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I found this recipe somewhere – perhaps a newspaper… I can’t even remember, really. But I snapped it on my iPhone.

It was a Sunday night and we were cooking up a seafood feast after visiting the fish markets. And I had that feeling… you know, where you aren’t quite satisfied with how your Sunday had played out. I had a late (for me) night on Saturday and it totally threw me off all day. The trip to the fish markets had eased that feeling somewhat, but I knew I needed some comfort.

I needed some kitchen love. I spend alot of time in the kitchen. It makes me feel content, normal. I guess it’s from years spent sitting in the kitchen with my mum cooking away.

So, that Sunday,with that discontentment rattling through my body I headed into the kitchen to bake. I pulled this recipe out and made the necessary tweaks to turn this into a healthy and guilt free treat. Despite this, I still feel naughty everytime I eat it.

What you’ll need:

  • 3 cups of almond meal (if you are up for it, use the leftover almond ‘meal’ from making your own almond milk – see this recipe)
  • 3 eggs
  • 3 – 4 carrots (large, preferably or 5 smaller ones)
  • 4 dates (soaked in water first)
  • 1 tsp Stevia
  • 1tbls Cinnamon
  • 1 tsp Nutmeg
  • 1 tsp Baking powder (gluten free is fine too)
  • 1/4 cup oil (walnut, macadamia or coconut)

What to do:

  • Heat oven to 160 degrees
  • Grate the carrot. Mix together with eggs, almond meal, 4 diced dates, stevia, cinnamon, nutmeg, baking powder.
  • Mix together well.
  • Place in a loaf tray or even a cake tin.
  • I had enough leftover to make 4 muffins out of this as well.
  • Bake for 1hr – remove and cover with foil. Bake for another 30 minutes or until golden on the top. Test with a skewer – slide into the loaf and if it comes out clean, and the loaf isn’t too soft/bouncy to the touch, then it’s ready.

This is a moist, soft, loaf, not quite as firm as banana bread. But it’s sooo delicious.
If you want extra sweetness add in some of the water from the soaked dates – a natural sugar – or even raw honey (1tbls) or maple syrup.

Eat and enjoy, saha to you.

Signing off with an exhale.

Pause. Listen. Live


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