Have you noticed before how expensive a little squished together bar of fruit and nuts can be? Most energy bars cost around £1 and more which is kind of crazy when you can make them at home, have some productive feeling and save money at the same time.
Energy bars are not normally my go to snack since they are usually made with large amounts of dried fruit and lots of nuts, but some times they are a handy emergency snack, especially when you know whats in them.
I recently did the elimination diet and needed a treat that was free of a lot of things - I replicated the Pecan nut bar from Nakd which is made with Made with Dates (52%), Pecans (28%), Almonds (20%). it worked a treat and kept me sane on my camping trip.
Because I quite like the Bulletproof coffee regime I was looking at what else I could do with the decaf beans I still had. I have been...
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Have you heard of the most natural of all zero calorie sweeteners - Stevia?
If you are already using it you'll be familiar with the fact that it is very efficient and that it takes a little practice to get the amounts right when sweetening drinks, desserts and cakes.
Yes I generally advocate to make your own treats due to the fact that commercially produced product so often have ingredients that are suboptimal for anyone who cares about their health. you'll notice how my recipes on this blog have evolved with my personal dietary needs at first I was low fat fanatic, then I realised that fat is the only thing that satisfies my body and my mind, then I went gluten free and recently I also tried egg, dairy and cocoa free.
We should always keep paying careful attention to the full list of ingredients of all packaged products, the longer the list and the stranger the words, the bigger the...
Another great option for having cake whilst on an elimination diet. I love how the butternut squash give the lovely orange colour, moisture and volume to the cake. The cinnamon with the cardamom give the muffins a aromatic spicy note without being over powering.
These free from -Butternut squash cinnamon cardamom muffins are great for breakfast, on the go or as a snack treat after the gym.
Makes: 5 muffins or a small one piece cake
Prep time: 25min-2hours in (depending on whether you have to bake the butternut squash first)
Cooking: 30min at 180 degree celsius pre heated oven (middle shelf)
Cooling time: 60min
80g Coconut flour
42g Almond flour
9g Baking powder
1/2 tsp Cinnamon
couple drops of vanilla essence - optional
1 tsp Xanthan Gum (works also without)
90g Coconut oil
225g Cooked Butternut squash
1 medium finely chopped apple
1-2 knife-tips Stevia-sweet 90% powder dissolved in 1 table spoons hot water
Note: getting the sweetness to the desired level is a matter of trial and error, the best thing is to start with a smaller amount of whatever Stevia you...
Delicious way to indulge in the lavender that decorated your garden so far. All you need to do is collect the flower heads and take them of the main stem so you are just left with the loose purple bits.
I have combined the lavender with lemon in this cake which is free of eggs, dairy, cocoa, gluten and sugar, so essentially vegan. My current elimination diet is going well and I love how it challenges my food choices and make me explore new ways of cooking/ baking.
You may worry that the cake will take like soap - it won't. I visited Jersey lavender farm a few years back and their cafe has lots of nice food using lavender. The plants I have in my garden now are actually from there. They thought my soil might not be suitable for the plants but they are doing really well, they have grown from small pots to huge bushy plants.
Makes: 11 8.5x4.5 mini loafs...
This moist sumptuous raspberry lemon cake is free of eggs, dairy, cocoa, gluten and sugar, so essentially vegan. I had to find a way to have cake on the mind body garden day event I was running last weekend. I am currently on an elimination diet do resolve my very long standing snotty nose and mucus production.
If you have been looking at my recipes before you know I have been gluten and sugar free for quite some time- the really hard thing was giving up cocoa, cream and butter- I really like those - a lot.
Eggs are hard to give up because they seem so essential for so many recipes. I was glad that I managed to find inspiration for this recipe, I have made it 3 times in the last week, one trial one real deal for the event and then another just because I like the marzipan like texture and the zestiness.
If you are are worried about baking...
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