•• Almond – Citrus – Rhubarb – Cake ••

IMG_7472IMG_7452Ingredients:

  • 2 large oranges, washed
  • 250 g almond meal
  • 6 eggs
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 200 ml rice malt syrup
  • zest of 1 lime
  • 4 stalks of rhubarb, washed and cut in 5 cm pieces
  • 1 tbsp coconut flour, to sprinkle on top

Directions:

  1. Place the oranges in a large sauce pan full of warm water and boil until the oranges are tender, about 1,5 hours.
  2. Drain the oranges and cool slightly before roughly slicing. Put them in a large food processor and process until smooth.
  3. Add the remaining ingredients except for the rhubarb and process until just combined.
  4. Pour the mixture into a greased pie pan or spring form pan and place the pieces of rhubarb in a pattern on the cake.
  5. Bake in a preheated oven at 180°C for 60-75 minutes or until golden.
  6. Sprinkle the cake with a little bit of coconut flour.

I love this cake! It’s full of flavour, it’s moist and it’s somewhat healthy. Don’t worry about the bitterness of the oranges. The skin loses a large amount of it’s bitterness during the cooking process.

I didn’t bake this cake for my son Noah essentially but he just had a little piece after lunch and absolutely loved it.

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•• Persimmon Muesli Bowl ••

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Ingredients:

– 1 persimmon
– 1 cup of greek yoghurt
– ca. 1/4 cup of muesli (mix of oats, amaranth puffed, nuts, linseed), blended

Method:
1. Cut off the top of the persimmon and scoop out the pulp.
2. Put the pulp into a blender and blend for a few seconds.
3. In a small bowl mix the yoghurt with the muesli, then stuff the persimmon with it.
4. Serve with the persimmon purée on top.

If you are looking for a simple and quick breakfast idea for your little ones, this is one good example.
By making your own muesli, you’ll be able to avoid dried fruit (high sugar) and the roasting process, which denatures fatty acids – plus you get to control all the lovely ingredients.

Nutritional benefits of muesli:
— typically has less sugar and calories than most breakfast cereals on supermarket shelves
— high in fiber and whole grains, which regulate the digestive system, are filling and can aid in weight control
— good source of antioxidants
— the addition of nuts provides a great source of protein and omega-3 fatty acids (especially walnuts)
— milk or dairy alternatives that usually accompany muesli is a source of dairy and protein

The goodness of persimmons for baby:
These fruits are bursting with flavor and Vitamin C, A and B vitamins. One little persimmon contains almost 17 mg of Vitamin C! This fruit is great to serve to your little one to aid in Iron absorption.
It is also an energy-dense fruit. That’s why it is recommended for children, people playing sports and people who are physically or mentally tired.