Guilt-free

Guilt-Free Turmeric And Carrot Cake Recipe

Everyone loves a guilt-free treat, but what about guilt-free treat that’s packed with health benefits? Chef Cynthia Louise’s nutritional spin on carrot cake incorporates turmeric – an anti-inflammatory spice full of antioxidants – plus chia seeds and psyllium husk to deliver exactly what nature requires from you in a cake.

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Serves 8

Ingredients

Base

3 large carrots, unpeeled and grated

2 cups shredded coconut

1 tsp ground cinnamon powder

1 tbsp freshly grated ginger

2 cups soaked almonds (soaked overnight in 2 cups of water, then rinsed well and drained)

10 dried dates

1/2 cup currants

2 tbsp psyllium husk

2 tbsp chia seeds

1/4 cup maple syrup

30 g turmeric, freshly grated

Pinch of salt

Icing

1 1/2 cups soaked cashews (soaked overnight in 3 cups of water, then rinsed well and drained)

Juice of one lemon

Juice of one lime

1/3 cup maple syrup

1/4 cup water

Method

  1. Combine all the ingredients for the base in a food processor and process until well combined.
  2. Transfer to a round springform cake tin, pressing down to get an even layer.
  3. Set aside in the fridge while you make the icing.
  4. To make the icing combine all ingredients in a blender and blend until creamy and smooth.
  5. Once creamy and smooth, pour onto the cake and set.

How To Have A Guilt-Free Easter

Easter is a time of celebration with friends and family, but just like any holiday it can also be a time of overindulgence. And with supermarket shelves loaded with chocolate eggs and hot-cross-buns, not to mention the festive spirit looming, temptation is high. Going without or going all out doesn’t have to be your only option these holidays – you really can have your chocolate and eat it too. Here’s how to have a guilt-free Easter:

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Go dark

Instead of buying milk chocolate eggs this Easter opt for dark chocolate. It’s richer in antioxidants, lower in sugar and is far less moreish. The higher the cocoa content the better it is for your health, so try to go for a 75% cocoa or higher variation to ensure you reap the maximum benefits.

DIY

Get into the Easter spirit this year and make your own goodies. There are loads of healthy and delicious recipes available on the internet and it’s a great way to keep the kids entertained over the school holidays. Why not try making your own chocolate eggs with some coconut oil, cacao powder and rice malt syrup? Melt all the ingredients together and place into Easter egg moulds (or any mould) and refrigerate until hard. You can also add things like raspberries, nuts and coconut before cooling to add some flavour and extra texture.

Don’t go OTT

Going over the top during the holidays is usually the undoing of healthy habits. Avoid the temptation to overindulge this Easter by moderating the amount of treats you eat. Allow yourself one day over the Easter weekend to eat chocolate, or input your sweets into your calorie count for the day. Remember, moderation is key!

Take it easy

It’s easy to go overboard with chocolate gifts at Easter, particularly if you’re buying for your children. And while the intention is good, the adults usually end up sharing in the chocolate load over the course of the weekend, if not the weeks to follow. This year cut back on the dairy milk and opt for gifts like baking kits and plush bunnies, or if you’re gifting a partner why not try a nice bottle of wine or a cheese hamper?

Get in some extra exercise

If you know you’re going to let your hair down over the Easter break, then try to fit in some additional gym classes in the weeks leading up. You’ll burn extra calories, meaning those sneaky hot cross buns won’t go straight to your hips and you’ll be feeling great, which decreases the temptation to overindulge. If you your schedule is already choc-o-block (pardon the pun), try to get in some exercise between celebrations over the Easter weekend such as a walk, swim or bike ride.

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