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Raw lime and cinnamon bars

My first raw bar and the flavours are lovely!

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A perfect snack!

The lime and cinnamon infuse through the bars which are firm, wholesome and delicious. I eat these straight from the freezer and they are a real treat.

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You will be able to stock up the freezer and pack these in the lunch box.

Ingredients:

2 cups of nuts (I used raw activated walnuts and brazil nuts)

2 cups of seeds (I used 1/2 cup each of pepitas, sunflower seeds, sesame seeds and chia seeds)

1 teaspoon cinnamon

10 medjool dates that have been deseeded and soaked in warm water for 15 minutes then drained

The juice and zest of one large or two small limes.

1/2 cup raw organic honey (slightly warmed)

1/2 cup organic coconut oil (gently melted)

Extra pepitas to put on top of the mixture 

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Everything goes into the food processor.

Place everything into the food processor and pulse to the desired consistency. The soft dates, coconut oil and honey should be blended in well and the nuts broken into small pieces.

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Everything is blended well.

Press the mix into a baking dish lined with baking paper. Mine was approximately 22cm and was a glass dish. Use the spare pumpkin seeds (pepitas) to decorate the top of the mix.

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Push the pumpkin seeds into the top of the mix to decorate.

Place the mixture into the freezer for about an hour.

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This is the fun part!

Lift the slab out of the dish by grabbing the edges of the baking paper. Using a sharp knife cut the mix into long bars and then squares. After you have had a taste test, place the rest of the bars into a container and store in the freezer.

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Ready for the freezer

I have found that the lovely lime flavour is enhanced over time, and the bars l have eaten from the freezer have had a very enticing hint of lime, which reminds me of the feeling l get when l am drinking a beautiful herbal tea.

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Cherry and Pumpkin pancake (gluten, sugar and dairy free)

A really lovely way to start the day!

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The selection of pancakes on this website is rapidly growing as l start to experiment further with non gluten flours and ingredients. This pancake was inspired by my purchase of a container of fresh cherries and l thought they would go very well with pumpkin. There is a good amount of fibre in this pancake and so many wonderful nutrients.

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The pancake ingredients plus filtered water.

I like to assemble the ingredients on the bench so that everything is on hand.

Place in a bowl:

1 cup of organic buckwheat flour

1 cup of organic coconut flour

1/2 cup organic quinoa flakes

1/2 cup ground pepitas (I did this in the food processor)

4 free range eggs

1 full cup of finely grated pumpkin (I used the fine shredding attachment on the food processor)

10 cherries seeded and chopped in the food processor

Add approximately 2 1/2 cups of filtered water and mix well. The quinoa flakes will absorb water and you want it firm enough that you can make a small ball in your hand but still quite wet looking.

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Now to add the water and mix.
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Place a small amount of mix in a pre-heated pan with olive oil added and cook on a lowish heat until golden.
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Cook until golden on both sides.

Top the pancake with your favourite toppings but l used raw walnuts (soaked and dehydrated), diced fresh cherries, raw pumpkin seeds (soaked and dehydrated) and organic maple syrup.

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Topped with raw walnuts, pumpkin seeds, diced fresh cherries and organic maple syrup.

I really love spending time preparing lovely meals and making them look nice on the plate. I try to sit down and eat mindfully to support my digestion and mostly keep fluids separate from my meals also.

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Banana, Coconut, Lemon and Poppy seed cake (gluten, dairy and processed sugar free)

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A piece or two for morning tea!

This cake is made with real ingredients and as a result each of the flavours can be tasted when enjoying this cake. The fresh banana, lemon juice, lemon zest, organic shredded coconut and poppy seeds give this cake a lovely balance and depth of flavour which is extremely satisfying. When making this cake l used the base recipe that l have for all of my Paleo cakes and l was heading in the direction of a banana or lemon cake, when the idea came to combine them. I couldn’t resist adding poppy seeds as they go so well with lemon, and l adore coconut and the flavour is already in the cake from the organic coconut oil.

Place all of the dry ingredients  into a bowl and mix with a spoon:

2 cups of almond meal

1/4 cup of organic coconut flour

1/2 cup poppy seeds

1/2 cup organic shredded coconut

1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda

 Place all of the wet ingredients into another bowl and mix gently until combined:

6 free range eggs

1/4 cup organic coconut oil gently melted

1/4 cup raw organic honey gently melted (organic honey is fine).

2 large bananas mashed with a fork

Lemon zest and juice. I used 4 small lemons but you could use 2 large ones. Grate the zest into the mix and add the lemon juice.

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The dry and wet ingredients combined.

Pour the wet ingredients into the bowl containing the dry ingredients and mix gently but thoroughly with a spoon.

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Ready for the oven!

Place the mix into a greased and lined loaf pan and cook in a 180 degree celsius oven until golden. Use your own visuals and experience with your oven to determine if your cake is cooked and when done gently turn onto a cake rack.

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Just out of the oven!

I have tried this cake warm, just out of the oven and cold the next day. The banana flavour is more intense in the cake when hot and l preferred it cold the next day for that reason. It is quite a dense cake and held together very well. You could ice it with your favourite mix if desired but l just left it plain as there was so much flavour already and it is a very moist cake.

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I cut this cake as soon as it was out of the oven and the smell was lovely.

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Raspberry and coconut pancake (free of gluten, dairy and processed sugar)

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Topped with walnuts, frozen raspberries, flaked coconut and organic maple syrup.

A pancake is an enjoyable start to the day and this one is free of gluten, dairy and processed sugar. I like to use the same basic mix for all of my pancakes and make enough that it will last for a few days stored in the fridge. To change the flavour l just add different ingredients, and l find that this is a good way to add some variety to my Breakfast dishes whilst addressing my need for a diet free of gluten and which will not cause me to suffer a food intolerance/sensitivity reaction.

Place the following ingredients in a bowl and mix well with a spoon.

1 cup organic buckwheat flour

1 cup organic coconut flour

1/2 cup organic quinoa flakes

4 free range eggs

1 tablespoon black chia seeds

1 cup of frozen raspberries

Filtered water: enough to make a moist mix as the quinoa flakes and chia seeds will over time thicken the mix. You can add other types of berries here instead of raspberries depending on your preference.

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Place a small scoop of the mix onto a pre-heated non stick pan coated with a small amount of olive oil. Cook slowly until golden and then carefully flip over. To make the topping for this pancake l mixed in the blender a handful of frozen raspberries and a handful of walnuts so they were combined and l sprinkled this over the pancake. I then topped it with some flaked coconut and organic maple syrup. You can vary the toppings and another idea is to add some raspberries and water to the blender to make a liquid raspberry topping that can be poured over and around the pancake. Add just enough water until the blender will mix it and blend until a smooth consistency is achieved.

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Frozen chocolate balls

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Frozen chocolate balls. Almost like chocolate ice-cream!

These little balls are very sweet and delicious. I have a few on the plate here but l would just eat one at a time. You can eat them when they are freshly made, but l like to keep my snacks in the freezer, and these taste quite like chocolate ice-cream (remembering that l actually haven’t eaten any chocolate ice-cream for a few years now).

Ingredients:

1 tablespoon raw organic Cacao (I use the Loving Earth brand)

1 frozen banana

1/2 cups almonds (activated if possible)

1/4 cup organic coconut flakes

4 medjool dates (seeds removed)

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Freshly made!

Place all of the ingredients in the food processor and mix well. Roll into small balls and cover in raw organic cacao. I have had these in the freezer in an air tight container for a few months and they are still tasting great. When they are frozen they are still just soft enough to bite into and the flavour is a mix of coconut and chocolate. The dates and banana bind them together and they are jam packed full of nutrients as well as making you feel good because they taste so great!

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Sensational Seed and Nut bars

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Healthy, easy to make seed and nuts bars, or just seed bars if you leave the nuts out as the ones above. This recipe is very flexible and l know there are heaps of other bar recipes on the web but this one suits me, my lifestyle, tastes and food choices. The ingredients are all wonderful and you can add more or less of each seed and it wont matter. To be adventurous you could add herbs, raw cacao, cinnamon or garlic and l may start experimenting a bit now l have this basic recipe worked out. The ones in the picture above do not have nuts or coconut, but l prefer the batch l made today which included them. I use organic and activated ingredients but it is up to you and your preferences. Regular nuts and seeds will work well, but l need to support my digestion and overall health as much as possible so use the best ingredients l can.

Ingredients:

1 cup activated organic sunflower seeds

1 cup activated organic pumpkin seeds

1 cup organic sesame seeds

1 cup black chia seeds

1 cup activated mixed nuts (I used walnut, almond and brazil)

A generous 1/2 cup organic shredded coconut

8 Medjool Dates seeded and chopped (roughly chop just to make it easier for the food processor)

A good 1/2 cup raw organic honey (use organic or regular honey if that is what you have or even rice malt syrup)

A good 1/2 cup organic coconut oil

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Place the nuts, seeds, shredded coconut and dates in the food processor and chop until roughly chopped. Tip this into a good sized glass bowl. I used the same measuring cup for the organic coconut oil and raw organic honey and with both in there it should look really full. Put the coconut oil in the cup first so it is easier to remove.

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Melt the coconut oil and honey in a saucepan on very low heat. You don’t want it too hot so remove from the heat just before it is all melted. Give it a stir and then pour it into the seed, nut, date and shredded coconut mix. Stir well and taste test. It should be delicious and sweet.

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Place a sheet of grease proof paper over a baking tray and run your finger around the edge to make a crease. Pour the mix onto the tray and flatten with a soft spatula or the back of a spoon. Make sure it is quite even across the whole tray and give special attention to the corners.

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I have tried a few different oven temperatures and times but basically you don’t want the oven too hot as you will burn the seeds and lose lots of nutrients, and you want to just cook it until the edges are going golden. I cooked mine today in a Fan Forced Convection Oven at 170 Degrees Celsius for 30 minutes. You will be able to check this after your first batch.

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Remove the tray from the oven and let cool until cold. I left mine for about 1.5 hours.

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Use the edges of the baking paper to carefully remove the bars as a whole from the tray and lay it on a flat bench. Cut the bars while still on the baking paper into whatever size suits you using a very sharp knife and wiping clean after cutting a row. I think it is better to have the bars quite small as then you have more of a choice over serving size.

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Carefully lift each bar into the container for freezing unless you are going to eat them all fresh. If they are a bit crumbly you can place the whole lot into the freezer with a cutting board underneath so they harden a bit before placing in the tub.

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The best part of the whole cooking experience is eating the crumbs. Scrape them off the baking paper and into a bowl. Enjoy! You could dip something into these crumbs such as a banana or use them as a topping.

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Sweet chocolate tart with fruit

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I am reposting this recipe as l have made it several times since l first wrote about it and now l love it even more. It is really quick to make and is so sweet and delicious with a thick, creamy texture. A small piece is very satisfying as it is quite rich in flavour.

This chocolate tart can be eaten straight from the freezer where it will be firm and cool, or at room temperature where it is quite soft but holds together and has a really creamy delicious taste. This recipe was given to me by a friend who sourced it from http://www.wholefoodsimply.com. I made the tart a week before it was required and covered it with cling wrap while still in the baking tray and placed it in the freezer. On the day of the event l removed it from the freezer and tray, and decorated it with some festive coloured fruits and berries. I placed it in the fridge until we had to leave for the party and ideally it will remain in the fridge or be taken from the freezer just before serving.

I used a round baking tray with a decorative edge that had a removable base. I greased the inside of the tray with organic coconut oil and then made the base.

In the food processor l placed:

1 cup of activated almonds (the original recipe said hazelnuts and l have also use walnuts), 1 cup of desiccated or shredded coconut and 8 large medjool dates (remember to take out the seeds).

Blend well in the food processor and then press firmly into the pan. Place this into the freezer to set while you make the filling.

In the food processor blend together:

1 ripe avocado, 3 heaped teaspoons of cocoa or cacao, 3 tablespoons of organic coconut oil and 1 cup of medjool dates (seeds removed). Once combined add 1 cup of frozen raspberries and gently pulse through the mix so they are roughly chopped up or blend thoroughly if you want them mixed through.

Remove the base from the freezer and fill with the delicious chocolate mix. Smooth the top with a spoon, cover with cling wrap return to the freezer. When you are ready to serve the tart, remove it from the freezer and decorate with extra berries and fruit. The fruit is really just one idea of what could accompany this tart. You can use your imagination and serve it with what suits your diet and preferences. I used green grapes when decorating this tart but my favourite grapes are the red or very black ones. Ensure you wash them well though as they are usually sprayed with a nasty chemical that some people can react to.

An alternative to this is to cut the tart up into single serves and place them into a container in the freezer. My daughter is just loving being able to go to the freezer and grab a piece a couple of times a week when she feels like something sweet. I also have had this after work when l have been really tired and needed a pick me up.

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Banana and coconut cake (Paleo)

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A sweet treat.

I have seen a few versions of this cake and thought it sounded so delicious that l decided to make my own. It is a very soft and moist cake with a lovely coconut and banana flavour, as well a being gluten, processed sugar and dairy free.

You will need a greased and lined loaf tin. I greased mine with organic coconut oil and my loaf tin was made of glass. Pre-heat your oven to 180 degrees celsius.

Ingredients:

6 Medjool dates chopped in the food processor (seeds removed)

4 medium sized ripe bananas (mashed)

1/2 a cup of filtered water

1/2 a cup of melted organic coconut oil

4 free range eggs (beaten)

2 tablespoons raw organic honey (or just organic honey)

1 cup shredded coconut

1 cup coconut flour

1 cup hazelnut or almond meal

1/2 teaspoon mixed spice

2 teaspoons gluten free baking powder

1 teaspoon cinnamon powder

Method:

Mix together the first six ingredients (all the moist ones). Add the dry ingredients and gently mix through. Pour into the baking dish and smooth the top with a spatula. Place into the oven and cook until golden. This cake is very moist so it needs to be cooked well. I let mine sit in the tin for a while when l took it out of the oven and let it cool on a rack before cutting.

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Summer dessert- Sweet chocolate tart with fruit

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This is a delicious chocolate tart that can be eaten straight from the freezer where it will be firm and cool, or at room temperature where it is quite soft but holds together and has a really creamy delicious taste. This recipe was given to me by a friend who sourced it from http://www.wholefoodsimply.com. I made the tart a week before it was required and covered it with cling wrap while still in the baking tray and placed it in the freezer. On the day of the event l removed it from the freezer and tray, and decorated it with some festive coloured fruits and berries. I placed it in the fridge until we had to leave for the party and ideally it will remain in the fridge or be taken from the freezer just before serving.

I used a round baking tray with a decorative edge that had a removable base. I greased the inside of the tray with organic coconut oil and then made the base.

In the food processor l placed:

1 cup of activated almonds (the original recipe said hazelnuts), 1 cup of desiccated or shredded coconut and 8 large medjool dates (remember to take out the seeds).

Blend well in the food processor and then press firmly into the pan. Place this into the freezer to set while you make the filling.

In the food processor blend together:

1 ripe avocado, 3 heaped teaspoons of cocoa or cacao, 3 tablespoons of organic coconut oil and 1 cup of medjool dates (seeds removed). Once combined add 1 cup of frozen raspberries and gently pulse through the mix so they are roughly chopped up or blend thoroughly if you want them mixed through.

Remove the base from the freezer and fill with the delicious chocolate mix. Smooth the top with a spoon, cover with cling wrap return to the freezer. When you are ready to serve the tart, remove it from the freezer and decorate with extra berries and fruit.

Organic Coconut oil

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Coconut oil is a must have item in your pantry and can be included in small amounts in your diet each day. The only oils l use in my diet are cold flax oil, extra virgin olive oil and organic coconut oil. These are examples of brands of coconut oil that are available. I have seen many similar ones like the one on the left in the glass jar in the supermarket, health food shops and pharmacies. I bought this one locally for around $6 but most are approximately $10 for a similar size jar. I use a small amount when cooking with the non stick fry pan or when roasting foods in the oven. It adds a lovely flavour to the food. If you are a serious user of coconut oil then the 1.4 Litre tub is an amazing product which l buy online from iherb. It is around $35 for the huge tub which will last a few months. This coconut oil is so creamy and smells delicious. I use this one in my baking such as in chocolate chip cookies and cakes. The one with the blue label is my most recent purchase and comes in a glass jar that l will be able to use in my pantry when it is empty. As soon as the lid is opened the most delicious smell emerges. I purchased it online from Bulk Wholefoods for around $25. Some people eat a spoon of coconut oil straight out of the jar but l am not at that stage just yet!