Pistachio Lime Zucchini Cake

Enjoy this delicious gluten-free cake with a drizzle of homemade lime sauce. Garnish with extra pistachios for an added crunch.

Makes: 8 slices

Total Time: 1 Hour

Difficulty: Intermediate

Cake

Ingredients

  • 150 g (1½ cup) almond flour
  • 50 g (¼ cup) gluten free flour
  • 1½ teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
  • zest of 1 lime
  • 50 g (¼ cup) chopped pistachios
  • ¼ teaspoon Himalayan pink salt
  • 2 large eggs
  • 60 ml (¼ cup) olive oil
  • 160 ml (⅔ cup) agave nectar
  • 150 g (1 cup) chopped courgette

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 180°C (350°F) and line a 23 x 13-cm (9 x 5-inch) loaf tin with baking paper.
  2. Combine almond flour, gluten-free flour, baking powder, baking soda, lime zest, pistachios, and salt into a bowl.
  3. Place eggs, olive oil, and agave into the container and secure the lid.
  4. Turn the dial to 1 and increase speed to Variable 5. Blend for 10 seconds, or until ingredients are combined.
  5. Remove the lid plug and add courgette through the lid plug opening.
  6. Turn the dial to 1 and increase speed to Variable 4. Blend for 15 seconds, or until courgette is evenly diced. You do not want it to be come a complete liquid.
  7. Pour blended mixture into the dry ingredients and stir to combine.
  8. Pour batter into the prepared loaf tin and bake for 20 minutes.
  9. Remove from the oven and cover with foil. Bake for a further 15 to 20 minutes, or until a knife inserted into the center comes out clean. Leave to cool.

Drizzle

Ingredients

  • 125 g (½ cup) goat or dairy-free yoghurt
  • 1 Tablespoon lime juice
  • 1 Tablespoon agave nectar

Directions

  1. Place all ingredients into the Vitamix container in the order listed and secure the lid.
  2. Turn the dial to 1 and increase speed to Variable 4. Blend for 20 seconds.

Notes

To finish, pour the drizzle over the top of the cake and garnish with pistachios and lime zest.

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Almond Flour Sugar Cookies

An all-natural cookie with no added sugars or oils.

By: Vitamix

Dietary Interests: Gluten-Free, No Added Sugar, Low Sodium,Low Cholesterol, Vegetarian

Makes: 22 Cookies

Total Time: 10 Minutes

Difficulty: Intermediate

Ingredients

  • 385 g (1½ cup) unsweetened applesauce
  • 2 large eggs
  • 10 dates, pitted
  • 1 Tablespoon vanilla essence, optional
  • 250 g (2½ cup) almond flour
  • ½ teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder

Directions

  1. Place applesauce, eggs, dates, and vanilla into the Vitamix container in the order listed and secure lid.
  2. Select Variable 1.
  3. Turn machine on and slowly increase speed to the highest speed.
  4. Blend for 45 seconds.
  5. Place flour, baking soda and baking powder into a mixing bowl.
  6. Add wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and mix well.
  7. Prepare two baking sheets with parchment paper.
  8. Using a 40 scoop (3/4 ounce scoop) portion onto baking paper.
  9. Bake on 350°F (180°C) for 15 minutes.

Notes

This cookie contains no added sugar, rather it gets its sweetness naturally from dates and applesauce.

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Whole Wheat Banana Bread

With a few simple substitutions, this high-fibre alternative offers all the flavour and moistness of the original.

Makes: 1 loaf
Total Time: 1 Hour 15 Minutes
Difficulty: Intermediate

Ingredients

  • 200 g (1⅔ cup) whole wheat flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 135 g (⅔ cup) caster sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 large egg
  • 55 g (¼ cup) butter spread
  • 80 ml (⅓ cup) skimmed milk
  • 1 teaspoon lemon peel
  • 2 bananas, peeled, halved
  • 65 g (¼ cup) applesauce
  • 80 g (⅔ cup) chopped walnuts

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350˚F (180˚C). Spray an 8 1/2-inch x 4 1/2-inch (21.25 cm x 11.25 cm) loaf pan with cooking spray.
  2. Combine flour, baking powder, and salt in a medium-size bowl. Set aside.
  3. Place egg, sugar, butter spread, milk, lemon peel, bananas, and applesauce into the Vitamix container in the order listed and secure lid.
  4. Select Variable 1.
  5. Turn machine on and slowly increase speed to Variable 5.
  6. Blend for 10-15 seconds or until mixed.
  7. Pour batter into dry ingredients and mix gently by hand to combine.
  8. Stir nuts into batter, reserving some to sprinkle on top.
  9. Bake for 60 minutes or until a knife inserted into the centre comes out clean.

 

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Macaroni with Cheese Sauce

Rich, creamy cheese sauce and crumb topping make this classic dish a family favourite.

Makes: 1.4 l (6 cups)
Total Time: 1 Hour
Difficulty: Advanced

Ingredients

  • 210 g (2 cups) elbow macaroni, uncooked
  • 30 g (¼ cup) plain flour
  • 60 g (¼ cup + 1 teaspoon) light butter spread
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 320 ml (1⅓ cup) skimmed milk
  • 115 g (1 cup) cheddar cheese, cubed
  • 2 slices bread
  • ⅛ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • ⅛ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ⅛ teaspoon dried oregano
  • ⅛ teaspoon dried minced onion
  • ⅛ teaspoon cayenne pepper

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 180°C (350°F).
  2. Cook macaroni as directed on package. Drain.
  3. Spray an 20 cm X 20 cm (8-inch x 8-inch) baking dish with vegetable cooking spray then add macaroni to dish.
  4. Place butter, flour, salt, and milk into the Vitamix container in the order listed and secure lid.
  5. Select Variable 1.
  6. Turn machine on and slowly increase speed to Variable 10, then to High.
  7. Blend for 3-4 minutes or until heavy steam escapes through the lid opening. As mixture thickens, it will not splash as much.
  8. Remove the lid plug and add cheese through the lid opening.
  9. Blend for 1 minute.
  10. Pour over macaroni and mix thoroughly.
  11. Cover macaroni with bread crumb mixture and bake until top is golden brown, about 30 minutes.
  12. To make crumb topping, toast 2 pieces of bread and squeeze each piece into a ball.
  13. Select Variable 1.
  14. Turn machine on and slowly increase speed to Variable 4.
  15. Remove the lid plug.
  16. Drop each bread ball through the lid plug opening.
  17. Blend until you have crumbs. Add seasonings to the crumbs.
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Jamie’s got a Roast Chicken recipe that is bound to get the royal seal of approval! We all know that Harry & Meghan got engaged over this dish, so next time they need to follow Jamie’s tips to make sure it’s perfect. Give this a go and you’ll never go wrong, getting juicy, herby, flavourful chicken every time!

 

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WHY THIS RECIPE WORKS: – Large chunks of potato maximize the contrast between exterior and interior, – Parboiling the potatoes in alkaline water breaks down their surfaces, creating tons of starchy slurry for added surface area and crunch,  – Infusing the oil with garlic and herbs gives the potato crust extra flavour.

 

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This is a super easy but absolutely brilliant sausage roll recipe. Jamie shows us a couple of little cheats making home made sausage rolls completely accessible and totally desirable.

That moment you get it out the oven and the sausage meat and pastry is still warm, now that is a magical moment! And enough of a reason alone to give this a go! Get rolling, rolling, rolling…

 

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Making it at home can seem intimidating — but once you know the basics, it’s actually not that hard, and it’s a really fun activity.

 

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Chipotle Pepper Cream Sauce

For a little spice, this tofu cheese sauce includes chipotle pepper, and is delicious tossed over pasta or steamed veggies.

Difficulty Level: Intermediate | 15 Minutes

Ingredients:

  • 170 g (6 ounces) light tofu
  • 1 Tablespoon fat free cream cheese
  • 1 garlic clove, peeled
  • 15 g (3 Tablespoons) grated Parmesan cheese
  • 2 Tablespoons grated Romano cheese
  • 2 Tablespoons light butter spread
  • ¼ teaspoon white pepper
  • ½ chipotle in adobo sauce

Directions:

  1. Place all ingredients into the Vitamix container in the order listed and secure lid.
  2. Select Variable 1.
  3. Turn machine on and slowly increase speed to Variable 10, then to High.
  4. Blend for 4 1/2-5 1/2 minutes until smooth and hot.
  5. Toss with hot pasta and serve.

 

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Whip up this quick and easy Bangin’ Beef Burger with Crispy Sweet Potato Chips! Gluten Free, Dairy Free and Refined Sugar Free! Enjoy!

 

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