Sea buckthorn has long been one of our favorite ingredients. Sharp, semi-sweet and with hints of tropical fruits, it has a unique and versatile flavor which lends itself really well to both sweet and savory dishes. Here is our collection of our very favorite sea buckthorn recipes.April 28, 2022 5:24 pm May 24, 2021 10:04 am
The rise of sea buckthorn
If you’re new to sea buckthorn, you have a treat in store! This little orange berry has been growing in popularity and is a great addition to your pantry.
As is so often the case, sea buckthorn was used in traditional medicine long before most of us became aware of it. Its numerous health benefits include contributing to glowing skin, providing an impressive amount of immunity-boosting vitamin C, and looking after your eyes and mucous membranes.
Now we’ve introduced you to sea buckthorn, let’s get into how we can make some delicious recipes with this brilliant natural ingredient.
Sea buckthorn and hibiscus cocktail
If you’ve ever had a Tequila Sunrise, you’ll appreciate the fabulous ‘ombré’ effect of our sea buckthorn cocktail.
Here, the bright orange color comes from our Organic Sea Buckthorn Juice. Tart, zesty and almost tropical in taste, it makes an unusual and delicious drink which has become a favorite on cocktail menus around the UK.
We owe the lovely red shade to an ingenious idea from our recipe guru, Ana. Instead of using grenadine – the sweet, sticky syrup used in a Tequila Sunrise – Ana has created a healthier and more natural version by using cold-brew hibiscus tea.
Top with dehydrated orange and a few strips of fresh ginger for a drink that would be at home in any fancy cocktail bar.
While this recipe is officially a ‘mocktail’ – alcohol-free, so everyone can enjoy it – you can also add the tipple of your choice to turn this into an elegant party drink.
Dark chocolate mousse with sea buckthorn
There are few desserts as decadent as a rich and fluffy chocolate mousse. It’s a pud that appeals to the child in all of us; unashamedly creamy, with that oh-so-satisfying dark chocolate flavor.
That said, for most of us it’s a dessert we only allow ourselves now and again. The traditional recipe features eggs, sugar and cream, which – while delicious – are usually firmly on the ‘special treat’ list of ingredients. Not only that, but those of us following a vegan diet choose not to eat eggs or cream.
But what if we told you there was a way to make a rich dark chocolate mousse with no dairy or refined sugar?
If that sounds too good to be true, wait until we tell you about the tangy layer of clementines and sea buckthorn. Incredibly simple to make, this fruity layer sits underneath the mousse, helping to cut through some of the richness.
Blueberry tart with sea buckthorn granola crust
If there’s one thing we love at Erbology, it’s finding ways to make healthy foods fun. With our blueberry tart recipe, we’ve got creative in the kitchen and come up with this clever faux pastry crust.
Think of it rather like a cheesecake base – if a cheesecake base was made with healthy, natural ingredients like activated seeds, sprouted buckwheat and gut-friendly tigernut.
Where normal pastry rarely offers much in terms of taste, making a tart case with our granola affords us an extra opportunity to pack in flavor. The tangy flavor of sea buckthorn is the perfect foil for the creamy vegan filling, which is made with fresh blueberries, banana and cashews.
Try it as a mid-morning treat, or even as a quick grab-and-go breakfast. After all, it is essentially just a very convenient breakfast bowl with fruit and granola!