Saturday, 11 March 2017

Vegan Hemp Thandai A.K.A Mock Bhang

Holi Hai!!!

More than a decade ago my friends and I were partying away on Holi and I tried Bhaang (edible cannabis) for the first and last time. I had the scariest trip on Bhaang and I have no intention of consuming it in any way, shape or form ever again!

Thandai is a traditional creamy-milky-sugary drink from India and people usually spike Thandai with Bhaang and drink copious amounts on Holi. Om Namah Shivaya!

Last Holi I created my hemp smoothie as a gentle nod to Bhaang and the festival of colours but this year I wanted to try & create a Vegan version of Thandai which is a healthy spin on this traditional drink. Ladies and gentlemen, I present to you my Vegan Hemp Thandai...

If you are looking for a healthier, cleaner Thandai option then look no further and this one is safe for kids too. The only thing cannabis in this drink is hemp and I promise it won't send you crazy. On the contrary, hemp is a popular super-food and is a rich source of plant based protein.

To make two servings of my Vegan Hemp Thandai (Mock Bhaang) you will need-

  • Thandai Spice Mix (4 cardamoms, 4 peppercorns, 1 teaspoon fennel seeds, 1 tablespoon poppy seeds
  • 1/2 teaspoon of saffron strands blended together)
  • 1/2 cup of  raw cashews
  • 3 cups of almond milk or any other plant based milk
  • 2 tablespoons of coconut sugar or any other non-refined form of sugar
  • 2 teaspoons of hemp powder
  • 2 teaspoons of rose water

Make sure you use a powerful blender. Throw in all the ingredients in the blender and blitz until you get  a rich-creamy-smooth-golden consistency. Let this chill for at least an hour. Give it a good shake before serving and to make it look all pretty garnish with cardamom, pistachio, saffron, spice mix whatever you fancy!

This tastes very authentic and is a perfect drink of choice for a clean Holi. This Thandai is vegan, gluten free and refined sugar free. Poppy seeds are meant to keep you cool & calm as it gets hotter & hotter in India. Winner!

Let me know if you try this and I hope that you have a very happy and safe Holi xxx


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