Spiced Almond Fritters with Pumpkin and Apple: Real Food For Babies and Toddlers – Vanessa Clarkson

Recipes and images from  “Real food For Babies and Toddlers” by Vanessa Clarkson (Murdoch Books)

Spiced Almond Fritters with Pumpkin and Apple 

Makes 10

Preparation time 10 minutes  Cooking time 15 minutes

DIETARY INFO: Dairy-free    gluten-free    vegetarian

 

4 eggs

250 g (9 oz/2 cups) peeled and grated butternut pumpkin (squash)

3 eating apples, cored

3 tablespoons almond meal

1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon ground ginger

1/4 teaspoon ground cardamom

coconut oil for frying

maple syrup (optional), to serve

 

To make the batter, beat the eggs well in a large bowl. Add the pumpkin and grate in one of the apples, along with the almond meal and spices. Stir to combine. Finely slice the remaining 2 apples and set aside.

Working in batches and allowing 1 teaspoon coconut oil per fritter, heat the coconut oil in a large frying pan over medium heat. Once the oil is hot, spoon 2 tablespoons of the fritter batter into the pan, and shape into a fritter using a spoon or spatula. Continue until you have three or four fritters in the pan, taking care not to overcrowd the pan. Press a slice of apple into the top of each fritter. Cook for 3–4 minutes on the first side, then flip over and cook for a further 1–2 minutes until cooked through and crisp and golden on the outside. Keep warm on a plate lined with paper towel while cooking the rest. Repeat until all the batter has been used. Serve the fritters drizzled with a little maple syrup, if you like.

“For little ones: As raw apple presents a choking hazard for babies, these fritters are a great way to introduce this fruit in its whole form. The apple slice is unlikely to be soft enough for beginners, so either leave this off their fritter or grate all the apples into the batter. You may need to add a little more almond meal if the apples are especially juicy.”p.70

 

Oatmeal Snack Balls with Cranberries and Apple: Real Food For Babies and Toddlers- Vanessa Clarkson

 

Recipes and images from  “Real food For Babies and Toddlers” by Vanessa Clarkson (Murdoch Books) 

Oatmeal Snack Balls with Cranberries and Apple

 

Makes about 12

 

Preparation time 10 minutes, plus 2 hours’ soaking (optional)

 

DIETARY INFO: Dairy-free    vegetarian    vegan

 

Cranberry Apple and Oatmeal Snack Balls

 

80 g (23/4 oz/¹⁄³ cup) unsalted raw cashews, preferably soaked for 2 hours beforehand, then rinsed and drained

70 g (2½ oz/²⁄³ cup) rolled (porridge) oats (see note on page 104)

55 g (2 oz/¹⁄³ cup) dried cranberries

50 g (13/4 oz/½ cup) preservative-free dried apple

4 soft medjool dates, pitted

60 ml (2 fl oz/¼ cup) coconut oil, melted and cooled

½ teaspoon ground cinnamon

 

Put all the ingredients in a food processor, and whiz until the mixture gets clumpy. Empty into a bowl, and shape into golf-sized balls using your hands. Store in an airtight container in a cool place or the refrigerator (although they’ll be quite firm if kept this way).

For little ones: Try shaping into fingers for easier gripping.

 

** Very suitable to put in your work lunch box as a snack –  they were easy to make and yummy – sorry no pictures  they were devoured before the camera came out 🙂

 

 

 

Salted Macadamia Nut Slice: Food To Make You Glow – Lola Berry

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Recipes extracted from Food to Make You Glow by Lola Berry. Available now, RRP $39.99, Plum.

Link: http://www.panmacmillan.com.au/9781743548479

salted macadamia nut slice
Salted caramel and maca nuts … this is pretty much my dream treat, and
the fact that it’s good for my beauty regime only makes me love it more!
Macadamia nuts are full of the proteins and good fats needed for shiny hair
and strong nails, plus they are a great source of palmitoleic acid, which
hydrates and heals the skin.” p126

base
· ½ cup desiccated coconut
· ½ cup macadamia nuts,
soaked for 2–3 hours
(or overnight), then rinsed
· 3 tablespoons coconut oil, melted
· 2 tablespoons almond butter

salted caramel filling
· 1 cup pitted medjool dates
· 1 tablespoon macadamia nut oil
· 2 tablespoons macadamia nut butter
· 3 tablespoons maple syrup
· 2 large pinches of salt flakes,
plus extra to sprinkle

topping
· 3 tablespoons coconut oil, melted
· 3 tablespoons maple syrup
· 3 tablespoons cacao powder

BEAUTY salted macadamia nut slice

Line a 21 cm x 18 cm baking tin with baking paper.
Place the base ingredients in a food processor and blend until the
mixture is nice and biscuity and starts to stick together. With damp
hands, press the mixture over the base of the lined tin and transfer
to the freezer while you make the filling.

For the filling, put the dates, maca nut oil, maca nut butter, maple
syrup and salt in a blender or food processor and blend until
smooth and sticky. Spoon the salted caramel over the base and
spread evenly with a knife, then sprinkle a few more salt fl akes
over the caramel layer and place in the freezer for 30 minutes,
or until set.

To make the topping, mix the melted coconut oil, maple syrup and
cacao powder together in a bowl. Pour this over the caramel layer
and then put it back in the freezer to set.
To serve, slice while frozen and enjoy straight away, or leave it to
come to room temperature before tucking in.
Makes 12–16

p126 food for beauty

Green Kiwi Smoothie: Food to Make you Glow – Lola Berry

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Recipes extracted from Food to Make You Glow by Lola Berry. Available now, RRP $39.99, Plum.

Link: http://www.panmacmillan.com.au/9781743548479

green kiwi smoothie
Green smoothies are a massive part of my diet, so I’m constantly trying to come
up with new green inventions. This one is zesty and full of the good stuff – it
reminds me of summer but you could really eat it all year round! The kiwi fruit
will push your vitamin C levels up to the max and have your immune system
functioning at its best.” p. 142

· 2 handfuls of baby spinach
· 2 kiwi fruit (skin on if organic)
· ½ cup chopped frozen mango
· 2 pitted medjool dates
(or your choice of sweetener)
· grated zest and juice of 1 lime
· ½ avocado
· 2 cups coconut water

to serve
· 3 tablespoons Coconut
and Sunfl ower Seed Protein
Granola (page 144) or other
paleo granola, plus extra
· a few slices of kiwi fruit
· edible flowers

Pop all the smoothie ingredients into a blender and process until
lovely and smooth.

“To serve, cover the bottom of two serving glasses with the granola
(I love doing this as it makes a lovely a surprise, though you’ll need
a spoon to get to the last bit), then pour over the smoothie. Top with
kiwi, lots of pretty edible fl owers and a last sprinkle of granola, then
away you go.”

Serves 2
p142. food for immunity

 

Flourless Blood Orange and Almond Maple Cake: Get Lean Stay Lean – Dr Joanna McMillan

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Images and recipes from Get Lean Stay Lean by Joanna McMillan (Murdoch Books RRP $35)

Flourless Blood Orange and Almond Maple Cake

This is such a simple cake recipe, yet you won’t believe how beautiful it tastes. I use blood oranges when they are in season. If you can’t get hold of any, simply use navel oranges instead. The almonds have been roasted before grinding them to give a deeper depth of flavour. You don’t have to do this and can simply use almond meal instead if you prefer. The recipe as it stands is dairy free, but it is delicious served with a spoonful of Greek-style yoghurt.” p.208

 

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Serves 6  Time 2 hours 15 minutes  DF GF V

 

4 blood oranges, skin on, plus extra orange segments to serve

Mint leaves, to serve

6 large free-range or organic eggs

175 g (6 oz/1/2 cup) pure maple syrup

1 teaspoon baking powder

1 teaspoon extra virgin olive oil to grease
the baking tin

250 g (9 oz) flaked almonds, pan-roasted, then ground (alternatively, you can use almond meal, see note)

Handful whole almonds, to serve

 

 

 

Put the oranges in a saucepan and cover with water. Place a piece of baking paper over the top of the oranges—this helps keep the oranges from bobbing on the water surface. Gently bring to the boil, then reduce the heat to a simmer. Simmer for 1 hour.

Preheat the oven to fan-forced 180°C (350°F/Gas 4). Brush a round
22 cm (81/2 inch) springform cake tin with the extra virgin olive oil and line with baking paper.

Drain the oranges and slice in half, removing any pips. Using a food processor or a Vitamix on level 10, blitz the oranges to a paste.

Add the eggs and blitz again. Then add the maple syrup and baking powder, and mix together well.

Pour the mixture into the tin and bake in the oven for about 1 hour. To test that the cake is ready, insert a skewer into the centre of the cake and if it comes out clean the cake is cooked. Remove from the oven and leave to cool in the tin.

Remove the cake from the tin, decorate with fresh blood orange segments, whole almonds and mint leaves, and serve.

 

 

 

Note Using nut meal in place of flour keeps the cake gluten free and since nuts are already high in fat you don’t need to add additional butter or oil as with a traditional cake. This, of course, also ensures you have all good
fats present. You do, however, need to be careful with your portion size,
as nut meal is energy dense—not always easy with a delicious cake! Just
be sure to cut each quarter of the cake into a further four slices to keep your kilojoules appropriate for a snack.

 

Dr Joanna’s Go To Green Smoothie: Get Lean Stay Lean – Dr Joanna McMillan

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Images and recipes from Get Lean Stay Lean by Joanna McMillan (Murdoch Books RRP $35)

My go-to green smoothie

“This is the smoothie I make most often. It’s all plant food and so has a seriously low number
of kilojoules, yet delivers some serious nutrition. It has B group vitamins for energy, folate
for cell protection, vitamin C for immune function and healthy skin, antioxidants galore
for anti-ageing and it even has almost 2 mg of iron. All up it’s a fantastic addition to your
daily Get Lean, Stay Lean menu plan.” p.224

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Serves 1  Time 5 minutes  DF GF NF V Ve

 

1/2 celery stalk

1/2 Lebanese (short) cucumber

20 g (3/4 oz) baby English spinach leaves

1 thin slice of lemon

6 mint leaves

Small handful flat-leaf (Italian) parley leaves

80 g (23/4 oz/1/2 cup) fresh or frozen pineapple pieces (see note)

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A few ice cubes

 

 

Put all the ingredients into a Vitamix or high-speed blender with 250 ml (9 fl oz/1 cup) of water and the ice on top. Blitz for about a minute or until completely smooth.

 

 

Note You might not think of a pineapple automatically when we list superfoods, but there’s more to this tropical fruit than you might realise.
A cup of pineapple chunks provides you with over 60 per cent of your RDI for vitamin C. Since we know vitamin C aids in the absorption of plant iron, adding some pineapple to smoothies like I have done here, or to a legume or quinoa salad will boost your uptake of iron from these foods.

I always chop up my pineapple soon after purchase so they are ready to eat immediately. I keep one tub in the fridge for using fresh over the next few days and pop the rest, ready in ice cube-sized chunks, into zip-lock bags in my freezer. These are ideal for then using in your smoothie and frozen dessert recipes.

 

Banana, Almond & Date Loaf: Delicious Everyday -Anna Gare

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I am having a bit of a baking evening  – tonight I made Anna Gare’s gluten free, sugar free, dairy free Banana, Almond and Date Loaf  p. 183 .  My sister is visiting tomorrow so preparing a few home made treats. This is the second time I have made this loaf –  it is so yummy,healthy and easy to make – mix in the food processor. Coconut oil, shredded coconut, dates, bananas, nuts and almond meal, superb!   And it even looks as good as the loaf in the book.

 

Banana Almond & Date Loaf