I get so excited with the plant moringa and I always add moringa powder to my smoothies, without fail. Moringa is native to northern India, Pakistan, the Himalayan region, Africa and Arabia, but is now cultivated more widely throughout the tropics.
Also known as drumstick tree or horseradish tree, moringa trees grow quickly, reaching a height of between 15 and 30 feet within just a few years. The leaves, fruit flowers and immature pods of the tree are eaten as nutritious foods.
Beyond the flavor and nutrition, moringa offers healing benefits. Virtually all parts of the plant are used to treat inflammation, infectious disorders, and various problems of the cardiovascular and digestive organs, while improving liver function and enhancing milk flow in nursing mothers.
The leaves seem to be getting the most market attention, notably for their use in reducing high blood pressure, eliminating water weight, and lowering cholesterol. The liver-protective activities of the leaf and its extracts could make it a staple component of bitters formulas and various cleansing preparations.
Beyond adding it to smoothies I decided to try to make bread with moringa. I saw this after getting the idea from a cookbook Caribbean Vegan by the wonderful Taymer Mason. It was my first time making any type of bread and I really enjoyed it. I wish I could make bread daily for my family. This way i know what goes into the bread..but I know my kids will not have it lol.
So here is the recipe as I made it as I had to substitute some things because I did not have everything required in the book but I made it work and it was wonderful. So please feel free to do the same and substitute where necessary and let me know how you like it.
2 cups unbleached flour
1 cup sprouted spelt flour
1 cup whole wheat flour
1 cup moringa powder
1/4 cup coconut palm sugar
2 tsp. arrowroot powder
1 tbsp. onion powder
1 tbsp. instant yeast
1 tsp. pink himalayan salt or sea salt
1 cup almond milk
1/4 cup olive oil
warm water as needed
Moringa Herb Oil Ingredients
1/4 cup olive oil
1 garlic clove pressed
1 tbs dried dill
1 tbsp. fresh mint or parsley
1/2 tsp moringa leaf powder
Mix up all the ingredients in a large bowl and knead until smooth. Add the liquids as will allow to make the dough come together.
Put the dough in a greased bowl and cover with a kitchen towel and let it sit somewhere warm for 1 hour.
After an hour and dough has doubled in size. Knead it again for 5 minutes until soft and smooth.
Pre-heat the oven to 400*
Shape the dough and put it in a lined cooking sheet or on a loaf pan for 20 minutes
After the 20 minutes. Take the oil ingredients and whisk. Brush the loaf with oil and return to the oven for about 10 minutes or until brown.
Wait for about 20 minutes or until it cools after you take out of the oven. Enjoy