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Friday, June 28, 2013

Pura Vida Raw Bakery

We are very excited to have this wonderful bread available to our customers both in store & on-line. Not only does it have the health benefits of being a raw product, it is delicious and very filling… a must try product!

Why is Pura Vida bread so special?

Their bread is made with 100% whole and unprocessed, sprouted, living raw ingredients, not cooked or baked at high temperatures but gently and slowly dehydrated at 40 Celsius.

Gluten, wheat, yeast free, vegan and raw, high in protein, easy to digest and laden with the full spectrum of nutritional components, just as nature intended.

  • It is currently the only raw sprouted bread on the European Market.

  • They carefully prepare our seed ingredients by a warm soaking process to lower the anti-nutrient phytates, thus making the ingredients of our bread much more nutritious & digestible.

  • The bread is a complete and highly balanced food, providing: 50% carbohydrates, 17% fat & 14 % protein. It is an excellent travel, expedition and hiking food.

  • The bread is based upon traditional, flat-bread recipes of sprouted and then pulverised grain/seeds that were sun-baked on sterile stone bricks.

  • It is made from Biodynamic Buckwheat, a seed which is gluten free, has no relationship to wheat, nor the botanical category we call grain.

  • The bread is fortified with Omega-3 rich flax seed.

Some yummy recipe ideas from Pura Vida

Raw Vegan

Tibetan rocket

Take half an avocado, mash it up with soaked goji berries and lime juice and a bit of sea salt and pepper. Spread it on a slice of bread an top with rocket. Chop up parsley and sprinkle over the rocket.

Hawaiian Twist

Lay down one sheet bed of lettuce, top with a ring of pineapple and cover with sliced oyster mushrooms, red bell peppers and de-seeded sundried olives. Add a splashing of olive oil and lemon dressing.

Lumberjacks Favourite

Top the bread with finely sliced cucumber. Mix three table spoons of unpasterised pesto with a 100g of sprouted mungbeans. Take another slice of bread and spread with the pesto sprout mixture. Grind black pepper on the cucumbers and top with basil leaves and then let both slices meet.


White Tiger

Spread a slice of bread with black bean sauce, spread with sliced steamed water chestnuts and top with salted bamboo shoots and grated lemon grass. Drizzle with a touch of sesame oil.

Steamed Broccoli and Cauliflower

Spread a slice of bread with a soft, unpasteurised cheese of your choice. Kefir cheese is ideal. Steam broccoli and cauliflower, top the bread and sprinkle with finely chopped dill and black pepper.


Smoked out to dry

Roll down thin slices of smoked salmon and drizzle with walnut oil. Garnish with thyme and crushed black pepper, served with a slice of lemon.