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!

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.

BFree Bagels with Smoked Salmon #NationalBreakfastWeek

#NationalBreakfastWeek - BFree Bagels with Smoked Salmon

“I know family comes first, but shouldn’t that mean after breakfast?”
Jeff Lindsay, Dearly Devoted Dexter

They say that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, yet so many of us are neglecting it… me included. I try to have breakfast but most days a cup of coffee keeps me going until lunch or even dinner time. I know this is not a good idea but… I try my best to remember about breakfast, especially this week…

In celebration of #NationalBreakfastWeek I decided to “play” with the BFree range.

BFree was developed to bring tasty, ‘good for you’ breads to the market.

Often, people avoid bread or feel poorly after having a sandwich and this may be due to sensitivities to wheat or gluten. There is No Guilt associated with eating BFree as the nutritional composition of our products is Extraordinary!

When wheat is removed from bread products, it is as if the ‘scaffolding’ that holds the structure together is pulled apart. BFree has developed a recipe and composition that replaces the gluten and wheat and with natural ingredients…

BFree range includes: soft white loaf, brown seeded loaf, brown seeded rolls, white rolls, plain bagels, multi-seed bagels, multigrain wraps and fajita kit. You can find some BFree products in Asda and their full range can be purchased from Ocado.

But… back to my breakfast…

Bagels with smoked salmon have a very sentimental value for me. When I first came to the UK, I used to live close to Gants Hill in London. There was this small bakery on my way to the tube station and every morning I would buy myself breakfast from them – a cup of coffee and a bagel with salmon. After a few months I moved and it was bye, bye to my favourite breakfast… so now from time to time I prepare it at home… it is never the same but… close enough.

So what will you need to create Bagels with Smoked Salmon (besides the obvious?)

  • BFree bagels (I used plain ones)
  • Good quality smoked salmon
  • Salted butter
  • Fresh ground pepper
  • Fresh lemon

Now all you need is to put all together.

Cut the bagels in half. If you like, toast them but I like my ones as they come from the pack.

“Apply” a generous amount of butter, don’t miss the corners!

What?!?! 😉 What corners?!?! Lol

Carefully add the smoked salmon.

Grind some fresh pepper all over your creation.

Finish with a squeeze from half a fresh lemon; just a little; just to give that extra bite.

Make a cuppa of your favourite beverage, find a place in the warm with a view of something green, and enjoy a me moment.

#NationalBreakfastWeek BFree Bagels with Smoked Salmon

What’s your favourite breakfast?

Did you make something special in celebration of #NationalBreakfastWeek?

Review – Silicea Direct by Hübner – Beauty in the box

Silicea Direct by Hübner – Beauty in the box

What is Silicea Direct?

Silicea is a food supplement that can help maintain healthy skin, hair and strong nails, preventing (to a degree) the signs of ageing and it keeps hair, skin and nails looking beautiful. It can also play a role in the maintenance of healthy muscles and bones.

What’s inside the pack?

Silicic Acid gel (90%), fruit mix from fruit concentrates: Grape, Elderberry, Blackcurrant, Strawberry, Raspberry; Fructose, Thickening agent; Pectin, Xanthan gum; Acidifier Malic acid, Natural Flavour, Selenium and Biotin.

This means that the product is 100% natural. Silicea contains silica, one of the body’s essential nutrients, which is used by all the connective tissue. Our body uses up silica on a daily basis as flakes of skin, hair and nails are discarded, so this is an easy and convenient way of replacing it. Silica is one of our most valuable minerals and one of the most important ‘beauty’ nutrients: it helps to support the formation of collagen and elastin which strengthens skin, hair and nails by encouraging the body to hold on to water and other vital nutrients.

Silicea Direct by Hübner - Beauty in the box

And what’s inside the pack for real?

The answer is still the same; just as above 😉 It comes in the form of delicious red berry ‘smoothie’ shots that are providing mineral silica in a highly available form for better absorption. Hübner’s convenient silica shots provide a measured dosage in a sachet form and because they do not require refrigeration, are ideal for people on the move.

Suitability:

  • 100% natural
  • Dairy, lactose, wheat and gluten free
  • No preservatives
  • GM free
  • Not tested on animals
  • Suitable for vegetarians and vegans

Directions:

Take one sachet (15ml) daily between main meals.

Treatment Time:

The recommended treatment time is 3 months at least twice a year.

It might sound like a long term project, but one finger nail needs around 6 months until it is fully re-grown, skin needs around 28 days to regenerate and hair grows just over one centimetre per month… so no rush there…

Price:

£12.95 for 15 x 15ml sachets

Availability:

Hübner Silicea Direct is available to buy from health stores nationwide and at Healthy2U online.

My thoughts:

Interesting product, this was the first thought that came to my mind. I know there is a huge range of beauty supplements sold as pills or tablets or even a powder which you mix with water but I’ve never seen or tried anything in the form of a gel. If I had to describe the product in just one word it would be weird. You might ask if it is a good weird or a bad weird … Actually neither…it is just weird. The reason for this is the texture. It is a bit like watery jam, but what is the weirdest part is that not all of the shot has the same consistency; so some portions within one sachet are thicker than others. It really is quite surreal experience. Taste wise it is fruity and you can’t miss the berry flavour but it also has quite strong metallic taste. I guess this is how silica tastes 😉

As I received only one pack and used it for just over two weeks I can’t really comment as to the visible benefits of it.

As food supplements go, I like the idea of this one. I think helping our skin, hair and nails from the inside are important. I will get myself a bigger pack for a longer test but I think I will try the capsule version. Yes, they have it in a capsule version too.

Did you ever try Silicea Direct or any silica based products?

Silicea Direct by Hübner; Beauty in the box

* I received one pack of Silicea Direct for free for review purpose. All opinions about the product are honest and my own.