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Beetrot Chocolate Cake

Beetrot Chocolate Cake

Beetroot is mostly available between November to April, and is abundant and cheap in summer time. Why not try making this beetroot chocolate cake?

Beetroot contains fibre, potassium, folate and other B group vitamins, and a little iron and vitamin C. Beetroots have a high anti-oxidant value because they contain a group of red pigments known as betalains. Its crimson colouring is not seen in any other vegetables. 

And, did you know that you can use beetroot juice as a natural food colouring? Simply add a few drops to water to make pink drinks, or add a few drops to your favourite icing recipe instead of food colouring.

BEETROOT CHOCOLATE CAKE

For a long time I wanted to make a beetroot chocolate cake, but they seemed like a lot of work. I wanted to find a recipe where I didn’t have to cook the beetroot first. After perusing a few versions online, I decided to modify my standard chocolate cake recipe, and came up with something I am pretty pleased with. It is dairy free, and uses coconut oil so you could say it is almost healthy.

The end result is a moist, chocolately cake with only a hint of the earthiness of beetroot in the aftertaste. The batter has a beautiful crimson hue, but once cooked you wouldn’t know there was a vegetable in it.

This cake is a great way to sneak in another 5+ a day into their diets. Adjust the cooking time for muffins/cupcakes. I syphoned off a small amount of batter and made some mini muffins for the lunchboxes. For more lunchbox inspiration be sure to check out the Munch Lunchbox Cookbook which is filled with easy healthy recipes.

 

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Easy Walnut Pasta Sauce

Easy Walnut Pasta Sauce

I have made this recipe on several occasions, and it is fair to say that I probably modified it each time. The original inspiration for this recipe came from a recipe I found in Taste magazine, March 2011.

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Christmas mince

Christmas mince

Christmas mince delight. Yes I have used the word delight as Christmas mince is only made once a year in our house and at a time when the kids are super excited for Christmas. What a delight!

There are so many things you can do with Christmas mince. However the first thing is to know how to make Christmas mince, so we have attached a very simple Christmas mince recipe for you below.

Do you often have left over Christmas mince? If so, here are the things you can make with Christmas mince

  • Christmas Mince pies – make it with the kids. If you buy already made sheets of sweet pastry, all you have to do is get the kids to cut out circle shapes for the bottom of the muffin tins and maybe a star shape for the lids. Our kids love to help. Check out our Munch Christmas Mince pies here.
  • Christmas Mince topping on ice cream – you might like to add a bit of water and reduce it further down so that it becomes
  • Make a tart out of the Christmas Mince
  • Crumble bars
  • Keep your Christmas Mince for next year – yes it will last if you keep it safe
  • Read more here for further ideas for your Christmas Mince.
  • Merry Christmas to you all xx

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Coconut milk ice pops

Coconut milk ice pops

These coconut milk ice blocks contain no refined sugars. Not only are they delicious and healthy they really only take a couple of minutes to prepare.

You could use an ice cream maker to process and freeze the mixture initially. However you can also simply freeze them straight in the ice pops or in a plastic container. The advantage of using an ice cream maker is that you don’t get any ice crystals.

Coconut milk is high is saturated fatty acids an easy source of energy, the main source is lauric acid. A fatty acid that helps fight against bacteria and viruses and also helps promote brain development. Interestingly breast milk is the only other natural source of lauric acid.

Coconut provides a nutritious source of meat, juice, milk, and oil that has fed and nourished populations around the world for generations. On many islands coconut is a staple in the diet and provides the majority of the food eaten.

Nearly one third of the world’s population depends on coconut to some degree for their food and their economy. Among these cultures the coconut has a long and respected history.


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