Rooibos Chia Pudding

Rooibos tea (or red tea) is originally from South Africa, it goes really well mixed with orange or vanilla flavours or as a base for a comforting cup of chai. as it’s caffeine free it makes a great bed time tea and is suitable for children.

I have used it here to make a quick and easy chia pudding (because I haven’t posted one of those in a while!) – all you need to do is make up your strong cup of tea then leave everything to soak. No cooking even involved. …

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Spiced Pumpkin and Apricot Cake

For me, Summer stone fruits are officially in season when there are multitudes of apricots sitting in the kitchen, stockpiled my mum to make the year’s apricot jam. I decided to do something a little bit different and less sugar filled and make a (healthier) lightly spiced pumpkin and apricot cake instead.

Spiced Pumpkin and Apricot Cake
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Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: 8
  • 320g pumpkin (peeled weight) peeled and chopped
  • ¾ cup raw almonds
  • ¾ cup wholemeal spelt flour
  • ½ tsp cinnamon
  • ½ tsp ground dried ginger
  • 1.5 tsp baking powder
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • ½ cup rapadura sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 4-5 ripe apricots
  1. Preheat oven to 180C. Line a cake pan with baking paper (I used a 20cm round tin for this recipe) and oil spray.
  2. Take your pumpkin and steam or microwave it until tender. Allow to cool.
  3. Place almond in the bowl of a food processor or blender and blend until you have an almond meal- nothing too chunky. Alternatively you can use ¾ cups of store bought almond meal instead.
  4. Place the almond meal in a large bowl and stir in the flour, cinnamon, ginger and baking powder. Set aside.
  5. In another bowl, mash the pumpkin until smooth. Add in the oil, eggs, vanilla and sugar and mix well until combined.
  6. Add the pumpkin mix to the flour mix and stir until smooth.
  7. Pour batter into you prepared cake tin and smooth over. De-stone the apricots and slice thinly. Arrange the apricot slices on top of cake as desired until cake is covered but you can still see some batter underneath.
  8. Bake in an oven for 30-45 minutes (depending on oven) or until the middle is set and a skewer inserted into the middle comes out clean.
  9. Allow to cool in tin or eat warm.

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Coconut Water Cold Brew Coffee

I have recently been getting into the cold drip ice coffee – you know the ones made in the giant glass contraptions seen in trendy cafe’s -those ones. Besides costing a small fortune and there being a shortage of trendy cafes in my area, I couldn’t really keep up this caffeine habit and decided to make my own. After some research I found it was actually quite simple to make at home, all you need is some ground coffee, water, a glass container and something to strain out the grinds. …

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