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Spicy Stewed Apple and Berry Breakfast

Stewed Breakfast Apples with Cinnamon and Ginger

When I first started eating healthily this was one of my favourite dishes, partly because it tastes so incredible and partly because it was a great way of eating fruit without realising I was doing it! At the time I was pretty afraid of fruit, so I had to cook it down until it became more fruit soup than whole fruit! I have to admit that even now I think this tastes a million times more delicious than whole fruit, although I now love my apples stewed not totally disintegrated. This recipe has been a favourite for a while, it’s so amazingly simple with such a delicious mix of flavours. The soft bites of warm apple melt amazingly with the stewed blueberries, the sweet date syrup, and the gentle spices of cinnamon and freshly grated ginger. I then pour warm coconut milk over the whole bowl and add some homemade cinnamon pecan granola. It’s just amazing! It’s really the best winter breakfast too as it’s so warming and comforting, yet still wonderfully light and simple – perfect for January healthy eating! Apples are amazing for us too, especially as they’re full of antioxidants, which are really important for keeping our bodies healthy. Plus there’s lots of vitamin C and fibre in each bite, so you’ll feel satisfied and energised for hours while keeping your immune system very happy!

Serves 1:

- 2 red apples

- a handful of blueberries

- about 1/2 an inch of fresh ginger

- a heaped teaspoon of date syrup (or maple syrup/raw honey)

- a heaped teaspoon cinnamon

- 1/2 a can of coconut milk

- granola

Start by peeling your apples. Then cut them into bite sized pieces, discarding the core. Place the pieces in a sauce pan with the blueberries, cinnamon and date syrup and cover the bottom few cm’s of the saucepan in coconut milk. Allow the pan to start simmering on a low heat. As it cooks just watch that there’s always enough liquid and the apples aren’t sticking and burning to the bottom of the pan. If this is happening just add a little more coconut milk or some water.

Then peel your ginger and then grate it onto a plate, then add this to the pan. (I grate it on a plate not straight into the pan as most graters are metal and they get very hot when used above heat!)

Allow the apple mix to cook for about twenty minutes, at which point all the coconut milk should be evaporated or absorbed.

Place the apples in a bowl and use the pan to heat up the remaining coconut milk for a minute or two, then pour this over the apples, add your granola and enjoy!

You can make the apples in big batches, allow them to cool and then store them in an air-tight container in the fridge if you want a speedy breakfast! They should last about five days if stored this way.

Cleansing Beetroot, Cucumber and Ginger Juice

Energizing Beetroot, Cucumber and Ginger Juice

I don’t know about anyone else but my body is really feeling the changing of the seasons. It’s taking me some time to adjust to the grey, rainy days and the colder temperatures so I’m trying to give my body all the support I can to stay healthy and energetic instead of fluey and coldy! And this cleansing beetroot, cucumber and ginger juice is the perfect answer. It’s such an easy thing to add into your diet as it takes five minutes to make, the ingredients are really easy to find and it tastes amazing any time of the day. Each sip is so wonderfully soothing and revitalising, I swear I can feel my cells dancing with happiness as they soak up all the nutrients! Juicing is the best way to feed your cells goodness too as it removes the fibre from the fruits and vegetables, which means that all the vitamins, minerals and enzymes are absorbed straight into the bloodstream much quicker and in much more highly concentrated doses than if you ate the equivalent amount. Plus juicing gives your digestive system a break too, which is always nice! So a juice really acts as the perfect pick-me-up when you’re feeling tired. Of course this recipe is totally delicious too, and despite being a predominantly vegetable juice it’s still nicely sweet thanks to the apple and carrots, which are complemented by a lovely gingery kick. The colour is pretty incredible too, I swear that alone is enough to boost your mood! Beets are also in season at the moment, which means you can buy them in inexpensive abundance from your local farmers market, or even pick them yourself – which is so fun.

So why drink beets? Beets are magical, they are true super foods and something we should all be eating more of! Beets are a great source of iron, potassium, magnesium, folic acid and vitamins A, C and B6, as well as being packed with anti-oxidants. All the iron in beetroot too is especially good for energy and fatigue fighting too as it allows your body to carry more oxygen to all the cells, allowing them to function more efficiently. This is complemented by all the chlorophyll you’ll be taking in from the cucumber and celery, which works to alkalinise your body, oxygenate your blood, flush out stored toxins, boost the immune system and reduce internal inflammation. While the carrots give you incredible amounts of immune-boosting vitamin A, the ginger calms and soothes the digestive system and the apple provides more anti-oxidants as well as anti-inflamatory goodness. 

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 Serves 1

- 1 beetroot

- 1 cucumber

- 2 sticks of celery

- 3 carrots

- 1 red apple

- an inch of ginger

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The only preparation you need to do is to chop the leaves off the beetroot and peel away the outer layer of dirt and thicker skin, then chop the leaves off the celery. Once this is done simply put everything through the juicer, stir, sip and enjoy!

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Blackberry, Apple and Maple Crumble

This crumble may be my go-to dish for breakfast, lunch and dinner all winter. It’s just so delicious and so wonderfully quick and easy to make, plus the leftovers seem to get more and more amazing as each hour goes by! I’ve always been a huge crumble fan, even when I didn’t like fruit or vegetables I still loved crumble – although I did quite often leave any larger pieces of fruit to one side and focus on the topping! The topping is still my favourite part though and I’m especially obsessed with the bottom part of it, you know the part that soaks up all the rich purple juices that ooze out of the blackberries and apples as the crumble bakes infusing the oats with a delicious fruity goodness? That part is the best! The rest is amazing too though, the soft sweet slices of apple, the melted wild blackberries mixed with cinnamon, the subtle caramel touches of pure maple syrup and the browned crispy layer of oats on the top – those are all pretty amazing. Nothing about this crumble tastes healthy either really, which is kind of fun, but trust me it really is so good for you and it’s filled with just a few, incredibly simple ingredients: apples, blackberries, oats, almonds, coconut oill, cinnamon and pure maple syrup. That’s it. So you can enjoy your dessert any time of the day knowing that you’re taking in so many vitamins and minerals as well as fibre, healthy fats, anti-oxidants and plant-protein. The final piece of awesome news about this dish is that both blackberries and apples are in season in England right now, which means that not only do they taste better than ever but you can go pick them too, which is really fun – there’s something really magical about collecting your own wild, organic food and turning it into something totally delicious!

On a totally separate note I was nominated for the best blog in the Free From People’s Choice Awards, which is pretty awesome and I would so love it if you would vote. It literally takes two minutes and I would so appreciate it! Just click on this link, scroll down the page a little and then choose Deliciously Ella from the drop down menu on the bottom row under the heading Best Free-From Food Blogger 2013. Thank you so much! bb pickingIMG_8314IMG_8407IMG_8271

Serves 4

For the topping:

- 1 and a 1/2 cups of oats

- 1 cup of almonds

- 1/3 of a cup of pure maple syrup

- 3 heaped tablespoons of coconut oil

- 2 teaspoons of cinnamon

For the fruit layer:

- 6 red apples

- 2 cups of blackberries

- 1 tablespoon of maple syrup (optional)

- 1/2 a teaspoon of cinnamon

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Start by making the crumble layer. Simply place the almonds in a food processor and blend for a few minutes until a flour forms, then add this flour to a mixing bowl with the oats. Next place the coconut oil, maple syrup and cinnamon in a saucepan and gently heat until the coconut has melted and everything has mixed nicely – pour this over the oaty almond mixture and stir well until all the dry ingredients are coated with the maple mix. Then leave this bowl to one side.

Next peel the apples and remove the core, cutting the remaining section into roughly 8-12 pieces. Place these in a sauce pan along with the blackberries and a enough boiling water to just cover the bottom of the pan, probably about a cm’s worth. Then add the extra maple syrup if you’re using it plus the cinnamon before putting the lid on the pan and allowing it to simmer for about ten minutes, until the fruit is nice and soft. While this cooks pre-heat the oven to 180C.

Once the fruit is soft transfer it into the bottom of your baking dish and layer the topping above it. Then bake for 25-30 minutes, until the top is nicely browned. Finally serve and enjoy!

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Apple, Pear, Avocado and Spinach Detox Smoothie

So it’s january, which means everyone seems to be trying some form of cleanse or diet. If you’re one of these people trying to find a new, healthier you then congratulations! I really hope you’re enjoying a healthy eating lifestyle, filled with all of nature’s goodness and that you’re feeling fantastic about yourself. To help everyone out a little I thought I’d share you one of my favourite cleansing smoothies. It’s lovely and filling, which makes it great for this time of the year when you’re looking for something comforting to battle the cold, grey days! But don’t worry it’s still wonderfully green, detoxifying and healthy beyond belief! It’s like goodness in a glass.

The combination of apple, pear, avocado and spinach might sound a little strange, but together these four beautiful ingredients create an amazing mirage of flavours, with the apple and pear sweetening the veggies. I think the avocado initially puts some people off – I guess maybe it sounds like a weird smoothie ingredient – but as you all know I use avocado in everything, as it makes a fantastically creamy, wonderfully healthy substitute for dairy. So here there is no need for any yoghurt, which is awesome.

A glass of this will set you up perfectly for your day, and you’ll feel fantastic. Not only because of all the goodness and nutrition that you’re drinking, but also because there’s always a sense of pride and happiness associated with knowing that you’re doing what you can to look and feel your best. I think consciously looking after your body really instills an awesome sense of pride and self worth, which everyone needs a little extra of most of the time.

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Makes 1 large glass

- 2 red apples (they’re sweeter than green)

- 1 pear

- 1 small avocado

- a large handful of fresh spinach leaves

Optional – I always add all of these but they’re not essential

- 1 teaspoon of manuka honey

- 1 teaspoon of hemp protein

- 1 teaspoon of chia seeds

- 1 teaspoon of flax seeds

Apple, Pear, Avocado and Spinach Detox Smoothie

Simply juice the apples and pear, then add the juice to your blender along with the avocado fresh, spinach leaves and any of the extras that you want. Then blend until smooth. Pour, sip and love. This is going to make you feel beautiful!

Apple, pear and raisin cake: gluten free, vegan, dairy free

Apple, Pear and Raisin Cake

Apple, pear and raisin cake: gluten free, vegan, dairy free

I’m back! Yay! And after five days off real food I was really craving something deliciously sweet and filling so I dreamt up this awesome apple, pear and raisin cake last night and wow did it taste good! Served hot with some one ingredient banana ice cream it is really the perfect winter treat. So lovely and light thanks to all the fruit, yet filling enough to leave you awesomely satisfied. Having so much apple and pear also means that it stays deliciously moist, even after cooking, which is wonderful. The raisins really compliment this sweet, tender texture too as they become so perfectly soft and juicy when cooked, meaning that every little bite just melts-in-your-mouth.

 It was a huge success over the weekend, everyone gobbled it up! Definitely a great option over Christmas when you’re after a health alternative to all the traditional treats, especially as the cinnamon and nutmeg give great festive tastes!

Apple, pear and raisin cake: gluten free, vegan, dairy free

This is such a super healthy cake too – its pretty much just almonds, pecans, apples, pears and oats- so you’ll feel awesome after it. And since half the mixture is made of fruit it’s a pretty light option too, which is great over the holidays. All these ingredients are also awesomely simple and available at any larger supermarket, which means there’s no reason not to bake it! I hope you enjoy it as much as we all did!

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Serves 12:

- 3 red apples

- 2 pears

- 1 1/2 cups of raisins

- 2 cups of ground almonds

- 1 cup of pecans

- 1 cup of gluten free oats (if you don’t eat oats use brown rice or buckwheat flour)

- 1/2 a cup of almond milk

- 4 tablespoons of pure maple syrup

- 1 tablespoon of cashew butter

- 1 tablespoon of coconut oil

- 4 teaspoons of cinnamon

- 2 teaspoons of nutmeg

- 2 teaspoons of vanilla extract

Apple, pear and raisin cake: gluten free, vegan, dairy free

Start by peeling the apples and pears, then core the apples. Chop the fruit into chunks, placing these in a saucepan with one teaspoon of cinnamon. Allow them to cook for 5-10 minutes, until they become nice and soft.

While these cook place the pecans into a food processor and blend for about 30 seconds, until they become small bite sized chunks. Remove and place to one side.

Then place all of the remaining ingredients, except the pecans and raisins, into a food processor for a few minutes until all nicely blended. Once the fruit is cooked add it and mix again before placing the mixture into a bowl and stirring in the pecans and raisins.

Pour the mixture into a lined baking dish and bake at 180C for about 40 minutes, until the top becomes ever so slightly brown and a knife can be stuck in and removed without any batter sticking to it.

Allow it to cool for about 5 minutes before removing the cake from the pan.

Slice, serve and enjoy!