It started with this hot drink that my friend, Deb, served me after a cold and wet hike.
Not only was this beverage delicious, it was also caffeine-free, sugar-free, dairy-free, organic, low in calories and high in antioxidant rich vitamins. This power packed cuppa claimed to help reduce inflamation, support digestion and improve immunity. Seriously, how was all of this possible? (And truly, it simply had me at its rich and satisfying taste.)
I was super excited to give Blume a try myself. It comes in several flavours so I (rather randomly) picked up this one. Rationale: Pink will never lead you astray!
The basic instructions were to mix one teaspoon of Blume powder with a splash of boiling water and a cup of warmed non-dairy milk. I did that. Sadly, it tasted nothing like the amazing drink I had enjoyed at Deb’s. She had frothed her milk. Was that the key difference?
In pursuit of this question, I purchased this milk frother. It had excellent reviews and was just under $18 Cdn. Instantly, it became my new best friend. Seriously, where has this simple tool been all my life? I instantly felt like a barrista! My Blume Rose Beetroot Latte was now amazing!
Not wanting to stop there (you have met me before, right?), I realized that Blume powder could be added to all kinds of dishes to add flavour and nourishment. They even have a digital recipe book (free with any online purchase). I first experimented with Overnight Oats. I wasn’t quite sure that I’d become a believer in chilled oats for breakfast, but I could always heat them up in the microwave. What did I have to lose?
Colour me shocked, the whole Overnight Oat thing actually turned out brilliantly (despite me using Quick Oats….I know, I know, but that’s what I had on hand). You can find Blume’s Overnight Oats recipe here. A more detailed Overnight Oats recipe (to which you could add a tsp full of Blume powder) is here.
I was on a roll. Why stop at Overnight Oats when you can have Pink Pancakes? Game on!
It could have been that I was a bit too heavy handed in measuring out the flaxseeds. Or, it could be that you can have too much of a good thing. These pancakes are gluten-free, dairy-free and use flax seeds instead of eggs (I used the recipe from Blume’s Digital Cookbook which is slightly different than their stand-alone online recipe linked above). Finally, I simply could have messed something up. Whatever the reason, my pink pancakes did not turn out well (grand understatement). The flavouring was good, but the pancakes themselves were dense and cakey (not remotely light or airy). Due to the number of ingredients and kitchen tools used, as well as my last minute panic, our kitchen was a disaster. Richard was so amused by my calamity that he took photos. Keeping a semblance of dignity, these won’t be appearing on this blog anytime soon. Would I attempt these pancakes again? Nope. I discovered that oat flour pancakes bound with flax seeds are not my thing. But I would definitely add the blume powder to my next batch of flapjacks. The flavouring and nutrition boast are both welcomed bonuses.
Blume is a small, female-led company in Vancouver, British Columbia that produces nourishing, decaf spice blends that provide alternatives to the caffeine/sugar/syrup/dairy drinks that typically surround us. These powders make excellent hot and cold beverages and are a great additon to a variety of recipes. They are available online and at select stores. Unfortunately, they are currently only available in Canada and the US. Not to leave anyone out, you could make your own beetroot latte with this recipe or prepare a Creamy Herbal London Fog by one of these methods.
Once again, keeping my reviews completely open and honest this is an unsponsored post.
One more thing before you go…
If you enjoy link-ups, the What’s On Your Bookshelf hosts have a one-off one coming this December 9th (10th in the Southern Hemisphere). It’s called ‘Festive Bonbon: What Does Your Holiday Season Look Like?’ It gives everyone a chance to share their holiday traditions, no matter what or how they celebrate. To prime the pump, we (okay, Jo) created the following questions. In your own post, or social media or simply in the comments you can answer one or all ten, and be as brief or as wordy as you like. We hope that you will join us and help spread a little festive cheer (most of us could desperately use some right about now). Feel free to give any of us a shout if this brief explanation is as clear as Christmas pudding!