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How to Make Hawthorn Pumpkin Bread

This recipe was first published in the November 2017 issue of AromaCulture Magazine.

So adding Hawthorn to autumn-spiced baked goods has turned out to be one of the best decisions I've made all season. The first recipe experiment with it worked out so well that Hawthorn has been showing up in all of my cozy weather recipes lately. It's just that good. This Hawthorn Pumpkin Bread is no exception - it's perfectly moist and fluffy, yet dense and warm and spicy all at the same time. And, it's marvelously egg-free! Success! I definitely know what I'm bringing to all of the holiday season gatherings this year (and maybe every year after this).



  • 3 cups of organic whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 cup organic Hawthorn berry powder
  • 1 teaspoon of baking powder
  • 2 teaspoons of baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon of Himalayan pink salt
  • 1 tablespoon of organic Cinnamon powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon each of organic Cardamom, Clove, and Ginger powders
  • 1 can of organic pumpkin puree
  • 1 cup of raw, organic, unrefined sugar
  • 2 mashed, ripe organic bananas
  • 1 tablespoon of organic Vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup of organic olive or coconut oil
  • 1/2 cup or organic honey or maple syrup
  • 1/2 cup of organic milk
  • 1/4 cup organic plain, unsweetened yogurt

To start, preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.

Whisk together your dry ingredients in one bowl and your wet ingredients in another bowl, then stir them all together until thoroughly combined. Bake in buttered-up loaf pans for 55 minutes.

While it's tempting to eat this bread straight out of that ever-fragrant oven when it's done baking, it's best to let it cool for 20 minutes or so before serving...but if you want to slice it up right away and slather some raw butter on it and let the whole bite just melt in your mouth while the bread's still fresh from the oven, I won't judge. ;)

Watch the video below to SEE HOW I MAKE THIS RECIPE

What is your favorite thing to bake during the holiday season?
Let me know in the comments below. =)

Much love,


Hawthorn + Hibiscus Smoothie Recipe

I think the weather here forgot about spring this year. It seems like we went from super chilly, rainy, hot-tea-and-oversized-sweaters days to 90 degree flip-flops-and-shorts days overnight. I don't know what happened. Suddenly, my cozy, heart-warming daily rituals of the past couple of months don't seem as seasonally appropriate. (No one wants to soak their feet in a steaming foot bath and drink hot tea when all they really want to do is run through the sprinklers and eat popsicles.) Soooo I'm working on incorporating my daily herb buddies into slightly less hot recipes, this Hawthorn smoothie being one of my current favorites.

Hawthorn is my herbal best friend. My connection with this plant runs so deep that I kind of think of her as a living, vibrant person now. As a gal with a heart condition, she's worked wonders in her supportive, healing friend role. I love her! Sitting with the baby Hawthorn trees in my garden makes me feel so warm and calm and comforted; the same way I feel when I drink her tea. But I'm not exactly craving hot teas at the moment, so I've been experimenting with incorporating teas into my daily smoothies at breakfast time and, guys, I think I've found my new favorite thing. Herbal teas and infusions used as the liquids in smoothie recipes instead of milks, juices, or water are amazing. I don't know why I didn't try them sooner!



  • 14 ounces of Hawthorn + Hibiscus tea
    Tip: In the evening, just before bed, pour the freshly boiled water over an ounce of Hawthorn leaf, flower + berry + a bit of Hibiscus flowers. Let it cool, then set it in the fridge, covered, to continue to steep overnight. In the morning, it'll be nice and chilled, ready to strain and add to your smoothie. You can also steep the blend for 10 minutes in the morning and use it as a standard tea base for your smoothie.
  • 24 organic strawberries
  • 2 organic bananas
  • 1 organic orange
  • optional add-ins: a TBSP of organic nut butter, a handful of raw oats, or 1/2 cup whole, plain, organic yogurt

    Yield: smoothies for 2


Pour the tea into your blender and follow it up with the other ingredients. Blend until smooth and enjoy!

Much love,