As this gorgeous country of ours gracefully enters Autumn, I'm craving more and more hot mugs of cacao, herbal teas, warming spices and grounding food.
This special and unique recipe is full of just those things, from hormone balancing Peruvian Maca Root powder, to a generous helping of medicinal ginger, cloves, cinnamon and other healing spices, to one of New Zealand's most underrated superfoods - the humble, delicious Kumara (sweet potato)!
Delightfully dense, deeply flavoursome and topped with a creamy cashew nut vanilla icing, this cake is so full of goodness it's outrageous! It's gluten, refined sugar free and 100% vegan. The perfect guilt-free afternoon tea cake, it goes beautifully with a chai masala tea or earl grey. Enjoy!
Ahh KUMARA! So perfect for sweet baking as well as savoury dishes! These nuggets of gold are full of vitamin C, E, and an exceptional source of beta carotene. That means Vitamin A (quadruple the daily recommendation!), delivered direct to fortify your skin, hair, eyes and immune system! Bursting with antioxidants, anti-inflammatory properties and fabulous fibre, this cake won't spike your blood sugar like any old afternoon tea treat. You’ll be fuller, more energised and more satisfied for longer.
MACA ROOT is also featured in this recipe. Also known as Peruvian Ginseng, Maca is a root veggie that only grows in Peru at super high altitudes. It has been cultivated there for more than 2,000 years and was traditionally revered for its effects on longevity and energy. Maca has a nutty/vanilla like taste which is delicious in creamy smoothies, baking or over cereal.
Psst! Thanks toHealth Post I'm giving away 5 packs of BioBalance Maca Root powder! Head to Facebook to enter the competition!
Sooo many nourishing spices!
Ok I won't tease you any longer! Here's how to make this goodness:
For the cake
5 small orange kumara (sweet potatoes)
1 cup buckwheat flour (this is so easy to make! just blitz buckwheat groats in your high speed blender for a few seconds!)
2 cups ground almonds (you could use nut milk pulp! Just reduce the water and perhaps add a tablespoon of coconut oil)
3/4 cup BioBalance Organic Coconut Sugar
3/4 cup water
1/4 cup raw honey or maple syrup
1/4 cup BioBalance Organic Maca Powder
2 teaspoons vanilla
A pinch salt
For your spices
2 tsp ground ginger
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
1/2 tsp allspice
1/2 tsp ground cloves
Creamy Cashew Icing
1 cup raw cashews, soaked a couple of hours and rinsed
2 Tbsp BioBalance Virgin Coconut Oil, melted
2 Tbsp raw honey (Earthbound Manuka honey is the bees!)
1 tsp vanilla
1-2 tsp fresh lemon juice, to taste
1/4 tsp sea salt
1-2 tablespoons of water, as needed to blend
Getting all your daily antioxidants, vitamins and minerals in one go? Piece of cake!!!
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