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No-Bake Spiced Carrot Cake with Whipped Coconut Icing

raw carrot cakeHaving just polished off the last of this cake (with a little help) this afternoon, I can confirm that it is not only delicious, but nutritious – awesome! It contains a whole world of goodness, is simple to put together, and you don’t even need to bake it! Too good. It makes the perfect little snack with a cup of tea as it combines some lovely protein from the walnuts and almonds, some high quality fat from the nuts again as well as the coconut, some fabulous vitamin A, C and fibre with the carrot, and is naturally sweetened with dates, which are also high in fibre and potassium. So let’s jump right in.

I have presented it as a layer cake, but you could just as easily set it in any dish you like, and have more of a slice style cake. Alternatively, this mix would also make great bliss balls for something different, just shape into balls and roll in desiccated coconut.

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Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Vegan, Grain Free // Makes one small 15cm layer cake, or a larger single layer cake

1/2 cup walnuts

1/4 cup desiccated coconut

1/2 cup almond meal

1 generous cup of grated carrot (about one large carrot)

1/2 cup (about 5) medjool dates, pitted

1/4 tsp ground nutmeg

1/4 tsp ground ginger

1/2 tsp ground cinnamon

For the Icing:

1 400g tin coconut cream (unsweetened, no added emulsifiers)

The zest of 1 orange

1/2 tsp vanilla extract

Place the walnuts, coconut and almond meal into  food processor and process until they form a small crumb.

Add all other ingredients and process until dates are well incorporated.

Press into a tin or dish of your choice lined with baking paper.

To make the icing, place the tin of coconut milk in the fridge …

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Book plate giveaway, how to make kefir, and why fermented beverages are your new best friend!

Screen Shot 2014-06-18 at 4.20.36 pm Dear wonderful readers,

Today I want to share with your the second part of the fermenting series – fermented beverages! This is a subject close to my heart, and as some of you already know I have a book out that is all about the magic and fabulousness of these probiotic wonders. Very excited! I absolutely loved researching, writing and creating the recipes for it, and am so excited to share it with you all. I learned so much more about gut bacteria, and uncovered awesome research on fermented beverages, and their positive health benefits, so I really hope you love it. For now I’m sharing one of the recipes. I’m also giving away a personally signed book plate to the first 100 people who pre-order my book. This is a label that I will inscribe and send out to you, so that you can place it in your book when it arrives! All you have to do is send your proof of purchase to fermentedbeverages@gmail.com, and we will organise a book plate to be sent out to you with your desired message. Yay!! gingerlemon kefir Now, onto some drinks! Fermented and cultured beverages are absolute powerhouses of nutrition. Not only are they loaded with their own vitamins, minerals and enzymes, they provide a plethora of health benefits. Most noted for their positive effects on the digestive system, they work to promote an optimal balance of bacteria in the gut.

Healthy gut bacteria is essential to the health of the whole body, and unfortunately many of our dietary and lifestyle habits such as sugar, caffeine, processed foods, toxins and stress are harmful to these precious bacteria. Fermented drinks work to maintain, protect and nourish our intestinal cells, and can also alleviate common digestive conditions.

Fermented beverages encourage a strong immune system …

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Eating a Rainbow

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I don’t know about you, but I LOVE the idea of imagining people feasting on a rainbow. For some reason it reminds me of that room in Willy Wonka’s factory where you could lick the fruit wallpaper… How cool would it be rocking up to a summer pot luck picnic and producing an entire rainbow from your basket like a magician?! Anyway, in my head you would eat this magical rainbow, and then be infused with it’s powers. Just like eating a rainbow of vegetables and fruit really? If you break down the job that vitamins and minerals perform in the body, that is pretty magical!

Nutrition groups have adopted the initiative, and ordinarily this concept is marketed at kids, which is wonderful, but adults need it too! Each colour represents different phytonutrients that nourish our bodies, protect against disease and promote health. Phytonutrients are naturally occurring compounds that are found in plants, giving them their colour, and helping to protect the plant from environmental factors like UV and insect attacks. The great thing is, when we eat the plants, we can glean their benefits too. I have written a very brief list below of various colours, the phytonutrients that go with them, the foods where they can be found, and some of their main roles in the body.

Red – lycopene – (berries, red pepper/capsicum, tomatoes, watermelon, pink grapefruit) – contribute to heart heath and reducing inflammation and oxidation.

Orange/Yellow - carotenoids/betacarotene (pumpkin, sweet potato, mango, apricot, corn, carrot, orange, lemon, pineapple, squash) – boosts immunity.

Green – lutein & indoles (broccoli, cabbage, kale, chard, cauliflower, brussels sprouts, avocado, cucumbers, zucchini, green apples, kiwi, green pepper/capsicum) –  antioxidant, protect eyes.

White – sulfur & allicin – (onion, garlic, leek) – helps to fight disease and aids detoxification.

Purple/blue – …

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Double Chocolate Ice-Cream Sandwich Biscuits

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It has been a little quiet around here lately – I have been working hard on some new projects and can’t WAIT to share some awesome new things with you all!! It all got a bit too much the other day, so I made these biscuits. These are some pretty awesome biscuits, delicious day fixers in fact! You are welcome to enjoy them straight up, but if you need next level excitement (and let’s face it, who doesn’t?) then you can sandwich them around a cheeky layer of ice-cream. So if you’re having a day when you can’t decide if the moment your drink bottle exploded over the inside of your bag, or noticing the dribbled toothpaste on your shirt half way through the day was the greatest moment, make these. And then eat them!

I have made them gluten free, and they are easily adaptable to dairy free and egg free if needed.

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DOUBLE CHOCOLATE SUNFLOWER BISCUITS

Makes around 14

½ cup ground sunflower seeds – blitz in a blender or food processor (you can also use any other nut/meal)

½ cup raw cacao or dutch cocoa powder

½ cup brown rice flour

¼ cup cornflour (corn starch)

1 tsp baking powder

1 tsp ground cinnamon

A good pinch of fine sea salt

½ cup chopped almonds (or extra sunflower seeds or activated buckwheat if you’re nut free)

1/4 – ½ cup good quality dark chocolate

 

½ cup maple syrup

¼ cup melted butter / ghee / coconut oil

1 egg (or 1 tbs chia seeds soaked in 3 tbs water if egg free – but it will be more crumbly)

1 tsp vanilla extract

 

For the Ice-Cream {ice-cream adapted from the lovely Danijela of HealthyAlways Instagram greatness!}

4 ripe bananas

2-3 tbs cacao powder

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