organic amaranth

What is Amaranth?

Amaranth is a naturally gluten free grain that has been cultivated for over 800 years.  Like quinoa, amaranth is not technically a grain, but  actually the seed of the amaranth plant. It is often referred to as a ‘pseudo-grain’ or ‘pseudo-cereal’.

Why should I use Amaranth?

Amaranth is a powerhouse of protein (15-18%). It contains two essential amino acids (lysine & methionine), which are typically missing in other grains. It has a delicious earthy taste and is a great addition or substitute for people with gluten intolerance.

How can I use Amaranth?

Amaranth (whole seed dry)
To cook: use a ratio of 1 and 1/2 cups liquid to 1/2 cup amaranth (adjust accordingly) which will result in 1 and 1/2 cups cooked amaranth. Add to a pot, bring to a boil and then reduce heat, cover and simmer for up to 20 minutes, until grains are fluffy and water is absorbed. When cooked, expect a texture more like a sticky porridge ‘mush’, rather than a fluffy cooked grain. It is best eaten as breakfast porridge, added to soups and casseroles, or simply as a side dish.

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Amaranth Flour can be used in combination with other gluten free flours including quinoa flour and rice flour. Substitute no more than 30% of other flours for amaranth as
it will absorb a lot of water.  Great for making pasta, pancakes, flatbread and muffins.

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Popped (also know as Puffed) Amaranth makes a lovely, light cereal that can be added to muesli, smoothies or granola bars for a tasty breakfast.  

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Looking for some inspiration? Try these great recipes:

For more delicious and versatile Ancient Grains shop online with Honest to Goodness.

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SunflowersSunflower oil may be less well-known that it’s popular counterparts coconut oil and olive oil, however, it is a rich source of omega fatty acids including oleic acid (omega-9).

A diet rich in high-oleic-acid sunflower oil has been positively associated with lowering LDL (bad) cholesterol and triglycerides.

Light in texture and taste, it can be used for cooking and in skincare.


Five things to do with Sunflower Oil:

1. When baking use in recipes which require salted butter – it makes a good alternative, as it has a subtle flavour and keeps cakes moist!
2. Use as a carrier oil for homemade cosmetics; high in Vitamin E, sunflower oil is great for your skin.
3. Works as an under-eye moisturiser! Apply a small amount at night with a cotton ball, and let it absorb as you sleep.
4. Use as a scalp & hair treatment –  apply to scalp – massage a little! Wrap in a hot towel and allow to penetrate for up to an hour, shampoo thoroughly.
5. Sunflower oil has a high smoke point. With its neutral flavour it is ideal for sautéing, stir-frying and even deep-frying for those who occasionally dabble in it (donuts anyone?)!

Organic Sunflower Oil is available from Honest to Goodness in a 500ml bottle (currently on Special for just $5.95ea! (RRP) or 5 litre jug.

Organic Sunflower Oil

Sunflower Oil 5 Litres

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Organic Spelt Grain
  • What is Spelt?

Spelt is a nutritious ancient grain, which is part of the wheat family. Spelt grain gives a similar appearance to wheat however it has a darker, tougher outer husk.

  • Why should I use Spelt?

Spelt grain has a delicious nutty flavour, which makes a great ingredient in cooking and baking. It is highly nutritious, being naturally higher in protein and fibre compared to modern/commercial wheat. It still contains gluten, however its high fibre and protein qualities make it much easier to digest than commercial wheat, and therefore can also be a good alternative for some wheat intolerant people.

  • How can I use Spelt?
Organic Spelt Products

Whole Spelt Grain (also referred to as spelt berries) can be prepared and enjoyed like rice. Try adding it to a salad, pilaf, or enjoy it with a curry or vegetables. The grain is also suitable for home milling.

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Spelt Flour can be used as a great substitute for common wheat flour to make bread, pasta, cookies, cakes, muffins, pancakes, waffles and more! Spelt is more water-soluble than wheat, so when used in baking you may need less liquid than you would using regular wheat flour.

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Wholegrain Rolled Spelt can be used anywhere you might use rolled oats, such as for making porridge or in baking or desserts.

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Organic Puffed Spelt is a lovely, light cereal that can be added to mueslis or cereal blends for breakfast.

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Spelt Soda Bread

Spelt & Apricot Anzac Biscuits

Winter Spelt Berry Salad

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Have you heard of a plant-based diet?

A plant-based diet or intake includes whole or minimally processed vegetables, fruit, nuts, seeds, legumes and wholegrains — basically anything that is a plant or that grows on a plant.


Do you want to know more?? Accredited practising dietitian, nutritionist and now author, Caroline Trickey, writes a guest blog post outlining the health benefits of engaging a PLANT-BASED lifestyle. This coincides with her new E-Book, “Veggie-licious: Autumn & Winter”, which is full of information and resources to help you eat more plant-based foods and enjoy their many health benefits…


I am a dietitian who is very passionate about getting people to eat more whole, plant-based foods.

Why? Because it truly is the healthiest way to eat.


Eating mostly a plant-based intake is the one commonality that the longest living, healthy populations around the world have (such as the Okinawans and Cretans), so it’s actually not a new fad or a passing trend!

The health benefits of eating a high plant-based intake is also backed up by many thousands of good quality studies, showing that it can:

  • prevent cancer heart disease and type 2 diabetes
  • increase your energy and vitality
  • improve circulation, sleep and mood
  • promote healthy digestion

It is not necessarily about becoming vegetarian or vegan either. It means basing your intake on plant foods and, if you choose to include them, using meat/chicken/fish etc. more as a condiment, rather than the usual Australian way of using meat as the focus of a meal! Typically this way of eating is based on foods that are minimally processed, and if well balanced, a plant-based intake will provide all the macronutrients (carbohydrates, proteins and fats) required by the body for its many metabolic processes.

Plant-based foods are also rich in important vitamins, minerals, fibre, antioxidants and phytonutrients, all of which are required for the body to function optimally, and are best sourced from whole foods.


Legume, grain and vegetable crops have a much smaller ecological footprint in comparison to the impact that stems from livestock farming. A plant-based diet requires only one third of the land needed to support a meat and dairy diet (which seems to be ever-increasing). I am not at all suggesting that everyone become vegetarian, but we need to decrease our current intake of meat in a collective effort to reduce further damage to our planet…


To find out more great information about how you can start incorporating more plant-based food into your eating lifestyle (plus loads of delicious, healthy recipe inspiration), you can get Caroline’s new E-Cookbook “Veggie-livious: Autumn & Winter” online for only $9.99. Buy it here >>



We are giving you a chance to win a FREE DOWNLOAD of Caroline’s e-book!

Inside this amazing 134 page cookbook find:

  • The benefits of a plant-based intake
  • How to achieve all of your nutritional requirements by eating a plant-based diet
  • Where to find protein in plant foods
  • How to cook all legumes, including lentils, split peas, chickpeas and dried beans
  • A cooking time guide for different beans
  • How to cook tofu
  • How to cook grains
  • Tips on eating seasonally in Autumn and Winter
  • A detailed glossary
  • A list of pantry items that you will need to cook the recipes
  • A four-week dinner planner, including tips on how to organise your week’s intake to save time


All you have to do is tell us:

“What is your favourite plant-based ingredient, and how do you like to use it?”

Head to our competition page to submit your answer, and the winning entry will win a FREE download of Veggie-licious + a Honest to Goodness Plant-Based Food Pack!*

 SHOP ONLINE for hundreds of organic and natural plant-based whole foods!

* Honest to Goodness Plant-Based Food Pack includes:

  • Organic Red Split Lentils 500g
  • Organic White Quinoa 500g
  • Organic Black Beans (cooked) 400g – BPA Free
  • Organic Canellini Beans (cooked) 400g – BPA Free
  • Organic Red Kidney Beans (cooked) 400g – BPA Free
  • Organic Chickpeas (cooked) 400g – BPA Free
  • Organic Diced Tomatoes 400g – BPA Free
  • Organic Coconut Milk 400ml – BPA Free


 Competition entries close Sunday, 24th July 2016.




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There’s no doubt about it – we LOVE Organic Medjool Dates!

Medjool dates are such a delicious, soft, juicy and sweet snack on their own…and although they are high in (natural) sugar, dates are welcomed in moderation as an alternative to refined sugar because they are also high in fibre and are a great source of essential minerals.

Organic Medjool dates are also an incredibly versatile ingredient when preparing both sweet and savoury dishes! If you need ideas for how to use up a heavenly stash of dates, here are 10 easy ways:


  1. Blend them into energy snack bars or bliss balls

    Nut-Free Super Power Balls | Honest to Goodness Recipe

  2. Use them to make a delicious base for raw cakes, tarts or slices

    Raw Peppermint Slice | Honest to Goodness Recipe

  3. Stuff them with goodness such as nuts, coconut, diced fresh fruit, nut butter, cacao nibs, soft cheeses or crystalised ginger…mmm

    Pistachio Stuffed Dates with Coconut via

  4. Use them in baking recipes such as cookies, cakes, puddings, etc.

    Sticky Date Pudding via

  5. Make a date caramel– blend up pure pitted dates into a smooth caramel….OR try blending dates with vanilla, almond butter, Himalayan salt and a bit of maple syrup for an amazing rich caramel dip.

    Date Caramel via

  6. Sweeten up your smoothie

    Banana Date Nut Smoothie via

  7. Add them to a delicious Moroccan tagine or spiced curry

    Lamb Shank Tagine with Dates via

  8. Toss chopped dates through a salad with balsamic or a vinaigrette


  9. Combine with cooked legumes to create a stuffing for roasted eggplant

    Barley Chickpea & Date Salad Stuffed Eggplant via

  10. Sweeten up your homemade nut milk – add 2-3 pitted dates while blending the soaked nuts and water, then strain the liquid as per usual using our Nut Milk Bags

    Homemade Almond Milk | Honest to Goodness Recipe



We now have 3 new lines of great value Organic Medjool Dates!

SHOP NOW and stock up on dates!

*Sulphur Free & Preservative Free!*

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Updated from original post: 25 July 2013

This is a guest blog by Lauren Glucina of Ascension Kitchen. She kindly shared her insights on homemade chai now the weather is cooling down. Lauren is a Sydney based Holistic Health & Wellness Coach & Certified Raw Chef. She is a strong believer in feeding your body and your mind with the purest, simplest foods, and the happiest, most positive thoughts. She advocates for an organic, whole, plant-based diet sprinkled with lots of vibrant raw foods.


Nothing is more comforting than a hot cup of homemade chai tea during winter time!

Traditionally Chai is made with a mix of masala spices such as ginger, cinnamon, cardamom, cloves and black peppercorns. These traditional spices assist in digesting oils and fats, support you through any digestive issues and help you flatten out that belly. They are all considered detoxifying.

is a natural remedy for digestive ailments such as gas, indigestion and nausea. It is warming and stimulates circulation. It is also anti-inflammatory.

Cinnamon helps to regulate blood sugar levels. It is anti-fungal, anti-bacterial, a carminative and eases gastrointestinal spasms, indigestion and flatulence. Continue reading

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