Following on from my experimentation with my Nutty Quinoa & Chia Protein Bars I decided to play around with a recipe for a healthy, all natural and good for you fruit and nut cakes.
Don’t get me wrong, I am not advocating giving up sugar, or turning paleo or vegan, but I am passionate about food being food. Many times I am seduced by well merchandised displays of processed or packaged foods, only to quickly put them back on the shelves when a scan of the ingredients list reveals a whole bunch of numbers and very few things which resemble food. The rise in choice of alternative diet products has made me think about things such animal v non animal products, sugar v agave, wheat flour v grain based flours etc. How can we make our overall diets healthier, while reducing our impact on our beautiful planet?
With this in mind I set out trying to replicate a rather delicious gluten free fruit loaf I recently tried, with a version that was both gluten and animal product free. I have lots of friends with differing diets so having a tried and tested healthy treat recipe could only be a good thing.
Until I discovered it wasn’t a good thing, because these little fruit and nut loaves are delicious! And ridiculously easy to make!
- 1 cup pecans, chopped
- 1/2 cup almonds, chopped
- 1/4 cup sunflower seeds
- 1/4 cup pepitas
- 1 1/2 cups oats
- 1/2 cup chia seeds
- 1/4 cup goji berries
- 1/2 cup dried cranberries
- 1/2 cup dried figs, chopped (approx 9)
- 1/2 cup Coconut flour
- 1/4 cup Coconut sugar
- 1/2 Tbs ground cinnamon
- 1/2 Tbs ground cloves
- 4 mashed bananas
- 5 Dried peaches (soaked in water overnight and mashed)
- 6 Dried nectarines (soaked in water overnight and mashed)
- 12 Dates (soaked in water overnight and chopped)
- ¼ cup water from dried fruit
- 1/4 cup Agave nectar
- 1/4 cup Coconut oil, melted
- 1/2 cup coconut milk
- Combine all dry ingredients.
- Combine all wet ingredients.
- Mix all together and spoon into muffin tins.
- Bake at 200 degrees for approximately 35 minutes or until cooked.
Note: If you don’t have coconut flour or sugar, substitute for spelt flour and raw sugar.