I have been meaning to make this dessert seasoning spice mix for some time now, ever since I stumbled upon something similar at our local Farmers Market.
This past summer I started taking local bee pollen to help with my seasonal allergies, and I have been trying to find some creative and tasty ways to incorporate it into my diet. So when Pollen Ranch, a local farm, started selling “pollen spice mixes” I immediately fell in love with the concept!
One of my favorite spice mixes they sell is a dessert seasoning spice mix, perfect for sprinkling on fresh fruit or topping on yogurt, ice cream, or baked goodies. I wrote down the main ingredients in my favorite mix they sell, and then tweaked the ingredient list to my particular taste (adding red clover and clove, for instance), and of course I had to guess and experiment over quantities of each spice in the recipe.
This spice mix is great for simple, healthy, delicious snacks. It’s a vibrant aromatic blend of ten unique spices, each with medicinal and powerful health enhancing properties. Check it out!
How to Make It:
1 tablespoon of bee pollen
½ teaspoon of dried red clover
1/2 teaspoon of grated orange peel
½ teaspoon of crystalized ginger
¼ teaspoon of cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon of nutmeg
1/8 teaspoon of allspice
1/8 teaspoon of cloves
Dash of mace
Dash of cayenne
Either add the ingredients to a spice grinder, or use a mortar and pestle to grind down the larger spice elements. Mix all the finely ground spices together, and mix well.
Sprinkle the spice mix over fresh fruit and let sit for a minute or two before eating.
You could also add the spices to apple pie, carrot cake, cookies or any other baking recipe. This mix can replace cinnamon in any recipe.
Why Bee Pollen in the Spice Mix?
Bee pollen is the magic ingredient in this spice mix. Bee pollen is the food of the young bee and is approximately 40% protein. It is considered one of nature’s most completely nourishing foods because it contains nearly all nutrients required by humans. Bee-gathered pollens are rich in proteins, free amino acids, and vitamins, including B-complex and folic acid. About half of its protein is in the form of free amino acids that are ready to be used directly by the body, so this ingredient is rightfully known as a super food.
Just one teaspoon dose of pollen takes one bee working eight hours a day for one month to gather. Each bee pollen pellet contains over two million flower pollen grains and one teaspoonful contains over 2.5 billion grains of flower pollen.
Medicinally, bee pollen is used for:
– Improving endurance and vitality
– Extending longevity
– Aiding recovery from chronic illness
– Reducing cravings and addictions
– Regulating the intestines
– Preventing infectious diseases such as the cold and flu (it has antibiotic type properties)
– Reducing effects of hay fever and seasonal allergies
One of the most interesting facts about bee pollen is that it cannot be synthesized in a laboratory. When researchers take away a bee’s pollen-filled comb and feed her man made pollen, the bee dies even though all the known nutrients are present in the lab-produced synthesized food. Many thousands of chemical analyses of bee pollen have been made with the very latest diagnostic equipment, but there are still some elements present in bee pollen that science cannot identify. The bees add some mysterious “extra” of their own. These unidentifiable elements may very well be the reason bee pollen works so spectacularly against so many diverse conditions of ill health.
Have you tried bee pollen before? Do you have a favorite dessert spice mix? Share your thoughts below!