Cherrie Clafoutis

I agree, cherries are superfood, especially Morello cherries. They are also called sour cherries, and in US they are tart cherries.

Lately, I hear that Morello cherries contain melatonin. This is a very unique quality, as melatonin hormone is naturally produced in the body but many suffer from a low levels of it and, hence, lack of sleep. Then synthetic melatonin is used for adjusting the body’s internal clock for changing time zones or insomnia. Sour cherry is a natural source for melatonin, however they are very seasonal. So, I found that they are excellent berries for freezing.

Other outstanding qualities of cherries are powerful antioxidants like anthocyanins and cyanidin. Scientific experiments demonstrated that Morello cherry diet inhibited tumor development, and the ‘results suggest that tart cherry anthocyanins and cyanidin may reduce the risk of colon cancer.’

This Clafoutis recipe below does not contain cane sugar and dairy proteins. For my family, it is a perfect dish for brunch celebrations.

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Cherry Clafoutis

Ingredients:

350g Morello cherries
2 eggs
100g Rice Malt Syrup
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
270ml light coconut cream
1 tablespoon ghee
2/3 cup white rice flour, fine

* 18cm silicone baking dish

Method:

1. Preheat oven to 185C.
2. Place cherries in the saucepan with 1 tablespoon of water, cover and cook on a very low heat for 15 minutes.
3. Using an electric mixer beat eggs until smooth and light. Add all the ingredients gradually and continue to mix until well combined.
4. Place cherries on the bottom of the form evenly and pour batter over the cooked cherries.
5. Bake at 180C for 25 mins with fan on, or at 200C for 30 minutes with no fan. Serve warm.

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Fructose Free Chocolate Cake

Fructose is contained in most sweeteners that are used in traditional desserts. Refined sugar, honey, maple syrup – all contain fructose. Fortunately, it is recognised now that sugar is the main source of fat that build up in the human body. Spikes in blood sugar and insulin levels may also cause dysfunctions of organs.

Since I discovered Brown Rice Malt Syrup, I have been really enjoying it in my recipes. Rice malt syrup is fructose free, it is made from 100% brown rice. Australian brands make organic Brown Rice Malt Syrup that reduces arsenic to hardly detectable levels. This is good information to be researched for those who consume rice regularly.

The malt syrup is made through fermenting rice to break down the starches and then transforming it into syrup through cooking. The syrup contains soluble complex carbohydrates, maltose and glucose. Rice Malt Syrup is a lower GI product in comparison to fructose and it takes more than an hour to digest.

So, here you are, for milk, fructose and gluten intolerances I have a chocolate dessert for you!

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Date Dessert Recipe

Dates

Dates are  delicious, and they have a caramel flavour when used in baking. If you are one of us who decided to exclude refined sugars from your diet and you still have traces of a sweet tooth, you should consider Dates, such a versatile sweetener. This fruit is very sweet but at the same time it is considered to be a functional food.

According to Critical Reviews in Food Science and Nutrition (Volume 52, Issue 3, 2012)  ‘it is apparent that the date fruits are highly nutritious and may have several potential health benefits’. Dates are a rich source of energy, fiber, vitamins and minerals. Compared to other dried fruits such as apricots and figs, dates are a good source of compounds with antioxidant activity.

The same Critical Reviews in Food Science and Nutrition published a research where ’10 minerals have been reported in dates, with the most prominent being selenium, copper, potassium and magnesium, providing more than 15 percent of the recommended intake of these minerals in 100 grams of dates, which is roughly 4 dates. As dates have a high potassium and low sodium content, they are a healthy choice for those with hypertension.’

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Paleo Canelé (not Bordeaux) Recipe

Canelé

Canelé is a small delicate French dessert from Bordeaux. They are amazing and unforgettable when prepared well. This is exactly what happened to me. I bought one small Canelé from Cumulus Inc. and I could not forget it.

Traditional Canelé is made from a combination of products, such as sugar, flour, milk and butter. That is my reason for creating this recipe.

Through many trials and errors I came up with this version of Canelé where I use Paleo friendly products. Finally, I forgot the taste of my first Canelé that I bought 🙂 Long-awaited success.

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Paleo Canelé

Ingredients:

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Mango Pudding Recipe

We love Australian mangoes. During the peak of the mango season, we can buy them in boxes and at a very affordable price.

This recipe is so simple and so yummy! And I think it is a perfect guilt free dessert for a hot summer because it is sugar and dairy free. Enjoy.

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Mango Pudding

Ingredients:

2 large mangoes (very ripe)
250ml light coconut cream
7g agar
120ml water
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No wonder this long winter 2015 in Melbourne feels unusually cold. They say it is the coldest winter in 25 years, and I say it is long enough to exhaust all ideas for various soups. If you are one of us who might be feeling a desire for a simple and comforting soup, here I am again with the quick and simple delicious recipe where you will need only ordinary ingredients. Also, kids love it!

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Vegan Muesli Bites Recipe

Barley vs Oats

Barley and oats have a range of healthy cholesterol-lowering properties as was discussed in the Barley Risotto post. There is an important difference between barley and oats, it is that the oats are gluten free. Oats are gaining increasing scientific and public interest for their potential antioxidant-associated health benefits as well as anti-inflammatory compounds.

If you cook porridge in the morning, use the ones that take longer to cook. Also you could buy oat bran (an excellent source of fibre) separately and add some to the breakfast or smoothies. Oats are rich in folate but the folate content is the highest in the whole oat.

If you have an unexpected guest and your guest happened to be a vegan, I have a recipe for you that is quick (will take less than 30 minutes), simple (no experience or skills required) and healthy (no sugar, no gluten, no bad fat). My non-vegan degustators got excited too!

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