Tag: food as medicine

Chocolate Pie with Buckwheat Crust

Chocolate Pie with Buckwheat Crust

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Chocolate and buckwheat is a great combination. For some reason I have only just realised this, and now I’m a little obsessed. The earthy, nuttiness of the buckwheat contrasts so beautifully with the chocolate, and throw in hazelnut to the equation and you have a triple threat!

Also buckwheat. I cannot sing it’s praises more highly. A gluten free ‘pseudo-grain’, or not really a grain at all as it is a relative of rhubarb. High in protein, fibre and magnesium, buckwheat also throws us a little iron and B vitamins to keep us out of trouble. It also contains rutin, a bioflavonoid, which works to strengthen our blood vessels and capillaries, lower blood pressure and improve circulation. If you’re an easy bruiser or bleeder, buckwheat is for you my friend.

I remember learning about buckwheat back when I was studying naturopathy, and was so impressed I rushed off to make some for myself. I cooked it as I would cook rice – by the absorption method, and I have to say I wasn’t completely in love with the imposing flavour. Since then I have learned to balance the flavour with other friends of buckwheat – caramelised onions, root veggies, pancakes, and now chocolate! I also like to add it to rice or quinoa if I am making it via the absorption method, as it cooks in the same amount of time and mellows out the strong flavour. But my favourite way to use buckwheat is to use the flour in gluten free baking. And here is a lovely example for you.

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The crust is inspired by a fantastic one from Sarah Britton of My New Roots, but I have put a chocolate and hazelnut twist on it. You will also find this recipe (and loads of other deliciousness) in the …

Banoffee Breakfast Chia Oats

Banoffee Breakfast Chia Oats

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It’s no secret I’m a fan of oats. They are a beautifully grounding and nourishing breakfast to set you up for the day. Full of B vitamins and magnesium to support your nervous system, iron for energy, and fibre to keep your digestive system happy. But sometimes porridge seems a bit meh. Even when topped with 14 different fruit / nut / seed / yoghurt combos, sometimes I want more. Something different.

If that’s you too, you really should make these Banoffee Breakfast Chia Oats. They’re delicious. And they best part is that you put most of it together the night before. Banoffee, for the uninitiated, is an English flavour combination featuring banana and toffee or caramel. It’s a winning combination in my mind, especially with the addition of a little cheeky chocolate…

This recipe was inspired by a recipe in Delicious magazine that mashed banana through oats which I thought was pretty cool. But what if it wasn’t just oats, but banoffee oats with a delicious crunchy pecan topping – and here we have the result, yum!! The addition of chia adds extra fibre and minerals, plus a lovely pudding style consistency. And the crunchy pecans are perfect to give you that “Am I eating a delicious pie for breakfast but it’s really actually good for me?” kind of feeling.

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[headline]Banoffee Breakfast Chia Oats[/headline]

¼ cup rolled oats

1 1/2 tbsp chia seeds

1/2 cup almond milk and 1/2 cup coconut milk (or any combination milk of choice)

1 tsp vanilla extract

1 banana

FOR THE CARAMEL

1 date

1 tbsp almond butter

A pinch sea salt

1 tbsp coconut milk/nut milk/milk of choice

¼ cup pecans, lightly toasted

 

Place the oats and chia seeds in a bowl and add the milk and vanilla.

Cover and place in …

No-Bake Spiced Carrot Cake with Whipped Coconut Icing

No-Bake Spiced Carrot Cake with Whipped Coconut Icing

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Having 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.

 

[headline]No Bake Spiced Carrot Cake with Whipped Coconut Icing[/headline]

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 …

Golden Turmeric Milk – to cure what ails ya.

Golden Turmeric Milk – to cure what ails ya.

turmeric milk 0Turmeric is a magical spice. From the same family as ginger, this root herb is warming and bitter in nature, but has a lovely mild, woody flavour. The healing properties of turmeric have been greatly researched, and it is used widely by natural therapists, both in liquid, capsule and powder (dietary) form. It has a long tradition in India, where it is used generously and daily in the diet.

Turmeric is a beautiful antioxidant, scavenging free radicals and protecting our DNA. It is also massively anti-inflammatory (great for arthritis, menstrual pain), is protective of our liver, improves liver detoxification, and can decrease blood lipids – improving cholesterol levels. Not only that, but turmeric can promote wound healing, is antimicrobial, and its active component curcumin can be used in cancer treatment.

turmeric milk handThe great thing about turmeric is that it is fairly easy to get through your diet. You need around one teaspoon daily to have a therapeutic effect, or less for general wellbeing. Apart from adding it to your curries, stews, soups, and rice or grain dishes, turmeric is also great friends with cauliflower, and egg, so feel free to sneak some into your omelettes.

One potential downer of this superhero called turmeric, is that it can be quite poorly absorbed by the body. Lucky I have a couple of fancy tricks for you. First of all, turmeric is fat soluble, so be sure to consume it together with some fat – usually the meals that you would be adding it too do have fat of some kind, so this is great. Secondly, black pepper increases the bioavailability of turmeric by over 1000% – wowsers, so add some black pepper into the same meal.

Another idea is this golden milk, an ancient, traditional drink. This is my version. It is a …