Sugar & Wheat Free Fruit and Nut Breakfast Muffins

Packed with fruit and nuts these sugar and wheat free muffins will provide a good nutritional start to any day.

Sugar & Wheat Free Fruit and Nut Breakfast Muffins. Packed with fruit and nuts these sugar and wheat free muffins will provide a good nutritional start to any day. New year, new me… and yes, I am still on my journey to a healthier eating me. The main goal is to try and eliminate sugar, especially refined ones. These muffins do not contain any sugar or any sugar substitutes, they are simply sweetened by the dry fruits included in them, so all natural and much friendlier for our body. Despite not having a need for a wheat free diet I’ve decided to use a spelt flour to up the nutty flavour… the results are truly yummy!

Ingredients:

  • 100g dates; chopped
  • 75g raisins
  • 50g prunes; chopped
  • 50g pecans; chopped
  • 250ml coconut milk
  • 140g spelt flour
  • 2 eggs; beaten
  • 2tbsp coconut oil; rounded
  • 1 1/2tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 1tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4tsp salt

Sugar & Wheat Free Fruit and Nut Breakfast Muffins. Packed with fruit and nuts these sugar and wheat free muffins will provide a good nutritional start to any day. Method:

Preheat the oven to 180C fan and prepare a 12 muffin tin by lining it with paper muffin cases or silicon ones.

In a medium size cooking pot place the dates, prunes and raisins (Whitworths dry fruit selection is perfect for baking), add coconut milk and bring it to a gentle simmer.

Cook on a low heat for about 5 minutes or until all milk has incorporated into the fruit.

Put aside and allow it to cool for a few minutes.

In a meantime, sift your flour and mix with bicarbonate of soda.

Beat the eggs.

Now back to our fruit…

Add two heaped table spoons of good quality raw virgin coconut oil and stir until melted and mixed in.

Add salt and vanilla essence and stir well.

Finally fold in the flour and bicarbonate of soda mixture, add the eggs and nuts and stir until fully combined but do not over mix it.

Use a table spoon and scoop one heaped tablespoon of mixture into each muffin casing.

Pop into earlier preheated oven and bake for 20-22 minutes at 180C fan.

When the time is up, remove from the oven, remove from baking tray and place on wire rack and allow them to cool completely.

Sugar & Wheat Free Fruit and Nut Breakfast Muffins. Packed with fruit and nuts these sugar and wheat free muffins will provide a good nutritional start to any day. Enjoy!

The Alternative Healthy Christmas Cookbook

Most of us when thinking about Christmas envision it complete with family, friends, good times and of course a lot of gorgeous food… Christmas breakfast, Christmas brunches with mates but best of all our traditional Christmas dinner. Though it turns out that same self “best” bit is also causing some of us a lot of discomfort. Some of us treat Christmas holidays as an excuse to eat what they want and are prepared to deal with the consequences later on… but what about the rest of us?

What about the idea of a healthy Christmas?

You can still have your giant roast and pudding and sweets and treats but all of those dishes are just a little bit healthier, all of them provide something more, something your body actually needs…

I am proud to be a part of The Alternative Healthy Christmas Cookbook.

The Alternative Healthy Christmas CookbookThe cookbook contains a lovely selection of recipes which will keep your tummy full this Christmas without any hint of feeling guilty. There is a coconut Glazed Turkey which can be served with Coconut and Rosemary Roast Potatoes, lovely Vegan Maple, turnip and Carrot Mask and a Low Carb Gravy… and if dinner doesn’t take your fancy what about some High Protein, Low Sugar Yule Log or a Gluten Free Gingerbread Men? Still not convinced? Well, maybe Protein Eggnog is the one for you?

The recipe which I am looking forward to trying the most is Dairy and Grain Free Chocolate Pecan Pie… yummm… the ground almonds make the crust and the pie is stuffed with organic cocoa and pecans; there is no sugar in the pie and it really sounds to me as a truly guilt free treat.

Would you ever consider creating an alternative healthy Christmas menu?

Are you open to new dishes or you prefer to stick to traditional menu?

Just how big a family meltdown do you think it would cause if you were to even suggest it?

The Alternative Healthy Christmas Cookbook was created by Discount Supplements Ltd and it is now available to buy on Amazon and Blurb.

Clean Eating – Freeze Dried Fruit Snacks

Clean eating is all about eating whole, real foods which are as close to their natural form as possible. Freeze drying offers just that…

Clean eating is all about eating whole, real foods which are as close to their natural form as possible. Freeze drying offers just that… Yes, it would be ideal to have fresh, ripe fruits straight from the tree or bush instead of freeze dried ones but unfortunately for most of us this isn’t an option.

First of all most fruits are seasonal.

Secondly, fruits out of season imported to us from far far away and then kept in storage for months until required aren’t really all that tasty to begin with.

Third… well even if we had an ever growing tree of our favourite fruits in our back garden, eventually you would simply get bored of them.

Freeze dried fruits aren’t new to me. If you follow me on Instagram you might remember my photos of homemade seeds and nut snack bars which I’d made with freeze dried strawberries on top… but freeze dried fruits in snack packs are actually totally new to me.

Lately I’ve been making quite a few homemade snacks so I had lost touch with what’s new on the shelves in our supermarkets… as it ended up they are now richer (the shelves… not the supermarkets) and contain a great selection of freeze dried fruit snacks.

Freeze drying is a healthy alternative to dry fruits… the freezing process preserves the fruits nutrition and flavours without any additional ingredients like oils, sugars or preservatives so all you have in the pack is 100% natural fruit!

Freeze dried fruits are similar to air dried fruits with one difference… they have a super crunchy texture and you can easily powder them by simply crushing the fruits with your fingers.

Freeze dried fruit can be used in many different ways, usually used as an addition to breakfast cereal, desserts and baked goods but they can also eaten straight from the pack as a snack… and if you fancy an even more “natural” look you can also simply re-hydrate them by adding some water.

The freeze dried fruit snacks from The Snack Organisation are available at Tesco and retail £1 per 18g bag, which is just big enough for a nice fruity snack 🙂

Have you came across freeze dried fruit snacks before?

Which is your favourite and how do you usually eat them?

Sugar Free Super Green Pancakes & Cocoa Sauce

These sugar & gluten free pancakes with a delicious cocoa sauce make for a wonderful guilt free treat. Packed with goodness from coconuts, super greens and ice cream whey powder they will appeal to both adults and children, I am sure of it!

These sugar & gluten free pancakes with a delicious cocoa sauce make for a wonderful guilt free treat. Packed with goodness from coconuts, super greens and ice cream whey powder they will appeal to both adults and children, I am sure of it! Ingredients:

For the pancakes:

  • 400ml coconut milk
  • 6tbsp coconut flour (heaped)
  • 4 eggs
  • 3tbsp coconut flower nectar
  • 2tbsp extra virgin organic coconut oil
  • 2tbsp vanilla ice cream whey powder
  • 2tsp matcha
  • 2tsp super greens powder
  • 1.5tsp baking powder

For the cocoa sauce:

  • 3tbsp extra virgin organic coconut oil
  • 4tbsp coconut flower nectar
  • 1tbsp cocoa powder

Method:

First thing first… let’s make the sauce as it will need a little time to cool down and thicken.

In a small bowl place the coconut oil and coconut flower nectar.

Pop into microwave and heat up in 10 seconds bursts… after each 10 second session remove from the microwave and give it a good stir. After three heating up session your coconut oil should be all nicely melted out but not cooked.

Add to a second bowl with your sifted cocoa powder and stir/whisk well until fully combined. At this moment your sauce will be quite runny but give it time and after 15-20 minutes, once you are done with making the pancakes, it will be just the right thickness 🙂

Turn on your grill to medium high setting, why I hear you ask… I’ll explain later….

Now, let’s prepare the pancakes themselves.

In a small bowl place the coconut oil and melt it slowly just as we did for the sauce.

In a large bowl place the coconut milk, eggs, coconut flower nectar and melted coconut oil. Stir well with a hand whisk until well combined.

Add the coconut flour, matcha, super greens, whey powder and again mix well.

Finally add the baking powder and make sure it is incorporated evenly.

Preheat a non-stick frying pan whilst your batter rests for a minute.

Fry your pancakes, one by one, but take note the mixture doesn’t behave like your standard pancake batter. It’s not so easy to work with as the pancakes do not want to flip effortlessly, so you will have to turn them with a fish-slice. However having made them many times now, as they are a personal favourite I have found the easiest way to cook them is as follows.

Remember that grill you had heating, we need it.

Heat up the pan till hot, pour a spoonful of mixture into the centre of the pan and the swirl the pan to spread the mixture out to an even thickness. Now hold under the grill for 20 seconds or until the top is set and looks dry, but not brown or cooked just dry. Then cook as you would a normal pancake and they should be fine.

Serve with earlier prepared cocoa sauce and enjoy!

These sugar & gluten free pancakes with a delicious cocoa sauce make for a wonderful guilt free treat. Packed with goodness from coconuts, super greens and ice cream whey powder they will appeal to both adults and children, I am sure of it!

Aronia Muffins – Gluten & Sugar Free

Aronia Muffins – Gluten & Sugar FreeThese gluten, wheat and sugar free muffins with added antioxidants rich aronia berries, called by some the healthiest fruit in the world, are a perfect home baked healthy treat. Packed with good ingredients they offer a guilt free treat whilst improving your health through better nutrition.

Aronia, or so called chokeberries, come in several different varieties – red, black and purple – but they all offer a long, long list of health benefits and well deserve being labelled a superfood.

If you have never tried aronia berries before you should give them a go. There are like no other fruits; their flavour is complex and quite hard to describe. They aren’t sweet, yet they aren’t sour either; they are moist and juicy yet they leave your mouth dry just like after eating a lemon… they are truly one of a kind.

If you fancy gluten and sugar free muffins and don’t have a pack of aronia berries to hand, simple replace them with any other barriers that you love.

Ingredients:

  • 6 eggs
  • 100g coconut flour
  • 65g organic, virgin cold pressed coconut oil
  • 5tbsp raw natural honey
  • 1tsp vanilla essence
  • 1tsp baking powder
  • 1/2tsp salt
  • 150g aronia berries
  • Stevia sweetener (or icing sugar) for decoration (optional)

 

Aronia Muffins – Gluten & Sugar FreeMethod:

Preheat the oven to 180C.

Prepare 12 piece muffin tray by lining it with paper or silicone muffin casings.

Measure the coconut oil and put it in a small bowl and place in the microwave. Microwave for 10 seconds, than rest for 30 seconds; then microwave again for 10 seconds… after two sessions the oil should be almost melted (depending on the power of your microwave, alternatively melt on a very low heat in a small saucepan)… use a fork to move it around to assure it is entirely melted.

In another small bowl mix the coconut flour, salt and baking powder.

Place the eggs into a mixing bowl and whisk until blended, then add all the other ingredients – wet and dry, except for the berries and whisk again until everything is well combined.

Gently fold in the berries and spoon your mixture into the pre-prepared cases. The batter will be extremely runny almost like a liquid but don’t worry it should be like this. You will have enough mixture for 10 large muffins or 12 medium ones, more of a cupcake shape… the choice is yours.

Bake in the earlier preheated oven for 20 minutes or until a toothpick pushed in to the middle comes out clean and dry.

Remove from the oven and allow them to cool for 5 minutes before moving them onto a cooling rack to cool completely.

Aronia Muffins - Gluten & Sugar FreeOnce cooled completely sprinkle with dusting sugar – either processed or a stevia based sweetener – serve and enjoy!

Have you ever baked with aronia before?

These gluten, wheat and sugar free muffins with added antioxidants rich aronia berries, called by some the healthiest fruit in the world, are a perfect home baked healthy treat. Packed with good ingredients they offer a guilt free treat whilst improving your health through better nutrition.