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Friendship Tea Recipe - without all the artificial junk!

You may have heard of friendship tea… the sweet orangey tea flavored hot drink made with Tang or orange breakfast drink mix of your choice.  Tastes great… until you read the ingredients on your jar of Tang!  Artificial flavors, colors, preservatives – blech!  Our bodies don’t need that stuff, so I set out to create a friendship tea recipe, minus the junk.

While you’ll likely need to tweak it to fit your own tastebuds, It’s full of orange, lemon and tea.  Be forewarned, it won’t taste as sugary sweet as the original version, so if it’s too bland for your taste, you might choose to sweeten it up with some honey or extra sugar.

Friendship Tea Recipe - without all the artificial junk!

Before you get started, you’ll need a few ingredients (which you may or may not need to order from the internet) – they’re available on Amazon.com, but check here first to see if you can buy them locally: truelemon.com

True Orange packages (I bought the smaller size with 32 little packets, runs about $5, and you’ll have extra!)

True Lemon Powder (runs about $4 for a little jar – you’ll also have leftovers for other uses!)

*Please note, I am not affiliated with the True Lemon / True Orange brand in any way.

Friendship Tea Recipe:

  • Nine packets (0.8g each) of True Orange

  • 1 1/4 tsp True Lemon powder

  • 3/4 tsp ground cinnamon

  • 1/2 tsp ground cloves

  • 1/4 C unsweetened instant tea (I use Lipton and like the taste of tea – try less if you want the predominantly fruity flavor.)

  • 1 1/4 C granulated sugar (this recipe isn’t overly sweet – you may choose to add honey or more sugar)

Place in small jar and whisk or shake ingredients until blended.  Store in an airtight container.
Boil/heat 1 Cup water and add 3 teaspoons of tea mix (more or less, to taste).  Stir well (it won’t completely dissolve due to the spices, so don’t worry if you see a bit sinking to the bottom).

Although I don’t ever plan to return to the old artificial-laden recipe, I’ll share it (or one of the variations, anyway) for those who may already have the ingredients on hand:

  • 2 1/2 C dry Tang mix
  • 1/2 C unsweetened instant tea
  • 1/2 C granulated sugar
  • 1 package lemon flavored Koolaid (the little packets, without the sugar already mixed in)
  • 1 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 1/8 tsp ground cloves

Did you try my recipe?  I’d love to hear suggestions or comments!

Happy 2015 – may we all find a happy and simple balance!

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chocolate oat banana pancakes

These are not your typical pancakes, but oh are they tasty just off the skillet.  They have a healthy dose whole grains (via oats and your choice of flour), a generous helping of banana, some nut or sunflower butter and CHOCOLATE!  Sounds strange for a pancake, right?  I kind of thought so, but I’ll try anything with chocolate chips.  I’m not even a fan of banana, and I like these.  For those who would rather skip the sweetness of chocolate, these would be great sprinkled with nuts or granola and a perhaps a bit of maple syrup.  Best eaten while still warm, but easily frozen and reheated in the oven.  Also readily made gluten-free, nut-free, lactose-free, etc.  Between eggs (if you choose to use them), oats, and sunflower butter, they also provide some decent protein.

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I can’t take any credit for this recipe, so click here to see the original recipe.

My modifications/suggestions:

I’m not sure you can go wrong with these, but I did change a few things with good results.

  • I didn’t have flax on hand,so I omitted it; however, I added the extra water.  I’ve also swapped for real eggs with good results.
  • I used sunflower butter rather than almond butter, and used a heaping Tbsp.
  • I successfully used both whole wheat pastry flour and King Arthur gluten-free flour.
  • I increased the vanilla extract by 1/4 tsp, and added a few more chocolate chips.
  • If you’re not a huge banana fan (or even if you are), try adding a generous pinch or two of cinnamon.
  • I found they cook best on med-low heat (on my stove anyway).
  • It’s easiest to make the batter in a blender or food processor – and a double batch easily fits in a blender.

Bake, cool, wrap individually in foil (or just separate with parchment or wax paper), freeze, and reheat in the oven at 350F until hot.

Happy Monday!

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carrot applesauce dog treat recipe

Before I share today’s recipe – I want to mention that yesterday’s post goofed – for some reason it sent out to email subscribers, but never posted to the WordPress reader…. so for anyone who missed it:  Chewy Sunbutter Cookies {Nut-free, Grain-free, Lactose-free}.  Now, on to treats for our 4-legged friends!!!

Mr.O (aka my alaskan husky) was a bit under the weather yesterday, so I decided  he was in need of some treats.

more treats please

Carrot & Applesauce Dog Treats:

1/2 C pureed carrots (I used a 4 oz. jar of baby food organic carrots)

3/4 C unsweetened applesauce

1 3/4 C whole wheat flour

1/4 C oats

1 tsp honey 

optional:  1 tsp cinnamon

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.  

Stir all ingredients together in a bowl, until well combined.  

At this point, I froze half the dough for later, and placed the other half onto a baking sheet.

Using rolling pin, roll dough to about 1/4″ thick.  

Using a pizza wheel or knife, cut dough into squares (see photo below).

Bake for ????????  Ooops, don’t hate me, but I forgot to look at the time.  I’m guessing 15-20 minutes.  You want them to be firm.

UPDATE:  Bake 20-25 min. for a more chewy treat, 25-30 min. for a more crunchy treat.

dog treats baked

Remove from oven, cool, and break into squares.  Depending on how long you baked them they will either be firm and flexible (almost a bit rubbery) or crunchy.

These should be okay at room temperature for a day or two (longer if you made them crunchier), but I suggest storing them in the fridge after that since they are a fairly moist treat.  They should last about a week in the fridge – use your judgement here, and keep an eye out for any mold that might form.

Mr. O loved these – give ’em a try and let me know what your pup thought!

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