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Orange and Poppy Seed Cake

A lovely moist cake which uses whole oranges to give a beautiful flavour and texture. Low in added sugar with the use of Stevia and a small amount of Rice Malt Syrup and the natural sweetness of fresh oranges. A gorgeous cake for a celebration and very easy to make.

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A moist and lovely cake-gluten free/dairy free

This recipe can be used to make cupcakes or one whole cake. To make this cake all of the wet ingredients plus a few extras are mixed together and the dry ones in a separate bowl.

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The wet ingredients plus the poppy seeds

Ingredients:

Place these ingredients into one bowl and mix together.

2 whole Navel oranges chopped and blended-skin left on (Navel oranges are so sweet. Just chop them into smallish pieces and place into the blender until a smooth consistency).

3/4 cup filtered water

4 free range eggs

1/2 cup Stevia granules or the equivalent (There are lots on the market. If you use a very concentrated one then add less water to compensate as this recipe is based on adding half a cup of dry ingredient to the mix)

1/2 cup organic coconut oil gently melted

1/3 cup poppy seeds (more or less depending on your preference)

1/3 cup rice malt syrup

1/2 teaspoon organic vanilla essence

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Alternatively place all of the above ingredients in the blender and process. Quick and simple.

In another bowl mix:

2 cups almond meal

1/2 cup coconut flour

1/2 teaspoon Bicarbonate Soda (Bob’s Red Mill)

Add the wet ingredients to the dry ones and mix gently. If making a cake pour the mixture into a greased and lined cake tin. Bake in a 180 degree celsius oven until firm to touch. If making cupcakes place spoonfuls into patty pans as below and keep an eye on them in the oven as the cake will take quite a lot longer to cook than the cup cakes.

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Ready for the oven!
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I added flaked almonds onto the top of this cake for a nice texture.

Let the cake cool in the tin for a few minutes and then place on a cake cooling rack.

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Look at those golden flaked almonds.
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A cute cupcake display. Add some orange pieces to compliment the cupcakes.

 

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Drizzle the cake with fresh orange juice and freshly sliced Navel orange.

This is a delightful cake with a lovely flavour. Stevia can have a bitter after taste and can take some getting used to. The deal breaker is a lower sugar content for the unusual after taste and this is something that you either like or you don’t. As a now and again treat l don’t mind the Stevia and in this cake the orange flavour dominates and it is a wonderful treat for those of us living on restricted diets.

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Orange and Chia Seed Cake

This is a lovely moist cake which uses whole oranges to give it a beautiful flavour and texture with added sweetness from Pure Stevia Powder and Rice Malt Syrup.

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A small piece is plenty of this sweet delight.

This recipe makes 1 large cake which could easily be split into two smaller loaf tins so that some of it could be frozen and eaten at a later date. To make this cake all of the wet ingredients plus a few extras are placed in one bowl and the dry ones in another.

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Wet ingredients
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Dry ingredients

This cake also uses pure Stevia powder which is quite strong and as each person has a preference for sweet, sweeter or not so sweet some tweeking may be required. This version is quite a sweet cake so if you may wish to cut the Stevia down.

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Just a tiny amount adds a lot of sweetness.

Ingredients:

Place these ingredients into one bowl and mix together.

2 whole Navel oranges chopped and blended-skin left on (Navel oranges are so sweet. Just chop them into smallish pieces and place into the blender until a smooth consistency).

3/4 cup filtered water

4 free range eggs

The equivalent of 1/2 cup of pure stevia. This is equivalent to 24 teaspoons of sugar so l added 24 tiny scoops of the Stevia Powder using the enclosed scooper. If using Stevia granules (Natvia) then add half a cup but be guided by the instructions on your pack.

1/2 cup organic coconut oil gently melted

1/3 cup black chia seeds

1/3 cup rice malt syrup

1/2 teaspoon organic vanilla essence

In another bowl mix:

2 cups blanched almond meal

1/2 cup coconut flour

1/2 teaspoon Bicarbonate Soda (Bob’s Red Mill)

Add the dry ingredients to the wet and mix gently. Pour the mix into a greased and lined cake tin.

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Ready for the oven

Bake in a 180 degree celsius oven until firm to touch and looking golden on the edges. Let the cake cool in the tin.

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Cooling in the tin.

Cut around the edge with a knife to separate it from the tin and gently turn onto a cooling rack. Be careful as this is a very soft and moist cake. An option here if you are eating it immediately is to drizzle the cake with some freshly squeezed orange juice and top it with sliced orange.

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Really delicious when eaten freshly made.

This cake would make a lovely dessert or an afternoon treat. Just a small piece though as most of your diet should be from whole foods.

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The versatility of sweet potato!

Sweet potatoes are versatile, sweet, nutritious and affordable!

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A simple dinner with sweet potato as the centre piece.

Oh, how l love the sweet potato which is also known as kumara or yam. Not much to look at in the shops, but once cooked the flavour is enticing.

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The orange sweet potato is always in my fridge.

Sweet Potato is a good source of complex carbohydrates, dietary fibre and beta carotene, and this root vegetable also has modest amounts of Vitamin C, Iron, Calcium, Vitamin B6 and Magnesium.

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A sweet potato mash with silverbeet, parsley and spring onion adds some colour to this meal.

Since l stopped eating processed sugar l like to include foods which are naturally sweet as part of my everyday diet. The sweet potato is a lovely addition to a meal because of its beautiful sweet taste, soft texture and bright colour. It is extremely easy to cook with and difficult to ruin. I am amazed at the lovely flavour it adds to baked goods such as cakes and pancakes and although l prefer it cooked it can be a good addition raw to a smoothie.

sweet potato noodles with soup
Sweet Potato noodles with soup
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Sweet Potato and Walnut cake.
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A Paleo, gluten, dairy sugar free pancake with grated sweet potato mixed through the batter.
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Raw sweet potato in a juice tastes a lot like carrot and makes it creamy.

I can’t remember when l first ate a sweet potato but it certainly wasn’t until l was an adult. It has some similarities in flavour and colour to the pumpkin but holds together better when cooked and is especially delicious cut into chips. Sweet Potatoes can be bought quite small or enormously large, and the surprising thing is that in my experience the flavour is the same whatever size you buy. They are also available with a red skin and a white flesh and this is one of those times when your taste buds can get very confused as the taste is the same as the orange version. I have to admit here that l have on occasion tricked my children into thinking they were eating normal potato when in fact it was the red sweet potato just to get them to try a new vegetable.

How many ways can one vegetable be used in recipes? 

Here are a few more pictures of how l have used the sweet potato in my cooking:

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Sweet Potato Chips as a snack. Coat them in olive or coconut oil and season before cooking.
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Sweet Potato and vegetable soup. See the main meals section for a soup recipe.
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Sweet potato chips are my favourite.
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Sweet Potato casserole. This has chicken, vegetables, coconut and spices. It cooks in the slow cooker all day and is lovely. The recipe is in the main meals section.
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A gluten free pizza with sweet potato.

I hope you can enjoy the sweet potato as much as l do and make it a regular part of your meals.

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Roasted sweet potato with salmon is delicious here. I roasted it with the skin on and then sliced it before serving.
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Vegetarian lasagna with sweet potato layers.

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Orange and poppy seed cake with whole oranges (gluten and dairyfree)

I am reposting the recipe for this delightful cake as l have had so much wonderful feedback. This is a lovely moist cake which uses whole oranges to give it a beautiful flavour and texture. I don’t normally cook with stevia but l had some in the cupboard and thought it would add a nice sweetness to the cake and used it in conjunction with Rice Malt Syrup which worked well.

2014-07-06 14.04.51
A moist and lovely cake-gluten free/dairy free

This recipe makes 12 cupcakes and 1 whole cake so it could be halved if desired. To make this cake all of the wet ingredients plus a few extras are placed in one bowl and the dry ones in another.

2014-07-06 09.29.10
The wet ingredients plus the poppy seeds

Ingredients:

Place these ingredients into one bowl and mix together.

2 whole Navel oranges chopped and blended-skin left on (Navel oranges are so sweet. Just chop them into smallish pieces and place into the blender until a smooth consistency).

3/4 cup filtered water

4 free range eggs

1/2 cup stevia granules

1/2 cup organic coconut oil gently melted

1/3 cup poppy seeds (more or less depending on your preference)

1/3 cup rice malt syrup

1/2 teaspoon organic vanilla essence

In another bowl mix:

2 cups almond meal

1/2 cup coconut flour

1/2 teaspoon Bicarbonate Soda (Bob’s Red Mill)

Add the dry ingredients to the wet and mix gently. If making cupcakes place spoonfuls into patty pans as below.

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Ready for the oven!

If making a cake pour half the mix into a greased and lined cake tin. Bake both in a 180 degree celsius oven until firm to touch. The cake will take quite a lot longer than the cup cakes.

2014-07-06 10.07.50
A cute cupcake display. Add some orange pieces to compliment the cupcakes.

Let the cake cool in the tin for a few minutes and then place on a cake cooling rack. I drizzled the cake with some fresh orange juice and topped with sliced orange. I admit to having a cupcake and a piece of cake and my preference is for the cake as the extra juice and orange slice really added to the flavour.

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Drizzle the cake with fresh orange juice and freshly sliced Navel orange.

This is a delightful cake and the flavour turned out really delicious and it is a wonderful treat for those of us living on restricted diets.

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Orange and poppy seed cake with whole oranges (gluten and dairyfree)

This is a lovely moist cake which uses whole oranges to give it a beautiful flavour and texture. I don’t normally cook with stevia but l had some in the cupboard and thought it would add a nice sweetness to the cake and used it in conjunction with Rice Malt Syrup which worked well.

2014-07-06 14.04.51
A moist and lovely cake-gluten free/dairy free

This recipe makes 12 cupcakes and 1 cake so it could be halved if desired. To make this cake all of the wet ingredients plus a few extras are placed in one bowl and the dry ones in another.

2014-07-06 09.29.10
The wet ingredients plus the poppy seeds

Ingredients:

Place these ingredients into one bowl and mix together.

2 whole Navel oranges chopped and blended-skin left on (Navel oranges are so sweet. Just chop them into smallish pieces and place into the blender until a smooth consistency).

3/4 cup filtered water

4 free range eggs

1/2 cup stevia granules

1/2 cup organic coconut oil gently melted

1/3 cup poppy seeds (more or less depending on your preference)

1/3 cup rice malt syrup

1/2 teaspoon organic vanilla essence

In another bowl mix:

2 cups almond meal

1/2 cup coconut flour

1/2 teaspoon Bicarbonate Soda (Bob’s Red Mill)

 

Add the dry ingredients to the wet and mix gently. If making cupcakes place spoonfuls into patty pans as below.

2014-07-06 09.35.40
Ready for the oven!

If making a cake pour half the mix into a greased and lined cake tin. Bake both in a 180 degree celsius oven until firm to touch. The cake will take quite a lot longer than the cup cakes.

2014-07-06 10.07.50
A cute cupcake display. Add some orange pieces to compliment the cupcakes.

Let the cake cool in the tin for a few minutes and then place on a cake cooling rack. I drizzled the cake with some fresh orange juice and topped with sliced orange. I admit to having a cupcake and a piece of cake and my preference is for the cake as the extra juice and orange slice really added to the flavour.

2014-07-06 11.01.10
Drizzle the cake with fresh orange juice and freshly sliced Navel orange.

This is a delightful cake and the flavour turned out really delicious and it is a wonderful treat for those of us living on restricted diets.

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