Enhancing the nutritional benefits of food with essential oils - by Alice In Healthyland

My beautiful friend Alice, from Alice In Healthyland, has been ever so kind and is sharing her words of wisdom about cooking with essential oils and how you can make delicious, healthy chocolate! 

Alice is a wellness expert (in my opinion), gives great recipe ideas, is beautiful inside and out, and I'm very grateful that I was able to connect with her, and become close friends. 

Thank you, Alice!


I have been using essential oils for a little over 2 years now, but in all honestly it’s been the past 6 months where I have really been utilising them in my everyday life in as many ways possible. I am passionate about learning the benefits of each individual oil. As you know I love to get creative in the kitchen with nourishing ingredients that I find in my pantry. I like to get the most out of each meal that I put into my body always making sure I’m nourishing my body in the best way possible.

On my kitchen bench sit my essential oils. I have been adding Grapefruit, Orange, Lemon and Lime to my water for nearly two years so I thought to myself how can I incorporate more of these essential oils more in my everyday life... by adding them to some of my favourite recipes of course!

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To me using essential oils mixed with other nutritional foods is a must for my overall wellness. I love to add them to smoothies, tonics, raw treats, salad dressings, oil dressing, the list goes on.

Obviously you have to do your some research when consuming oils and make sure you are using the ones that actually can be consumed as not all of them can be taken orally. You can find more information here.

I only use dōTERRA because they are a certified pure therapeutic grade essential oil. Many essential oils are listed as GRAS (Generally Recognized As Safe) by the FDA for oral consumption. So make sure you are checking which ones are suitable.

If you want to get the true benefit of the oils try not to heat the oils too much as this will destroy some of their therapeutic compounds. If possible add them at the end of the cooking process and allow some time for heat to dissipate. For example if you want to add cinnamon bark to your oats in the morning, allow to cool down a little first then add a drop at the end and stir so they flavour can be enjoyed. 


Here are two of my favourite recipes that are currently on repeat in my kitchen where I have incorporated dōTERRA essential oils into the mix. 
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Healthyland Chocolate

Ingredients

3 tbsp organic coconut oil
2 tbsp organic peanut butter
1 tsp Manuka honey (or one serving of stevia powder)
2-3 tbsp cacao (depending on how rich you like it)
1-2 drops of Lavender, Peppermint or Wild Orange essential oil (Jazze's fave is Wild Orange)

Method

1. In a saucepan melt the coconut oil, peanut butter and Manuka honey.
2. Take off the heat and mix in the cacao powder.
3. Allow mixture to cool down and then add in the essential oils.
4. Pour into little chocolate moulds and place in the freezer to set.

Variations

- Can swap the Manuka honey for maple syrup or rice malt syrup.
- I love to add in essential oils. I love 1-2 drops Peppermint or 1 drop Wild Orange or 1 drop Lavender.
- If I am wanting more protein in my diet I also mix in 2 tbsp of Vanilla or Chocolate Protein.
- Can mix in muesli, nuts or blueberries.


Tuna Sweet Potato Patties

Ingredients

1 cup of cooked mashed sweet potato
1/2 cup of coconut flour or 1 cup gluten free
3 eggs
2 tins of medium size tins of organic tuna
1 serve of Sammy @mingleseasoning
1/2 cup almond or coconut milk
1 tsp coconut oil
1 drop oregano essential oil for dressing
Olive oil for dressing

Method 

1. Mix all the dry ingredients in a mixing bowl spoon out to the size patties you wish.
2. Mix cooled down sweet potato mash with milk and egg in a separate bowl.
3. Add the tuna to the sweet potato mash mixture. I also chopped up some spinach leaves finely to to add some colour.
4. Then combine the wet with the dry.
5. Preheat oven.
6. I baked these on 180 degrees for about 35 minutes.

Served with greens, pine nuts + left over roasted veggies. Drizzled with organic cold pressed olive oil, mixed with a drop of Oregano essential oil + caramelised balsamic vinegar.