endless summer fruit + nut crumble

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Summer officially ends this week. Slow teardrop down my cheek… 

Here in Edinburgh, we have been experiencing unseasonably warm weather leading up to autumn. All of August we enjoyed the seasons best berries, peaches + plums. We had a big bowl on the table and it felt a bit more summery around here. We are topping off our oatmeals, yogurt bowls and leafy salads with delicious additions like grilled peaches and figs and we will continue to do so through the fall with some stewed apples and pears.

For this particular recipe, I was unsure whether to call it a cobbler, a crisp or a crumble because it fits the bill for all. What I love about this recipe is the versatility. You can add whatever fruit you have on hand or is in season.

You can have it for breakfast paired with coffee or topped with a protein-rich Greek yogurt. As a leftover, it can serve as a great on-the-go option as school and work schedules get a bit busier this time of year.

It also makes for a fantastic, and not-too-sweet dessert option. We consistently bring this over to friends with vanilla ice-cream and it is always a hit!

After two rounds of strict AIP since February, I have successfully re-introduced a couple of key foods like eggs, various nuts + gluten-free oats. Win! It makes baking a bit easier and enjoyable. I can have these foods in moderation without feeling crummy. And one tasty way to keep from feeling crummy, is to make this crumble… [nice segue there, eh?]

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Serves: 4-5 Servings

Ingredients

For the topping:
  • 1/2 cup rolled oats
  • 1/3 cup almond flour
  • 1/4 cup coconut flour
  • 1/2 cup almond milk (or dairy alternative)
  • 1 tbs maple syrup or honey
  • 1/4 tsp fine sea salt
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 large egg
  • sliced almonds
For the filling:
  • 3 ripe peaches, cut into slices
  • 2 ripe plums, cut into slices
  • 2 ripe greengage, cut into slices (or extra peach/plum)
  • 1 cup berries of choice (blackberries and blueberries are nice)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • pinch of sea salt
  • lemon juice
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Directions

Prep Time:  10 Mins/ Cook Time:  35 Mins / Total Time:  45 Mins

  1. Preheat your oven to 350 F / 170 C.
  2. To prepare the filling, toss the fruit, sweetener, vanilla, and salt together in a large mixing bowl. Drizzle the mixture with lemon juice.
  3. Transfer the fruit filling to a lightly oiled 8 x 8 square baking dish or a glass pie plate.
  4. To make the topping, add all ingredients to a medium sized mixing bowl and mix them together, until you have a clumpy, well-mixed topping.
  5. Dollop (I love that word) all of the topping over the fruit.
  6. If you fancy, sprinkle sliced almonds and/or extra gluten-free on top of crumble.
  7. Bake the crisp for 35 minutes, until fruit is bubbling + the crumble topping is golden.
  8. Serve with yogurt, coconut whipped cream, vanilla ice-cream, or anything you like!

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Notes

  • Leftovers will keep for up to 4 days in an airtight container in the fridge
  • Short on time? Easy to prep ahead of time. Cover in the fridge and pop in the oven before serving

 

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This month, I am looking forward to a similar version with some apple, pears + figs. It is also my favourite time of year to get those pumpkin recipes out! Tell me, what are your fall favourites?
Have a delicious week, x!

green coconut smoothie

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I think we can agree fruits and vegetables are good for you. But do you struggle to get all of your greens in for the day?

Maybe you are ready to mix up your morning routine. Want to feel like Superwoman (or man…) from all the greens you consume before your 9am start at work? Raise your hand if you want brighter skin, happy bowels and a slimmer waist?! Give green smoothies a go- they are super healthy, easy to make, and they just might turn you into a morning person.

This smoothie recipe uses fresh fruits and dark, leafy greens. Green smoothies are defined by their use of leafy greens like spinach, kale (most nutrition value per calorie out of any plant!), chard, collards, and even dandelion greens (so good for detoxing) to get tons of vitamins and minerals and give your body the plant-based nutrients it craves.

5 REASONS TO LOVE GREEN SMOOTHIES

  1. Easy way to get 5 servings of fruits and vegetables into your diet every single day. If you struggle with salads and eating green, you might find this doable.
  2. Natural weight loss can be an additional side effect of enjoying these in place of a typical breakfast. Be sure to include healthy fats and protein to make it a more complete and balanced meal.
  3. The immune-boosting benefits of green smoothies are a good preventative measure to keep the flu bugs away. And a simple way to boost your immune system when you are feeling under the weather.
  4. Green smoothies provide natural energy. I have cut back on my caffeine intake as a result because I feel a pep in my step and they help to keep the morning slump at bay.
  5. Quick, easy to make, and portable (if it even lasts long enough to make it out the door) and delicious! It is the best ‘fast food’ for the morning especially if you prep ahead.

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This book peaked my interest in a morning smoothie ritual. Eat. Nourish. Glow by Amelia Freer- the Queen of all things delicious and healthy. Check out her entire archive of juice and smoothie recipes and how we can use food as medicine. Full of practical advice, I find myself empowered to make healthy decisions about the food I buy and kick unhealthy habits that can make me feel sluggish and exhausted. Amelia makes it easy.

This green coconut smoothie recipe is full of fresh greens and fruit; avocado +coconut that provide healthy fats; banana that creates a creamy, sweet base; coconut milk adds creaminess and complements the flavours from fresh produce.

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Ingredients

  • 8oz/230ml coconut milk (or dairy-free alternative)
  • 8oz water
  • 1 kiwi fruit or granny smith apple
  • ½ banana (preferably ripe and frozen pieces)
  • 3 handfuls of kale or spinach
  • 2 celery sticks
  • ½ cucumber
  • ½ avocado
  • juice of 1 lemon
  • ground ginger
  • shredded unsweetened coconut

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Method

  1. Start with dairy-free milk and water, pour into blender.
  2. Add leafy greens, blend until smooth and leafy chunks are gone.
  3. Add remaining, diced fruit + veg, blend again until smooth.
  4. Pour into a large glass (or a mason jar, you hipster, you).
  5. Gulp, sip or pour into a bowl and add some delicious toppings (see below).

Notes

  • If your smoothie is too thick, add some extra liquid (water or dairy alternative) and blend for a few seconds to thin.
  • If your blender is struggling to make things smooth, try blending your greens and liquid together first, then add the fruit and blend a second time.
  • Enjoy getting creative with some nutritious toppings: a quality protein powder, dried coconut, fresh berries, cacao powder, cinnamon, maca powder, nuts, seeds or a spoonful of nut butter.

Use this helpful guide from simplegreensmoothies.com to get your creative juices flowing and try your own variation

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What are you favourite smoothie recipes? Looking for some additional smoothie or juicing inspiration? Here are my all time favourites:

  • Green Kitchen Stories  – an entire cookbook dedicated to smoothies. Yes, dreams do come true and the photography (if you’re into it) is top notch.
  • Minimalist Baker – lots of delicious smoothie bowl recipes. For those of us that prefer to shovel it in with a spoon and can’t be bothered with a straw.
  • Deliciously Ella  –  known for her nutritious and healing recipes, Ella has loads of quick smoothie and smoothie bowl recipes available for free on her website.

 

Enjoy! x

 

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lemon + coconut cake

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[This recipe has been edited since it was originally posted. I appreciate your feedback about my initial recommendation of coconut flour. I have reworked a few ingredients and hope this variation proves to be more successful for you as it requires less coconut flour! Keep the feedback coming y’all]

Grain-free and sugar-free baking can be intimidating, crumbly and expensive. But it can also be easy, delicious, affordable and make a restrictive diet fun again. Yep, I love fun that you can eat.

When it comes to basic GF/DF/SF/Paleo baking, we do not have to reinvent the wheel. Thanks to all the wonderful blogs, cookbook authors, Pinterest and friends with Celiac and Hashimoto’s, or individuals following the auto-immune protocol, it is easier than ever to modify and experiment with any recipe imaginable.

I first made a version of this cake at the beginning of the year and what a difference a few months make in learning how to make vegan, grain-free, naturally-sweetened baked goods all that you want them to be. Patience wins again!

I started my ‘cake experiment’ with a very basic vanilla pound cake recipe from Elana’s Pantry.  I have used this recipe as a base to experiment with banana bread, blueberry morning loaf, cinnamon raisin pumpkin loaf and chunky zucchini bread. I am really excited about this batch of lemon cake because it is super moist, dense yet light, not too sweet, and this case, deliciously lemony! I have to omit eggs from baking and find that banana, applesauce and arrowroot flour bind nicely. This cake is good naked and can also be topped a layer of coconut creme.

Ingredients
1/2 cup coconut flour
1/4 cup arrowroot flour (can sub tapioca or almond flour)
2 ripe bananas
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
3/4 coconut milk (or dairy alternative of your choice)
1/2 cup (4 ounces) unsweetened applesauce
1 tsp vanilla extract
lemon juice from 2 lemons
zest of 2 lemons

Heartbeet Kitchen’s | Ingredients for whipped coconut cream 

1/2 can very cold full fat coconut milk (refrigerated overnight)

2 tablespoons honey or maple syrup (omit for AIP)

½ cup unsweetened toasted coconut flakes

 

Method

  1. Preheat the oven to 350F / 175C
  2. Coat a 9″ loaf pan with light layer of coconut oil and set aside.
  3. In a large mixing bowl, combine all dry ingredients: flours, salt, and baking soda.
  4. In a mixer or a small processor, combine the bananas, milk, applesauce, vanilla + lemon juice
  5. Pour the wet mixture into the dry and stir to combine. Add lemon zest.  Then pour the batter into the prepared loaf pan and smooth the top into an even layer.
  6. Top with sliced almonds, omit for AIP. 
  7. Bake for 30 minutes until the top is golden brown, then tent with foil and bake for another 30-35 minutes until a toothpick or knife comes out clean.
  8. Cool in the pan for 20 minutes, then remove from the pan and cool completely on a wire rack before topping with coconut cream and serving your people!

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Coconut cream:

  1. Open the refrigerated coconut milk, being careful to keep it level. Scoop out all the hard cream that has come to the surface, until you hit the liquid. Leave the liquid in the can, do not add.
  2. Put the coconut cream in a large bowl or the bowl of a stand mixer. Using a mixer or handheld mixer on high speed – whip the coconut cream for 3 to 5 minutes until it becomes fluffy and light, with soft peaks.
  3. Stir in the honey and frost cake. Best stored in refrigerator, then let it come to room temperature before serving.

 

 Notes

  • Store leftovers in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 3 days
  • I recommend Meyer lemons if you can find them
  • I recommend using a food processor to blend the batter nice and smooth, like an eggy consistency
  • Try letting the cake sit for a bit before eating – the texture improves a bit and the middle should firm up

Enjoy! x

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citrus + pomegranate mint salad

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I don’t know about you, but when I like something I stick to it.

I can always count on my Oma to have full, juicy bowls of oranges and grapefruits around during Christmas and Easter. Maybe because she knows it is the perfect antidote to all the overindulgence of the holidays. I have fond memories of watching my Papa sit at the kitchen counter helping her to peel all of the membranes from every slice- he hated the white stuff, he was determined, and checked and re-check that every seed was out of the bowl.

This year as we celebrated Easter brunch with friends, I decided to keep the tradition going with a little twist – pomegranate and mint. Best served chilled, it is perfectly sweet and slightly tart, refreshing and very easy to put together.

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This salad is a showstopper, requires very little work and feels like a fancy salad despite it only being four ingredients. It is easy enough to make for yourself for breakfast but also to serve guests. This recipe is AIP (auto immune protocol) compliant, in season (yep, November till July) and packed with nutrients.

  • Grapefruit is extra good for you this time of year with plenty of immune-boosting Vitamin C to help fight off colds, lycopene for glowing skin, and free-radical fighting antioxidants. I eat a grapefruit every day because it is perfect for hitting the metabolism-reset button. Pow!
  • Pomegranates contain high levels of antioxidants that protect against heart disease and cancer. A glass of pure pomegranate juice has more antioxidants than red wine, green tea, blueberries, and cranberries.
  • Mint is a great palate cleanser and promotes digestion. It also soothes stomachs in cases of indigestion or inflammation.

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Ingredients

1 pomegranate

2 large navel oranges
2 pink grapefruits
Fresh mint 

Method

  • Place the pomegranate on a surface that won’t stain. Do not wear white. And follow this link for the easy way to remove pomegranate seeds. When finished, pick out any bits of the white membrane so all that remains in the bowl are seeds and juice.
  • For the oranges and grapefruits, cut a small slice off the top and bottom so the fruit can sit flat on a cutting board. Using a serrated knife, work your way around the fruits to remove all peel. Carefully cut the segments cross-wise or cut around each segment.

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  • Sprinkle pomegranate seeds and fresh mint leaves over the sliced citrus
  • Cover and refrigerate until you are ready to share with your people
  • Slurping up the extra juice at the end is an extra treat

Enjoy! x

 

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chocolate + almond butter pudding

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Who doesn’t want a quick and nutritionally dense way to answer a sugar craving? This chocolate pudding removes all the guilt and satisfies my sweet tooth . This dairy and gluten-free recipe is rich, smooth, creamy and nutritiousIt is also incredible easy and quick to put together – would make a great last minute Easter dessert.

-Take care of the ticker with avocados that are rich in healthy fats, folate, and extremely heart healthy.

-The creaminess of banana provides Vitamin B6, potassium, fiber and sweetens the pudding naturally.

-Cacao or cocoa powder provides antioxidants and magnesium. Did you know that most people are deficient in magnesium? It is an important mineral for regulating blood sugar and helps fight strong sugar cravings.

-The almond butter provides an extra boost of protein and even more healthy fats to keep you satiated and adds the right about of salty to sweet.

Ingredients

makes 4 small pots 

  • 2 large avocados
  • 1 large ripe banana
  • 2-3 tbs cocoa or cacao powder (to your preference)
  • 1/4 cup almond butter
  • 1/2 cup canned coconut milk or other non-dairy milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 tsp optional sweetener (date syrup, agave nectar, honey)

 

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Method

Place the flesh of the avocados and all remaining ingredients together in a blender or food processor and blend, scraping down the sides as you go until well combined. Yep, that easy.

a). remove to a bowl + eat now

b). cover and refrigerate for a couple of hours + eat later

Both ways are delicious. Serve it up and share with your people.

The toppings are endless or it can be served plain and simple. Top with a pinch of cocoa, sliced bananas, a handful of berries, a dollop of almond butter or some shredded coconut flakes.

 

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Notes

  • If you prefer an intense chocolate flavor, add less sweetener.
  • The pudding can easily be prepared in advance and put into serving glasses/jars to store in the fridge.
  • The consistency of the pudding will thicken when chilled. Leftovers will keep in the fridge up to a few days, though best when fresh.

 

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Enjoy! x

 

Cinnamon Granola with Nuts + Seeds

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We all need a reason to get up on a wintry morning.

This hearty, subtly sweet, nutty granola is your answer. Scented with coconut and cinnamon and bursting with crunchy almonds, pecans and seeds. Perfect for snacking, storing, atop a smoothie bowl (I chose pumpkin, I think that’s obvious) or on its own with a bit of milk.

Adapted from The Minimalist Baker: Nut + Honey Coconut Granola

INGREDIENTS

Serves: 12

  • 3 cups GF rolled oats
  • 1 cup almonds
  • 1 cup pecans
  • raw pumpkin seeds to top
  • 1/4 tsp of salt
  • 1/2 tbsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 tbsp ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil
  • 1/3 cup honey  or agave nectar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup shredded coconut *
  • 1/2 cup dried fruit *

 

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METHOD

  • Preheat oven to 340 F or 170 C
  • Mix the oats, cinnamon, nutmeg, salt, and nuts together in a large bowl.
  • In a small saucepan over medium low heat, warm the coconut oil, honey/agave and vanilla extract and pour over the dry ingredients and mix well.
  • Spread the mixture evenly onto a baking sheet(s) and bake for 20-25 minutes, stirring a bit near the halfway point. The coconut oil will help this granola crisp up nicely but be sure to watch it carefully as it browns quickly.
  • If you are going to add the shredded coconut*, be sure to add in the last minutes as it will burn easily.
  • Once the granola is visibly browned remove from the baking sheet and into a bowl to let it cool.

 

NOTES

– Place in a container that has an air-tight seal and it should keep for a few weeks.

– This granola is very customizable. Feel free to omit or add any addition spices, oil or nut components.

– Some dried fruit* like raisins or apples would be nice. Be sure to add in the last few minutes of cooking, so they stay soft.

– Serve over a smoothie bowl, greek yogurt, as cereal with your favorite milk or take it on the go as a nutritious and delicious snack on the go.

 

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Grain Free Pumpkin Bread

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When the smell of cinnamony, nutmeggy pumpkin bread fills your home, it’s a special kind of nirvana in the nostrils. During these cold, dark and damp winter months in Edinburgh this easy pumpkin bread has won us over, time and time again. This perfectly moist, gluten-free, dairy-free and egg-free pumpkin quick bread is made with high protein almond flour and has no processed or refined sugars.

Ingredients – serves 4

  • 1/2 cup almond flour
  • 1/2 cup coconut flour
  • ¼ teaspoon sea salt
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • ½ teaspoon ground cloves
  • ½ cup pureed pumpkin
  • 3 tablespoons honey
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 bananas (with a little green, too ripe does not work well for this)

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Method

  1. In a large bowl, combine all dry ingredients; flours, salt, baking soda and spices
  2. In a food processor, combine wet ingredients; pumpkin, honey, vanilla and banana, pulse for 2 minutes
  3. Scoop batter into a mini loaf pan
  4. Bake at 350°F (or 170°C)  for 35-45 minutes
  5. Cool for 20-30 minutes
  6. Take a whiff of pumpkin filling your kitchen, serve warm and share with your people

Notes

  • I have experimented with this recipe a few times. Eggs, no eggs, ‘flax eggs’, gelatin, banana… I opt for the vegan option because mashed banana makes a really nice binder. The texture is just right and it really brings out the pumpkin and spices in this recipe.
  • For another vegan friendly option, substitute the honey with date syrup or agave nectar
  • If you want an extra sweet treat, toss in some raisins and/or dark chocolate chips to the batter before baking
  • For an additional crunch, mix in or top the loaf with your favorite nuts or seeds halfway through baking
  • Coconut flour absorbs anything its mixed with. If your mixture seems a bit dry, stir in some dairy (2 tbs. at a time) of your choice to make a little wetter before putting in your loaf pan

I’m in love with pumpkin and I don’t care who knows it! I have had my share of the stuff for months now; curries, breads, pancakes, stews, breakfast hash… and I don’t plan on stopping.

If you too, are experiencing pumpkin obsession/heaven what is your favorite pumpkin recipe? How do you prefer to prepare winter squash that is in abundance this time of year?

 

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