Primed Mousse of Papaya and Saba Bananas infused with Cardamom and Kaffir Lime Leaves

Our Primed Mousse has been one of our popular recipes as it is a perfect snack and great for dessert too. Whilst extremely nutritious it also has a natural sweetness from the prunes.

This new Primed Mousse is less sweet but equally nutritious with fabulous health benefits from the papaya, saba bananas, mineral and vitamin dense spice cardamom and kaffir leaves. It is also delicious, refreshing and great sprinkled with crushed nuts.

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Ingredients:

(1) 1 large papaya (cut into medium sized pieces for blending)
(2) 4 saba bananas (2 for blending and 2 chopped)
(3) 6 table spoons of chia seeds
(4) 1 can of coconut cream (no added sugars) or your own coconut milk
(5) 1 and 1/2 cups of water
(6) 5 cardamom seeds black (add more for extra flavor)
(7) 10 dried kaffir lime leaves

Note: We make our own coconut milk and cream and freeze it in ice cubes (please see our Banana Pancakes with Home-made Coconut Flour recipe. It is easy and cheap to make your own coconut flour, milk and cream.

Method:

(1)   Add 1 and 1/2 cups of water and your can of coconut cream into a small pot.
(2) Then add your cardamon and kaffir leaves.
(3) Bring this pot of water, coconut cream, cardamom and kaffir leaves very slowly to boil on a low heat. This will help infuse more of the flavor into your coconut cream and water mix.
(4) Once boiled, take it off the heat and allow to it to cool for 15 minutes.
(5) Add your chopped papaya and saba bananas into your blender.
(6)   Pour flavored coconut cream mix onto the fruit into the blender.
(7) Put blender into fridge and allow to cool for another 30 minutes.
(8) Take out of fridge and blend thoroughly for at least 5 minutes so fruits are well and truly blended.

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(9) Pour blended ingredients into 6 separate serving dishes.
(10) Then place one table spoon of chia seeds into each dish and stir seeds into mixture gently (stir the chia seeds into each dish one at a time).
(11) Once chia seeds have been mixed into mixture add chopped saba bananas per dish.
(12) Place dish into fridge with cling wrap cover, allow to sit for at least 3 hours, then serve.

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Additional:

(1) Saba bananas have the highest content of nutrients among the banana plants as it has the deepest roots, of which can absorb more nutrients from the soil. Their abundance of vitamins and minerals sees them being a great source of natural energy and are also good for intestinal health by reducing acidity in the stomach.

(2) Papaya, also known as papaw and pawpaw around the world, is a rich source of antioxidants, phytonutrients, vitamins, minerals and special digestive enzymes that have a remarkable effect both internally and externally.

(3) Dried herbs and spices have a lot of nutritional benefits and are excellent for additional flavor in food.

(4) Cardamom seeds are native to the evergreen forests of India and is a peppery, citrusy spice with the following health benefits:
(a) Digestion – Cardamom is related to ginger and can be used in much the same way to counteract digestive problems;
(b) Use it to combat nausea, acidity, bloating, gas, heartburn, loss of appetite, constipation, and much more;
(c) Detoxify – This spice helps the body eliminate waste through the kidneys;
(d) Diuretic – Part of the reason cardamom is such a good detoxifier is thanks to the diuretic properties;
(e) It helps clean out the urinary tract, bladder, and kidneys, removing waste, salt, excess water, toxins, and combating infections too;
(f) Depression – The science behind the antidepressant qualities of cardamom hasn’t been studied yet, but Ayurvedic medicine swears by the tea as a means to fight depression;
(g) Oral Health – Apart from helping with bad breath, cardamom is used for mouth ulcers and infections of the mouth and throat;
(h) Cold and Flu – This pungent spice may help prevent and relieve cold and flu symptoms;
(i) Cancer – Animal studies are showing promise that cardamom protects against, inhibits growth, and even kills some cancers;
(j) Blood Pressure – As a diuretic and fiber rich spice, cardamom significantly lowers blood pressure;
(k) Blood Clots – Cardamom prevents dangerous blood clots by preventing platelet aggregation and the sticking to the artery walls;
(l) Antioxidant – Many of the vitamins, phytonutrients, and essential oils in cardamom act as antioxidants, cleaning up free radicals and resisting cellular aging;
(m) Pathogens – The volatile essential oils in cardamom inhibit the growth of viruses, bacteria, fungus, and mold;
(n) Anti-inflammatory – Like ginger and turmeric, its relatives, cardamom has some anti-inflammatory properties that limit pain and swelling, especially in mucus membranes, the mouth, and throat;
(o) Hiccups – Cardamom is an anti-spasmodic that can help get rid of hiccups. This also applies to other involuntary muscle spasms, like stomach and intestinal cramps;
(p) Aphrodisiac – Traditional medicine lists cardamom as a powerful aphrodisiac that can help with erectile dysfunction and impotence.

(5) Dried Kaffir lime leaves are the richest part of the plant and is believed to have a positive effect on the mind and the body and helps promote positive thoughts in people.

(6) Chia seeds are filling, contain healthy omega-3 oil, are high in anti-oxidants, contains good amounts of fiber (which is good for digestive health), are high in protein, calcium and have a stabilizing effect on blood sugar. Chia seeds have been said to increase healthy cholesterol while lowering total LDL and triglyceride cholesterol.

Bon appetite!!

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