Oh my little loins, will you look at what’s being served up today?! If anybody wants to make this recipe for me and drop it in, feel free. I have to say Hummingbird cake is my all time favourite. With recipes this good – nobody is missing out! Today’s recipe is thanks to the beautiful Nicole Beardsley from the Happy Parent Project. I know Nicole well – she is a delight and an asset to the wellness industry. Keep reading to find out all about this gorgeous girl and all she has to offer PLUS how to score yourself a copy of her book ‘Sugar Free Baking,’ because who doesn’t want a slice of THAT?
· 1 cup dates (soaked in boiling water for 10 mins if dried)
· 250grams gluten free self-raising flour
· 2 bananas mashed
· 1x 440g can of crushed pineapple, drained
· 1/2 tsp cinnamon
· 1/2 cup shredded coconut
· 1 cup rice bran oil (or your oil of choice)
· 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
· 1/2 cup rice malt syrup (or honey)
· 2 Tb chia seeds (soaked in 1 Tb water) – or use 2 eggs if you prefer
· Pre-heat oven to 180 ̊C
· Drain the water from the dates, then add the chia seeds, rice malt syrup and oil and food process all together
· Add this mixture to all of the other ingredients and stir gently
· Pour into a round cake pan that has been oiled and lined with baking paper
· Bake for 30-45 minutes until a skewer inserted into the centre comes out clean
· Leave in the pan for 10 minutes, then turn out onto a cooling rack
· Ice with cream cheese icing or if you prefer a dairy free option, serve with a spoonful of coconut yoghurt
Nicole Beardsley is a Mother of 3 with a life’s purpose to heal others. With over 10 years of experience in the health industry she was challenged both emotionally and educationally 4 years ago when her young daughter was unable to be healed with Western medicine. So began a journey into the world of nutrition as she uncovered that it was a modern diet wreaking havoc with her daughter’s fragile immune system. She studied nutrition, read every book available to her on food and it’s impact on the body, spoke to experts in alternative medicine and experimented on her own children with an alternative diet including wholefoods, superfoods and fermented foods. She wrote all of her recipes down for her own personal reference and interestingly as her daughter healed she had requests for her creations.
4 years on and she is now a certified and practicing Health Coach with the Institute for Integrative Nutrition, a successful author and blogger and owner of The Happy Parent Project. Nicole says that there is a wealth of knowledge out there for parents on how to live a healthier lifestyle, but what’s missing is someone to support them to do it. “I decided to share these recipes with other Mum’s because I could see that they needed the support that was missing for me 4 years ago. I was exhausted with a newborn, my daughter was always sick and I didn’t know what to feed her. This book is what I needed myself. They’re simple recipes that are healthy alternatives to your kids favourite treats, packed full of immune boosting foods so they won’t get sick, quick and easy to prepare, and ‘normal’ looking so that your kids can take them to kinder without feeling like they’re missing out!”
Nicole is excited and proud to share all that she has learnt with other Mum’s through Sugar Free Baking. She will spend 2014 working on an exciting new online coaching programme to support Mum’s to make the transition to a healthier lifestyle.
Sugar Free Baking for busy families is the healthy baking learner guide for busy Mum’s. Parents these days are so aware of the need for healthy and nutritious breakfasts and snacks for their family, but they struggle to know where to start in making them. Sugar Free Baking is the book that parents have been waiting for. With handy charts and tips you will be guided through the rules of baking without refined sugar and flour and the alternatives you can use. You’ll learn how to pump your recipes up with immune boosting and calming wholefoods, and the top tips on how to make the transition to healthy eating for your family without any fuss or pain! With 33 recipes covering breakfast, snacks and dessert that are refined sugar, dairy, wheat and soy free this beautifully designed collection will inspire and support you in transitioning your family to healthier eating.
Nicole is giving two lucky readers the chance to win a copy of her new book, Sugar Free Baking. Simply tell me below, in 25 words or less, why you would like to win (and specify your choice of the ebook version or paperback).
Winners will be announced next Friday, 21st March 2014.
Connect with Nicole here.
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