Get the Health Benefits of Moringa With These Three Recipes
December 18 2018
Moringa leaves are impressively nutrient-dense plants. They contain far more calcium than milk, more iron than a serving of spinach and more vitamin C than oranges. This nutrient-rich plant is frequently turned into a powder that can be a helpful supplement to a diet. Sprinkle moringa powder on favorite recipes to get a boost of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants.
Where Does Moringa Powder Come From?
Moringa has long been a staple food in Southeast Asia and Africa. It is frequently referred to as the drumstick tree in these cultures, and people eat both the leaves and the seed pods. When eaten fresh, moringa pods taste quite a lot like green beans while the leaves are similar to spinach.
Moringa powder is a dehydrated form of the moringa leaves. It is ideal for those who want the health benefits of moringa but do not have access to the fresh leaves and pods. Since moringa powder is shelf-stable and easily mixed into other ingredients, it is considered far more convenient than fresh moringa.
What Are the Benefits of Moringa Powder?
Moringa powder is becoming a favorite health food supplement due to its many nutritional properties. The plant has unusually high levels of vitamins A, B and C, and it also contains a lot of potassium, iron, magnesium, calcium and zinc. These high levels of nutrients help build strong and shiny hair as well as healthy bones.
Moringa contains very impressive levels of ascorbic acid and other antioxidant compounds. These antioxidants help prevent free radicals from doing damage, and their ability to protect from oxidative stress lowers inflammation throughout the body. Research has shown that moringa seems to help with boosting the liver's ability to regenerate, decreasing arthritis symptoms, soothing stomach complaints and fighting off certain illnesses.
How to Add Moringa to Recipes
This type of powder is very versatile, so it can easily be brewed into tea or sprinkled on top of any meal. However, the mild texture and flavor make moringa powder ideal for cooking with, too. Try it out in these three delicious recipes.
Moringa Powder Key Lime Pie
Key lime pie is already bright green and has a mildly herbaceous flavor, so it is an obvious way to increase one's moringa intake. This recipe uses plenty of nuts, moringa, avocado and lime to put a more nutrient-rich spin on the classic Key lime pie. It is dairy-free, sugar-free and loaded with plant-based fats, so the recipe is ideal for vegans or those on low-carb diets. Another great advantage of this recipe is that it requires no baking and only a few minutes of active work.
- 1 ½ cups of cashews
- 2 cups of pecans
- ¼ cup dried and shredded coconut
- 1 cup Medjool dates
- 2 tsp. moringa powder
- 3 Key limes, juiced
- 1 avocado
- ½ cup coconut cream
- ¼ cup melted coconut oil
- ⅓ cup honey, maple syrup or agave
- Cover the cashews with water and allow to soak overnight.
- Put the pecans in a processor and pulse until they have a crumb-like texture.
- Add the dates and dried coconut, and continue to whiz the ingredients together until a dough forms.
- Smooth the dough over the bottom of a 9-inch cake pan.
- Place soaked cashews and the remaining ingredients in the processor and blend them until a smooth, creamy mixture forms.
- Gently pour the filling over the crust.
- Freeze the Key lime pie for a few hours until a firm consistency is reached.
- Allow to thaw for 15 minutes before serving and enjoying. This pie serves eight to 12 depending on the size of the pie slices.
Pumpkin and Moringa Powder Cupcakes
These tasty and healthy cupcakes are packed with plenty of protein. Thanks to the combination of pumpkin seeds and moringa, they are loaded with vitamins, fiber and healthy fats. The delicious combination of pumpkin seeds, honey and chocolate will make these moringa cupcakes a favorite at any party.
- ½ cup tapioca flour
- ½ cup coconut flour
- 3 tsp. moringa powder
- ½ tsp. baking soda
- ¼ tsp. salt
- ½ cup pumpkin seeds plus ¼ cup to sprinkle on top
- 4 eggs
- ½ cup coconut oil
- ½ cup plus 2 Tbs. raw honey
- ½ cup palm shortening
- ½ tsp. vanilla extract
- 4 oz. baking chocolate
- Preheat the oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit and prepare a muffin tin by greasing it with coconut oil or lining it with paper cupcake liners.
- Place the tapioca flour, coconut flour, moringa powder, baking soda, salt and ½ cup pumpkin seeds in a food processor. Pulse it on high until everything becomes a fine powder.
- Put the eggs, coconut oil and ½ cup of raw honey in the food processor with the other ingredients and run the machine until a smooth batter is formed.
- Divide the batter mixture among the muffin tins. This mixture should fill approximately one dozen cupcake liners.
- Bake for at least 20 minutes until a toothpick inserted in a muffin comes out clean.
- Combine the 2 tablespoons of raw honey, palm shortening and vanilla in a small bowl, and whip it with an electric beater or hand-whisk until fluffy frosting forms.
- Remove the cupcakes from the oven and allow them to cool.
- Pipe or spread the frosting on the cupcakes once they are thoroughly cool.
- Melt the chocolate in the microwave for about 30 seconds and drizzle it on top of the cupcakes.
- Sprinkle pumpkin seeds on the chocolate while it is still melted.
- Allow the chocolate to finish cooling and serve the cupcakes immediately.
Moringa Powder Meatballs
Moringa is useful for more than just baking. It can also be an excellent addition to savory dishes because of its lightly spiced flavor. This moringa meatball recipe is filled with plenty of healthy herbs and spices that add both flavor and nutrition. The meatballs can be served in a pasta or soup, or they can be enjoyed by themselves.
- 1 cup almond milk
- 4 eggs
- 1 cup cheese
- 1 ⅓ cup almond flour
- 4 cloves minced garlic
- 1 finely minced onion
- 2 tsp. sea salt
- ½ tsp. pepper
- 1 tsp. dried oregano
- 2 Tbs. dried basil
- 2 tsp. moringa powder
- 1 tsp. turmeric powder
- 2 pounds ground beef, turkey, pork or chicken
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit and line a baking tray with parchment paper.
- Whisk together the almond milk and eggs in a large bowl.
- Put all the ingredients except the ground meat in the bowl and stir together thoroughly.
- Use clean hands to gently mix the ground meat with the mixture.
- Form meatballs that are roughly 2 inches in diameter. A cookie scoop may help in forming equal-sized meatballs.
- Place on the baking tray and cook for 30 minutes in the preheated oven.
- Remove from the tray and enjoy over pasta, in a sandwich or as part of another delicious dish. Depending on the size of the meatballs, this recipe makes approximately two dozen of them.