Vanilla – Shortage and Health Benefits

I adore vanilla! I add it to so many of my recipes even my otherwise savory favorite green smoothie recipe HERE. Have you noticed its near impossible to get hold of? It’s due to poor harvest in Madagascar last year when the Enwao cyclone destroyed everything in it’s way. 80% of vanilla pods comes from Madagascar and as a result of the storm prices have reached sky-high levels!
I have been stocking up on real vanilla this spring and I have a small stach. But it’s shrinking fast! Every time I go into a new super market I head straight for the baking/spice section and sometimes I’m in luck. Sainsbury in Hammersmith has been a particular good source lately 🙂
Vanilla is not only amazing for it’s beautiful aroma it also comes with health benefits!
Vanilla contains important antioxidants, protecting our bodies from damage and harmful free radicals. The antioxidant vanillin gives vanilla that amazing aroma but that’s not all it has powerful liver protective and anti-inflammatory action.

Raw Vegan Raspberry and Vanilla Yoghurt


Hope you are all having a wonderful week!
This raw vegan yoghurt recipe is totally yum!
It needs a bit of preparation as you have to soak your nuts and then the mixture needs to ferment overnight, but I promise you it’s all worth it!
Now I’m off to help Santa with his purchases in The Chelsea FC Megastore.
I love it that my 8 year old still believes in Father Christmas and his little helpers and I’m more than happy to get him all that he wants, like the soft bearded Diego Costa (a player in Chelsea) so not yum… but I like that it’s not all tech on his list.

Raw Vegan Probiotic Raspberry and Vanilla Yoghurt

– 2 cups cashew nuts

– 1 cup water

– 1 cup fresh raspberries

– 1 tablespoon coconut nectar

– 1 teaspoon probiotic powder

– 1/2 teaspoon vanilla

– 1/4 teaspoon salt