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During the month of January, you’ll most likely find the produce aisles with an abundance of citrus. From grapefruits to oranges to kiwi, your morning fruit bowl won’t miss a beat; however, let’s take a moment to highlight a zesty favorite—lemons. During this cold season, try mixing together a little honey from a local farmer, lemon juice, and hot water for an anti-bacterial drink that is good for sore throats.

While the uses of lemons vary greatly, from cooking to decorative garland to cleaning, they provide excellent health benefits when employed in both savory and sweet recipes. They are tasty sources of powerful antioxidants, specifically vitamin C and flavonoids, that can help keep free radicals from damaging body cells. The high levels of vitamin C strongly support a variety of bodily functions, like the formation of collagen for strong nails, shiny hair, and healthy skin. In addition, pairing lemons with baby spinach leaves can help your body maximize the intake of both vitamin C and iron from dietary sources.

(Dairy-Free) Lemon Cardamom Creme Brûlée 

(Servings: 3-4)


  • 2 cups Almond Milk
  • ¼ cup Pure Maple Syrup
  • 1 tsp. Vanilla Extract
  • 4 large Egg Yolks
  • 2 Tbsp. Arrowroot Powder
  • 2 Tbsp. Lemon Juice
  • ¼ tsp. Ground Cardamom


  • In a large saucepan over medium-high heat, whisk together the maple syrup and almond milk. Bring to a gentle boil.
  • In the meantime, whisk together the egg yolks, arrowroot powder, lemon juice, vanilla extract, and ground cardamom. Add two spoonfuls of the warm milk mixture into the egg yolk mixture, then whisk.
  • Pour the egg yolk mixture into the saucepan and mix to combine. Over medium-high heat, bring the mixture to a gentle boil and simmer for 10-15 minutes until thick and creamy, whisking occasionally.
  • Pour into 3-4 ramekins, then place in the fridge until set.
  • Sprinkle each ramekin with 1-2 teaspoons sugar, then either torch or broil to caramelize the sugar. Enjoy immediately.

Now that you’ve mastered the art of baking creme brûlée with lemons, it’s time to grab your fork and enjoy the warmth of Winter season delights!



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