Wholesome Choc Cookies

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Makes: 15 Large
Prep Time: 10 Minutes
Oven Temperature: 160

On Saturday, we celebrated World Chocolate Day in stores. It was seriously so much fun so thank you to all of our awesome berries who came and supported us on the day. I wanted to make this recipe for you all on Saturday but I got too distracted by the fun of the day. 

So here you go, finally.. don't underestimate how delicious these cookies are. Also, they take less than 10 minutes to whip up! One bowl, no mess!

Ingredients:
1 Cup Coconut Sugar
100g Butter or Coconut Oil
1/2 Cup Coconut Nectar
1 Free Range Egg
1/2 Vanilla Pod or 2 Teaspoons Vanilla Extract
1/3 Cup Raw Cacao Powder
1 Cup Wholemeal Spelt Flour
1 Cup Buckwheat Flour (You can find these flours at The Source Bulk Foods)
150g Raw Dark Chocolate (I recommend using Loving Earth)

Method:

  1. Preheat your oven to 160 degrees celcius. 
  2. Mix the Coconut Sugar, Coconut Nectar, Butter & Vanilla together until comined.
  3. Then add in the Flour, Raw Cacao Powder, Egg & Dark Chocolate. Mix Throughly. 
  4. Spoon the mixture onto a baking tray and flatten each cookie down slightly. 
  5. Bake for 12-14 minutes. 
  6. Enjoy! x

Rhubarb & Strawberry Bread

Makes: 1 Large Loaf
Prep Time: 1 Hour
Oven Temperature: 180

I love working with Rhubarb in Winter. It is such an incredible, versatile vegetable. I had some leftover strawberries in the fridge that were a few weeks old so I decided to throw them in and as I am trying really hard to reduce my waste at the moment. This is my Rhubarb & Strawberry bread! P.S the honey in this bread absolutely makes it, so make sure you choose a good quality honey.. my favourite, of course, is Bee One Third Honey

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Inregidents:
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 cup traditional oats
1/2 cup wholemeal flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
1/2 cup milk
1/2 cup locally sourced honey
1/4 cup olive oil
2 free range eggs
1/2 vanilla pod, seeds only
2 stalks rhubarb, chopped into 1cm pieces
1 punnet strawberries, chopped in quarters

Method: 

  • Preheat your oven to 180 degrees (Celcius). 
  • In a large bowl, combine the all-purpose flour, oats, wholemeal flour and baking powder. 
  • Then in a medium bowl, mix all of your wet ingredients together.  Once combined, pour over your dry mixture. 
  • Fold through the chopped strawberries & rhubarb. 
  • Grease a loaf pan and line with baking paper. Then carefully pour in your mixture. 
  • Bake for 60 minutes. Just a note that honey accelerates browning, so I placed a piece of alfoil over the loaf very lightly halfway through the bake to stop the browning but continue the baking process. 
  • The bread is done once you can insert a toothpick and it comes out completely clean. 

This bread is beautiful just how it is, or even try lightly toasting and serving with a beautiful sugar-free jam. 

 

4 Immune Boosting Foods To Keep You Healthy This Winter!

Winter is upon us! 

Along with the cold snap often comes a whole host of bugs and germs which inevitably lead to the sniffles. If you’re prone to sickness or find yourself feeling ‘under the weather’ this winter, a diet change might just be the solution to keep you feeling well.

Let’s keep in mind that food is medicine! And healthy foods can be your tool to fight infection this winter.

Here are 4 immune boosting foods and spices that you can add to various meals and drinks to keep your immune system thriving. Increasing your consumption of these foods can aid in warding off infection, keeping you and your family healthy.  

Ginger

Fresh ginger is very beneficial for the immune system. It has an antimicrobial and antibacterial action. The heating/ warming properties of ginger make it a great decongestant, enabling the body to clear stubborn mucus. Adding ½ - 1 tsp of fresh ginger to some warm water with the juice of ½ a lemon makes a great immune system tonic for when you’re feeling run down. 

Citrus Fruits

Think orange, lemon, lime, and grapefruit. Citrus fruits are packed full of vitamin C, which will all know to be great for the immune system. In fact, one orange can contain your entire recommended daily intake of vitamin C! Vitamin C is used by the body to fight infection and to shorten the duration and severity of the common cold. Oranges and grapefruits make a great immune system boosting snack! 

Cinnamon

Cinnamon is a fantastic spice that has multiple health benefits – one of its main ones being its immune system support. Cinnamon is antiviral, antifungal, antibacterial and has one of the highest antioxidant contents of any food. This means that it has the ability to fight the pathogens that cause illness, preventing you from getting sick. You can add cinnamon to your morning oats, mix it in with your chai tea, dust it on to fresh fruit (like grapefruit!) 

Natural yogurt

You may not know this, but the strength of your immune system is determined by your gut health. The healthy bacteria in your gut has the job of preventing germs, bacteria, and pathogens from entering the bloodstream to cause illness. Yogurt contains lactobacillus, a probiotic and a source of beneficial bacteria to fight off nasty germs and support your immune system. Natural yogurt makes a healthy snack and is also great mix with your porridge in the morning.

This incredible article is by one of our favourite nutritionists, Jackie Morgan, from Well Hub Nutrition.