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Celebration Biscuits with Home-Made, Sugar-Free Sprinkles

Celebration Biscuits with Home-Made, Sugar-Free Sprinkles

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I love making biscuits – they are quick, easy, and can be super basic or fancy depending on the occasion. We have been making these biscuits, that I adapted from Jude Blereau originally, for ages. They are such a good, sturdy biscuit that have the required crunch factor, and are wheat, dairy and egg free. The best thing, well apart from the fact that they taste delicious, is that they lend themselves perfectly to cookie cutters! Winning!! So many egg-free or shall we say alternative baking projects of mine are wonderful, but certainly could not hold their shape in the oven. These can take any cutter you can throw at them! Octopus, stars, dogs, moose, dove, bunnies, and some sort of wolf -looking animal are just some of the shapes I have tested, with excellent results!

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These are lovely on their own, but they do make a great base for toppings. I have kept it simple today and gone with chocolate and sprinkles – but home-made, sugar-free sprinkles that are a breeze to put together. Freeze dried fruit gives a fantastic result, which I buy at my local health food shop, farmers market or deli. If you have trouble finding it, you can always use any superfood powder that you have hanging around, or even crush up some herbal teas to give you the desired colour. I chose coconut and white chia as the base for the sprinkles as they are a nice blank canvas for the colour, and are nutrient rich in themselves.

A couple of other notes:

These biscuits are excellent with choc-chips.

These biscuits are also excellent sandwiched together with chocolate, particularly mint chocolate.

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1 cup wholemeal spelt flour

¼ cup almond meal

¼ tsp baking soda

pinch of sea salt

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Home-made Oral Rehydration Solution – AKA Electrolyte Cocktail

Home-made Oral Rehydration Solution – AKA Electrolyte Cocktail

ORScloseThe distinctive taste of Gastrolyte, Hydralyte, or your preferred brand of oral rehydration solution is unmistakable. I have been lucky enough to visit India a couple of times (LOVE India), and so am familiar with this. So when my plans were thrown into disarray today due to a vomiting bub last night, I decided to do a bit of DIY.

Of course you should always consult your health care practitioner, but in situations where you would normally use some sort of rehydration liquid or powder, here is a home-made option. Not only will you save yourself a trip down to the chemist, but you will avoid the artificial additives and aspartame too – great! It is also wonderful post-workout to replenish and rehydrate, although I would recommend you tone down the sweetener and salt a little in this case.

The main elements to be replenished are sodium and glucose, with potassium and other minerals also playing their role. The sodium in this recipe comes in the form of natural, unrefined sea salt. This kind of salt (as opposed to table salt) is vital to a number of processes in the body, including carrying nutrients to your cells, regulating blood pressure, assisting connection between the brain and the muscles, and it is a major component of blood plasma, lymph and extracellular fluid. A lovely good quality salt such as a Himalayan sea salt has a beautiful natural balance of sodium, chloride, potassium and magnesium, to name a few, giving it alone the ability to restore lost nutrients. For the glucose component I have chosen honey or rapadura sugar (panela). Often we are searching for a low GI sweetener, but for the purposes of getting the goods back into my little one, I wanted a faster result. And by choosing rapadura sugar …