This incredible “Cheeze” Cake is another of the amazing dishes that I discovered during my stay at the Amatara Wellness Resort in Thailand! It makes for such a beautiful dessert and the added bonus is that it packs a healthy punch too! Continue reading Mango “Cheeze” Cake
Beets are incredibly sweet and that is why they work so well in cake recipes. These cakes are sort of like red velvet cupcakes, but they filled with all things good. Also, these cakes are soft, moist and just perfectly delicious.
The nutritious make-up of beets is also a great reason to use them in your baking. They are high in potassium, magnesium, fiber, iron and phosphorous. Additionally, they contain high levels of vitamins A, B & C as well as folic acid. They are great as an inclusion in every diet but they are especially great for pregnant people because of the vitamin B, iron and folic acid. Because of the presence of betaine and tryptophan in beets, they are also beneficial for your mental health. They can also help to lower your blood pressure and boost your energy.
To make 12 of these tasty cakes, you will need the following ingredients:
1¼ cups / 6 ¼ oz / 190g of whole wheat (all-purpose) flour
¼ cup /1 ¾ oz / 50g of coconut sugar
2 tbsp of raw cacao
2 – 3 large beets, steamed and pureed until smooth
½ cup / 6oz / 175g of organic runny honey
2 tbsp of coconut oil
1 tsp of lemon juice
1 tsp of vanilla extract
Before you get started, preheat the oven to 425F / 220C / gas mark 7 and line a 12-cup muffin tray.
You can then sift the flour, coconut sugar, raw cacao, and baking powder into a large bowl. Mix until well combined, and then set aside.
Place the pureed beet, honey, coconut oil, lemon juice, and vanilla extract in a blender or food processor and blitz for one to two minutes until it is smooth. Pour the mixture over the dry ingredients and mix well to combine.
Next, spoon the mixture into the muffin tray before placing in a preheated oven. You can then bake for approximately 20 minutes. After this time, check the muffins have cooked all the way through. If they are not quite ready yet then return to the oven for another five minutes before turning out on to a wire rack to cool before serving.
The cakes will store for three days in an airtight container. Serve with your favourite cup of herbal or green tea and enjoy.
As the Christmas season gets ever closer, the temptation of sweet treats becomes greater and we can often be easily persuaded to abandon our usual healthy diets with the justification of the festivities. However, Christmas doesn’t have to be a reason to over-indulge in sugary snacks and desserts as there is a massive variety of healthy treats available also. If you’re having guests over then serving up this chocolate cake will prove exactly that! Not only is it made with an abundance of natural ingredients but it also includes one of my all time health favourites – goji berries! These tiny berries are great for our bodies and also add an extra twist of flavour to an already delicious cake!
Cacao is another health weapon in this cake. As you may know, cacao is the natural unrefined compound that is used to make chocolate. This means it has the mood enhancing properties of chocolate but is actually fantastic for health as the naturally occurring vitamins and minerals haven’t been lost to processing.
So to make this cake for yourself, grab the following ingredients:
1 and 1/4 cups of oat flour
1/2 cup of spelt flour
2 tsp of cinnamon
1 1/2 tsp of baking powder
1 tsp of baking soda
1/4 cup of almond butter
1 cup of almond milk
2 tsp of vanilla extract
1/4 cup of goji berries
1/2 cup of cacao powder
1/2 cup of honey
1/4 cup of coconut butter – softened
1/3 cup of coconut oil melted
This is an incredibly quick and easy recipe to make once you have gathered the ingredients. To begin, pre-heat your oven to 180C / 350F and then mix all of the ingredients together in a bowl and stir until you have a smooth mixture. You can then pour the mixture into a greased 9 inch cake tin and place this in the oven for between 20 and 25 minutes.
After this time is up, remove from the oven and slide out of the cake tin. Leave for a few moments to cool and then enjoy!