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Gluten, sugar and dairy free these are not; thrifty they are! If you've had it up to the eye balls with Christmas cake by the end of the silly season try making these chocolate-y truffles... they're tipsy, rich and perfect with a cup of tea.
Ingredients (makes about 20 small truffles)
300 g dark, moist Christmas cake cut into cubes
2 Tbsp cocoa
finely grated rind of 1 orange
Baking with unusual whole grain flours and unrefined sugars is not only great for your health: it's also a great way to add depth and flavour to cakes, biscuits and pastries. Amaranth flour has a sweet hay-like aroma that nicely complements the strong spices and various sweeteners in this moist pear cake. It's also high in protein, lysine and fibre, so you can have your cake and eat it too!
Turn over-ripe bananas into a delicious organic banana bread
Almost everybody appreciates a slice of good banana bread! Toasted or untoasted, slathered with butter or ricotta- and perhaps drizzled with a little honey and a dusting of cinnamon...
This version uses natural ingredients to enhance the flavour and nutritional value of a sweet that is often made with refined ingredients. Spelt is a delicious, complex and slightly
Vegan, Gluten Free
Make your own organic strawberry jam
Strawberries are a delicate and relatively expensive fruit but so delicious and rosily pretty they're hard to resist at this time of year! If you ever find yourself with a glut try making your own jam- it's really very easy if you make a small quantity, and even this recipe is easily halved. Bear in mind that your fruit must be perfect- you need to get those strawberries into the pot
Raw, Vegan, Gluten Free
Organic avocado makes a silky, rich chocolate mousse
Crazy as it may sound this recipe uses perfectly ripe avocados as the base of an incredible, creamy chocolate mousse. A heavy dose of cocoa and a hint of vanilla cover up the taste: it's all about the texture! Serve with berries for an elegant and not-so-very-naughty indulgence.
As far as fruits go the avocado has a relatively high oil content, which is why it makes such a delicious mousse. But it contains good,
Vegan, Dairy free
Chocolate + soy + spice
Here's a hot chocolate with a twist! Aromatic with spices, rich with cocoa powder, sweetened with a little sugar and made with Bonsoy it's certain to warm you up. Tweak this recipe to suit your tastes... mix up the spices, adjust the sweetness to your taste and use your favourite milk. Enjoy!
Ingredients (makes 2 servings)
1 cinnamon quill
1 star anise
Rich, rustic scones with an organic twist
Chilly afternoons are just perfect for tea and scones. Turn on the oven, boil the kettle and warm up as you let your fingertips do all the work- it's very important not to heat the butter (even with your hands) if you want perfectly light scones! These use spelt flour with a hint of buckwheat, giving them a uniquely nutty flavour. Serve with your favourite jam: plum works a treat if you can't decide.
Delicious organic alternatives to refined sugars
Once upon a time sweet foods were something special. These days refined sugars (including fructose, glucose, maltose and corn syrup etc.) are all too common an ingredient, being added to everything from pasta sauce to salad dressing. On top of being used excessively as a sweetener sugars are used to preserve foods, enhance texture and as seasoning. Far from nourishing us refined sugars have a detrimental effect on our bodies, having been stripped of any nutritional virtue through intensive processing.
What's more, refined sugar doesn't even taste particularly good: it's sweet and that's it. There are numerous other sweeteners- complex, flavourful and nutritious- that can be
Raw, Vegan, Gluten Free
Minimise packaging with D.I.Y. raw energy bars
For lunchboxes, mid-morning pick-me-ups and even desert these fudge-like treats are indulgent with a nutritious edge. Soaking the nuts is an optional step, but it helps deactivate enzymes which inhibit digestion. These will keep in the freezer for about 2 months.
Ingredients (makes about 8 bars)
100 g mixed raw almonds and hazelnuts
50 g raw cashews
35 g dessicated shredded coconut
3 Tbsp coconut
These organic brownies are rich in more ways than one!
The brief was to create a brownie that delivered a healthy dose of magnesium for somebody whose busy lifestyle often leaves them in need of a nutritional / morale boost. These squares of chocolate goodness were the happy result!
Nuts, beans, molasses and, of course, chocolate are all magnesium rich foods so into the mixing bowl went cashews, adzuki beans, blackstrap molasses, dark chocolate and cocoa. Consequently there's not a lot of room for