My 4 Favorite Bee Pollen Recipes

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I have never been stung by a bee. What does that have to do with anything you ask? Well, not much actually.

I have been thinking about that a lot though, in a round about sort of way. Especially since i’ve been reading up so much about bee pollen and its incredible effects on the body. I’ve seen bee pollen in many health food stores before but never had much idea about how much magic they contained. I’ve heard many times about the healing powers of raw honey so I was intrigued about the flip side to that.

bee pollen recipes

Side note: should you decide to take a daily pollen supplement, go with fresh granules. Capsules are no good as the pollen loses all potency when heated and processed (as does mostly everything good for ya!)

So what the heck is bee pollen anyway?

Pollen is the male seed of flowers and is required for fertilization. Honeybees come around and start to gather this pollen for food. As they gather it they ‘push’ it down into their pouches turning the dust into granules. Sounds fairly easy, yeah? Well, it takes a honeybee 8 hours a day for one whole month to gather 1 teaspoon of pollen. 1 teaspoon. So much respect to the bees.

What does bee pollen mean to us humans? Well, it’s a complete food and is richer in protein than any animal source. Bee pollen also contains more amino acids than beef, eggs, or cheese of equal weight. (Start small with your daily intake and keep an eye out for any adverse reactions)

Ready for more reasons to add bee pollen to your daily routine?
*I don’t think it needs to be pointed out but if you are allergic to any bee products (including bees themselves) you should avoid this product.

Enzymes help your body absorb all of the nutrients needed from your food. And guess what, bee pollen contains lots of enzymes- as well as minerals and vitamins.

Looking for immune support? Well look no further. Pollen is fantastic for your intestinal flora. According to holistic health expert Dr. Joseph Mercola, bee pollen has antibiotic-type properties that can help protect the body from contracting viruses.

Anything else? You betcha!

Bee Pollen…

  • supports the Cardiovascular system through the antioxidant Rutin. Antioxidants can help correct cholesterol, strengthen blood vessels and help with circulatory issues.
  • increases energy through its high content of nutrients such as carbohydrates, protein, and B vitamins.
  • contains Lecithin which helps dissolve & flush fat from the body
  • can reduce the presence of histamine, helping to treat allergies (yep, you read that correct. Pollen can help treat allergies)
  • has an anti-inflammatory effect to the lungs which can help to prevent complications of asthma.
  • can also be used on the skin as an anti-inflammatory to treat various conditions such as psoriasis or eczema.
  • has been used holistically to help with weight management by preventing cravings.
  • can boost those slagging hormones!
  • can stimulate function to the ovaries.
  • can fly a plane. ok, well obviously I made that one up, but at this point i believe bee pollen can do just about anything.

So how can you get your fill of bee pollen? Here are my top 4 recipes that I created just for you.

Almond Butter Bee Pollen Banana Snack

almond butter bee pollen banana 3 small

  • 1 banana
  • 1 tablespoon almond butter
  • 1 tablespoon melted coconut oil
  • 1 teaspoon bee pollen granules
  1. Slice 1 banana on a plate and put aside.
  2. In a small bowl combine almond butter and melted coconut oil until creamy.
  3. Drizzle* almond butter mixture over the sliced banana and then sprinkle bee pollen over top.
  4. Gobble it up with a fork and bee happy!

*If you would like to get fancy with your drizzling abilities pour the almond butter mixture into a small plastic baggie and snip a small bit off the bottom corner, this will give you a nice drizzle effect.

Blueberry Bee Pollen Popsicle

blueberry bee pollen popsicles 1 small

  • 1 banana
  • 1 cup fresh blueberries
  • 1 cup almond milk
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2 teaspoon bee pollen granules
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground bee pollen granules (optional)
  1. Blend all ingredients except for the whole bee pollen granules. (You can add the optional ground bee pollen for an extra pollen punch)
  2. Once smooth, pour into your Popsicle trays and throw into the freezer.
  3. Once frozen, usually about 2 hours, remove from the tray and roll in whole bee pollen granules.

Bee Pollen Sprinkled Popcorn

bee pollen coconut oil popcorn

  • 1 cup air-popped popcorn
  • 1 tablespoon melted coconut oil
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground bee pollen granules
  1. In a medium bowl, pour your melted coconut oil over your air-popped popcorn, covering all the kernels.
  2. Sprinkle the ground bee pollen over top and mix to coat.

Peach Basil Ice Cream Float Smoothie

peach basil bee pollen ice cream float 3 small

  • 1 peach
  • 1 cup almond milk
  • 3/4 cup of your favorite ice cream {i used non-dairy coconut dream}
  • 3-4 large basil leaves
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1 teaspoon bee pollen granules
  • 1/2 teaspoon almond extract
  1. Combine all ingredients into your blender and blend until smooth.
  2. Top with peach slices.

 

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