Juicerless May Day Collection- Lemony GF Pie, Lemon Balm-Ade, Peppermint Chocolate Mylk


Here is the Juicerless May Day Collection of recipes that includes a juice (Lemon Balm-Ade), a Nut Mylk (Peppermint Chocolate Mylk) and a confection made from left-over Juicerless pulp (the yummy pie crust on the Easy Creamy Lemony Pie).  I hope that when you try these recipes any time of the year that they will bring the sunshine of a lovely May Day into your life!


LEMON BALM-ADE

I'm a big fan of lemon-flavored anything.  When I was a small girl I was obsessed with the delicious lemon pie my grandma made (I called it "linen pie" apparently).

But I also have loved fresh, real-made Lemonade for all the years of memory.  One year my Grandmother (who made the "real" thing with lots of fresh-squeezed lemons and white sugar and ice) helped me set up a lemonade stand on the sidewalk beside my Grandpa's little tire shop on a sweltering hot day in dusty small-town Saskatchewan.  At some point a whole truck-load of road workers pulled up (I mean the box of the truck was full of hot, sweaty, shirtless laborers), bought more lemonade than I had sold all afternoon with one fell-swoop, and then drove away with all of my Grandmother's glasses.  Needless to say, the stand closed down at that point. 

In my front herb garden I have a group of Lemon Balm plants (more like bushes by the middle of the summer).  I generally do little more with the balm than occasionally crush it between my fingers for the intoxicating citrus scent.  A little research on the Internet shows that this prolific Lemon Balm has lots of great herbal benefits including a calming, soothing effect, both emotionally and on the digestion (can be used for colicky babies), and may be healing for Herpes and possibly Alzheimer's.**

So, I thought to myself, why not capitalize on the intense lemon-y qualities of the Lemon Balm and make up a tasty Lemonade using it.  The Lemon Balm-Ade Recipe follows:

INGREDIENTS:
  • 4 ripe, juicy Lemons OR 2 Lemons, 2 small, juicy, seedless organic Oranges
  • 1/2 cup fresh Lemon Balm leaves 
  • 1/2 cup Sugar OR for sugar-free, 1 tsp. organic Stevia powder
  •  2/3 cup boiling Water
  • 2 1/2 cups Water
  • Ice (optional)  
METHOD:

 If using lemons, peel thinly (leave on white plinthe).  Juice (and remove pips from) all citrus fruit.  Alternatively, peeled fruit could be juiced in a high speed blender like VitaMix.
 Pour boiling water over the Lemon Balm leaves, Stevia (sweetener) and the thinly sliced lemon skin.  Crush with ladle. (Alternatively, this process could be done in a Vitamix.





 Pour all ingredients into juicerless bag over a large clear pitcher and "milk" (strain) the juice through.  If all ingredients have been blended, they can now be strained through the Nut Mylk Bag as well. Add ice cubes to pitcher or to individual serving glasses.  Garnish with Lemon Balm leaves.



 Easy Creamy Lemony Pie (Gluten-free; Dairy-Free; Egg-Free; Vegan)

Vegan, gluten-free desserts frequently seek to imitate the original dessert and fail with a weird taste, or after-taste, and a strange mouth-feel as to the texture.  This Easy, Creamy, Lemony Pie has a lovely springy texture (secret ingredient) and a real lemony flavour.  The light crust is where you find the winning combination of oat flour and almond flour (made from almond milk pulp).  Click for the rest of the recipe. 

RECIPE FOR PEPPERMINT-CHOCOLATE ALMOND MYLK
This is a very refreshing summer drink, along with the lemon balm-ade.  I use stevia instead of sugar syrup (the usual way to make it), but you are welcome to use your favourite sweetener.  I also prefer to use high quality,ingestible therapeutic-grade (food-grade) Peppermint essential oil , but again, you might prefer regular Peppermint extract (I would recommend 'organically grown') or maybe even a juice made from your own garden peppermint (that would be the ultimate!).

INGREDIENTS:
1 Qt. (4 C.) Almond Mylk (homemade is best-- click on the link to see how easy and economical and yummy and healthy it is to make almond mylk)
4 T. organic CACAO POWDER
2 drops Peppermint Oil (must be edible)
OR 1/2 tsp. organic PEPPERMINT EXTRACT

Combine all ingredients in blender and blend until fully combined and smooth.
 
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**You can read more about this at the WebMD site (including possible side effects and drug interactions-- I'm not a medically-trained professional, so advise you to consult with your favourite wellness professional before trying any of the herbal recipes on the Juicerless site.)

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