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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 …

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Fig Popsicles with Easy Salted Caramel Sauce

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Hello, Autumn! And hello, FIGS! If you happen to live in Melbourne, particularly the inner north as I do, you’re be very aware of the fig-tastic-ness that is everywhere. Unfortunately not in my back yard, but luckily we have a work friend who regularly comes to the fig party with a beautiful donation 🙂

Just because I’m still hanging on to summer, I still feel the need for frozen treats in the freezer. And these are highly recommended! Super easy to make, and deliciously refreshing.

I’ve spoken about the nutritional beauty of figs before here (back when I had an overhanging fig tree next door…), but to give you a little recap, you can expect to find calcium, magnesium, zinc, iron and vitamins A, C and E among other things. They are also wonderfully high in fibre, go figs!

So if you manage to get your hand on some, here is one quick and delicious serving suggestion. I’ve listed some others below.

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Fig Popsicles with Easy Salted Caramel Sauce

Makes 7-8 popsicles

2 cups coconut cream (full fat)

1 large ripe banana

2 tsp vanilla extract

1/2 – 1 tbsp maple syrup (optional)

5-6 fresh figs, thickly sliced

For the sauce

2 tbsp cashew, macadamia or almond butter

1 tbsp maple syrup

1/2 tsp vanilla extract

Decent pinch sea salt

Place the coconut cream, banana, vanilla and maple syrup if using in a blender, and blend until smooth.

Taste and make sure the sweetness is to your liking.

Pour the mixture into popsicle moulds, poke in a couple of slices of fig to each one and transfer to the freezer for at least 4 hours, or until frozen.

To make the caramel sauce, simply combine all ingredients in a small bowl and mix to combine.

Serve the popsicles once frozen …

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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.

 

No Bake Spiced Carrot Cake with Whipped Coconut Icing

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.

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Eating a Rainbow

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I don’t know about you, but I LOVE the idea of imagining people feasting on a rainbow. For some reason it reminds me of that room in Willy Wonka’s factory where you could lick the fruit wallpaper… How cool would it be rocking up to a summer pot luck picnic and producing an entire rainbow from your basket like a magician?! Anyway, in my head you would eat this magical rainbow, and then be infused with it’s powers. Just like eating a rainbow of vegetables and fruit really? If you break down the job that vitamins and minerals perform in the body, that is pretty magical!

Nutrition groups have adopted the initiative, and ordinarily this concept is marketed at kids, which is wonderful, but adults need it too! Each colour represents different phytonutrients that nourish our bodies, protect against disease and promote health. Phytonutrients are naturally occurring compounds that are found in plants, giving them their colour, and helping to protect the plant from environmental factors like UV and insect attacks. The great thing is, when we eat the plants, we can glean their benefits too. I have written a very brief list below of various colours, the phytonutrients that go with them, the foods where they can be found, and some of their main roles in the body.

Red – lycopene – (berries, red pepper/capsicum, tomatoes, watermelon, pink grapefruit) – contribute to heart heath and reducing inflammation and oxidation.

Orange/Yellow – carotenoids/betacarotene (pumpkin, sweet potato, mango, apricot, corn, carrot, orange, lemon, pineapple, squash) – boosts immunity.

Green – lutein & indoles (broccoli, cabbage, kale, chard, cauliflower, brussels sprouts, avocado, cucumbers, zucchini, green apples, kiwi, green pepper/capsicum) –  antioxidant, protect eyes.

White – sulfur & allicin – (onion, garlic, leek) – helps to fight disease and aids detoxification.

Purple/blue – …

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Meg Thompson

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