EASY RAW GLUTEN FREE VEGAN CAKE POPS

You may have seen on my Instagram that we recently celebrated our daughters fourth birthday! She loves cake pops, so I wanted to create some that were a little more health conscious, while also leaving out the foods that we have issues with in our house (gluten, dairy, eggs).

while I think these are a healthier option compared to a traditional cake pop, and they are free from refined sugars, they do have maple syrup and dates. But they are a better choice than other recipes and certainly better than store bought!

I think you guys are going to really like this recipe. when I posted a photo of them on stories, you wouldn’t believe how many replies I got asking for the recipe!

They are:

easy to make

only 8 simple ingredients

made with REAL foods

refined sugar free

sweet and satisfying

soft and chewy

and absolutely a hit at parties!

I hope you love these. Remember to use #naturallychelsrecipe on Instagram so I can see your creations!

healthier cake pop recipe

2/3 c soft, pitted dates

1 c almond flour

1 1/2 sprouted walnuts

1 t almond extract 

1/4 c coconut oil

1/4 c coconut butter 

1/2 t pink salt

1/4 c maple syrup

“icing”

1/3 c melted coconut butter 

1/4 c melted, and cooled coconut oil

1/2 T maple syrup

optional: beet root powder for color

Add everything except icing ingredients into a blender or food processor, and mix until you have a semi-doughy texture.

roll into balls and pop in the freezer for 5 minutes. take out and stick a cake pop stick in them. put back in the freezer.

add all your icing ingredients to a small bowl and mix well. dip or drizzle over cake pops. store in the freezer, or fridge if you are going to eat them quickly!

3 GREAT KOMBUCHA SECOND BREW RECIPES AND TIPS

so you’ve brewed your batch of kombucha, but now it’s time for the second fermentation. this is the fun part of brewing kombucha. this is when you take your brew and make it delicious, customize it to be whatever you want. there are so many flavor options, and I love getting creative here. you can also use the second brew to make it more or less effervescent, something I love to get to control because I prefer mine a little mild in that area (otherwise it will give me a stomach ache!).

so I am here to share my personal favorite recipes for kombucha, my go to’s! along with some tips on the process of the second brew.

how to second brew:

once your brew passes the taste test, take out the SCOBY and about a cup or so of the kombucha to use for your next batch. using a metal funnel (I use mine form the kombucha shop that has a strainer inside it) pour into long neck glass bottles.  you can also reuse store bought kombucha bottles.

now they are ready to be flavored and stored for the second brew.

recipe #1 adaptogenic berry booch

mix the following into each individual bottle of kombucha

1/2 t maca powder

2 T mixed berries (my favorite combo is blackberries and blueberries or raspberries)

*best used with the raspberry tea!

recipe #2 super-food booch

mix the following into each individual bottle of kombucha

1 t spirulina

1/2 t wheatgrass

1/4 t chaga mushroom powder

*best made with black tea or a combination of black and green teas

recipe #3 lemon ginger berry booch

1 t fresh sliced ginger

1 t fresh lemon juice

2 T blueberries

*best made with black tea r a blend of black and green teas

tips on second brew

  • use long neck, swing top bottles for more carbonation
  • store flavored booch bottles in a warm dark place for 2-3 days before moving to the fridge
  • test the pH and flavor by a taste test to know when the booch is good!
  • clean your bottles with a bottle brush warm water and vinegar
  • do not leave your bottles too long or in heat higher than 78 degrees- it is uncommon, but they could explode!
  • use 2-3 T of fruit, herbs, and veggies

the second ferment is pretty simple and fun! get creative with herbs, veggies and fruits! use #naturallychelsrecipe on Instagram if you try these recipes, tips, or if you have any more questions for me!

BREWING KOMBUCHA GUIDE

Kombucha is one of my absolute favorite beverages and something I’ve been brewing myself for four years. I use the deluxe brewing kit from The Kombucha Shop and love it. I’ve used this same brand the whole time I’ve been brewing kombucha. It makes home brew simple and easy which I love.

I know a lot of you feel intimidated when it comes to brewing your own kombucha, because fermented foods can get tricky. I promise you kombucha is fairly simple to brew.

A few rules to keep in mine when brewing kombucha

There are a couple big rules you need to know when making your kombucha.

1. Don’t use metal containers or spoons when preparing your kombucha to ferment. Metal can damage your scoby.

2. Don’t use antibacterial soap or harsh cleaners to wash any of your kombucha brewing supplies. Warm water and vinegar are all you need!

How to do the first ferment

Okay so you’re ready to ferment some tea!

1. Start by boiling 4 cups of water. Remove from heat and add 3 tablespoons organic black, oolong or green tea (or any of these delicious blends!) to the cloth bag that comes in the brewing kit and steep for 7 minutes. If you do not have the brewing kit or a cloth tea bag, use 6-8 tea bags instead.

2. Remove tea and add one cup organic sugar. NOTE: kombucha in the first ferment is very low in sugar. That is because the SCOBY feeds off the sugar.

3. Add tea to your large jar for brewing, then add 8 cups cold filtered water. Check the temperature, it should be between 68-86 degrees.

4. Gently add in your SCOBY and starter tea. This will come with your brew kit, if you do not have a kit, you can make your own scoby, get one from a friend, or buy one. Gently stir once.

5. Test the pH of your kombucha. It should be 4.5 or below. If it’s too high, add a teaspoon of white vinegar and test again.

6. Cover your jar with the cotton cloth and secure with rubber band. Ferment for 7-9 days.

7. Do a taste test at day 7 to see if the batch is ready. You may even notice a new SCOBY growing on top! That’s really good!

How to choose the best place in your home for fermenting your kombucha

The place where your kombucha can ferment needs to have all these requirements:

  1. no direct sun light
  2. low traffic
  3. warm
  4. airflow

Do not choose a cabinet or small closet. At our new house, I chose to leave mine in our master closet. There is no window, its really big with no door, so airflow is great. Plus, it is really warm. It isn’t low traffic, but we have a shelf up so close to the ceiling (as you may have been in my stories!) that I feel like it’s okay. The new house is so bright with soo much natural light, that this was the only real option that didn’t have direct sun light all day!

How can I tell if my booch is ready?

Start doing a taste test at day 7 and then every few days after. If the booch is too sweet, you still have a few days to go. If it is tart/tangy it’s all done! If it’s sour af, it fermented too long and try a shorter time next time.

I do not have and cannot buy the kit from the kombucha shop, what do I need?

I definitely recommend buying the kit. The basic kit is $48, but I do understand that many can’t do that. Here is a list of the basic items you need to brew:

brewing jar

organic tea

organic granulated sugar

SCOBY with starter tea

breathable cotton cloth and rubber band

pH test strips

I also recommend using simple mason jars, or saving old kombucha bottles for the second ferment and drinking your kombucha. That saves a bit of money too and is a great use for those store bought bottles.

In a couple weeks, I will be sharing all about the second fermentation so stay tuned! In the meantime, if you have any questions on kombucha, message me on Instagram!

*product was gifted to me by the kombucha Shop, a company I have been investing in and loving for four years.