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Banana, date & ginger loaf (Gluten, sugar and wheat free)

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im_yorkshire_teaNow then…ay up duck. We British love a nice cuppa tea. In fact I enjoyed a TV documentary by our treasure Victoria Wood last eve, relative to our love of tea. I myself am partial to a cup of Yorkshire tea, you just can’t beat it. Strong, sturdy, rich in flavour and warming to the core, when its all a bit parky out there. Ahh now then, that’s much better.

Now then, tells me, what is the best way to enjoy a nice cuppa?… Why with some tea loaf silly. Now then, sup up and don’t forgo this delightful tea encounter with just another tea loaf! Why spoil your afternoon tea break with something bought direct from the store which contains more preservatives, additives and sugar than I care to list? By ‘ek no lad! Enjoy a slice of my delightfully delicious gluten, sugar and wheat free loaf instead. It will fill that space and give you a feeling of satisfaction from this simple, fresh and real treat!

Ingredients

  • 1 Banana
  • 4 Eggs
  • 10 dates (stoned)
  • 2″ ginger cube
  • 4 oz Almond flour
  • Chopped alomds for sprinkling

Directions

  • Preheat fan assisted oven to 200°c.
  • In a jug blender mix the eggs, banana, dates and ginger.
  • Pour into mixing bowl and fold in the almond flour to the blended mixture.
  • Butter two mini loaf tins.
  • Pour in the mixture. Sprinkle the top with chopped almonds.
  • Place in the middle of oven for 20 minutes.
  • Remove and tip out of tins, placing on a drying rack.
  • Slice…indulge…enjoy!

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‘Deeply dippy’ Almohaze dip

almond-butter-with-applesI am rather fond of a bit of almond and hazelnut butter. In fact the other morning I had it for my breakfast and it was just what my body was craving.

I put 1 tsp of each in a small bowl mixed with 1 tsp of  mixed seeds and blended together. I Chopped a golden delicious apple and happily dipped away.

The perfect combination of savory and sweet, giving me a good combination of readily released and slow release energy to last till my next meal.

Depending on how many are sharing this tasty dip (which can also be used as a satay to accompany grilled chicken) changes to the quantities are required…as you are probably quite aware. I have made this for one portion so go with your hunger and number sharing.

Recipe

1 tsp Almond butter

1tsp Hazelnut butter

1tsp mixed seeds

Directions

Scoop into a bowl, mix together, serve up alongside slices of your chosen apple, dip, enjoy!

You may also feel like Chopping up some celery stalks to dip in, or even use the leaves of an endive as a scoop.

Enjoy dippykins! JL x

Coco, pear and sesame slice

20121127-131411.jpgOh joy! Spontaneity never tasted so good and in such a short space of time. Feeling a little fruity I had the time and the brainwave to make a fruity slice cake using my favourite gluten free, primal friendly ingredients.

Oh what a pear! I have taken to refrigerating mine and eating them whilst they are still firm. I find the sugar is not quite as refined and the flavour is fresher and cleaner…more crisp. This food is very low in Saturated Fat, Cholesterol and Sodium. It is also a good source of Vitamin C, and a very good source of Dietary Fiber. A large portion of the calories in this food come from sugars; however, since I am using pear as an alternative to sugar, I can be forgiven for having it in this yummers recipe.

On we move to a lovely little ingredient with many a health benefit. The sesame seed. It is one of the first oil seeds known to humankind; they are used in culinary as well as in traditional medicines due to their nutritive, preventive, and curative properties. It is a sources of phyto-nutrients such as omega-6 fatty acids, flavonoid phenolic anti-oxidants, vitamins and dietary fiber with potent anti-cancer as well as health promoting properties. Awesome!

Ingredients

  • 2.5 cups Almond flour
  • 1 cup Dessicated coconut
  • 1/5 cup Sesame seeds
  • 2 Eggs (whisked)
  • 1″ knob butter
  • 1 Comice pear (chopped into small chunks)

Directions

  • pre-heat fan assisted oven to 170°c
  • Measure and mix all dry ingredients in a mixing bowl.
  • Rub in the butter, then fold and mix in the whisked egg.
  • Add the chopped pear, mix well.
  • Pour into a butter greased baking tray (mine is a small shallow 10cm dia.)
  • Place on the middle shelf of the pre-heated oven for 15-20 minutes until a lovely golden colour. Tap the centre and if ‘hollow’ tip out onto a drying rack.
  • Slice and enjoy!

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Storage: Can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days (Warning: it may not last that long as it tastes so moreish).

Enjoy Munchykins! x

pro-balls mark II

Not a million miles away from the first recipe, however I have used almond butter instead of peanut butter as it has much more beneficial qualities.

If you are feeling like making this a real treat add a handful of dark chocolate chips to the mixture.

Pro-balls Mark II

5 oz Almond butter

2oz Desicated coconut

1.5oz Mixed seeds

Further desicated coconut to coat

Directions

Measure all of the ingredients and add to a bowl. Mix first with a fork then with clean hands until thoroughly mixed.

Taking a teaspoon of mixture, roll into a ball, dust with coconut and place into a storage jar or container.

Depending on the size of each ball, you should get around 20 of these delicious treats from the mixture.

Store in the fridge and enjoy as a space filler, post workout snack or just because!

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Enjoy munchykins! X

Munch Brunch Bunch! (Primal)

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Sunday, Sunday, here again in tidy attire. You read the color supplement, the TV guide…You dream of protein on a plate, regret you left it quite so late, to gather the family round the table to eat enough to sleep…Oh, the Sunday sleep. ~ Blur

 

Ah, that Sunday feeling…no alarm clock, wake up with the natural daylight and allow yourself to steal away some time to read the paper or your book curled up in bed! Sounds good, no? Today was a great start, woke up with my own body clock (not the screaming electronic clock), FaceTime with my brother and the twins in Oz (ready for bed in their jim jams, utterly adorable), decent swim at the pool (warm up, intervals, sprints), then back home to make a right royal brunch (YUMMERS)!

I know, eggs, salmon and bread are rather commonplace on most brunch menus, however I thought I would add this delightful recipe using my own Primal/gluten free twist.

Smoked Salmon Scramble (serves 2)

Ingredients

Directions

  • I used a 10cm dia. cooks ring as a mold for my dish
  • Firstly, lay the thin slices of loaf (3 small slices was ample) and cut out using the cooks ring for your round base
  • Splash with extra virgin olive oil
  • Chop the smoked salmon into pieces and then add to the mold
  • Whisk the eggs, add the chopped chives and add some black pepper to taste
  • Heat your frying pan over medium heat add a generous knob of butter
  • Once the butter is melted add the egg and continuously stir till roughly half is scrambled
  • Remove from heat and keep stirring till an even scrambled consistency
  • Add to your dish on top of the salmon
  • Remove the cooks ring mold, add some leafy greens and another splash of the E.V.Olive oil, slice right through all layers, pop in your mouth, close your eyes and enjoy the deliciousness! Ah…it really tastes good!

Enjoy Brunchykins! JL x

Apple and Cinnamon Loaf (Primal)

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Whilst making my bread mixture today I had a brainwave…instead of making two simple loaves why not make one normal and one fruity loaf! GENIUS! I know, no need to applaud just yet!

I have been toying with making an apple cake/loaf for a few days now, and today was my chance to try it out. Success it was and I have it on good authority (mum, again) that it tastes good, moist, just sweet enough and rather delicious with your cup of tea or coffee of a morning or afternoon!

I could and probably would normally use cooking apples but all I had to hand was a rosy apple, so I used that. It was really very simple to make and here is the recipe:

Apple and Cinnamon Loaf

Ingredients

  • 4 oz Almond flour
  • 1.5 oz Milled flaxseed
  • 1.5 oz Mixed seeds
  • 1 oz Chopped nuts
  • 1.5 oz Organic unsalted butter
  • 3 Eggs
  • 1 Red apple (pink lady should do the sweet thing)
  • 2 Tsp cinnamon powder
  • 1 Tsp vanilla essence

Directions

  • Pre-heat a fan assisted oven to 170°c
  • Chop the apple into small pieces and put to one side leaving several slices to decorate the top if you like
  • Measure all of the dry ingredients and mix into a bowl
  • Measure and rub in the butter
  • Whisk and add the eggs
  • Measure and add the vanilla and cinnamon
  • Butter a loaf or cake tin
  • Add half of the mixture to the tin, spread and even out
  • Add the chopped apple to the central part leaving a small area around the outside
  • Add the remainder of the mixture on top of the apple pieces and using a fork spread and flatten
  • Add the slices of apple for decoration
  • Place on the top shelf for 15-20 min or until risen and golden in colour and hollow to the tap
  • Tip out, allow to cool on a rack and then sit down to a generous slice and enjoy!!!

P.s…I made two small loaves…so if you feel it needs more time, test with a skewer in the centre after 15 minutes and decide for yourselves!

Yummers! Enjoy cakeykins! JL x

Kate’s NO-oatmeal (Primal)

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Some think of the primal diet and their first thoughts are MEAT! Meat for breakfast, lunch and dinner! They think it is primarily the diet for carnivorous beasts who sit and rip chunks out of chicken with their teeth!

I just wanted to put the record straight…as much as living primarily involves eating a decent proportion of protein, you don’t have to obtain it all from animal sources (even though it is the most readily used source of protein by the body). Nuts and seeds also provide us with some excellent nutritional benefits, including proteins, vitamins, minerals and good fats.

Kate’s no-oatmeal recipe

Code: d.sp (dessert spoon)

1 d.sp chopped mixed nuts
1 d.sp mixed seeds
1 d.sp milled flaxseed
1 d.sp desiccated coconut
Small handful of your choice of nuts (as desired)
Almond milk (warmed on stove, or cold as preferred)
Handful of berries. Blueberries work wonderfully. I have also tried with a few strawberries and blackberries, crushed them, then added to my cold alm0nd milk for a twist.

Mix all of the ingredients together, add the milk, add berries and enjoy! You can add more or less of the dry ingredients depending on preference and hunger!

Enjoy munchykins x

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