These deliciously 'clean' breakfast cookies are wholesome make-ahead treats packed with oats, hazelnuts, emmer flour, flaxseed, almond butter, chocolate chips and lightly sweetened with maple syrup. Emmer flour can be substituted with oat flour or gluten-free flour mix to make this recipe gluten-free. Pour a glass of coconut milk, or brew a pot of steaming hot tea and enjoy!
- Preheat oven to 190C/375F. Line baking sheets with parchment paper. Mix the hazelnut meal, flaxseed meal, rolled oats, emmer flour, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon until thoroughly combined.
- Combine the almond butter, flaxseed oil, maple syrup, mashed banana, egg, and vanilla extract in a blender and process a few seconds until well blended.
- Transfer the almond butter mixture to a large bowl and fold in the raisins and chocolate chips. Mix the oat nut mixture into the almond butter mixture. The dough will be thick.
- Scoop up heaping teaspoons of dough and form into balls. Place the dough balls onto the prepared baking sheets, about 2 inches apart.
- Bake in the preheated oven until lightly browned, 8 to 10 minutes. Remove from oven and flatten the cookies with a spatula. Allow to cool for about 5 minutes on the baking sheets before removing to finish cooling on wire racks.
The flavours of almond milk, coconut, raisin and poppy seed pair nicely in these jumbo spelt muffins, that are sweetened with erythritol and coconut sugar. Feel free to substitute spelt flour with the regular wheat flour.
Erythritol is a sugar substitute that looks and tastes like sugar, yet has almost no calories. It is available in both granulated and powdered forms. It is approximately 70% as sweet as sucrose and is safe for people with diabetes.
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- Place almond milk, coconut sugar, erythritol, lemon zest, cinnamon, coconut oil, ground poppy seeds, coconut flakes in a saucepan. Bring it to a simmer. Cover and set aside for 30 minutes. Stir in raisins. Preheat the oven to 190C/375F.
- Whisk together flours, baking soda, coconut sugar, erythritol and salt in a mixing bowl. In another bowl, whisk together olive oil, eggs and kefir until well combined.
- Make a well in the flour mixture and pour in the egg mixture. Mix until just incorporated. Divide half of the batter into 6 jumbo muffin cups or 10 regular ones. Fill each muffin with 1 tablespoon of poppy mixture. Save the rest of the filling for other recipes. Now cover them with the rest of batter.
- Bake the muffins in the middle of the hot oven for 30 minutes if using the jumbo muffin pan, and 20 minutes for a regular one, until nicely golden brown.
A light, crunchy and refreshing coleslaw made with red cabbage, leek, cranberries and pine nuts, tossed with a simple yet great Balsamic vinaigrette. It is a perfect accompaniment to almost any hearty meat dish.
Marinated Red Cabbage Slaw with Pine Nuts and Leekadapted from Taste
- Combine cabbage, onion, pomegranate seeds, leek, cranberries, coconut sugar, balsamic vinegar and olive oil in a bowl. Cover and chill for 3 hours or overnight to marinate.
- When ready to serve, add in toasted pine nuts. Season and toss to combine.
These tender, moist spelt scones are richly flavoured with warming winter spices, coconut sugar and molasses. They are delicious warm out of the oven and super quick to prepare and ready in less than 30 minutes. Perfect for snacking, afternoon tea and breakfast.
Gingerbread Spelt Sconesadapted from taste of home
- Preheat oven to 200C/400F. In a large bowl, whisk the flours, coconut sugar, baking soda, baking powder, spices and salt together. Cut in butter until mixture resembles coarse crumbs.
- In another bowl, whisk molasses, buttermilk and egg yolk until blended. Stir into crumb mixture just until moistened.
- Turn onto a lightly floured surface and knead gently 6-8 times. Pat into an 8-in. circle. Cut into 8 wedges. Place wedges 1 in. apart on a baking paper lined baking tray.
- In a small bowl, beat egg white until frothy and brush over scones. Sprinkle with sugar. Bake 12-15 minutes or until golden brown.
These jam-filled Linzer cookies satisfy the sweet craving and just happen to be healthy because of the use of wholegrain einkorn flour and stevia-sweetened jam. The Linzer cookie, originated in the city of Linz, is based on the Linzertorte, one of the most famous and beloved holiday classics in Austria.
Einkorn Almond Linzer Cookiesadapted from Küchen Götter
- Whisk together the ground almonds, einkorn flour, cinnamon, clove and salt in a bowl.
- Beat butter and powdered sugar until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Beat in the vanilla powder and egg. Finally beat in flour mixture on low speed until the dough starts to come together. Place onto a work surface lightly dusted with flour and shape into a flat disk. Wrap in a plastic and chill for 2 hours.
- Line two baking sheets with parchment paper. Roll the dough between 2 sheets of baking paper to 3-mm thick and cut out cookies with a 5-cm heart-shaped cutter. Place them on the prepared baking sheets. Use a smaller round cookie cutter to cut out the centers of half of the cookies on the baking sheet. Reroll any scraps and cut out the remaining cookies. You will have 70 cookies. Chill for 15 minutes.
- Preheat the oven to 150C/300F. Bake cookies, one sheet at time, until edges are golden, 10 minutes. Let cookies cool on sheet 2 minutes. Transfer cookies to a rack to cool completely. Spread jam on the flat side of each solid cookie. Dust the top of the cut-out cookies with powdered sugar and press the flat sides together.
Wishing you and your family all the warmth this Holiday Season has to offer. Have a very merry Christmas and a New Year filled with peace, love and happiness!
These gluten-free seedy muffins make a great breakfast or snack, are actually perfect for any time of day. We even enjoyed it as dinner with a large plate of salad. You can of course bake these healthy treats without saffron, but a little saffron goes a long way. Barberries add tanginess, fruity aroma to these muffins and pair so well with saffron and clove. Dried cranberries or cherries would make a good substitute.
Vegan, Gluten Free, Sugar Free Saffron and Barberry Muffinsadapted from SBS
- Place all the dry ingredients in a large mixing bowl. Mix well with a spoon.
- Add in melted coconut oil, maple syrup and water and stir with a spoon until well combined.
- Grease a 6-cup maxi muffin pan with a little melted coconut oil. Divide the mixture and flatten the surface with the back of a spoon. Leave it on the counter for at least 2-3 hours or overnight in the fridge, covered tightly with a plastic film.
- Preheat the oven to 160C/320F. Bake the muffins in the middle of hot oven for 30 minutes until lightly golden. Remove and turn out onto an oven rack and bake for a further 15-25 minutes until crisp on the bottom. Cool slightly and serve.
These Christmas filo snails with homemade boozy mincemeat are simple, straight-forward, vegan-friendly, and, best of all, taste amazing!
Mincemeat is a mixture of chopped dried fruit, booze, and spices that is popular in the UK and traditionally served around Christmas. Originally, mincemeat always contained meat ((hence the name) while modern recipes contain beef suet (fat around the kidney of the animal), which I have replaced with coconut oil. This mincemeat can be used straight away, but it improves with age and it will store well for up to 6 months in a cool place.
Coconut Mincemeat Filo SnailsInspired by this
- Place everything, except brandy, in your slow cooker and cook for 3-4 hours on low. Or mix all the ingredients, except brandy, together in a large oven proof dish with a lid. Cover and place in the preheated oven and cook gently for 3 hours, stirring every half hour or so.
- When done, allow it to cool, stirring briefly every half hour until cold. Finally, stir the brandy into the cold mixture before sealing in clean, dry jars. You need half of batch for this filo recipe. Save the rest for other recipes, for example, mincemeat pies.
- Lay 1 sheet of filo on the workbench, brush with a little melted coconut oil and place another sheet on top, then brush with coconut oil again. Place 200 grams of the mincemeat along the longest side. Roll pastry to enclose filling, then coil into a snail shape. Place on a baking paper-lined baking tray and brush with a little more coconut oil. Repeat with remaining filo, coconut oil and mincemeat to make 3 snails. Sprinkle with sesame seeds and bake for 20 minutes until crisp and golden.
Kefir gives a lovely, light texture to these crisp einkorn scones. If you have a nut allergy, simply use more einkorn in the dough and leave out the mix-in hazelnuts. They are especially good warm from the oven, and you can enjoy this scone on its own or smother them with some homemade jam for a great breakfast.
Kefir Einkorn Scones with Cranberries and Hazelnutsinspired by Martha Stewart
- Preheat oven to 200C/400F. In a bowl, whisk together einkorn flour, ground hazelnuts, raw sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt.
- Cut in butter into the flour mixture with a pastry blender or two knives until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Gently stir in the cranberries and hazelnuts. Add in kefir and stir until just combined. Do not over mix.
- On a lightly floured surface, knead dough gently, 5 to 10 times. Pat into a 1-inch-thick round. Cut into 8 wedges and place them on a baking sheet, 2 inches apart. Brush the top of the scones with a little kefir. Bake until golden brown, about 20 minutes. Let cool on a wire rack.
Both quinoa and kaniwa are mineral-rich, protein-packed and naturally gluten-free. They are technically seeds, or so-called pseudograins, but they share many of the nutritional properties of whole grains. These two protein powerhouses are rooted in South America, and both cooked and eaten like a grain and can be subbed into recipes that call for rice and couscous. The main difference when cooking quinoa and kaniwa is that kaniwa does not need to be rinsed before cooking because kaniwa is free from saponins, the soapy-flavoured chemicals in quinoa.
- Place rinsed and drained quinoa, kaniwa and 300 ml water in a medium saucepan, bring to the boil. Reduce heat to low, cover and simmer for 15 minutes until water has been absorbed and quinoa and kaniwa are al dente.
- In a small bowl, whisk together the vinegar, shallots, maple syrup and mustard. Slowly whisk in olive oil and season with salt and pepper.
- In a large bowl, toss the quinoa, kaniwa, pomegranate seeds and vinaigrette. Top with the chopped almonds and serve on a bed of thinly sliced white radish immediately.
There's nothing quite like warm, fresh-out-of-the-oven homemade bread and it makes your house smell so warm and inviting as it bakes. This quick bread recipe is made with freshly milled einkorn flour, boiled beetroot, buttermilk and rosemary. This is best eaten on the day it’s made but it will keep for up to 48 hours.
- Heat the oven to 200C/400F. Coarsely grate the beetroot and squeeze out as much liquid as possible.
- Place ground einkorn, baking soda and sea salt in a large mixing bowl and stir to combine. Pour in the buttermilk and start to bring the ingredients together using a wooden spoon. When it has almost come together as a dough, tip it out onto a clean surface and start to knead in the grated beetroot. Once combined, shape the dough into a ball and flatten slightly.
- Dust a baking sheet with flour. Transfer the loaf to the baking sheet, then stud the surface with rosemary sprigs. Bake for 30 minutes until golden and cooked through. Allow the loaf to cool before slicing.
This is not your typical fruitcake. It's sugar free, dairy free, grain/gluten free, using ground almonds in place of flour, and is packed with dried prunes and pistachios. You can enjoy the cake soon after it's cool completely, but it is even better left for a day or two before slicing.
- Preheat oven to 180C/350F. Grease and line an 10cm x 21cm loaf pan with baking paper.
- Combine almond meal, spices baking soda and salt in a large bowl. Stir through dried prunes and pistachios.
- Whisk eggs, melted oil, vanilla powder, brandy and orange rind in a large jug until combined. Stir egg mixture through almond mixture. Spoon into prepared pan. Level top with a spatula.
- Bake for 50 minutes or until cooked when tested with a skewer. Cool the cake in the pan for 5 minutes. Turn out the cake onto a wire rack to cool completely before slicing.
This salad recipe, which gets an earthy boost from the addition of truffles and lean tasty protein from shrimp, is deliciously juicy and crunchy and the perfect way to get a load of veggies in with amazing flavour and to enjoy the incredible health benefits of the radish.
- Peel and slice white radish into thin rounds using a mandolin slicer. Toss with 1/2 teaspoon salt for about 30 minutes. Meanwhile, slice the cherry radishes.
- Whisk the ginger, vinegar, and salt in a large bowl. Slowly whisk in the sunflower oil and sesame oil until blended.
- Toss shrimp with 1/2 tablespoon sunflower oil and 1/8 teaspoon pepper. Heat a skillet over medium-high heat until hot, then cook shrimp, turning once, until just cooked through, about 2 minutes. Transfer to a plate.
- Stir shrimp into the dressing. Drain white radish well. Rinse and pat dry and place them and sliced cherry radishes in serving plates. Top with shrimp and grated truffles. Serve drizzled with some of remaining dressing and chopped cilantro.