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Cherry, Lemon and Poppy Seed Cake

Cherries and lemon are a delightful flavour combination in this moist and delicious cake. Gluten and dairy free with a lovely soft texture from the blanched almond meal. Enjoy when warm and share it with your friends and family.

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A gorgeous cake.

Ingredients:

2 cups cherries with the pips removed-diced (frozen or fresh)

Juice and zest of two lemons (zest finely sliced)

1/3 cup poppy seeds

2 cups blanched almond meal

1/4 cup coconut flour

6 free range eggs (600g or 5 eggs for 700g)

1/3 cup organic coconut oil (gently melted)

1/4 cup raw organic honey or maple syrup or (1/3 cup rice malt syrup)

1 teaspoon bicarbonate soda (Bob’s Red Mill Aluminium free ).

Flaked almonds for the top.

Method:

Grease (with coconut oil) and line a loaf tin.

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The hero of this recipe.

Place all ingredients in a mixing bowl and mix thoroughly with a spatula. If using honey and it is not runny just add it to the slightly warm coconut oil and it will melt. Place the mixture into the baking dish and smooth out. Sprinkle flaked almonds over the top of the cake.

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A generous topping of flaked almonds

Bake in a 180 degree celcius oven until firm. Cool on the cake rack and slice when warm and serve.

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Ready to slice

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Left over slices can be individually wrapped and stored in the freezer. Grab a piece for your lunch box or when on the go.

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Rustic Apple Crumble

A delicious dessert for those nights when something sweet is needed. Lots of natural flavours and ingredients combined to re-create an old favourite and something of a comfort food. 

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A sweet and comforting dessert.

#apple #coconut #honey #almond #cinnamon #yum

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Once you have peeled and sliced the apples this dish takes just a minute to put together.

Ingredients/Method: Everything organic if possible.

Apples: I used four small apples but if they are very large just use two. It really depends on the size of the dish and your family. I peel the apples because of the horrible waxy coating but you could leave the skin on if they are from your own tree as an example. Core and slice the apples and place randomly in a baking dish. I used a smallish oval ceramic dish but most dishes will work well.

Coconut flour: Sprinkle 1 tablespoon over the apples.

Coconut flakes: Add 1 generous tablespoon over the apples.

Cinnamon: From one teaspoon to one tablespoon depending on how much you love cinnamon

Almond meal: Sprinkle 2 tablespoons over the apples (you could rub in the coconut oil here if you want)

Flaked almonds: Sprinkle a generous hand full over the dish. There really isn’t a limit as to how much you can put on as they go a lovely brown colour and add some crunch.

Coconut oil:  A generous teaspoon over the entire dish. Just put little bits all over the top and you can use more if you want an extra coconut flavour or you could rub it into the almond meal before you add it.

Honey: Drizzle  one teaspoon to one tablespoon of raw organic honey (or similar sweetener) over the whole dish. I would add one teaspoon of the honey but those of you with a sweeter tooth may like more.

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Ready for the oven. Just layer all the ingredients on top of each other.

Cooking instructions:

Cover the dish with aluminium foil and placed in a 180 degree pre-heated oven for about 20 minutes. Remove the foil and cooked until the top is golden and looking delicious.

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I had this plain but you could top it with a healthy ice-cream or fresh fruit.

The serving looks quite small in the photo but it is a sweet dish and l was completely satisfied after eating this. The recipe could easily be adapted by using different fruits such as peach or adding some berries to the apple.

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Banana and cinnamon cake

Banana and cinnamon are an incredible combination making this gluten and dairy free cake a wonderful choice for your next baking project. Topped with activated walnuts which provide a crunch and texture that compliment the cake, it is an all round amazing recipe which is very easy to make.

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Deliciously warm and comforting

Ingredients:

2 ripe banana’s (diced)

2 cups blanched almond meal (this will give a softer cake than regular almond meal)

1/4 cup coconut flour

6 free range eggs (700 g)

1/4 cup raw organic coconut oil

1/4 cup raw organic honey

2 teaspoons organic cinnamon

1 teaspoon bicarbonate soda (Bob’s Red Mill Aluminium Free)

Raw activated walnuts for the topping

Method:

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Grease a large loaf tin with coconut oil and line the base with baking paper.

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Place the diced banana, cinnamon and coconut oil in a saucepan and heat gently. Heat until the mix is a lovely brown colour and smells delicious (approximately 5 minutes). Remove from the heat and add the honey. Mix gently.

Place the rest of the ingredients in a mixing bowl and add the warm ingredients to it and mix well with a spatula. Pour into the baking tin and smooth out with the spatula. Top with walnuts, ensuring they are spaced evenly along the cake.

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Place in a pre-heated 180 degree celsius oven and bake until the top is just firm to push. This will depend on your own oven and it is better not to have the oven overly hot as the edges will burn and the centre of the cake will still be runny.

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The cake will be a gorgeous golden colour when cooked.

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Gently remove it from the baking pan and slice.

I hope you enjoy this cake. It is lovely when warm with a rich banana and cinnamon flavour. It is very soft and will freeze well. Below is the link to my Wellness Podcast. Please leave a review and rating on iTunes. Thankyou. 

Perfect Pancakes

Start your day with a delicious flavoursome pancake which is gluten, dairy and processed sugar free. Make a batch of mix up for the week and enjoy a breakfast which is quick to prepare, colourful and very tasty. Easily adapt this recipe to suit your own tastes and to provide variation to your diet.

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Top the pancake with your favourite fruit, seeds, nuts, coconut flakes and some maple syrup.

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This pancake features seasonal mandarin with cinnamon.

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Some lovely kiwi fruit and banana add an interesting element to this pancake.

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Pureed raspberries with banana, seeds, nuts and maple syrup

Basic Recipe: This is the basic recipe that you can make at the start of the week.

1 cup coconut flour

1/2 cup buckwheat flour

2 free ranges eggs

Filtered water (enough to make a moist dough)

Additions to the basic recipe: Add different flavours to your mix by adding grated beetroot, grated sweet potato, grated carrot, cinnamon, chia seeds, apple, flaked almonds or coconut flakes as examples.

Method: This is a small pancake so once you have made your dough you just need to an amount to form a small ball which you can then flatten in your hands before placing into a pan with some oil. I usually use olive oil or coconut oil. Just a small amount. Gently cook until golden then flip over. A guide to the size of the pancake is to make it just bigger than an egg ring when flat and then the toppings fill out the meal.

Toppings: This is where you give your pancake a personality by adding fruit, nuts, seeds, coconut flakes and a natural sugar. I activate my nuts and seeds and keep them in tubs in the fridge and freezer so they are always on hand. This part of the meal preparation takes just a few minutes. I like to use either organic maple syrup or organic raw honey. They have a different flavour but ensure it is just a teaspoon. Such a quick meal to make and you can really make it look pretty and impress everyone with your skills. My new podcast has just launched and l would love you to subscribe and leave me a rating/review.

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1500 photo A magnificent beetroot and coconut pancake topped with seasonal mandarin.

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Crispy Rosemary and Poppy Seed Crackers

A versatile cracker that is deliciously crispy with a wonderful after taste. Top them with your favourite ingredients such as avocado or tomato. They are gluten, dairy and sugar free with so many uses from a snack to a whole meal depending on the topping. Try having them as a side to your main meal to add some crunch or with a hot bowl of soup. They are easy to make and can be kept for a few days in a container or frozen.

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Crunchy, tasty and soon to be your favourite cracker.

Ingredients:

1 cup of blanched almond meal (try to use blanched only as it is softer).

1 dessert spoon of extra virgin olive oil

4 dessert spoons of cool filtered water

1/2 teaspoon sea salt (pink rock salt or celtic sea salt are good)

3 teaspoons of activated sunflower seeds

1 teaspoon of fresh rosemary pieces.

2 teaspoons of poppy seeds

Method: 

Place all ingredients in the food processor using the chopping blade. Process until mixed well but not super smooth.

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The mixture should be moist and able to be formed into a ball.

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Place the mixture on a piece of baking paper and gently flatten.

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Place another piece of baking paper on the top and gently flatten with a rolling pin.

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Roll out until thin enough that the mix can still be picked up and not fall apart. About 3 mm but use your judgement.

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Cut off the rough edges using a pizza cutter and then slice into rectangles.

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Gently pick each piece up and place on a tray lined with baking paper. Roll the scraps up and repeat the process until all have been used. The final piece is hard to get perfect so l used this as my taste test when it was cooked.

Bake in a pre-heated oven. I cooked my crackers at 170 degrees in a fan forced oven but as each oven varies you will need to experiment. Lower is better than a higher temperature as you don’t want them to burn or dry out too much. Bake until just golden, remove from the oven and let cool on the tray.

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A really tasty and versatile cracker. After you have made one batch and tested your oven etc l would double the recipe next time as they will be eaten very quickly.

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Served here with a night shade free guacamole and some twists from the same recipe.

 

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Raspberry and Chocolate Tart

A delicious frozen dessert with a stunning colour and flavour. This raspberry and 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. You could also just eat it freshly made as the frozen berries give it a wonderful coolness and texture.

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Such a colourful platter.

This tart can be made ahead and kept in the freezer. Just keep it on a firm base and cover it in cling wrap. On the day it is required just remove it from the freezer and decorate, or slice it and keep it in the freezer to have as a snack.

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The tart is paired here with a delightful chocolate mousse, fresh strawberries and Loving Earth Raw Organic Dark Chocolate.

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.

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The pan is greased well with coconut oil.

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Use a spatula to spread the base and to push it down so it is flat and firm.

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 (Approximately 10 dates with the seeds removed). Once combined add 1 really generous 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.

mixed berries

I would recommend organic berries and l picked all of the raspberries out of this pack which was the perfect amount.

Remove the base from the freezer and fill with the delicious chocolate mix.

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Look at that colour.

Smooth the top with a spatula ensuring it is nice and even.

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The more berries you add the pinker the colour.

Cover with cling wrap and return to the freezer to set. When you are ready to serve the tart, remove it from the freezer and decorate with extra berries and fruit.

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Made with real whole food ingredients.

Alternatively, cut up the tart and freeze, so that you can have a piece as a snack with some berries and raw dark chocolate.

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Served with frozen berries and a piece of Loving Earth Raw Dark chocolate.

This is a very rich treat and a small piece is very satisfying. The coconut and chocolate are a wonderful combination and this tart is very pleasing to the taste buds.

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Walnut and Sweet Potato Cake

A really lovely cake with the sweetness of sweet potato and the goodness of so many natural ingredients. Gluten, dairy and processed sugar free and very easy to make.

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A perfect treat for morning tea.

I like to have snacks ready so that when l am working l can just grab them from the freezer and quickly pack my lunch box. This cake is a great lunch box filler as you can pack it frozen and it is ready to eat when needed mid morning or at lunch time. You can easily double the recipe if you are having a cook up and you can substitute the nuts with another kind or swap the sweet potato to something like pumpkin or carrot. This recipe cuts well and when the cake is cool l cut it with a serrated bread knife and wrap each piece individually with cling wrap and freeze.

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A firm cake that holds together well.

Ingredients:

2 cups organic almond meal (keep this in the fridge)

1/4 cup organic coconut flour

5 large eggs (700 grams) (These should also be kept in the fridge)

A generous 1/4 cup organic coconut oil

A generous 1/4 cup raw organic honey (or organic honey)

1 teaspoon organic cinnamon

1 teaspoon Bicarb Soda (Bob’s Red Mill Brandon is good)

1/2 cup walnuts (this measurement is when they are whole and not ground). Process these in the food processor until in small broken up pieces.

1 cup grated sweet potato (This measure is the sweet potato loosely filling the cup)

Method:

Place all of the dry ingredients in a bowl. Place the eggs in another bowl and whisk. In a saucepan warm up the coconut oil and honey until a liquid. Let cool.

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Everything is ready to be mixed together.

Add the liquid to the egg mix then add the grated sweet potato and walnuts. Now add this mix into the bowl with the dry ingredients and stir until combine.

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Use a spatula to combine all of the ingredients. Look out for the lumps of coconut flour and squash with the spatula.

Place in a greased square or rectangular metal or glass baking dish which has the base lined with baking paper. I grease the inside of the baking dish with the organic coconut oil.

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Greased and lined.

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Smooth the top with a spatula.

Bake in a 160 Degree Celsius oven until the outside of the cake is golden and the middle firmish. Don’t let the cake burn but the outside will be quite darkish brown when done.

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Let the cake cool in the tin for a few minutes. Cut around the edge with a knife to separate the cake from the baking dish.

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The edge pieces are nice and crunchy. Use a serrated knife when cutting for the best results.

This cake is lovely warm, but also freezes well. If you like it you can multiply the ingredients and make several so that they are on hand when needed. You can freeze them whole or in single slices and it is surprising how lovely the organic coconut oil is in baked goods and the cake still has a sweetness to it even though it has only a small amount of honey in it.

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