Apple and Cinnamon Bread

Apple and Cinnamon Bread

Apple-Cinamon-Bread

This is the sort of no fuss – one bowl style of bread that can easily be whipped up in around 10 minutes. Your whole kitchen will smell amazing when it’s being baked as the cinnamon apple spice floats through the air.  There is no need to add any sugar as the apple provides enough sweetness that can marry with lots of toppings both sweet and savoury – my favourites are macadamia nut butter or tahini. Macadamia nut oil adds a lovely buttery flavour which I love – but you can also use your choice of olive oil or coconut oil. My apple + cinnamon bread will keep for a good week in your fridge.

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APPLE CRUMBLE

APPLE CRUMBLE

Apple-Crumble-

One of my favourite things to do when the weather gets a little colder outside is to get into the kitchen and bake apple crumble.  I love it how the whole house gets filled with sweet aromas of vanilla and spice and how warm and cozy the house gets from a day spent having fun, baking in my kitchen.  Apple crumble is one of those comfort food dishes that is so simple to create and so delicious to eat.

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Buckwheat Porridge

Buckwheat Porridge

As the temperature drops it is nice to have something warming for breakfast.

Here is a bit of inspiration.

Buckwheat-porridge

Buckwheat porridge scented with vanilla bean, red apple and cinnamon which makes it taste just like apple strudel.

Soak all the ingredients the night before which makes the porridge quicker to cook the next morning – around 3 – 5 minutes.

I vary my topping depending on what fruit and nuts I have in the pantry.

What’s good about it

Buckwheat is a seed related to rhubarb.  It has a wonderful nutty flavour and is gluten free, low GI and high in amino acids, fiber and essential minerals manganese, magnesium, zinc and copper.

The fiber is soluble, which helps to reduce blood cholesterol levels and promote bowel health. Buckwheat is also rich in anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidant polyphenols especially rutin, which helps to reduce blood pressure.

It contains the amino acid tryptophan which helps to make serotonin – the FEEL GOOD hormone responsible for feelings of wellbeing and feeling great !

Adding chia or flaxseed will boost the omega 3. Health benefits of omega 3 are helping to lower cholesterol levels, reduce high blood pressure, improves symptoms of arthritis, improves mental health as the brain is 60% fat and needs omega 3 to function properly.  A touch of cinnamon will help to reduce blood sugar.

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