This recipe creates a beautiful creamy dessert (or breakfast) you can substitute the boysenberries for whatever fruit that is in season and add flavours like cacao and vanilla to mix things up
Prep time 20 mins, serves 4
½ C white chia seeds
1 C dairy free yoghurt
1 C almond milk
2 C frozen boysenberries + a few to serve
3 tbsp. maple syrup
4 tbsp. almond butter
In a medium sized bowl mix together chia seeds, almond milk, 2 tbsp. of maple syrup and yoghurt. Allow to sit for 10-15 minutes, stirring well every few minutes until the mixture thickens and chia seeds are plump, add a little extra almond milk if the mixture becomes too thick.
In a small saucepan place boysenberries with a little water and warm on stove to defrost. Scoop out berries into a small bowl leaving most of the liquid behind add 1 tbsp. maple syrup then using a hand whizz or food processor blend until smooth.
In four glasses layer chia seed mix, boysenberry sauce and dollops of almond butter. Alternating with each until the glasses are full. Transfer to fridge for 10mins or longer to set.
Serve cold and for an extra special treat top with shavings of dark chocolate and extra boysenberries.
Delicious and quick to make, these can be frozen a head of time and defrosted as needed. If you want to make it gluten free simply swap the spelt flour for gluten free flour of choice.
Makes 12 mini muffins, prep time 10 min, cook time 15 min.
1 large carrot
½ C sugar-free jam
2 Tbsp. olive oil
1 Tbsp. water
¼ C sunflower seeds
¼ C pumpkin seeds
1 tsp egg replacer (can be found in most supermarkets)
1 C spelt flour
1 tsp baking powder
½ tsp ground ginger
½ tsp cinnamon
Grease a mini muffin tray and preheat oven to 180C. Grate carrot into a bowl and mix in jam, oil, and water. In another bowl mix together seeds, egg replacer, flour, baking powder and spices. Add wet ingredients to dry and mix until just combined. Spoon mixture into muffin tin.
Bake for 12-18 minutes until golden and springy to touch. Remove from oven and allow to cool for a couple of minutes before transferring into wire rack. Store in an airtight container in fridge.
A delicious spread that tastes great by the spoonful especially during a good day in the hills. Try a dollop on top of breakfast, spread on crackers or slices of fruit.
Makes ¾ cup, prep time 10 min,
¾ Cup cashews
½ cup desiccated coconut
2 tsp cocoa powder
2 tsp rice syrup or honey
2 tsp coconut or sunflower oil
Preheat oven to 180C and roast cashews for 3 minutes until lightly toasted and golden. While still warm place in food processor or high powered blender along with all other ingredients. Blend until smooth, this make take some time depending on your processor. Stop regularly to scrape down the sides of bowl with spatula, you can add a little extra oil if needed.
Transfer into jar ready to take on any adventures.
It’s the time of year where buckets of feijoas and buckets of apples appear at our door, we scratch our heads wondering what to do with them all and then a week later they are all gone. This recipe was created to help fill my other half’s lunch box but it would also be a great dense slice for hiking or biking adventures. If you don’t have feijoas or have no idea what one is then first go out and plant a feijoa tree as soon as you can (they are amazing)and while you are waiting for it to fruit you can use tinned guavas instead.
Makes 1 large cake, prep time 20 min, cook time 45 min
1 ½ C feijoas, peeled and thinly sliced
1 tbsp + ¼ C honey
1 tbsp hot water
¼ tsp + 1 tsp ground ginger
½ C raisins
2 C grated apples
½ C shredded coconut
¼ C olive oil
½ C sunflower seeds
1 ½ C soy milk
1 tsp mixed spice
2 C wholemeal or gluten free flour
2 tsp baking powder
Preheat oven to 180C and line a large cake tin or dish.
In a small bowl mix together first measure of honey, ginger and water, add thinly sliced feijoas and gently mix until feijoas are covered with syrup.
Spread feijoas in a thin layer in the bottom of tin and pour over any leftover syrup.
In a large bowl mix together second measure of honey and ginger along with all other ingredients. Mix until just combined. Pour batter over feijoas and bake for 45 min until golden on top and skewer comes out clean.
Remove from oven and turn out onto baking tray with the feijoas on the top, you may need to gently peel the baking paper off.
This recipe can either be made in a dehydrator or on a low temp in the oven. It tastes fantastic when rehydrated with a little almond milk and fresh fruit. It’s super light weight so it’s perfect for taking into the hills on hiking adventures.
The buckwheat and nuts provide good energy and by soaking it and the nuts overnight they will start to sprout and breakdown all the enzyme inhibitors in them. I first tried a recipe similar to this at a fantastic raw chef training run by Rene Archner so big thanks to him for the inspiration.
Makes approx 6-8 cups, Prep time 30 min, Cook time 10hrs approx in the dehydrator or 2 in the oven.
1 cup buckwheat groats
1 cup almonds
1 cup sunflower seeds
1 ½ cups of fruit pulp I used persimmon but date paste or mashed bananas will also work well, just blend them with a little water until they are a nice smooth consistency.
3 pears or apples diced
2 tsp lemon juice
1 Tbsp cinnamon
½ tsp vanilla paste
2 Tbsp cocao powder
2 Tbsp cocao nibs
1 T maca powder
Pinch sea salt
¾ cup coconut thread
Soak almonds, buckwheat and sunflower seeds overnight (10-12 hours) in water. Rinse well and pulse in food processor until coarsely ground. Transfer into a large bowl and mix in fruit pulp (make sure it’s nice and smooth). Mix in thoroughly, add all other ingredients and combine well with your hands. Taste and add more fruit pulp if you want it sweeter.
Crumble mixture onto dehydrator trays and dehydrate for 1.5 hours at 145F then turn down to 115F for 6-8 hours, until mixture is completely dry. Transfer to an airtight container.
If you’re using an oven, crumble mixture onto lined baking trays, bake at 100C for 1 hour, check it regularly and after 45 min flip mixture over, bake for a further hour or until crisp.
Serve soaked with almond milk and fresh fruit on top.