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Quinoa Chocolate Cake

26 Oct

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In light of my effort to get Miss Three to eat Quinoa, I made chocolate cake.

After all what three year old doesn’t love chocolate cake? And what Mum doesn’t like sneaking some goodness into their childs diet?

This cake is super easy to make and unlike other recipes that use Quinoa flour, this cake can be made with your left over Quinoa, so no waste, another bonus for Mum 🙂

 

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Quinoa Chocolate Cake a’la Mama Going Natural

  • 2/3 c cooked Quinoa
  • 1/3 c milk
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 t vanilla essence
  • 3/4 c butter
  • 1 c cacoa powder
  • 1 & 1/2 t baking powder
  • 1/2 t bicarb soda
  • 1/2 c coconut sugar

This cake, like most of my recipes is super easy to make (I am a lazy cook).

Place the first five ingredients in your Thermomix or blender & process till smooth. Add the rest of the ingredients & blend gently till combined.

Bake at 170 degrees for about 40-45 minutes.

This cake tastes even better the second day & best of all no-one will have any idea its Healthy!!

Enjoy

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Granola Parfaits – healthy Gluten free snacks & desserts

13 Nov

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This breakfast treat, go to snack, dessert & all around versatile Parfait recipe is fast becoming my daughters favourite.

Just between you & me she asks for “Cafe” – but I know that she really isn’t trying to escape my food, but that she really wants me to make her a Parfait.

These started out as an instant, easy snack for my daughter (that wasn’t all fruit!), but after polishing off her leftovers I now make two, one for her & one for me!

I am loving on these big time!! because they are super easy & quick, you can keep a giant mason jar of granola in your cupboard & then layer it with what ever fruit, yogurt or kefir you have on hand to make yummy, nutritious instant meals. They even store great in a little mason jar for taking to school & on outings. They can be made the night before & left in the fridge, the granola will of course soften a little – but its nice kind of gooey!

You can tailor make the recipe to your own specific requirements, layer it with soy or coconut yoghurt for a vegan variation, add in more nuts & seeds, add some chia seeds for a dose of super food……..the options are endless.

But most of all have fun creating pretty layers of yumminess in your jars.

Granola Parfaits a’la Mama Going Natural

Granola

  • 1 c oats
  • 1/4 c sultanas
  • 1/4 c cashews
  • 1/2 c quinoa flakes
  • 1/2 c puffed millet
  • 1/4 c desiccated coconut
  • 4 T honey

Combine all ingredients in a bowl, stir honey through well to coat dry ingredients. Place in thin layers on baking trays into a moderate oven (approx 150 degrees). Watch your granola while it toasts & stir occasionally (this will only take 5 minutes or so). Once all of your granola is golden & toasted remove from the oven. Once cool place in mason jars to be used at a later time.

I love this Granola recipe big time, because you can also turn it into instant Muesli Bars, simply caramelise butter & honey in a saucepan over high heat till soft ball stage (when cooled in water a drop of the mixture should make a ball). Pour your caramelised honey into your granola, stir well & press into pans & refrigerate to set.

How to Make Granola Parfaits

  • Batch of yoghurt (recipe can be found here)
  • Fruit – we use frozen blueberries & banana’s – but only because that is Miss Two’s favourites!
  • Granola
  • Mason Jars, glasses or bowls

Spoon 1 & a 1/2 tablespoons of fruit into the bottom of your jar then add a tablespoon of yoghurt & top with a tablespoon of granola, keep layering until your jar is full, topping with a little sprinkle of granola for that yummy crunch factor!

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Then Enjoy 🙂

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