Well it’s that time of the year again! Can you believe it, Christmas is only 16 days away.. EEEK! That means lots of get togethers with friends and family, and loootttss of food! Might I add, typically unhealthy food.
I thought I’d share a couple of recipes for some nourishing, yet delicious, treats that you can make for your Christmas celebrations.
So this spiced ginger carrot and walnut loaf is absolutely delicious! At last I’ve finally made a recipe for a loaf that actually rose when I put it in the oven, and has that air-y and spongy moist consistency inside. WOOHOO! And with the fresh ginger (I also added a pinch of dried ginger), it gave it a subtle hint of those Christmas favourites; ginger bread men
Also, how good is carrot cake, like seriously, 2 and a half cups of carrot in a cake, yes that’s right, vegetables in a cake!! Genius!! Sure is a good way to get a bit of vegetable in your treats. Carrots are super high in beta carotene (the pigment in carrots), which forms vitamin A in the body, and needs fats to help absorb it hence paired with the nuts and olive oil in this recipe, it’s perfect.
What’s so good about vitamin A hey? Well its amazing for the skin (yep it will make you radiate better then any skin cream) and produces pigments in the retina of the eye (yes, just like my mum always told me.. eat your carrots and you’ll be able to see in the dark 😉 )
I’ve used eggs in this recipe so its not vegan, however you can substitute the eggs for 3 flax seed eggs by combining 3 tbsp of flax meal with 9 tbsp of water and leaving to set for 10 minutes.
You can also make this recipe gluten free by substituting the spelt flour for buckwheat flour.
Makes 10-12 serves
¾ cup granulated coconut sugar
3 organic free range eggs (or 3 flax eggs)
¾ cup extra virgin olive oil (or coconut oil)
1.5 cup wholemeal spelt flour
1.5 tsp baking powder
1 tsp bicarbonate soda
1 tsp ground cinnamon
optional: pinch of any other dried spices eg. nutmeg, all spice, cloves, ginger.
1 inch knob of fresh ginger grated
2.5 cup grated carrot
1/4 cup chopped walnuts
3 medjool dates chopped (optional)
pinch sea salt
1/2 lemon (juice and grated rind)
1 can of full fat coconut cream (set in fridge overnight 12-24hrs)
½ lemon rind
¼ cup chopped walnuts
½ tsp vanilla powder
1 heaped tsp coconut nectar or choice of sweetener (optional)
How to make:
- Line a loaf tray (or any baking tray/cake tin) with baking paper and preheat the oven to 180 degrees fan forced, or 200 degrees non-fan forced.
- add the coconut sugar and olive oil to a mixing bowl and stir to combine.
- Using a hand beater (or food mixer) beat in the 3 eggs.
- Sift in the flour, add the baking powder and bicarb, spices, carrot, dates, salt, walnuts, lemon juice and rind.
- Fold the mixture through, stirring to combine all the ingredients well.
- Scoop the mixture into the baking tray and place in oven for approximately 40-50 minutes, or until you can place a skewer in and it comes out clean.
- Leave on the bench to cool for 10 minutes before turning out onto a cooling rack to cool for at least an hour.
- remove the coconut cream can from the fridge after 12-24 hrs, DO NOT SHAKE, remove lid and scoop out the thick coconut cream into a mixing bowl, it should be set hard on top, and the coconut water/milk will be on the bottom. You can pour the coconut water/milk into a container and save it in the fridge for a smoothie (use within 1-2 days), or freeze it in ice cube trays to blend in a smoothie later.
- Add the vanilla powder and sweetener if using and blend in a blender until smooth or beat with a hand mixer for 1-2 minutes.
- Spread over the top of the loaf, sprinkle with lemon rind and crushed walnuts.
- Keep refrigerated, and serve up slices as desired. (yes I’ve learnt the frosting likes to melt in the summer heat)
YAY now its time to enjoy a slice of this delicious nourishing household favourite cake! Perfect treat to bring along to all the festive season parties, or to share with your friends and family, or just to keep all to yourself, because lets be honest, its delicious, and you’ll want it all for yourself 😉
Merry Christmas wonderful people, and remember, you don’t have to throw away your healthy habits over this festive season!