School has almost come to an end for the year, where has this year gone? Seems everyone can relate to this. To finish off the school year I decided to make a yummy treat for the kid’s and their school lunch boxes. But of course with healthier substitutes, no refined sugar or wheat flour in this recipe making it a great gluten-free treat. Sweetened with coconut sugar and freshly squeezed orange juice with raw cacao gives it the orangey Jaffa flavour. Beautiful moist choc orange marble cake celebrating the last week of school sounds pretty good to me.
Preheat oven to 180’C/ 160’C fan forced. Grease a loaf tin with baking paper allowing the sides to overhang
Place the milk, juice, rind, sugar, and oil in a small saucepan on low heat, cook stirring until sugar is dissolved about 4 mins then cool for 5-6mins
Add whisked eggs to milk mixture and stir to combine. Reserve 1/4 cup buckwheat flour. Add the remaining flour to egg mix, add coconut flour, almond meal, and baking paper with bicarb and stir till well combined.
Transfer half the batter into a separate bowl. Stir the chocolate, reserved buckwheat flour in one of the bowls of batter and stir in cacao.
Alternating with each of the mixes spoon tablespoons into the prepared tin. With a butter knife swirl the batter in circular movements to cause the ripple marble effect.
Bake in oven for 45 mins cool in the pan for 10 mins. Transfer to a wire rack
#Trending Turmeric has had a lot of publicity lately, seems to be the new health craze and with good reason…
What is it?
Turmeric is a plant derived spice from the ginger family. It is used in Indian cooking which they have been using for thousands of years. It is also what gives curries and dishes its yellow colour.
By having just a teaspoon a day can have significant effects on your health. It is a powerful antioxidant that studies have shown it to reduce the risk of developing diseases such as brain, heart and dietary derived illness and also prevents development of cancer, cancer cell growth and Alzheimer’s disease. Also has been linked with aiding weight loss, That is some powerful yellow superfood spice!!!
Here is an easy smoothie recipe that can be whipped up in the morning before work/school or for an after school treat my kids absolutely love this and have no idea there is all the extra healthy goodness of chia seeds and turmeric in it. Healthy and Delicious!
Baking cookies is one of my favourite things to make with my kids. Letting them take control is hard at the start as my anxiety of perfection kicks in but I just have to let that go for this time. The smiles and excitement when they are measuring the ingredients, pouring and mixing makes me realise I’m giving them life long lessons and memories that they are not even aware of yet.
Not to forget the best part for them not necessarily me as I am a clean freak, getting their hands dirty and having imperfect shapes and sizes to my dismay and cant help myself to fix a few odd ones here and there.
As we wait for the them to bake the clean up begins not surprising they have bolted in need of a bathroom break then disappeared into space for this part of the fun can’t blame them.
Once the cookies are done the excitement and anticipation on their little faces melts my heart to jelly, to them seeing their creations is one of the most rewarding moments, the bursting of confidence streams through and the look of accomplishment as they take a bite of what they have just made makes it all worth the mess.
Now to keep their cheeky fingers out of the cookie jar will be another wishful task..
#TacoTuesdays are becoming very on trend lately and why not they are fast, family friendly and so utterly satisfying making them an easy choice for the beginning of a busy week.
But how can we switch things up from the ordinary “Old El Paso”and pack even more of a nutritious spin on it? By replacing mince with fish and adding different veg, the lighter filling and zesty flavours of lime and coriander will make the typical ‘stand & stuff’ a thing of the past. The family will not regret the new and improved Mexican fiesta!
*For the kids I omit the chilli and coriander fuss pots
Lime Yoghurt Mayo
Lime, Chilli & Coriander
Fish Tacos with Avocado, Coleslaw, Chilli, Coriander And A Lime & Yoghurt Mayo