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Green tea with lemon and coconut oil

Start your day with a warming tea that is satisfying, calming, alkalising and filling. An all natural drink that will help support your wellbeing, kick start your metabolism for the day and support the detox systems within your body. Not such an unusual flavour combination once you taste it and the inclusion of the coconut oil helps you to feel energised for hours. A great way to care and nourish your body at the start of a busy day. 

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Simple and quick to make on a busy day.

Ingredients:

A good quality green tea of your choice

Filtered Water

A fresh lemon

One teaspoon Organic Coconut Oil

Your favourite Mug

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Simple and natural ingredients

Fill your mug with freshly boiled filtered water. Place the tea bag in and let it sit for about 5 minutes. Remove the tea bag and add the juice of a small lemon and the coconut oil.

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Adding the lemon using my favourite kitchen gadget.
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Just a small teaspoon of coconut oil.

Gently stir the coconut oil into the drink.

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The coconut oil will slowly melt.
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Stir the drink gently with a spoon until the oil has melted. Sip slowly and enjoy. Once the drink is 2/3’s gone fill the mug with more hot water and enjoy another cup that will still be fragrant but not quite as strong.

This is a really soothing and lovely drink that will sustain you for many hours so you can enjoy a late breakfast and focus on doing other things when the mornings are so busy. Drink this tea mindfully and think about the goodness that is going into your body and plan the day ahead of you.

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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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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Rustic seed bread

A crunchy and crumbly gluten and dairy free bread for those times when nothing else will do. Eat it straight out of the oven or keep it in the freezer and lightly grill for a quick meal.

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A great dipping bread.

This recipes uses whole sunflower and pumpkin seeds which gives a rustic appearance and texture but if you want a more refined loaf you could process these slightly before mixing. The pepitas are extra crunchy and the small pile left on the chopping board after cutting could be saved to pour on top of a salad for some extra crunch.

Ingredients:

3/4 cup Coconut flour

3/4 cup Buckwheat flour

1 cup Almond meal

1/2 cup LSA

1  generous cup of seeds – a mix of whatever you like but l recommend organic sesame seeds, poppy seeds, activated sunflower and pumpkin seeds.

1/4 cup black chia seeds

3 teaspoons gluten free baking powder

4 free range eggs

A generous 1/4 cup organic coconut oil gently melted

Filtered water-approximately 1 cup (you could use almond or oat milk if you can have those)

Method:

Find a suitable baking dish. I have tried this with a small square cake tin or a rectangular loaf tin. Either one is fine. Grease and line the base. Mix all of the dry ingredients together except the chia seeds. Mix together in a separate bowl the eggs, warm coconut oil, 1 cup of water and chia seeds. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients. Mix and add extra water as required. The mix should look moist but not wet.

Put the dough into the baking dish and push down so that the top looks nice and even. Place in a pre-heated 180 degree oven for about one hour or until nice and golden.

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Let it cool for a few minutes in the baking dish

Turn out onto a cooling rack and when cool cut into slices with a serrated knife.

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When you cut the loaf collect the crumbs that fall through the board.

It will hold together better if the slices are thicker (approximately 1.5cm). The crunchy end bits are the best.

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Really crunchy and delicious

The middle bits can be grilled when required to give them some extra crunchiness. You can do this straight from the freezer and then top the bread with your favourite toppings such as avocado and tomato.

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Served here with avocado, tomato, spinach and a veggie burger.

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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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Caramelized Beef Mince and Vegetables

A really delicious combination of tasty vegetables with grass fed beef mince cooked over several hours to produce a lovely caramelized appearance and flavour. The combination of spices, red cabbage, sweet potato and brussel sprouts with beef mince produces a hearty and nutritious dish.

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The most beautiful mince dish!

You can vary the vegetables such as using celery instead of brussel sprouts or celeriac, pumpkin or beetroot instead of sweet potato. The coconut amino sauce is also optional but does add a nice flavour. I don’t eat nightshades so leave it out of mine (white potoatoes, tomato, capsicum, paprika, chili as examples). If you do eat nightshades you could add in some tomato paste but l don’t think it needs it. The main thing is to experiment and adapt the recipe to suit your own needs.

Ingredients:

1kg grass fed beef mince (buy the best quality meat you can).

2 small onions diced

Spices: I used dried ginger, cumin, cinnamon and turmeric (mix these up to suit your tastes).

Seasoning: Pink rock salt and black pepper

Coconut amino sauce (1 tablespoon)

1/4 red cabbage sliced (not green cabbage).

1 largish orange sweet potato grated

6 brussel sprouts sliced

2 tablespoons coconut oil (add just before cooking in the oven).

1 cup of home made bone broth (you can add more as the meat is cooking especially if you are using a pan with a lid).

Method:

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Brown the beef mince in a pan. I didn’t add any fat as there was plenty in the meat.
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Add the diced onion, spices, seasoning & coconut amino sauce.

Add the spices  and seasoning to suit your own personal taste. I used a generous pinch of cinnamon, ginger & turmeric plus 1/2 teaspoon of cumin, 1/2 a teaspoon of pink rock salt & a pinch of black pepper.

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While the meat is browning grate the vegetables. I used a food processor which was super quick.
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Add the grated vegetables and mix well.
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Mix through the bone broth and top with the coconut oil, extra pink rock salt and black pepper.

Bake uncovered in a 180 degree celsius oven for several hours. Turn with tongs every 30 minutes. The vegetables will slowly break down and caramalize while the amazing flavours develop. I served this on its own and it was a complete meal as it was. Add more stock as you turn it if you think it is a bit dry.

Alternate Prep: This dish was prepared in a pan then the oven but if you have a large pan with a lid that will work just as well and you will get a good result.

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Cooking it in a pan can be a bit easier as it needs to be turned quite often, but you need a large fry pan with a lid to do this.

I really love this mince and it is so economical and a great family favourite. It is delicious eaten cold the next day and if you don’t have a large family it will last a few days.

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Raw organic blueberry and coconut tart

This is the most delightful raw tart with an extraordinary colour from the organic blueberries. Completely gluten, dairy and processed sugar free and so simple to make with the aid of your trusty food processor. Keep it in the freezer for those unexpected guests or just to have a slice as the need arises. 

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You need a baking tin with a base that is separate to the edging for this tart so that you can take off the edges, cut the tart and leave it on the base to store. Grease well with coconut oil. I use one with a decorative edge so it gives the tart a nice look.

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Organic blueberries are a must and worth the extra expense. This is one product where buying organic makes sense due to possible contamination.

Base:

In the food processor (chopping blade) place 1 cut of raw activated almonds (or similar), 1 cup of shredded coconut and 8 medjool dates (seeds removed). Process well then place into the greased dish and press down firmly with the back of a spoon.

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A firm base is required.

Filling:

Into the food processor (chopping blade) place:

1 ripe avocado (large)

1 cup of organic blueberries (organic is a must due to possible contamination)

1 cup of raw activated cashews

2 teaspoons of raw honey (More nutrients than regular honey and a lower GI)

1/2 cup shredded coconut

1 teaspoon cinnamon

4 medjool dates (seeds removed)

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Ready to be mixed.
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Process well and watch the colour develop. Mix until smooth.
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Pile it on top of the base and smooth out evenly with a spatula. Place in the freezer to set for a few hours.
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Slice it into pieces and keep in a container so you can quickly grab a piece or keep the whole tart in the freezer for those emergency situations. Decorate with your favourite berries and coconut flakes.

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Raw Mandarin and Coconut Slice

A delightful raw slice made from mostly healthy fats with a hint of mandarin and coconut. Keep this in the freezer and grab a piece when you are on the go or just feel like a completely satisfying snack.

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A delightfully fragrant raw slice.

Ingredients:

2 cups of raw activated almonds

1 cup of organic coconut oil

2 cups of raw activated cashews

3 tablespoons raw organic honey

1/2 cup shredded coconut

The peel of two beautiful fresh in season mandarins.

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So easy to make and the mixture is delicious just like this.

Place the almonds in the food processor with the chopping blade and process until well broken down. Now add the coconut oil and chop it into small pieces or gently melt. The mix should be looking moist now. Process until you can see the mixture looking moist as the fat comes out of the nuts. Now slowly add the cashews and process followed by the rest of the ingredients. Everything should be well broken down and a quick taste test will ensure you have a good balance of ingredients.

Place the mix in a baking dish lined with baking paper. and even out with a spatula. Place in the freezer for about an hour.

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Just lift the firm slice out of the dish by holding onto the edges of the baking paper.

Carefully slice into single serves and place into a suitable container to store in the freezer.

I hope you enjoy this slice which uses whole foods and in season mandarins as the inspiration.

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Green tea with lemon and coconut oil

Start your day with a warming tea that is satisfying, calming, alkalising and filling. An all natural drink that will help support your wellbeing, kick start your metabolism for the day and support the detox systems within your body. Not such an unusual flavour combination once you taste it and the inclusion of the coconut oil helps you to feel energised for hours. A great way to care and nourish your body at the start of a busy day. 

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Simple and quick to make on a busy day.

Ingredients:

A good quality green tea of your choice

Filtered Water

A fresh lemon

One teaspoon Organic Coconut Oil

Your favourite Mug

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Simple and natural ingredients

Fill your mug with freshly boiled filtered water. Place the tea bag in and let it sit for about 5 minutes. Remove the tea bag and add the juice of a small lemon and the coconut oil.

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Adding the lemon using my favourite kitchen gadget.
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Just a small teaspoon of coconut oil.

Gently stir the coconut oil into the drink.

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The coconut oil will slowly melt.
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Stir the drink gently with a spoon until the oil has melted. Sip slowly and enjoy. Once the drink is 2/3’s gone fill the mug with more hot water and enjoy another cup that will still be fragrant but not quite as strong.

This is a really soothing and lovely drink. You will need to be close to a toilet as it does go through your system quite quickly. It keeps me sustained for many hours so l can enjoy a late breakfast and focus on doing other things when the mornings are so busy. Drink this tea mindfully and think about the goodness that is going into your body and plan the day ahead of you.

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Raw Peppermint and Chia Seed Slice.

This is the most amazing raw Paleo treat and my first adventure into the world of peppermint. Imagine the combination of a chunky base, a smooth creamy peppermint flavoured middle and a rich layer of chocolate on top. The combination is decadent yet completely gluten and dairy free. 

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Completely delicious and made from all natural ingredients

A food processor is required for this recipe and if you are super organised you will have soaked you cashews for a few hours in cool water. If not, don’t worry as it just makes the middle section creamier. There are three layers so start at the bottom and just work your way up.

First of all find a suitable pan or baking dish. It can’t be too large or the bottom layer will be very thin. Be guided by how much of the bottom mix you had. I used a smallish square tin and it was perfect. The middle layer is quite high so if you want a smaller middle layer just halve the recipe. Line the tin with baking paper so there is a generous amount above the tin and this is important as when you pour the chocolate layer on top it is very liquid and needs to be held in place.

Bottom Layer

Place into the food processor:

1 cup of raw activated almonds (or similar)

1/2 cup of shredded coconut

2 tablespoons coconut oil (l didn’t melt mine but you could gently do this).

8 medjool dates deseeded.

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Ready to be processed
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Pulse until an even texture is achieved

Place this mix into your pan and press down firmly with the back of a spoon. Make sure the layer is even.

Middle Layer

Into the food processor add:

1 tablespoon black chia seeds

250g raw cashews (soaked or not. It will still work out either way)

1 good sized avocado (skin and seed removed)

1/4 cup shredded coconut

1/2 cup coconut oil

1/2 cup rice malt syrup

1 1/2 ml peppermint oil for a medium flavour or 2 ml for a strong flavour.

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Just real ingredients. I didn’t melt my coconut oil but you could.
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Use peppermint oil made for cooking and not essential oil. This is very important. 
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Mix well until creamy!

Place on top of the bottom layer and spread out evenly.

Top Layer

Into the food processor place:

2 tablespoons of rice malt syrup

2 tablespoons of raw cacao

2 tablespoons of melted coconut oil

1/4 teaspoon vanilla essence

Pinch of sea salt

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Give it a quick mix. Its a bit messy.
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Pour onto the top of the other layers. This is where having enough baking paper is important.

Place into the freezer for several hours. Overnight is best as it is quite thick.

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Getting it out of the tin was a challenge so using a tin with a bit of give worked well as l could move the edges a bit to loosen. I think a ceramic dish would work better though.
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Slice into small pieces and serve some and freeze the rest. It makes an enormous number of portions and great to keep in the freezer as a go to snack. 
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Imagine serving this to your friends or family. They will think you are so clever.

The three layers work together so well and eating a treat that is made of all natural and whole foods is such a joy.

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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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Avocado and Chia seed slice.

How about this for a wild flavour combination! The creaminess and goodness of natural avocado with the highly nutritious and texture laden chia seeds. A raw and frozen, high healthy fat snack with a natural sugar kick of raw honey. So simple to make in the food processor and completely made of Whole Foods and completely gluten & dairy free. 

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A creamy and delicious snack

Ingredients:

2 cups nuts (activated almonds or similar)

1 cup raw cashews

1/2 cup coconut flakes or shredded coconut

1 large or 2 small avocados

3 tablespoons raw honey

1 cup coconut oil

1/4 cup chia seeds.

Place all ingredients in the blender and process until smooth and creamy.

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I processed a few of the ingredients and then added some more. This will depend on the power of your food processor.
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The coconut oil can be added as a liquid which will help it blend quicker.
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Place into a baking dish lined with paper and smooth out evenly with a spatula. Place in the freezer until firm.
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Remove from the baking dish by lifting the edges of the paper.
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Slice into pieces using a sharp knife.

Return the slice to the freezer and have as desired. The whole process is quick and having these snacks in the freezer is so handy.

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A food processor is a wonderful resource to have in a Paleo kitchen.

I hope you enjoy this raw treat. Eat it mindfully and share the recipe with a friend so that we can spread the wellness message.

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