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Refined Sugar Free Banana Poppy Muffins

Thursday, June 29, 2017 | © 2017 | | © 2017 |

Start your day the healthy way with these refined sugar-free banana and poppy muffins which you can freeze and defrost when needed.
Erythritol looks like sugar and tastes like sugar. It is 70% as sweet as sugar, yet it is virtually non-caloric, does not affect blood sugar, and does not cause tooth decay. Coconut flour, made from ground dried, defatted coconut meat, is high in fiber and low in sugar and digestible carbohydrates.

  • 2 Very ripe bananas
  • 100 g Erythritol granules
  • 50 g Coconut oil, melted
  • 150 ml Kefir, room-temperature
  • 150 g Spelt pastry flour
  • 40 g Coconut flour
  • 5 g Baking powder
  • 5 g Baking soda
  • 1/3 tsp Salt
  • 1/2 tsp Cinnamon powder
  • 30 g Poppy
  • Walnut halves
  1. Preheat the oven to 190C/375F. Grease 6 maxi muffin cups and set aside.
  2. Mash the bananas and erythritol until smooth. Add in coconut oil and kefir. Stir until well combined.
  3. Whisk together the spelt, coconut flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt and cinnamon. Add the banana mixture into the dry mixture until just incorporated. Now fold in poppy.
  4. Divide the batter into the muffin cups and top with walnut halves. Bake in the hot oven for about 25-28 minutes until nicely golden brown and cooked when tested. | © 2017 | | © 2017 |

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Vegan Kaniwa Salad with White Asparagus

Thursday, June 22, 2017 | © 2017 | | © 2017 |

Kaniwa pairs perfectly with white asparagus and pomegranate seeds for this deliciously nutty and light salad that is great for spring and summer! Kaniwa does not need to be rinsed before cooking because kaniwa is free from saponins, the soapy-flavoured chemicals in quinoa.

  • 150 g Kaniwa
  • 750 g White asparagus, trimmed and cut into 3 pieces
  • 100 g Lamb’s lettuce (aka mâche or corn salad)
  • 1 Pomegranate, deseeded
  • 30 ml White balsamic vinegar
  • 60 ml Olive oil
  • 1/2 tbsp Maple syrup
  • 1 tbsp Dijon mustard
  • 1 clove Garlic, minced
  • Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
  1. Combine all the ingredients for the dressing in a jar with a tight-fitting lid. Shake vigorously until emulsified, about 10 seconds. Refrigerate while you prepare the salad.
  2. Fill a medium saucepan with 300 ml water and add in kaniwa. Bring it to a boil. Reduce heat to low, cover and simmer for 15 minutes until water has been absorbed and kaniwa is al dente.
  3. Trim the woody ends off and gently peel the outer skin of the asparagus stalks off with a vegetable peeler. Cut into 3 pieces. Bring a large skillet of water to a gentle boil. Add some salt. Blanch the white asparagus until tender but still crisp, about 5-8 minutes. Plunge into a bowl of iced water to stop them cooking. Remove and drain well.
  4. In a large bowl, toss together the kaniwa, white asparagus and pomegranate seeds with the prepared vinaigrette until coated. Divide the lamb's lettuce into 2 serving plates. Spoon the white asparagus salad over and serve. | © 2017 | | © 2017 |

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Plum Einkorn Streusel Muffins

Thursday, June 15, 2017 | © 2017 |

A mildly sweet streusel topping with hazelnut meal adds a sweet crunch and extra flavour to this plum muffin. It is quick and easy to toss together and a winner for an afternoon coffee or tea break. If you like, dress up these muffins with a drizzle of a sweet glaze, like basic powdered sugar icing or white chocolate glaze for extra richness and sweetness.

StreuselMuffin Batter
  • 80 g Einkorn flour
  • 40 g Hazelnut meal
  • 15 g Coconut sugar
  • 50 g Butter, chilled and cubed
  • 170 g Butter, softened
  • 50 g Coconut sugar
  • 2 Eggs, medium
  • 1 tsp Vanilla powder
  • 250 g Einkorn flour
  • 3/4 tsp Baking soda
  • 250 ml Kefir
  • 350 g Plums, stoned and diced
  1. Preheat oven to 180C/350F. Line a 12-cup muffin pan or ramekins with paper liners.
  2. Combine all the ingredients for the streusel in a bowl. Using fingertips, rub together until mixture resembles breadcrumbs. Set aside while you make the muffin batter.
  3. Cream the softened butter and coconut sugar in a bowl. Add the eggs, 1 at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in vanilla powder. Whisk together the einkorn flour and baking soda. Add half of the flour mixture to the butter mixture and fold until just incorporated, then add in kefir and finally the rest of the flour mixture. Fold until well combined. It is very important not to overmix the batter or muffins won't be tender and soft.
  4. Spoon the mixture into the muffin cups and top with a few pieces of diced plums. Sprinkle the crumble topping over the plums. Bake for 25 minutes or until a skewer inserted into the centre comes out clean. Set aside in the pan for 5 minutes to cool before transferring to a wire rack to cool slightly. | © 2017 | | © 2017 | | © 2017 |

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Asparagus Ribbon Salad with Apricots and Black Cumin Seeds

Thursday, June 08, 2017 | © 2017 |

This is an incredibly easy and tasty way to prepare one of my favorite spring vegetables — asparagus! You can pair this delicate ribboned asparagus apricot salad with some homemade bread for a light and delicious lunch.Feel free to substitute white asparagus for green one.

  • 400 g White asparagus, trimmed
  • 100 g Green asparagus, trimmed
  • 1 Carrot, peeled
  • 3 Fresh apricots, cut into wedges
  • 1/2 tsp Black cumin seeds
  • Pistachios, optional
  • 3 tbsp Extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 tbsp Freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 2 tsp Maple syrup
  • 1 Shallot, minced
  • Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
  1. Snap off the tough ends of the asparagus. Using a vegetable peeler to slice the asparagus and carrot lengthways into thin ribbons. Place all the ribbons in a large serving bowl.
  2. Place the dressing ingredients in a blender and blitz until creamy. Dress and toss the salad ribbons and apricot wedges so it's evenly coated.
  3. Divide the salad into two salad plates or bowls. Sprinkle the black cumin seeds and pistachios, if using, over the salad. Serve immediately. | © 2017 | | © 2017 |

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Braided Beetroot Loaf

Thursday, June 01, 2017 | © 2017 | | © 2017 |

Soft, tender and delicate, enriched with both egg and butter, this braided beetroot bread topped with black sesame seeds is so easy and fun to make and perfect for breakfast or brunch. It's fantastic to enjoy with soup, salad, fruit spread or simple with butter.

  • 500 g Spelt bread flour
  • 220 ml Beet juice, lukewarm
  • 1 Egg, room-temperature
  • 8 g Salt
  • 15 g Fresh yeast, crumbled
  • 30 g Coconut sugar
  • 100 g Unsalted butter, room-temperature
  • 1 Small egg, beaten
  • 2 tsp Black sesame seeds for topping
  1. Place everything except the butter in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with a dough hook. Stir on low speed until everything comes together. Now turn up the speed, and cut in butter and knead until you have a soft, elastic dough, about 10 minutes.
  2. Form dough into a ball and place in a lightly oiled bowl. Cover with a lightly oiled piece of plastic wrap, then stand in a warm place for 1 hour or until doubled in size.
  3. Place dough on a lightly floured work surface. Divide into 6 pieces and roll each into a strand
    , about 40cm long.
  4. Place 3 strands side-by-side on the baking sheet, with a small space between each. Form into a plait, tucking the ends under. Repeat with remaining dough. Cover again, and stand for a further 1 hour or until almost doubled.
  5. Preheat the oven to 180C/350F. Brush the loaves with egg and sprinkle with black sesame seeds. Bake for 25-30 minutes. Cool on a wire rack, then serve with butter, if desired. | © 2017 | | © 2017 |

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