved learning about how each country there differs the method.

If you are able to, you can pair your creamy dips with warm gluten-free pita bread, peeled vegetable sticks or crackers.

Because I do all things with a dose of whimsy around here, I’ve topped it with some edible flowers, hand-grown in my garden.

hummus for gastroparesis and gerd

Hummus Recipe for Gastropareis & GERD (Vegan + Dairy Free + Gluten Free + Low-FODMAP)

Georgie xoxo
Hummus is such a comfort food for me. I love the significance it has to the Middle East and I loved learning about how each country there differs the method. The only problem with Hummus is the inclusion of garlic that can irritate Gastroparesis. Here, I've developed a recipe that excludes that but still has all the goodness. Serve with warm gluten-free pita bread for the perfect accompaniment.
Prep Time 20 mins
Course Side Dish
Cuisine middle east

Equipment

  • A blender, measuring spoons

Ingredients
  

  • 1 Drained Can of Chickpeas
  • 2 tbsp Tahini (well stirred)
  • 2 tbsp Olive Oil
  • 2 tbsp Lemon Juice
  • 1 tsp Cumin
  • 3 tbsp Water (and ice cubes if needed for an ice cream texture)
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Paprika (to decorate)
  • Parsley (chopped flat-leaf parsley)

Instructions
 

  • First of all, to help make this as low-FODMAP as friendly, drain the can of chickpeas.
  • Place the chickpeas, the tahini, the olive oil, lemon juice, cumin in a blender or food processor. This may take a few minutes so be patient. Add more water if needed. An ice cube (if your blender can handle it) will also help you get that ice cream, fluffy texture.
  • When you're happy with the consistency, grab a spoon and do a taste test! Add a pinch of salt and pepper. You can also add a little more of the oil, spice or lemon juice if you feel it needs it.
  • To finish, pour it into a suitably sized bowl. To make an attractive swirl use the back of a teaspoon. You can then garnish your hummus with parsley and paprika.
  • Serve with warm gluten-free pita bread or gluten-free crackers (I'm using Deliciously Ella's Chickpea & Paprika Crackers)

Notes

If you are able to, you can pair your creamy dips with warm gluten-free pita bread, peeled vegetable sticks or crackers. I love Deliciously Ella’s crispbreads.
Keyword dairy free, gastroparesis, gerd, gluten free, hummus, low fod map, no garlic, vegan

Baba Ganoush

Creamy, dreamy Baba Ganoush is a Lebanese dish of roasted aubergine with tahini and soothing spices.

Typically Bana Ganoush is made with garlic but I have omitted that as it is a known irritant to those with Gastroparesis & GERD.

This dish is packed with minerals and B Vitamins. It really is a gorgeous dip that is so easy to make. Enjoy it with warm gluten-free Pita Bread or some crispbreads.

You can really tailor-make this recipe to suit your own Gastroparesis symptoms. This can be done by lowering the amount of olive oil and tahini that you add to your Baba Ganoush.

baba ganoush for gastroparesis

Baba Ganoush for Gastroparesis & GERD (Vegan + Dairy-Free + Gluten-Free + Low-FODMAP)

Creamy, dreamy Baba Ganoush is a Lebanese dish of roasted aubergine with tahini and soothing spices. Typically it's made with garlic but I have omitted that as it is a known irritant to those with Gastroparesis & GERD. Packed with minerals and B Vitamins, this is a gorgeous dish that is so easy to make. Enjoy it with warm gluten-free Pita Bread or some crispbreads.
Total Time 1 hr 10 mins
Course Side Dish
Cuisine middle east

Equipment

  • Oven, Knife, Blender

Ingredients
  

  • 2 Aubergines
  • 2 tbsp Tahini
  • 1 tbsp Lemon Juice
  • 1 tbsp Olive Oil
  • 1 tsp Cumin
  • 1 tsp Smoked Paprika
  • Salt
  • Pepper

Instructions
 

  • Preheat the oven to 180 degrees celsius (oven temperatures vary so adjust accordingly)
  • Meanwhile, whilst you wait for the oven to warm up, take a sharp knife and prick a few holes into the aubergine.
  • Pop your aubergine onto a baking tray with parchment paper.
  • Place the aubergine into the warm oven for 1 hour. Halfway through, at the 30-minute mark, turn over, and continue to cook for 30 more minutes.
  • Remove the aubergine from the oven and leave to cool for at least 10 minutes.
  • With your sharp knife, cut the aubergine lengthways, and scrape out all of the pulp into a bowl.
  • Add this bowl of the aubergine pulp to a high-powered blender with the tahini, lemon juice, oil, spices, salt and pepper.
  • Mix to your prefered consistency and you're done! Finish with some more oil and paprika to garnish if you like.

Notes

You can really tailor-make this recipe to suit your own Gastroparesis symptoms. This can be done by lowering the amount of olive oil and tahini that you add to your Baba Ganoush.
Keyword baba ganoush, dairy free, gastroparesis, gerd, gluten free, lebanese, low fodmap, middle east, vegan

Drink Ideas for Gastroparesis

Having drinks alongside food can be problematic for those with Gastroparesis.

In actual reality, you’re more likely to find me sipping on water, with some flower essence in, during a picnic. 

Nevertheless, this is so beautiful if you’re having a Gastroparesis flare. I love to sip on this if I can’t manage a full meal knowing I’m getting tons of nutrients.

Papaya Smoothie

Oh Papaya, what a sweet lovely fruit you are! And how gentle and caring you are for Gastroparesis. With enzymes called papain, Payaya helps improve digestion and reduces heartburn.

Papaya is a sweet, tropical fruit that is potent beyond words with several health benefits. It truly is a medicinal fruit.

Other than helping with digestion and heartburn, it is also known to fight against heart diseases, diabetes, cancer, bone health and asthma. It contains vitamin K, beta-carotene, calcium and is a rich source of vitamin A too.

Enjoy it here as a smoothie with just a handful of ingredients. You’ll be hooked on this one I promise!

papaya smoothie for gerd and gastroparesis

Papaya Smoothie for GERD & Gastroparesis (Vegan + Dairy Free + Gluten Free + Low FODMAP)

Georgie xoxo
Papaya is a sweet, tropical fruit that is potent beyond words with several health benefits.  With enzymes called papain, Payaya helps improve digestion and reduces heartburn.
Other than helping with digestion and heartburn, it is also known to fight against heart diseases, diabetes, cancer, bone health and asthma. It contains vitamin K, beta-carotene, calcium and is a rich source of vitamin A too.
Here I'm blending it with plant mylk and vanilla for a easy, powerful punch of fruit and sweetness to instantly soothe you.
Total Time 10 mins
Course Drinks
Cuisine Caribbean

Equipment

  • Blender

Ingredients
  

  • 1/2 Papaya (Peeled, seeded and chopped)
  • 250 ml Coconut Milk (or milk of choice)
  • 1 tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 100 grams Ice Cubes (OR filtered water equivalent)

Instructions
 

  • Add all the ingredients to a blender. This could take several minutes for a smooth consistency.
  • Pour into glasses or portable container and serve!

Notes

Papayas truly are known as a medicinal fruit! This smoothie is such a nourishing way to enjoy them.
Keyword banana and coconut smoothie, drinks, gastroparesis, gerd, gluten free, low fodmap, papaya, papaya smoothie

Sweet Treats for Gastroparesis

Sweets treats don’t automatically have to be restricted if you have Gastroparesis: it’s all about being ultra smart.

Blueberry Fairy Cakes

Mirror, mirror on the wall, who’s the fairest of them all? My, this blueberry fairy cake is!

Made with kind ingredients in mind for Gastroparesis & GERD, I hope you love this decadent, enchanting treat. 

Fairy cakes deliver the perfect amount of sweetness and whimsy with each and every mouthful!

These Blueberry Fairy Cakes are perfect for those with Gastroparesis & GERD as they are gluten-free, low fibre, and feature warm blueberries making them easier to digest.

Finish with a dairy-free yoghurt topping with edible flowers or similar for the perfect enchanting finishing touch that’ll send your tastebuds straight to fairyland.

Blueberry Fairy Cakes for Gastroparesis & GERD (Vegan + Dairy-Free + Gluten-Free + Low-FODMAP)

Georgie xoxo
Fairy cakes deliver the perfect amount of sweetness and whimsy with each and every mouthful! These Blueberry Fairy Cakes are perfect for those with Gastroparesis & GERD as they are gluten-free, low fibre, and feature warm blueberries making them easy to digest. Finish with a dairy-free yoghurt topping with edible flowers or similar for the perfect enchanting finishing touch that'll send your tastebuds straight to fairyland.
Total Time 40 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine American, Fairy Food

Equipment

  • Blender, Bowl, Cupcake Cases, Spatula, Spoons, Oven, Oven Tray

Ingredients
  

  • 2 Eggs OR Egg Replacement (or see note at side) (for vegan version try ½ cup of applesauce)
  • 1/2 Banana (ripe)
  • 1 tbsp Coconut Oil (melted)
  • 1/2 tsp Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 1 tbsp Maple Syrup
  • 227 g Almond Flour
  • Sea Salt (pinch)
  • 1/4 tsp Baking Soda
  • 1/4 tsp Baking Powder

Instructions
 

  • Preheat your oven to 170 Celcius (oven temperatures vary so please adjust accordingly)
  • In a large mixing bowl, add the cracked eggs or egg replacement, the banana, melted coconut, apple cider vinegar, and the maple syrup.
  • Mash together well or add to a blender to blend this mixture until smooth.
  • Add the almond flour, a pinch of sea salt, baking soda, and baking powder to the mixture above.
  • Mix both mixtures together until thoroughly combined.
  • Fold the blueberries into this mixture. Be gentle as you fold them in.
  • Gently spoon some of the mixtures into cupcake cases on a baking tray. How much you add depends on your preferences. If you want a full muffin, add more into each case, for more of a cupcake, add just over half.

Notes

Mirror, mirror on the wall, who’s the fairest of them all? My, this blueberry fairy cake is! Made with kind ingredients in mind for Gastroparesis & GERD, I hope you love this decadent, enchanting treat. 
Keyword blueberry cake, blueberry fairy cakes, cupcakes, dairy free, fairy cakes, gastroparesis, gerd, gluten free, low fodmap, vegan

Strawberry Jelly

Oh sweet, soothing jellies, how I adore you!

Jelly really is one of the sweetest things that I am able to truly enjoy.

This picnic idea isn’t a recipe per-se, but I just wanted to spread the love for Just Whole Foods Vegan Jelly. It’s my little miracle! Something I can always truly enjoy.

To be honest, I’m a bit of a jelly fiend. I’ve been known to travel with it and also take it into the hospital!

Here I’m using the Strawberry Flavour. I added it to tiny shot glasses, with a hint of flower essence (read all about the magic of flower essence therapy here) and edible flowers for utmost whimsy and enchantment.

Keep your jelly protected in a lovely little jam jar cover. 

And there you have it: Your Gastroparesis Picnic Ideas are sorted!

I hope you enjoyed these whimsy, enchanting picnic ideas for Gastroparesis Awareness Month.

What recipe was your favourite? And what are some of your picnic essentials? I’d love to hear all about them!

GASTROPARESIS RESOURCES

Thank you so, so much for taking the time to read this post and engage in any way you can with this very important awareness month. I’m truly beyond grateful and your constant love and support is the strength that I will use to create the seemingly impossible things.

To read all my posts about Gastroparesis the dedicated category is right here.

Meanwhile, do you have any questions about natural therapies for Gastroparesis? Perhaps you have some to add? Please leave them below and I would be thrilled to connect with you all xoxo

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It’s my ultimate hope that there has been something on my blog that has enabled you to travel into the deepest realms of wonder and enchantment so that you can truly feel and embody your own world, and the world around you, that can be filled with more magic than you could possibly imagine. 

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Dairy-Free Dutch Inspired Speculaas Recipe

Dairy-Free Dutch Inspired Speculaas Recipe

This post contains gifted items that will be featured in a separate post which have been marked in line with my disclaimer/policy. This post is in collaboration with Licensed to Charm however it has been in exchange for gifted goods only

In celebration of the Licensed to Charm Miffy collection, I’m bringing you this dairy-free Dutch-inspired Speculaas recipe inspired by the homeland of Miffy.

The Netherlands is a country that is very dear to my heart. It’s, of course, the home to Miffy, but also where many of my favourite humans have and continue to live.

It’s also my favourite country because Miffy is everywhere! As some of you will know, I’m a crazy passionate Miffy fan!

Dairy-Free-Dutch-Inspired-Speculaas-Recipe-miffy-shaped-licensed-to-charm-jewellery-collection

Miffy was created by Dick Bruna and the first Miffy book was published in 1955 after Dick had told his 1-year-old son stories about a little rabbit they had seen earlier in the dunes while on holiday.

The Dutch name for Miffy is ‘Nijntje’ and it’s short for ‘konijntje’, meaning ‘little rabbit’.

Over 60 years later, the Miffy books have sold more than 85 million copies, and are currently published in more than 50 languages.

This recipe is inspired by the new Licensed to Charm Miffy collection that features delicate charm necklaces with a tiny Miffy head, or associated flowers or button icons.

To celebrate the adorable launch party on the 21st June for this sweetest Licensed to Charm Miffy collection I thought this recipe would be a very special way to celebrate. As the Dutch would say they are very lekker, if I do say so myself!

What are Speculaas?

Speculaas are spiced cookies that are popular throughout Belgium, Germany, and the Netherlands.

They are made with an intense fragrant concoction of cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, and ginger that taste and smell divine.

Speculaas cookies are traditionally baked on the eve of St Nicholas Day, that is celebrated on the 6th December.

Dairy-Free-Dutch-Inspired-Speculaas-Recipe-miffy-shaped

You can think of them as a cousin to gingerbread cookies although Speculaas cookies are lighter and use a broader array of spices.

Traditionally, before going to bed, Dutch children put their shoes by the chimney, and if they behaved well, they are rewarded with Speculaas cookies in their shoes.

Today, the cookies are not reserved only for St Nicholas Day or for Christmas, but are available the whole year-round.

In fact, although this recipe might find you foraging in your spice cupboard for all the fragrances, the Dutch actually sell this spice mix ready-made due to their popularity!

Why are they called Speculaas?

What’s behind the name you ask? Well, there are a few theories here.

One theory is that Speculaas takes inspiration from the Latin word ‘speculum’, meaning ‘a mirror’, referring to the mirrored images that the cookies are decorated with.

However, it could also be derived from the Latin word ‘speculator’, referring to a bishop, such as St Nicholas.

The final suggestion as to the origin of the name behind Speculaas stems from ‘specerij’ the Dutch word for spice.

How to make Speculaas

I’m naturally not very skilled at baking, at all! Hence why you don’t see many baking posts here!

To my surprise, Speculaas cookies are always easy to make and especially easy to tweak to be dairy-free (I’m allergic to dairy but you can, of course, alter this to your requirements).

Traditional Speculaas molds can be found from the motifs that include windmills, the figure of Saint Nicholas, animals, plant motifs and boats. 

You can also use stamps, glasses with a unique texture or rolling pins. I am using my dear Miffy stamp for this recipe. Isn’t it darling?

I actually got it from the Netherlands, the official Miffy shop no less, however, I found these adorable cutters for you on eBay.

Dairy-Free-Dutch-Inspired-Speculaas-Recipe-miffy-shaped

Dairy-Free Dutch Inspired Speculaas Recipe

Speculaas are spiced cookies that are popular throughout Belgium, Germany, and the Netherlands.
They are made with an intense fragrant concoction of cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, and ginger that taste and smell divine.
I'm giving them an extra Dutch twist with this sweet Miffy shape.
Total Time 1 hr
Course Snack
Cuisine dutch

Ingredients
  

  • 1 Egg (Or vegan alternative)
  • 100 grams Dairy-Free Butter
  • 200 grams Coconut Sugar
  • 1 tsp Vanilla Extract (you could also use a vanilla pod or vanilla bean paste if you have that)
  • 300 grams All-purpose plain flour (save some for rolling at the end. You can also swap this for a gluten-free flour if needed)
  • 1/2 tsp Baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 1 tbsp Ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp Ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp Cloves (you might need to grind this)
  • 1/8 tsp Ground Ginger
  • 1/8 tsp Cardomom (if, like me, you have pods just one will do)
  • 1/8 tsp Aniseed OR Aniseed Extract
  • 1/8 tsp Ground Pepper

Instructions
 

  • In your electric mixer or by hand, whisk together the dairy-free butter and coconut csugar until it starts to turn into a cream consistency.
  • Add the vanilla extract and egg to this mixture and whisk this into the mixture. Then set aside. Turn on the oven to about 160C (please note all oven temperatures will differ so adjust accordingly)
  • In a separate bowl, sift all the dry ingredients together (the flour, baking powder, spices and salt and pepper).
  • Add the dairy-free butter and coconut sugar mixture to the dry ingredients and mix well together. Then, work this all together into a dough. Be patient and this takes a few minutes to get it all together nicely. I like to get my hands in the bowl to really knead it all together.
  • Wrap the dough in some parchment paper and put in the fridge to chill for 30 minutes.
  • Whilst you wait, line enough trays as you need, I used two large one, with more parchment paper.
  • After 30 minutes, remove your dough from the fridge. Sprinkle some flour on a flat surface and roll out the dough to around 4mm thick dough. This really depends on how thin you'd like your cookies to be.
  • Take your Miffy, or cookie-cutter/stamp, whatever you fancy, and carefully add your shapes to the parchment papers on your baking trays.
  • Add your baking trays and bake for 12-15 minutes. Or until you see them turn a lovely golden brown.
  • When they are ready, remove them carefully from the oven and allow them to cool for about 10 minutes. Then, tuck in, lekker!
Keyword biscuits, cookies, dairy free, dutch, dutch cuisine, miffy, Speculaas, the netherlands

I really hope you love making these sweetest Speculaas cookies and that it takes yourself and your tastebuds to one of my favourite countries.

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Dank u wel (thank you!) for reading this and I hope you love making these Speculaas cookies.

For more recipes be sure to check back here and I’m always up for requests!

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Carob Mylkshake Smoothie Recipe for GERD and Gastroparesis (Vegan + Dairy Free + Gluten Free)

Carob Mylkshake Smoothie Recipe for GERD and Gastroparesis (Vegan + Dairy Free + Gluten Free)

This Carob Mylkshake Smoothie is so lightly decadent with creamy, sweet, and luscious Carob powder mixed with banana, vanilla, dairy free mylk and other hidden essences.

But first of all, how many of you have heard of Carob?

It’s something I first discovered on my travels through the Holy Land in 2019. Whilst on a tour last year, I remember my guide picking up one of the pods from the ground and I was enchanted.

The Carob Tree, from which Carob comes from, has deep significance in the Holy Land, and there are numerous mentions in the Bible.

Sweet, nutritious Carob is a blessing in the bone-dry Holy Land summer landscape where it’s hard to imagine anything can bloom and grow. As a result, Carob embodies a message of hope and striving for a higher level of humanity.

If you’ve read my recent post about ‘Seeking Whimsy in Hopeless times’ you’ll know that this message of hope is very poignant and significant to me.

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Carob Mylkshake Smoothie Recipe for GERD and Gastroparesis (Vegan + Dairy Free + Gluten Free)

This Carob Mylkshake Smoothie is so lightly decadent with the creamy, sweet, and luscious carob mixed with banana, vanilla, mylk and other hidden essences. Carob is caffeine-free, theobromine-free, and a wonderful substitute for those that find cacao difficult to tolerate.
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Course Drinks
Cuisine middle east
Servings 2

Ingredients
  

  • 400ml Dairy Free Mylk (I'm using coconut milk)
  • 1 Banana
  • 2 tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 1 tsb Carob Powder
  • 1/2 tsp Maca Powder
  • 1 tbsp Almond Butter
  • 1/2 tsp Cinnamon

Instructions
 

  • 1. Cut the banana into smaller chunks and add to your blender. Ripe bananas work best for this if possible.
  • 2. Add all the other ingredients to the blender and blend into your desired consistency.
  • 3. It's best served slightly cold for that lovely mylkshake taste.
Keyword banana and coconut smoothie, carob, carob mylkshake, carob smoothie, dairy free, gastroparesis, gerd, gluten free, mylkshake, vegan

As soon as I got back to Jerusalem after that tour, I went on a search high and low to find Carob powder to bring back with me.

To my sheer joy, I stumbled on a health store and purchased two bags to bring home with me.

Since being back in the UK, I have been trialling the myriad of ways you can enjoy Carob.

Of most significance for me, because Carob is caffeine-free and theobromine-free, it is a wonderful substitute for those that find cacao difficult to tolerate.

Whilst chocolate and cacao are literally my favourite things in the world, as my GERD and Gastroparesis worsen, I cannot really indulge in them as much I would like to.

Carob, on the other hand, has medicinally been used for digestion problems including heartburn. In fact, for infants, carob has been used in baby food to help with acid reflux.

In foods and drink products Carob is often used as a chocolate substitute and I am so grateful I discovered it.

Visually, the powder looks just like cacao powder, and it has a lovely malty, sweet taste. In this mylkshake recipe, you’d be mistaken for thinking it really is chocolate!

However, at this point I should just add that if you do not have GERD and Gastroparesis then please feel free to add cacao in place of this!

I’ve been playing around with a mylkshake recipe with Carob powder for a little while now as sometimes I crave sweetness in the afternoon and I know I cannot rely on chocolate for that anymore.

I miss chocolate and cacao so deeply but sometimes life uncovers other gifts such as Carob to experiment with. Used with mylks, bananas, almond butter, vanilla cinnamon and maca in this recipe, it’s actually become my all-time favourite smoothie.

As with anyone who suffers with, GERD and Gastroparesis, I encourage you to play around with what suits you. I’m able to make a batch of this and keep it in the fridge for a few days to enjoy and don’t find it upsets me. If I had the whole thing in one go, it, of course, would be too much.

I really hope you love making this symbolic mylkshake smoothie and reap the benefits of the hope and decadence it delivers your body.

Have you ever heard of Carob before? Are you convinced to try it out as a swap from chocolate and cacao?

And finally, what are some of your favourite smoothie and mylkshake recipes? For more recipes be sure to check back here and I’m always up for requests!

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Banana and Coconut Smoothie for GERD and Gastroparesis. Tropical Caribbean Inspired Smoothie Recipe (Vegan + Dairy-Free + Gluten-Free)

Banana and Coconut Smoothie for GERD and Gastroparesis. Tropical Caribbean Inspired Smoothie Recipe (Vegan + Dairy-Free + Gluten-Free)

Today I’m transporting my tastebuds, and yours, back to my tropical Caribbean adventures from January this year with a Banana and Coconut Smoothie Recipe.

Not only delightful for this season, but it’s also great if, like me, you suffer from GERD and Gastroparesis.

Bananas and coconuts are so synonymous with the natural delights that were abundant in the Caribbean, and so I’m pouring this goodness into a nourishing smoothie full of the tropical flavours that bananas and coconuts bring.

This banana and coconut smoothie is the easiest recipe ever, and only uses 4 ingredients! If you want to have this for breakfast you can always add oats for thickness, as this will help you feel fuller for longer. And a pinch of cinnamon will help to regulate blood-sugar levels.

If you’re feeling extra adventurous, this would be so magical in a carved-out coconut for maximum tropical vibes.

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Banana and Coconut Smoothie for GERD and Gastroparesis (Vegan + Dairy Free + Gluten Free)

Inspired by my trip to the Caribbean, I'm pouring this goodness into a nourishing smoothie full of the tropical flavours bananas and coconuts bring. This banana and coconut smoothie is the easiest recipe ever, and only uses 3 ingredients! If you want to have this for breakfast you can always add oats for thickness, as this will help you feel fuller for longer.
5 from 1 vote
Total Time 5 mins
Course Drinks
Servings 2

Ingredients
  

  • 1 Banana Peeled, Frozen or not, and then chopped
  • 1 cup Coconut Water Best served chilled
  • 1 cup Coconut Milk Best served chilled
  • 1 tsp Vanilla Extract
  • Cinnamon Just a sprinkling

Instructions
 

  • Peel and the banana up into bite-sized pieces if you haven't done so already
  • Place the banana, coconut water, coconut water, vanilla extract into a blender and blend until the mixture is smooth
  • Variations: Add a pinch of cinnamon if desired for stabilising blood sugar-levels or add some oats for thickness. If using either of these, add them to step 2.
Keyword banana, banana and coconut smoothie, caribbean, coconut, dairy free, drinks, gastroparesis, gerd, gluten free, smoothie, smoothies, vegan

Whilst I was in the Caribbean I don’t think I have ever seen so much creativity around this but much-loved fruit.

Both green bananas and ripe yellow bananas are used a great deal in Caribbean cooking and I was really fortunate to go to a cooking class I’ll upload onto here in the near future.

Green bananas are often prepared as a vegetable in the Caribbean, mostly in savoury dishes such as salads, on the top of pies, in porridge or fried to make chips.

Here in the UK, the problem is we ignore them when they are super green and ditch them when they start to go brown. But smoothies are the most divine way to save them! I could never bear to throw a banana away. I have a huge tub full of chopped bananas ready to go into a tropical infusion.

And this smoothie recipe packs the nutrition of bananas with the tropical powerhouse of coconut. I so fondly remember picking these up at the side of road and soaking up all their goodness.

I’m using both coconut water and coconut milk in this smoothie recipe for a truly rich, creamy texture that makes my heart ache to be back in the Caribbean.

In traditional Caribbean cuisine, thick coconut milk is used in desserts and thick sauces and the thin milk is used in soups and thin sauces.

You can either use a can of coconut milk here or coconut milk from a carton. I’m using Lucy Bee’s Coconut Milk because to me it is the very best on the market and packed full of coconuts rather than fillers.

Finally, I’m using a pinch of vanilla that I got from Grenada. I adore vanilla so I’ll always find any excuse to add it! Together with the bananas and coconuts it really feels like a decadent milkshake as well as a smoothie.

I truly think this smoothie is perfect for these spring and early summer days where it feels like you’ve been transported to a tropical paradise. And isn’t this just everything we could possibly desire right now?

This Banana and Coconut Smoothie is also great for those who suffer from acid reflux, GERD and Gastroparesis.

I really hope you love making this exotic smoothie and reap the benefits of the sweetness and wanderlust it delivers.

Who adores bananas and coconuts just as much as me? And what are some of your favourite smoothie recipes? For more recipes be sure to check back here and I’m always up for requests!

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Spiced Watercress Soup for Gerd and Gastroparesis (Vegan + Dairy Free + Gluten Free)

Spiced Watercress Soup for Gerd and Gastroparesis (Vegan + Dairy Free + Gluten Free)

Did you know that here in Dorset, I’m very near to the Watercress Capital of the World? Yes, that’s my Tuesday Trivia for you today!

Although historically watercress is grown all around the UK, the vast majority of all UK watercress production now exists in the counties of Hampshire and Dorset.

So, because of this, I’m beyond fortunate to find a plethora of this ingredient, even in these times, and so I decided to turn it into this warming spiced soup inspired by my home county. And a little added spice from my travels!

Soup is one of my favourite dishes in the world and I find it so healing for GERD and Gastroparesis.

Even though the weather is heating up, I still find soup can work so beautifully in this season.

I’ve also designed this recipe so that it is vegan, dairy-free, gluten-free (just check your stock) and oil-free.

Here’s the process:

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Spiced Watercress Soup for GERD and Gastroparesis (Vegan + Dairy Free + Gluten Free + Oil Free)

This delicate watercress, accented with aromatic spices is perfect for a spring day that's light, fragrant and great for those who suffer from acid reflux, GERD and Gastroparesis. This spiced watercress soup is also vegan, dairy-free, gluten-free and oil-free.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Course Appetizer
Servings 4

Ingredients
  

  • 1 tsp Garam Masala
  • 1 tsp Ginger
  • 6 Cups Filtered Water
  • 1 Vegetable Stock
  • 2 Potatoes (peeled and diced)
  • 140g Watercress
  • 1 tbsp Lemon Juice

Instructions
 

  • In a large saucepan, lightly saute the garam masala and ginger together until fragrant. This should only take about 1 minute as you don't want the spices to burn.
  • Place the water and the vegetable stock into the saucepan and bring to the boil.
  • Add the potato and cover with saucepan with a lid and simmer for 10 minutes.
  • Add the watercress and cook for a further 3 to 4 minutes.
  • Remove from the heat and allow to cool.
  • Add the lemon juice if desired. If not, transfer the mixture to a blender or like me, use a hand blender until the soup is smooth.
  • Serve with a sprig of watercress to serve with bread or accompaniment of choice.
Keyword carrot soup, dairy free, gastroparesis, gerd, gluten free, soup recipes, vegan, watercress, watercress soup

Spring for me is a time for re-emerging. Through our food, this can be complemented with dishes full of fresh, wholesome ingredients with the lushness and green offerings of the season.

As opposed to the gorgeously long, slow cooking of hearty stews of autumn and winter, it’s lovely to utilise these lighter methods of cooking that you’ll find in this soup. And just a quick 30 minutes make.

Watercress is highly alkalising and rich in calcium. It has a natural pungent flavour that I have accented with aromatic spices inspired by my travels.

For this soup, I’m using Garam masala, that is a blend of ground spices used extensively in India.

The spices for garam masala are usually toasted to bring out more flavour and aroma, and then ground.

The word “masala” simply means “spices,” and “garam” means “hot.” For this blend, I used black pepper, cardamom, cumin, clove, cinnamon and a pinch of carob. Carob is something I picked up on my travels in the Holy Land and it compliments these spices beautifully (I’ll be doing more recipes with this soon!).

I truly think this soup is perfect for a spring day that’s light, fragrant and great for those who suffer from acid reflux, GERD and Gastroparesis. Watercress is one of the healthiest foods in the world and it’s so healing for me.

I really hope you love making this spiced watercress soup and reap the benefits of the season.

If you enjoyed this post, I think you’ll also love my spring Courgette Soup inspired by my travels in Glastonbury.

Who adores watercress just as much as me? How will you have yours? For more recipes be sure to check back here and I’m always up for requests!

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