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    DIY Christmas Hampers- all the recipes to make your own raw vegan gifts

    DIY Christmas Hampers- all the recipes to make your own raw vegan gifts

    Prior to moving to the UK from NZ  (9.5 years ago now... Whaaaat!), Christmas Day always meant a full day of sun, sand, family fun and picnic feasting at Piha beach.

    We always had the very best of times and although there wasn't a thing to complain about while being brought up in the Southern Hemisphere, I must admit that I also adore the polar opposite Christmas festivities which London has to offer.

    And now that I have a family of my own, every single moment of Christmas time is all the more special.

    Also, I literally could not be more grateful that I have this time of year to get fully absorbed in and take my mind off the discomforts of final month of my pregnancy with No2.

    And how fun is it to visit Santa's Grottos!!? So fun!

    Here we are just last night:

    Tanya Maher Santa's Grotto London

     

    Super into anything and everything FESTIVE this year, I got a major urge to create and have been spending all of my days (and nights) recently making our Raw Organic Christmas Gift Hampers. 

    Did you see? tanyasliving.com/collections/raw-organic-christmas-hampers

     

    I realise that not all of you live in the UK to order yours and some of you have just purchased a dehydrator and are super keen to put it to good use this Christmas...

    Soooo, I put together a whole recipe collection that covers every single yummy item in my own hampers.

     

     

    Pick and choose what you'd like to make and if you post it on social, remember to tag #TanyasChristmas so I can find your pics and like them a million times!

     

     

    Tanya's Festive Grawnola

    Tanya Maher Raw Food Christmas Recipes Vegan DIY Gift Hampers

     

    1 cup almonds, soaked overnight

    1 cup sprouted buckwheat*

    3/4 cup sunflower seeds, soaked overnight

    1/2 cup pecans/walnuts, soaked overnight

    1/2 cup oats

    1/2 cup cranberries (I use cranberries that have been preserved in apple juice)

    1.5 cups dates, soaked overnight

    1/2 cup water from soaking dates

    1/4 cup coconut palm sugar

    2 tbsp Tanya’s Chai Mix (Cinnamon, coconut palm sugar, clove, cardamom, all spice, nutmeg, ginger, coriander)

     

    -Process almonds, sunflower seeds and walnuts/pecans only for a few seconds in the Food Processor, until roughly chopped. What you are looking for are shards and fragments of nuts, as though you were roughly chopping them with a knife. Careful not to over-do or you'll create a paste.

    -Stir all the chopped/processed nuts together with buckwheat, oats and cranberries in a large bowl.

    -Process all the dates, coconut sugar and spices to a smooth paste in a Food Processor. You may need to stop and scrape down the sides a few times.

    -Pour this paste over all the nuts and mix everything really well using your hands.

    -Distribute the mixture over a few dehydrator teflex sheets in rough chunks, making sure you don't have really thick pieces or they will take forever to dehydrate. 

    -After 6-10 hours, transfer onto mesh sheets and dehydrate for another 20-24 hours until dry and crunchy.

    -Store in an airtight container.

     

     

    *TO SPROUT BUCKWHEAT

     

    3/4 cup raw buckwheat groats

    water

    -Cover with plenty of water and leave to soak for 4 hours.

    -Pour the water out and rinse the buckwheat in cold water 4-5 times. The liquid will be really gooey, so you are looking to continue rinsing until only thin water leaves the buckwheat, no goo.

    -Distribute the buckwheat over a tray and leave at room temperature for 24 hours, rinsing 2-3 times in cold water over this time. 

     

     

    Tanya's Christmas Mince Pies

    Tanya Maher Raw Food Christmas Recipes Vegan DIY Gift Hampers

     

    For the crust

    150g almonds

    100g cashews

    1/2 cup (75g) buckwheat flour

    1/2 cup (65g) oat flour

    1 tbsp chia seeds, ground

    3 tbsp water

    1/4 cup (60g) maple syrup

    1/2 tsp Himalayan salt

     

    -Process all the almonds, cashews and flours in a good processor with an S blade, till powder like.

    -In a separate bowl, stir ground chia seeds with water till well combined without clumps.

    -Add the chia paste, maple and salt to the food processor and blend till you get a dough-like consistency. You may need to scrape down the sides a couple of times.

    -Line a shallow 12 muffin tray with cling film. Distribute the dough mixture evenly among all muffin moulds, pressing in gently to take the shape of the mould.

    -Place the full tray into a dehydrator set to 48 degrees C, for 12 hours. Carefully remove the crusts one at a time and transfer onto mesh trays of the dehydrator. Return to dehydrate for a further 24 hours.

    Tanya Maher Raw Food Christmas Recipes Vegan DIY Gift Hampers

     

    For the filling

    1.5 cups sultanas

    1/4 cup quality brandy*

    3/4 cup dried apricots

    1/2 cup dried cranberries

    zest of 2 oranges

    1/3 cup orange or pineapple juice

    1/4 goji berries

    1 tbsp Tanya’s chai blend (cinnamon, coconut palm sugar, clove, cardamom, all spice, nutmeg, ginger, coriander)

    20 drops sweet orange essential oil

    10 drops cardamom essential oil

     

    *To check whether your brandy (or any wine, beer or liquor) is vegan, check out http://www.barnivore.com

     

    -Pour the brandy over sultanas and leave to absorb for 2-3 hours.

    -Mix apricots, cranberries, orange zest and juice in a separate bowl. Leave to soak for 2-3 hours also.

    -Place all the ingredients into a food processor with an S blade and pulse till well combined but still slightly chunky.

    -Scoop the filling into ready bases, smoothing out the surface as you go.

     

     

    For the icing

    1 cup cashews, soaked 4-8 hours

    1/4 cup xylitol or erythritol

    1/4 cup extra virgin coconut oil, melted

    1 tbsp lemon juice

     

    -Rinse the soaked cashews, then blend everything in a high speed blender till creamy.

    -Scoop a spoonful over each pie, spread to the surface or leave like a dollop of snow fall. Decorate if you wish!

     

     

    You can also make a simplified version of my Christmas Mince Pies, which requires no dehydrator at all. Take a look here: tanyasliving.com/blogs/tanyas-blog/christmas-in-the-raw-no-dehydrator-needed

     

     

    Tanya's Christmas Pudding

     

    For the puds

    165g walnuts, soaked overnight

    100g hazelnuts, soaked overnight

    120g sultanas 

    25ml quality brandy*

    65g dried figs

    50g cranberries

    35g dried apricots

    6g orange peel

    juice of 1/3 orange (20ml)

    60g carob powder

    1 tbsp (10g) Tanya’s Chai Mix (Cinnamon, coconut palm sugar, clove, cardamom, all spice, nutmeg, ginger, coriander)

    10 drops sweet orange essential oil

     

    *To check whether your brandy (or any wine, beer or liquor) is vegan, check out http://www.barnivore.com

     

    -Pour the brandy over sultanas and leave to absorb for 2-3 hours.

    -Mix figs, apricots, cranberries, orange zest and juice in a separate bowl. Leave to soak for 2-3 hours also.

    -Place all the ingredients into a food processor with an S blade and pulse till well combined. You may need to scrape the sides once in a while and pulse your machine.

    -I use a medium sized ice cream scoop to form standing puds, then smooth them out with my hands, but you can also roll a ball and press it onto non-stick sheets to create a bit of a base.

      

    For the icing

    1 cup cashews, soaked 4-8 hours

    1/4 cup xylitol or erythritol

    1/4 cup extra virgin coconut oil, melted

    1 tbsp lemon juice

     

    -Rinse the soaked cashews, then blend everything in a high speed blender till creamy.

    -Scoop a spoonful over each pudding and leave like a dollop of snow fall. Decorate as you wish!

     

     

     

    Tanya's Salted Caramel Fortune Dates

     

    12 pitted dates

    1/3 cup grated cacao butter, melted

    1/4 cup grated cacao paste, melted

    2 tbsp maple syrup

    2 tbsp Algarroba powder

    1/2 tsp Himalayan salt

    1/3 squirt Medicinal Flower caramel extract

    Optional: desiccated coconut for sprinkling

     

    -Print 12 of your favourite quotes* or feel good wishes* and messages*, roll them up, wrap in a little cling film and insert each into a date. Transfer dates to a freezer to cool for a minimum of 1 hour.

    -Melt your cacao butter and paste in a double boiler, remove from heat and add the remaining ingredients. Stir gently until the mixture cools down slightly and is no longer thin and runny.

    -Drop in a date, one at a time, immediately removing it so it doesn’t cool down (and solidify) the remaining chocolate in the bowl. Sprinkle some coconut if using. Continue to coat the dates in this way. 

     

    *If you need some inspiration for what lovely messages you can print, take a look at this collection: tanyasliving.com/blogs/tanyas-blog/inspirational-quotes-of-the-year

      

    Tanya's BBQ Spiced Nuts

     

    250g pumpkin seeds, soaked

    150g walnuts, soaked

    140g almonds, soaked

    110g hazelnuts, soaked

    110g Brazil nuts, soaked

    40g maple syrup

    20g extra virgin olive oil

    15g Himalayan salt

    10g garlic powder

    10g nutritional yeast

    9g sweet smoked paprika

    7g coconut palm sugar

    4g ground coriander

    3g coconut flour

    3g dried mixed herbs

     

    -Rinse all the nuts, place them in a tupperware container, then drizzle in maple syrup and olive oil.

    -In a separate bowl, mix all of the dry ingredients/spices and then sprinkle them over the nuts and cover with lid. Shake the container so coating covers all of the nuts and seeds evenly.

    -Spread over mesh trays of your dehydrator and dehydrate for 35 hours at 48 degrees C.

     

    Tanya's Coconut Jerky

     

    360g young coconut meat (about 2 cups)

    3 tablespoons date paste (this is just soaked dates blended in the water they were soaking in)

    2 tablespoons garam masala

    2 tablespoons tamari

    1 teaspoon Himalayan salt

      

    -Scrape off any rough bits from the coconut flesh and slice it into long 1 centimetre strips.

    -Transfer all the ingredients to a large bowl and stir them together using your hands.

    -Distribute over 2 teflex sheets so the coconut strips aren’t bunched together. Dehydrate at 47 degrees C for 5 hours, transfer onto mesh trays and dehydrate for another 5-15 hours depending on whether you prefer these chewy or crunchy.

     

    Tanya's Festive Truffles

     

    1/2 cup maple syrup

    1/3 cup extra virgin coconut oil, melted

    1/3 cup cacao powder

    zest of 2 oranges

    2 tbsp Tanya’s Chai Mix (Cinnamon, coconut palm sugar, clove, cardamom, all spice, nutmeg, ginger, coriander)

     

    200g 70% dark raw chocolate

     

    -Blend all the truffle ingredients (except the raw chocolate) in a blender and pour the sauce into a lined container.

    -Freeze to set for 2 hours, then cut into desired size squares and return to the freezer.

    -Grate the block of chocolate and melt it in a double boiler. 

    -One at a time, enrobe the frozen truffle squares by placing each on a fork and pouring the melted chocolate over every side for an even coat.

     

     

    And now it's your turn!

     

    P.S. If you're still after more recipes or maybe some savoury meals to go with your Christmas Feast, there's more in my downloadable book:

     

     

     

    P.P.S. If you'd rather I make this hamper of dreams for you, then check out what's on offer. (Those dates below are dispatch dates FYI, actual delivery dates will be 1-3 days later)

     

     

     

    Raw Plant-Based Christmas Hampers are here!

    Raw Plant-Based Christmas Hampers are here!

    You guys,

    This is pretty exciting!

    I've been working around the clock to create the most beautiful, the most delectable, the most special and the most festive hampers of your most healthiest dreams...

    How my days look recently:

    I wake up, get Lake ready for nursery, check the dehydrator, squeeze oranges, get high on smelling brandy, soak more seeds/ nuts/ dried fruits in said o.j. and brandy, blend up the Xmas mince pie 'dough' mixture, spend hours carefully forming the mince pie bases, check the dehydrator, run out of organic supplies, order more online or run (read: crawl with my 8 month bump) to the shops or Tanya's in Chelsea, chop/ blend/ mix/ spread all the ingredients for the grawnola, collect Lake from nursery and keep her entertained by seeing how many soaked almonds she can peel for me, answer questions about the hampers on social, look for another way to entertain a bored toddler, get her involved in sampling everything in the dehydrator (always regret this bit- she eats A LOT!), give Lake a bath, make dinner together, eat and clean up, blend up the Xmas pudding mixture, spend hours forming the puds while listening to Xmas tunes and checking out Lake's latest moves that she wants to show me and to try out for myself of course, do the longest bed time routine imaginable (probably due to a hyper child after dance party), then once she's singing happily to herself in bed at 9pm, I return to the most festively scented kitchen for the final and most peaceful hours left in the day.

    And honestly.. I love every single moment.

    Christmas is truly the most magical time of year and since I really don't know what life with two kids will be like, I wanted to make this Christmas the most satisfying, which very much involves satisfying all of your requests for Raw Organic Xmas Hampers that we've been getting since first opening Tanya's in 2014.

     

    Soooo, check this out:

    We have DELUXE and LUXURY Hampers available...

    DELUXE Raw Organic Plant-Based Hand-made Xmas Hamper

    What's included:

    1 x Christmas Mince Pie
    2 x Mini Christmas Puddings
    2 x Festive Chocolate Truffles
    1 x Salted Caramel Fortune Date
    1 x 50g BBQ Spiced Nuts
    1 x 35g Coconut Jerky
    1 x 115g Festive Grawnola
    1 x Beautiful Storage Basket*
    *Note baskets may vary 

     

    LUXURY Raw Organic Plant-Based Hand-made Xmas Hamper

    What's included:

    2 x Christmas Mince Pies
    2 x Mini Christmas Puddings
    2 x Festive Chocolate Truffles
    2 x Salted Caramel Fortune Dates
    1 x 50g BBQ Spiced Nuts
    1 x 35g Coconut Jerky
    1 x 115g Festive Grawnola
    4 x Pana Chocolate Bars 
    1 x The Uncook Book signed by Tanya
    1 x Beautiful Storage Basket*
    *Note baskets may vary 

     

    If you'd like to see the list of ingredients or to order your gift hamper, hop over to our online store now: https://tanyasliving.com/collections

    If you'd like to make your very own hamper just like mine, make sure you're subscribed to my newsletter, because come Monday, EVERY SINGLE RECIPE of each item in these gift hampers will be in your inbox. 

    Subscribe here: http://eepurl.com/dw9CCn

     

    Merry Christmas x

    New workshops announced! December festivities and January detoxing

    New workshops announced! December festivities and January detoxing

    I'm running nutritional [un]cookery workshops once again and I'm pretty excited about it!

    Take a look at what's coming up over the next couple of months and book quickly, these spaces do go fast!

    Can. Not. Wait. To see you!!!!

     

     

    Discount codes on awesome Christmas in the Raw products...

    Discount codes on awesome Christmas in the Raw products...

    There are sooo many exciting things I’m planning for 2016 and one of them could potentially mean that this is the last sale of this kind… indefinitely.

    If you’ve been thinking about equipment for your raw food kitchen, enrolling to Nutrition School or doing a New Year Alkaline Cleanse, now’s your chance to get the very best price I’ve ever been able to offer in the past.

    Sneaky secrets:

      1. The promo code TANYA10 is available to use on any of the Tribest products through their website: www.tribest.co.uk
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      Scroll down, take a peak, lick your screen if you like. It’s the silly season after all :)

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      [Sadly as we are still a small company only able to produce a limited number of fresh organic juices, this cleanse is limited to London deliveries only]

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      Festive- The best raw food Christmas recipes | eBook

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      Raw Breakfast Club is almost here!

      Raw Breakfast Club is almost here!

      Can you believe how close Christmas Day is?

      The idea of Christmas feels especially surreal to me this year, because not long after, Elliot and I will meet our daughter.

      I literally can’t believe I just said that.

      Each time the mini muffin moves inside my belly (ie. all day, every day, each minute, non stop, always), I’m in total amazement at the superpowers of my own body. There’s a real baby in there! Well maybe it’s an alien- it certainly feels like that at times- but then again the other day I felt a teeny tiny foot with five perfect little toes and fell even more in love with this living creation within me.

      So while I hear all sorts of stories about her coming for the world earlier or staying cosy for longer, I’m not going to plan any new workshops till we know for sure…

      That means that THIS Friday's Raw Breakfast Club is not only my final mini workshop for the year, it's the final indefinitely. OMG!

      If you're in London, it's the one morning you'd be glad you slipped out of work for!

      You will meet a bunch of super awesome like-minded people, receive a little Christmas gift from one of our partners, learn how to make living raw Christmas Mince Pies (and take the recipe home) and indulge on the most beautiful and nourishing flavours of this silly season!

      Take a look at the menu...

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      So yeah, I’m pretty excited!

       

      Will you join me in the festivities? I hope so, but the tickets will be sold out shortly no doubt, so come on over to this EventBrite page and reserve your seat, before someone else does.

      Where |  Tanya’s, myhotel Chelsea, 35 Ixworth Place, SW3 3QX

      When |  Friday 11th December, 8:30am- 10:30am
      Transport |  South Kensington Underground Station
      Fee |  £35pp, book via Eventbrite here>>