We have another delicious guest blog post from our lovely client Rosa, from Fusion Cakes & Bakes www.fusioncakesandbakes.co.uk
I am a sucker for sun and summer and I love indulging with any kind of local fruit when I’m on holiday. Fruit and vegetables are the best when they are local and in season – it’s not only good for the environment and reducing food miles, but also good for your pocket as they tend to be much cheaper.
So this mousse is incredibly easy to make and very low in sugar, and with just 5 ingredients that are easy to find anywhere you are. I’m fortunate that, here in Fuerteventura, pineapples are currently in season and they are incredibly sweet -If you ever find yourself on the island, head to the Biosfera market in Puerto de Rosario for a great selection!
Those of you who know me well know I absolutely hate the thought of any sort of ‘diet’. I never ever weigh myself (it's way too depressing to judge if you feel good by a number on a machine) and the thought of depriving myself of food in order to look good seems like a wasted life to me – yes I know that’s dramatic but I really LOVE my food (and my wine). I literally cannot miss meals without wanting to rip somebody's head off so food for me is a really important, and enjoyable, part of my day.
That said, I have been gluten free for a number of years, as well as free from a long list of other foods which I am intolerant to. For those of you who are interested the list includes: potatoes (I blame my Irish heritage for putting 3 types of potato with every meal growing up), tomatoes, all the deadly nightshades, apples (I react as badly to apples and gluten - goodbye lovely ciders) and strawberries (Wimbeldon is just not as fun these days). So after years of being ill I simply have to cut certain foods out of my life which doesn't seem like such a hardship in order to have energy and be pain free. So I feel like I already have to be careful of what I eat, but for health benefits not to deprive myself or fit myself into something. So the thought of a high protein, low carb, counting calories or low fat lifestyle really doesn’t do it for me. Saying that, I do like to be healthy but I do believe you can be healthy and eat really tasty food.
Recently I started looking at the ‘eating clean’ thing that I heard people talking about and I have to say, whilst I don’t personally feel the need to do it 100% of the time, I really am loving the taste and how it makes me feel. Inspired by the likes of Madeline Shaw and Deliciously Ella, I have finally moved onto looking at treats and snacks which are not only gluten free and dairy free but also guilt free. I have to say the thought of healthy, guilt free treats did not appeal one bit but after a relapse of feeling ill recently and realising my sweet tooth was partly to blame, I decided to give it as go. And to my utter surprise, it turns out raw chocolate goodies are unbelievably delicious and totally curbing my sweet tooth. So I thought I would share with you some recipes I've been working on.
If like me you love your mid morning sweet hit then these refined sugar free flapkjacks will provide you with a healthier natural sweet kick courtesy of the bananas and honey but without the guilt.
The only issue will be trying to only eat one piece, as I write this I’ve already eaten around 4…
Preheat the oven at 180 degrees.
Mash the bananas in a bowl and then mix in all the other ingredients into a bowl until the mixture feels moist throughout.
Grease a shallow tin with the cococnut oil and line the base with parchment paper.
Put the mixture into the tin and press lightly but not so the mixture is too dense.
Bake for 30 - 35 minutes until golden and then allow the mixture to cool in the tin.
Cut into squares and enjoy! Will keep for 3-4 days in the fridge.