I love baking….even when I did not love cooking as much as I do now. For this reason I always try my hardest to avoid baking unless I know someone else is going o enjoy it…because I’m weak to pastries of all kinds.
My friends really find it hard to believe that I can make dairy free breads, pastries of all kinds, but it’s truly possible. I’ll teach you how starting with this recipe:
2 1/4 cups spelt flour or whole wheat flour (insert whatever flour you have here)
1/4 cup coconut sugar (or your preferred sugar)
1 tsp. cinnamon
1/4 tsp. sea salt
1/4 tsp. ground ginger
1/4 tsp. all spice
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/2 cup apple sauce
3/4 cup non dairy milk
1/3 cup maple syrup or honey
1 tsp. vanilla
Fruit of your choice (I put figs…you can do blueberries, dried cranberries or raisins)
Pre-heat the oven to 350*. Have a muffin pan with cupcake liners ready or simply use the muffin pan direct and spray with oil to coat them to ensure they do not stick to the pan.
Next, mix the flour, the spices and salt, baking powder. Sift the mix until well combined in a large bowl.
In a smaller bowl, mix the liquid ingredients; honey, applesauce, milk and vanilla extract. Mix it up.
Now mix up the wet mixture with the dry and combine. Next add the fruits (blueberry or figs or fruit of your choice). The batter will be thick. Spoon the mixture into the cupcake liners or directly to the muffin pan. Bake for about 25 minutes until when a toothpick is inserted in the center comes out clean.
I wanted to share with you some beauty eating principles that I have learned on my journey to eating right.
The main one is, energy . Energy will be your ultimate key to losing weight easily and permanently. Energy is so important because it helps you;
Regenerate your liver and other tissue cells
Flushes toxic waste from the body
Helps maintain your ideal weight
Helps keep your skin smooth and hair healthy
The truth is the more energy you have, the more youthful vibrant and beautiful you look and feel.
Now, what takes up the most of your energy? Digestion. Digestion is the key to elevating you beauty to a whole different ball game. We therefore want to focus on foods that give you energy. The more easily you digest foods, the more energy your body will have to clean out old material from your body and perform other essential processes that will keep you looking beautiful. Toxic waste piles up faster when you are not digesting your food well.
The key will be, learning how to get rid of waste in our bodies to allow digestion to function most efficiently.
I do not want you focusing on diets, calories, carbs.
The foods we will start focusing on will be mineral, enzyme and fiber rich. The foods will cleanse and unclog waste from your body so that your body can absorb the right nutrients most effectively. It took you a long time to build up toxic waste ion your body, so please allow yourself time to get rid of it. It will require being kind to your body, learning new eating habits, your body adjusting to the change in foods. We will work on it being a gradual and continuous process as opposed to instantaneous results. In fact if you change your diet too quickly to something different you could fall ill.
The main things we will focus on:
Eating more vegetables and fewer animal products
Drinking a green smoothie everyday
Giving up dairy slowly.
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So this weekend I was craving something sweet…and I knew I was going to get something I would regeret. I did not want to feel guilty about what I ate. Don’t you hate it when that happens. You feel so guilty after you indulge in your guilty pleasure. You then go ahead down the rabbit hole and just finish the whole bag of cookies. Well you don’t have to with this one. This raw starwberry cake is filled with so much wondefuly nutrious ingredients. you wont be able to finish it. My husband loved this cake so much, and he didnt have to scoff it all down. It was filling cause it’s so wonderfully fibrous, so you actually get full real fast, you dont even crave more. This is what we are aiming to make today (see picture below).
Total time: 3 hours
Ingredients (crust and topping):
3 cups of nuts of your choice (I made this with brazil nuts)
2 cups dates
1 tsp lime
1 tsp allspice powder
pinch of salt
4 cups of strawberries diced and divided into half.
2 tsp lime juice
1/4 cup cocnut oil
1-1/2 cup dates or dried fig
Make the crust by putting dates and nuts in a food processor or blender and pulse it until it has a crumble texture. Press in mixture into a loaf pan lined with wax paper, making sure to leave some to drizzle on top of the cake later.
Now make the starwberry filling by adding the starwberries (leave some for the topping), lime juice and dates into a high powered blender until its thick and creamy. Now add the coconut oil and blend again. Now pour the strawberry blend onto the crust and spread evenly. Set the cake in the freezer for 2 hours. Add the crust mixture on top and garnish with fresh strawberries before serving.