Our favourite Christmas baking recipes

There’s nothing better than receiving a home-baked gift from your loved one at Christmas!

If you’ve decided to bake some treats for your family and friends this year, Foodsterr’s got everything you need, from dried fruit for your fruit cake, nuts for your cookies, and a wide variety of flours and natural sweeteners for all your baking endeavors.

We’ve chosen some of our favourite recipes just to get your creative juices flowing.

Gingerbread granola by the Minimalist Baker 

Chocolate almond bark with sea salt from Bon Appetit

Chocolate peppermint crunch cookies by Two Peas and their Pod 

Free range fruit cake recipe by Alton Brown

Holiday stollen recipe from the New York Times

‘Tis the season for… All things Cranberry!

What’s red, tart and festive, and goes perfectly with the holidays? Cranberries!

Our ruby dried cranberries are great in all kinds of dishes, from cookies and breads to salads and sides to go with your turkey.

If you’re in charge of drinks at your Christmas party, we’ve got you covered too – try our cranberry cocktail drinks, which are excellent mixers in your fruit punch and cocktails. If you want something more than just plain cranberry, we've got cranapple, crangrape, and cranberry/blackcurrant varieties to spice things up a little.

Here are just a few recipes to get you in the mood for some holiday cooking! 

White chocolate cranberry cookies by Trisha Yearwood 

Cranberry cheese bread by Guai Shu Shu 

Cranberry Apple Crisp from Epicurious

Holiday tossed salad from Taste of Home

Cranberry champagne cocktail by Olivier Cheng

Natural Remedies to Help Ease A Cold

Natural Remedies to Help Ease a Cold



We’re no strangers to the trials of the common cold and while it rarely ever leads to anything serious, a particularly bad bout can render us incapacitated for a couple of days. Next to the aches, runny noses and hikes in temperature that we have to deal with, one of the most frustrating things about a cold is the fact that there really isn’t a hard-hitting cure and most over-the-counter treatments only offer temporary relief.


While it’s absolutely crucial to visit a medical professional if your condition deteriorates, we love these natural remedies as they’re a great alternative to conventional medicines and when paired with plenty of fluids and bed rest, can make a world of difference.


Check out some of our favourite cold-busting remedies and remember to visit Foodsterr on Saleduck a to stay on top of the latest promotions and offers on organic health friendly foods as well as some of the ingredients used below!


Turmeric tea

Also known as golden milk, this soothing, warming beverage is delicious and loaded with health-boosting goodness. The medicinal benefits of turmeric are endless and this fragrant, earthy spice helps boost the immune system and fight off infections thanks to the high levels of circumin it contains. In Ayurvedic medicine, turmeric is used as a natural antibiotic and helps to increase protein levels in the body which defends against bacteria and viruses. To prepare turmeric tea, heat up two cups of nut or dairy milk and add in one teaspoon of turmeric powder and one teaspoon of maple syrup. Simmer for 15 to 20 minutes or until the spices are infused into the milk. Sweeten with honey or maple syrup and serve warm.


Bone broth

Our parents had it right when they used to make us drink gallons upon gallons of steaming chicken soup when we were kids and while we were a lot less appreciative of it then, we’ve truly come to value these sentiments as adults. The slow cooking of chicken bones over a stove top draws out the immune-system boosting nutrients within and breaks them down into a form that can be easily absorbed by the body. Also rich in cysteine which is an amino acid that can help break down mucus and thus clearing out the nasal passages, bone broth alleviates blocked noses which as often the biggest source of discomfort, especially when we’re trying to get some much needed sleep. To make your own batch of this nourishing potion, combine the the carcass of one whole chicken, one onion, two carrots, two celery stalks, a bunch of fresh herbs (rosemary, thyme, sage,oregano) and a few peppercorns. Throw it all into a crockpot and cover with cold water. Cook on very low heat for 8 to 10 hours. Strain once it’s done and serve warm. It can be refrigerated for up to three days.


Steam inhalation

Steam inhalation is one of the most popular ways of opening up congested sinuses and offering immediate relief to blocked, stuffy noses. Aside from its respiratory benefits, steam inhalation also functions as a natural expectorant which helps to alleviate coughs and has proven to improve blood circulation, thereby offering relief from headaches and migraines. We love it because it’s simple to do and effective with results that are almost immediate.  Simply boil a few cups of water and then decant it into a heatproof bowl taking care to not fill it to the brim and add in a few drops of peppermint or eucalyptus essential oils. Next, lean over the bowl and create a tent over your head and the bowl using a towel, breathing in slowly and deeply. You want to do this for about 15 minutes or at least until the water cools. As you’ll be working with very hot water, you want to practice caution to avoid accidentally burning yourself while doing this and for this reason, we also wouldn’t encourage using this form of treatment for young children.


Apple cider vinegar gargle

While this may not be the most pleasant tasting (or smelling) solution, apple cider is well-known for its alkalizing properties which helps to kill bacteria and nasty viruses. Dilute a tablespoon in warm water with honey (also known for its microbial properties which helps to kill bacteria and coats dry, scratchy throats) to make it a little bit more palatable and consume while it’s still warm. If you’d prefer to use this as a gargle instead, you can dilute two tablespoons in half a cup of warm water and gargle twice daily, once in the morning and once before bedtime. 


All-Natural Snacks for Kids

Goldfish crackers and Cheerios are always popular with the little ones, and while they’re undoubtedly delicious, they’re still made with a long list of processed ingredients and artificial sugars.

If you’re looking for some natural alternatives for the kids, we’ve got you covered. Here are some healthy snacks from Foodsterr that your family is sure to love. 

Dried fruit

Dried apricots, plums, raisins and mango slices are perfect for snacking at any time of the day. They’re portable, keep well and are easy for little hands to hold. We carry both regular and organic dried fruit, as well as sugar-free versions to keep those pearly whites healthy and cavity-free. 


Nuts and nut butters are a great source of protein and healthy fats, and make a good snack for kids if you take note of a few safety guidelines. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has changed its policy of avoiding ground nuts and foods containing nuts until age three. The AAP now says that parents can offer them to babies six months and up, as long as they aren't showing signs of other food allergies and don't have a family history of nut allergies. Of course, whole nuts or spoonfuls of peanut butter are still a choking hazard, so avoid them until age four. Instead, you can serve ground nuts or nut butters in baked goods. 

For more ideas, check out our Rosy Cheeked Kids Starter Pack which includes a cookbook with more than 55 recipes that are tasty, simple to prepare and free of refined sugars, white flours, preservatives, trans-fats and artificial flavourings! The starter pack also comes with a selection of organic ingredients and child-friendly snacks to get your creative cooking juices flowing.

Chia Seed Recipes

The tiny and humble chia seed has become a star player in the health food scene in recent years, rising to superfood status and becoming a big part of healthy diets everywhere.

Chia seeds are exceptionally high in fibre, fatty acids, protein, and minerals. They look very much like poppy seeds but act like tapioca, swelling up and turning gelatinous when soaked in liquid. This unique quality makes chia seeds great for making no-cook pudding, jelling low-sugar jams, replacing eggs, and more tricks that come in especially handy in raw and vegan cooking. 

Try your hand at these delicious recipes and start incorporating chia seeds into your own daily diet.

Banana-Peanut Butter Chia Seed Muffins 

Raspberry-Coconut Chia Pudding Pops

Cheesy Chia Seed Crackers

Pineapple-Papaya Smoothie with Chia

Chocolate Coconut Chia Seed Mousse

Tips For Eating Organic On A Budget

Choosing to eat organic produce can be tough on your wallet, especially when you're feeding the whole family. Here are some tips for you to save money while still enjoying the great benefits of going organic.

1. Plan your meals.  Plan ahead so you can buy in bulk.

2. Have a meatless dinner at least once a week. Meat can be one of the biggest expenses at the supermarket.

3. Stock up on pantry items when you find them on sale. If you like a particular kind of grain or flour and you find it on sale, stock up.

4. Try to buy these foods organic as they tend to be the foods with the highest pesticide load. The Environmental Working Group (EWG) calls this the ‘Dirty Dozen’: Apples, celery, cherry tomatoes, cucumbers, grapes, nectarines, peaches, potatoes, snap peas, spinach, strawberries, sweet bell peppers, hot peppers and kale/ collard greens.

5. To save money, you can buy these foods conventional as they tend to have the lowest pesticide load. You will note that most of them have a thick peel. EWG calls this the “Clean Fifteen:” Asparagus, avocados, cabbage, cantaloupe, cauliflower, eggplant, grapefruit, kiwi, mangoes, onions, papayas, pineapples, sweet corn, sweet peas and sweet potatoes.  

6. Buy online. For packaged items, you can save a ton of money buying online versus specialty organic shops.



J. Kang

Our Favourite Hazelnut Recipes

Heart-healthy, high in vitamins and minerals and oh-so-delicious, hazelnuts add a nutty and fragrant flavour to any dish. We all know hazelnuts go perfectly with chocolate, but have you tried them with cheese and even vegetables? Hazelnuts are irresistible in baked goods and desserts, and equally delightful in savoury vegetable dishes, pastas and appetisers. We’ve selected five of our favourite hazelnut recipes for you to try (including one for homemade nutella!). 

Chocolate-Dipped Hazelnut Shortbread by Dave Liberman

Chocolate-Hazelnut Banana Bread from Cooking Light

Toasted Hazelnut Salad with Dried Cranberries and Hazelnut Vinaigrette from Epicurious

Homemade Nutella from The Splendid Table

Roasted Pumpkin Hazelnut Crostini from Annie’s Eats


J. Kang

Natural Sugar Alternatives

We all crave a sweet little something from time to time, but it can be hard not to feel guilty about the empty calories, blood sugar spikes and other adverse effects that come with processed sugar.

Thankfully, there are now many great natural alternatives to processed sugar with various health benefits. Here are a few alternatives to sugar to try. 

1. Agave Nectar

Made from the agave plant (which also gives us tequila), this syrup with notes of caramel has slightly more calories than table sugar but is about 25 percent sweeter, so you can get away with less of it. Plus: Agave nectar does good things for your gut. It contains a type of dietary fiber, known as a prebiotic, that nourishes intestinal bacteria. 

2. Maple Syrup

Pure maple syrup is high in manganese and zinc: 100 grams of syrup provides 22% and 3.7% of their RDVs respectively. Manganese is necessary for several enzymes that are needed for energy production and antioxidant defenses while zinc is essential for optimal immune system function.  (For some variety, try our new blueberry and cranberry maple syrup flavours!)

3. Molasses

Molasses is a thick syrup produced when the sugar cane plant is processed to make refined sugar. One serving (2 tablespoons) of molasses has about 30% of the daily iron requirement for premenopausal women, as well as 14% of our RDV of copper, whose peptides help rebuild the skin structure that supports healthy hair. It is also high in vitamin B6, magnesium, calcium, and antioxidants. 

4. Coconut Sugar

Coconut sugar contains traces of iron, zinc, calcium, and potassium, we well as antioxidants. It also contains a fiber called inulin, which may slow glucose absorption.  

5. Stevia

Sweet Stevia leaves have been consumed by humans for hundreds of years. While it is not a significant source of nutrition, the great thing about stevia is that it will not affect blood sugar levels at all, making it a great all-natural sugar alternative for diabetics. It is also calorie-free.

6. Raw Honey

Sweeter than sugar, get honey that’s been organically and locally produced to reap the full benefits. Packed with vitamins, honey also has antimicrobial properties. It does have more calories than normal sugar but because it’s sweeter you use less of it. 



J. Kang

Introducing Coconut Flower Cider Vinegar!

You’ve tried coconut milk, coconut flour and even coconut oil, but have you tried coconut flower cider vinegar?

Coconut vinegar is similar to other fermented vinegars such as apple cider and balsamic vinegars. It is a staple condiment in Southeast Asia, particularly in the Philippines, where it is called suka ng niyog, and is also used in some regions of India.

Coconut vinegar is made by aging and fermenting the sap of the coconut flower, and bottling it as vinegar. It has all the same benefits of apple cider vinegar, but with fewer calories. It’s also slightly sweeter and not quite as pungent as apple cider vinegar.

Coconut vinegar is extremely good for your gut health because of the prebiotics and probiotics. It is also high in potassium, B vitamins, and 17 health-promoting amino acids, which are building blocks for protein and muscle tissue. Plus, like all natural vinegars, the coconut variety also has antibacterial and antimicrobial properties, which help fight illness and infections.

You can use coconut vinegar the exact same way you would use apple cider vinegar. Try adding coconut vinegar to your favorite salad dressings, marinades, and sauces for an extra bite. As a morning ritual, practice mixing one tablespoon of coconut vinegar with a tablespoon of water and drinking it on an empty stomach. 

Coconut vinegar even has a place amongst your beauty products.  Brush it into your hair and let sit for 20-30 minutes before rinsing, leaving your locks shiny and soft. For your face, use a cotton ball to pat your already cleansed facial skin with coconut vinegar, which will act as a toner of sorts, killing bacteria and thus preventing acne.

5 Easy Substitutes for Peanut Butter

Peanut allergies are getting increasingly common, especially amongst little ones. But even if your or your child is allergic to nuts, or if there’s a strict no-nut rule for school lunchboxes, it doesn’t mean he or she can’t still enjoy a good sandwich spread like everyone else!

Here are some easy substitutes you can consider.

1. NotNuts Sugar Reduced Butter 

NotNuts Reduced Sugar Butter is made from nutritious pulse grains and is free of nuts, gluten, dairy and soy -- a great peanut butter substitute for anyone with allergies! Its main ingredient is mung beans, which are a good source of protein and dietary fibre, and high in essential minerals.

2. NotNuts Chocolate Spread

Yes, chocolate makes everything better. NotNuts Chocolate Spread has a delicious chocolaty, nutty flavor and a creamy smooth texture – but is made with mung beans instead of nuts, gluten and soy. We think it would be delicious on waffles, pancakes and apple slices too.

3. Sunflower Seed Butter

Try this amazing recipe for homemade extra creamy sunflower seed butter. All you need is roasted sunflower seeds, oil, a pinch of salt and sugar, and a mere ten minutes of your time! It’s so good, you won’t even miss peanut butter! 

4. Tahini

This Middle Eastern staple made of sesame seeds is great on toast and as a dip. It's perfect for those who don't like sugar in their nut butters, and if you prefer something sweeter you can always drizzle some honey or spread a little jam in your sandwich.

5. Hummus

Hearty, healthy hummus is chockfull of protein – giving you lots of energy to get through your day! This chickpea-based recipe is super easy to make. Just give the ingredients a whir in your food processor and season to taste. 

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