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Sweet Potato chips with sesame seeds

One of my favourite vegetables is sweet potato. The sweet part of the title is well deserved because it is literally bursting with natural sweetness that adds a special flavour and colour to your meals. This version of sweet potato chips uses the crunchiness of sesame seeds to create a flavour variation on the traditional chip recipe.

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Yum! Eat on their own or as part of your meal.

Sweet potato is so easy to prepare and cook. I love it baked as the natural sweetness comes out. You can use any size sweet potato for this recipe. Leaving the skin on is a personal choice. If your sweet potato is smooth skinned without black marks or holes l would just wash it and leave the skin on. Sometimes though the skin doesn’t look so nice and l peel the sweet potato in these instances.

Chop your sweet potato into chips that are really long or shorter ones, chunky or thin. It really is up to you. Thinner ones will cook quicker and will have more of a crispy feel to them. Place the chips in a bowl and add a decent dose of seasoning (a good salt and black pepper), drizzle with a decent dose of oil (olive oil or coconut oil) and a generous sprinkle of sesame seeds (don’t be stingy with these). Pre-heat your oven to around 180 degrees celcius. You know your oven the best.

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Place on a baking tray lined with baking paper. Try to spread them out and maybe use two trays if you are making a big batch.

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Bake until they look delicious.

Your kitchen will be smelling lovely right about now! Enjoy!

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Raw Cherry and Coconut Slice

A divine combination of sweet cherries, coconut and chocolate in this raw, dairy and gluten free slice. Mix it up and use a combination of cherries and raspberries for added colour and flavour.

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This version has a mixture of frozen cherries and raspberries in it. Amazing colour. I also left the coconut off the top. 

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A crunchy top layer and a melt in your mouth cherry base.

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Roughly chop your cherries.

Ingredients: (Base)

1 generous cup of fresh or frozen cherries (seeds removed). (Try 1/2 cherries & 1/2 raspberries)

1 cup organic coconut oil

1 cup of raw activated almonds

A pinch of sea salt

1/3 cup rice malt syrup (or similar liquid sugar)

1 cup organic coconut flakes

1/2 cup chia seeds

Directions:

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Add each ingredient into the food processor with the chopping blade

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Pulse gently until roughly combined. A gorgeous colour.

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Ready for the top layer.

Combine the base ingredients in a food processor and roughly process only as this is quite a chunky slice. Place in a small baking dish which is lined with baking paper and smooth with a spatula. Leave enough paper so it is hanging over the edges as this can be used to remove the slice when set.

The top layer: Combine in a saucepan 1 tablespoon raw cacao, 1/2 cup coconut oil and 2 tablespoons maple syrup. Heat gently and stir. Remove from heat when melted and combined.

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Don’t over heat. Just a gentle softening of the ingredients is all that is required. In very hot weather the coconut oil may already be a liquid.

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Pour the liquid mixture over the base and top with extra coconut flakes.

Place the slice into the freezer until set. Remove from the freezer and slice.

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Frozen and ready to slice.

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Tasting time.

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This version has both cherries and raspberries. Lots of colour and a bit more of a zingy flavour.

This slice can be eaten straight away or stored in the freezer in an airtight container. Enjoy!

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Pineapple and Cinnamon Cake

A delightful cake with a sensational flavour. Use seasonal pineapple for a natural sweetness in this gluten and dairy free cake. Eat when warm just out of the oven and taste the richness of cinnamon, the golden flaked almonds and a super soft texture from the blanched almond meal.

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Ingredients:

2 cups of finely diced fresh pineapple

2 cups blanched almond meal

1/4 cup organic coconut flour

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

1/3 cup organic coconut oil

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

1 teaspoon organic cinnamon

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

Flaked almonds for the top of the cake

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Start with a fresh pineapple and slice the skin off.

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Remove the core and finely slice.

Place the pineapple, honey, coconut oil and cinnamon in a saucepan and gently heat. Stir well.

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A gentle heat is all that is required.

Add to the rest of the ingredients and mix.

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Add the heated ingredients to the rest of the mixture.

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Place in a greased and lined loaf pan. I grease the tin with coconut oil. Sprinkle a generous layer of flaked almonds on top.

Bake in a 180 degree celsius oven until cooked through and golden.

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Remove from the oven and use a knife to separate the cake from the tin.

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Turn onto a cooling rack.

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Carefully slice with a serrated knife.

This is a gorgeous cake eaten warm. The pineapple has a most gorgeous flavour and the cake is lovely and soft. Freeze any portions that are not eaten. I wrap them individually with cling wrap and place in an airtight container. Place in your lunch box for a delicious snack during the day.

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Chocolate, nut and seed slice

Delectable, delicious and sure to make you drool until you have the first bite then feel completely satisfied knowing that it is made with natural, wholesome and healthy ingredients. An indulgent raw and gluten free slice that can be kept in the freezer for those moments when a chocolate urge is present in what is otherwise a wholefoods based diet. Experiment with adapting the recipe to suit your own needs and likes which is part of the fun of being creative in the kitchen.

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A chocolate raw sweet treat.

Ingredients:

1/2 cup rice malt syrup (You could use honey or medjool dates as another option here if you want it sweeter).

2 tablespoons raw cacao powder

1/2 cup organic coconut oil

1/2 cup nut butter-any variety (l just made my own by processing some almonds in the food processor)

2 generous pinches of sea salt

1 1/2 cup raw activated nuts -any variety but l used almonds

1/2 cup coconut flakes

1/4 cup chia seeds

1 teaspoon cinnamon

2 vanilla bean pods (scraped) or 1/2 teaspoon vanilla essence

1/2 cup sesame seeds

This recipe contains lots of ingredients and most can be substituted for something else or left out possibly if you don’t have it in the pantry. Experimentation is at the core of creativity so just go with what you have and have a taste along the way.

Gently melt the rice malt syrup and coconut oil and put to the side. Place the nuts into the food processor and pulse until broken into pieces. Add the rest of the dry ingredients and pulse to mix and then add the liquid. You can do this final step in the food processor or transfer to a bowl to gently mix.

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Place the mixture into a baking dish lined with baking paper and smooth with a spatula. Place into the fridge or freezer to firm up. About one hour should be adequate.

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Remove from the fridge or freezer and gently slice using a sharp knife. The size of the pieces is up to you!

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After slicing you can place it back into the freezer to firm up a bit more or transfer to an airtight container for storage.

I like to make a treat on the weekend and then keep it in the freezer to have as required. I try to just have wholefoods during the week but if l am at work l often pack a slice or cake into my lunchbox as an energy pick me up during the day. This is a lovely chocolate slice filled with dense energy, anti-oxidants, healthy fats and lots of flavour. Enjoy!

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