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Shanti Boutique Cookies: Oatmeal Raisin {vegan} {spelt flour}

Everyone has been asking about these delicious cookies from the Shanti Boutique. Here is the recipe! Enjoy

YIELD Makes 18 cookies

INGREDIENTS

1 tablespoon organic ground flax seed + 3 tablespoons water
2 cups organic rolled  oats
1 cup organic light spelt flour
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup organic virgin coconut oil, melted
1/2 cup organic raw sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup raisins

PREPARATION

1. Preheat oven to 350° F.

2. In a small bowl, whisk together the flax and water. Let sit for 2 minutes.

3. In a separate bowl, whisk together the oats, flour, cinnamon, baking soda and salt.

4. In yet another bowl, mix the coconut oil, sugar, vanilla. Add the flax egg.

5. Gradually add the flour mixture until just combined.

6. Fold in the raisins.

7. Using a 2 tablespoon measure, place cookie dough onto parchment-lined baking sheet. Bake for 15-20 minutes, or until golden brown.

Inspired by  a recipe on epicurious.com

 

 

 

You may also want to try making the popular zucchini chocolate chip cookies too!


Date Added: November 26, 2017 | Comments (0) | Filed under: Shanti Kitchen



Retreat Spotlight: Summer Sacred Relationships Retreat

Come explore, play and transform the way you view sexuality, partnership and love! 

This retreat offering (and its facilitators) has been so well received the past 2 seasons at Shanti, that we have decided to offer it twice this season: Summer and Fall!

We are absolutely delighted to welcome back, dear friends and inspiring facilitators, Tiffany and Kristof!

Monday, June 26th – Wednesday, June 28th for a retreat exploration and introduction to Sacred Relationships.

“From the moment you pull up to the picturesque property, you feel your daily stresses begin to wash away. Myself being the yogi, my partner didn’t know what to expect, but he was quickly reassured by the number of people ‘out of their comfort zone’. The inspiring and real teachers guided us through meditation, open communication and partner yoga exercises with sincerity and acceptance. Everything is optional so you’re free to experience the waterfront, water trampoline, kayaks, canoes, hammocks or lounge at you leisure. The yoga was guided and accessible to everyone and the session on tantric sexuality was super interesting. All you need to bring is an open heart and mind, and you’ll leave recharged and inspired with a better vision of yourself and your relationship! We will definitely be heading back to the sacred relationships retreat!” ~ Kat, Retreat Guest  
Some of the topics covered will include:

~ Tantric Sexuality – How do we remember the Sacredness of Sexuality? This will be an exploration and an unlearning of some of the conditionings and limiting beliefs we hold around sexuality, relationships and the sexes.

~ Sexology – Mechanics, tools and practices for more pleasurable, sensual, prolonged and orgasmic lovemaking for both men and women. We will also discuss the importance of the sexual energy for health and well-being and the benefits of channeling and directing this energy.

~ Ayurvedic considerations – Ojas (Vigor/Vital force); Maintaining and replenishing sexual energy; Simple aphrodisiacs and reproductive tonics; Dietary & Lifestyle considerations

~ Yoga practice – You will learn ‘partner yoga’ and the beauty of practicing, playing and connecting as one on the mat. We will also introduce a series of specific yoga asanas that will assist in the control, movement and awareness of the potency of the sexual energy, as well as their healing potential for the reproductive organs.

~ Meditation – Together we will explore meditation practices that focus upon opening our hearts to connection, pure love and deep intimacy with ourselves, our lovers and in our general relation to others.

~ Breathwork/Pranayama – An introduction into specific breathing techniques that can bring deepened presence and connect with our own life force and that which resides in our partner. These will also offer the benefit of amplifying sexual energy and guiding it to flow harmoniously through our system.

~ Compassionate Communication – We will offer ways to remember and maintain empathic, loving and connected communication with your partner, how to deeply listen and honor your own needs and the needs of the other, and how to move forward without blame or shame from times of discord and disconnection.

About the Facilitators

www.livingintheself.com

 

Tiffany Nicholson-Smith (E-RYT 500, RPYT) is a radiant Yogini, an Ayurvedic Practitioner and a lover of life who is known for bringing her clarity, abundant energy and aspiration for truth into everything she shares and offers.A world citizen and sacred activist, she approaches life with an open heart and an inspired mind. Tiffany has studied and retreated extensively with various teachers in India and around the world, immersing herself deeply into Tantric Hatha & Kundalini Yoga, Advaita Vedanta, Spiritual Nutrition, Ayurveda, Compassionate Communication & Sacred Sexuality. Her students appreciate her art of drawing upon the wisdom of these approaches to offer their truths in ways that are both accessible and highly applicable.
Kristof Wittstock (E-RYT 500) is a down-toearth spirit who is known for his clear dedication to truth and his humble heart. He has had the opportunity to study for the last 20+ yearswith various teachers and schools, most situated in India, and steeped in the traditional, classical wisdom of Hatha, Laya, Kriya and Kundalini yoga. Kristof also has a deep respect and love for Buddhism and has retreated extensively in the Theraveda tradition. His offerings are always infused with this revolutionary edge of Tantric Yoga, Meditation and Buddhism. His students often comment on his artful blend of focus, precision, laughter and joy, and enjoy his mindful invitations to live a life of true alignment and awareness.


Date Added: May 11, 2017 | Comments (0) | Filed under: Living with Yoga,Shanti's Retreat Offerings



Behind the Scenes: Shanti’s infamous Granola

Shanti is known for its delicious food, prepared with love and awareness. One of the most popular dishes, which you are guaranteed to enjoy during a retreat at Shanti, is the Maple Pecan Granola. We serve the granola with homemade yogurt or banana oat milk as a part of our breakfast and brunch!

photo by http://www.lesbonheurs.fr/

 

This recipe, along with many brunch items, main dishes, salad dressings and desserts, is found in Shanti at Home, our first cookbook published in honour of the 10th anniversary season. The cookbook can be purchased here, on the website’s homepage, and includes shipping!

Shanti’s Maple Pecan Granola

Ingredients

2 cups rolled oats

1⁄2 cup pecans

1/4 cup dried cranberries (or any dried fruit like figs, prunes, apricots, peaches, cherries)

1/4 cup raisins

1/3 cup sunflower seeds

2 tsp cinnamon

1⁄2 tsp nutmeg

1/4  tsp salt

1⁄2 cup maple syrup

1 tsp fresh ginger, grated

1 tsp vanilla extract

Instructions

PREHEAT oven to 275° F. Line Baking sheet with parchment paper.

IN A LARGE BOWL, combine oats, pecans, cranberries, raisins, sunflower seeds, cinnamon, nutmeg and sea salt.

IN A SEPARATE BOWL, combine maple syrup, ginger and vanilla.

ADD maple syrup mixture to oat mixture and combine well.

SPREAD granola in a thin layer on baking sheet. Bake for 1 hour, stirring every 20 minutes to prevent burning. Cool completely and store for up to a week in an airtight container.

Makes 4-6 servings

Best enjoyed with yogurt or your choice of milk and fresh seasonal fruit.

 


Date Added: August 29, 2015 | Comments (0) | Filed under: Shanti Kitchen



We love brunch! Pumpkin Spice hotcakes…our new favorite!

Shanti Kitchen is always experimenting with new ways to use whole foods! Although it is not the fall, nor is thanksgiving around the corner, we decided to try a hotcake recipe using pumpkin! The result was delicious and to our surprise adding some goat cheese turned this brunch item into a potential pumpkin cheesecake! That is how we like to start our day after some morning fitness and yoga!

 

Shanti Mid-Week Brunch

 

 

Pumpkin Spice Hotcakes

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ingredients

1.5 cups organic spelt flour (or buckwheat for gluten-free)

1/4 cup organic brown sugar

2 tsp baking powder

1 tsp baking soda

1 tsp ground all spice

1 tsp cinnamon

1/2 tsp ground ginger

1/2 tsp salt

1.5 cups organic soy milk + 1.5 tbsp apple cider vinegar (or buttermilk)

1 cup pumpkin puree (or fresh!)

2 large organic free range eggs

2 tbsp coconut oil

Garnish:

Maple Syrup

goat cheese

shredded coconut

Measure the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, allspice, cinnamon, ginger and salt into a large bowl. Mix well.

Whisk together the milk, pumpkin, eggs and oil in a medium bowl. Add to the flour mixture and stir until just blended.

Use griddle or frying pan to cook hotcakes. Pour 1/4 cup portions of batter onto the griddle. Flip once you notice bubbles and the underside is brown. Flip and cook hotcake another 30 seconds. Serve with maple syrup, goat cheese and shredded coconut.

 


Date Added: July 31, 2013 | Comments (0) | Filed under: Shanti Kitchen



Asana of the Week with Darin – Baddha konasana

Baddha konasana, also known as Cobbler’s Pose is a therapeutic hip and groin opener that can also help boost your fertility.

If your hips are tight raise your pelvis with a blanket. Bend your knees and pull your feet as close towards your pelvis as you can. Drop your knees towards the floor and push the feet together. Grab hold of the big toes  and lengthen through the front of the torso as you allow your body to sink down towards the floor.

Eventually your knees will reach the floor and your torso will lie flat over your legs. As you fold forward, lead with the heart until you reach the edge of your flexibility then let the back round and relax the back of the neck downward.  Never force your knees down.  Remain  in Baddha Konasana for several minutes, breathing constantly  through the nose.

 

 

Some of the benefits of this pose:

  • Strengthens and improves flexibility in the inner thighs, groins and the knees
  • Helps prepare the hips and groins for meditative seated poses, which require more flexibility in these areas
  • Helps to sooth menstrual discomfort and digestive complaints
  • Stimulates the abdominal organs, potentially improving the health of the ovaries, prostate gland, kidneys and bladder.
  • Alleviates fatigue, according to traditional yoga texts
  • Helps open up the lower back and relieves sciatica
  • Metaphysically opens up the groin area helping to relieve sexual inhibitions and guilt.

 


Date Added: July 2, 2013 | Comments (0) | Filed under: Living with Yoga



A Shanti “Field” Trip…our love for local, seasonal & tasty food

All of the members of our Shanti Retreat “family” love the idea of eating locally and seasonally. We are all aware of the many benefits for our health, our community and our beautiful, Divine Mother Earth.But…. do we love it enough to get our hands dirty and harvest it in this joyous “spring weather?” YOU BET!

Wednesday April 3 we enjoyed a true field to table experience after visiting Vicki’s Veggies in Picton, Prince Edward County.

You must be wondering “how is it possible to harvest veggies after this long, never ending winter and cool, crisp spring?” Vicki’s Veggies has the answer and they are truly so innovative when it comes to growing food. I could never explain the extent of their operations but what I do know is that I love the idea of the hoop house which allows them to successfully plant and grow their food much earlier (which allows us and Shanti Guests to also enjoy the bounty!)

          

I can’t sugar coat our experience at all; it was super windy and really cold on the hands, but… we loved every minute of it! We especially appreciated our work when we got home and enjoyed a gigantic, delicious spinach salad!

  Darin harvesting spinach at Vicki’s Veggies in Picton

 Lacey, Vicky & Wendy on a spinach mission…despite the strong winds

We also picked up some garlic, shallots and freshly harvested parsnip. Next, the Shanti Kitchen will make a rosemary -parsnip soup with a recipe recommended by Vicki which uses sap instead of stock (oh yes.. we are so lucky, Vicki tapped a tree for us and gave us a big bucket of sap and some dried rosemary for the soup…pictures to follow!)

Vicki’s Veggies is located 65 miles from Shanti Retreat, Wolfe Island…and this we like! Vicki’s Veggies is not “Certified Organic” but they use organic potting soil, buy mostly organic seeds (never treated or genetically engineered) and they don’t use synthetic fertilizers, pesticides or herbicides…and this we like! However, they are “Certified Local Sustainable” which means they are dedicated to providing nutritious food and sustaining a healthy environement…AND THIS WE ALSO LIKE!

Thank you Vicki’s Veggies for Shanti’s first (of many more to come) Field to Table experience of our 2013 season!  We are looking forward to serving the Spinach for our Saturday Morning Brunch – baked eggs with spinach, salsa and goat cheese!


Date Added: April 4, 2013 | Comments (0) | Filed under: Living Seasonally & Locally



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