gluten free spring peach tartes| vegan

I am proud to say that this was the best gluten free cake I ever made. Learning to bake gluten free takes some practice but it can be just as delish as common pastry.  And even though spring arrived baking season doesn’t have to be over.  The Secret for a delicious crust is to generously grease the tins. It keeps the crust hard while the inside stays moist and soft.

 

11cc68df3af8144a71b9738b8d54ad50-4Method:

Preheat the oven to 180°C/350°F/GM4.

In a bowl, cream together the eggs and sugar until light and fluffy. Mix in the butter, then add the flours, baking powder and a small splash of milk to form a smooth batter.

Divide between two tins and start layering the cutted peaches on top. Letting them sink into the mixture provides extra moisture and lightness to the cake. Bake for about 15 minutes before lightly coating them with a tbsp of butter and putting them back in the oven for another  10-15 minutes.

 

Ingredients for 2 small tartes:

– 3 eggs (vegan: 1 tbsp psylium and 2 tbsp soaked ground flaxseed)

  • 160 g sugar
  • 200 g soy butter (room temperature)
  • 100 ml soy milk
  • 1  cup rice flour
  • 3/4 cup manioca flour (or GF oat flour)
  • 1/4 cup corn starch
  • 2 tbsp baking powder
  • 5 apricots
  • soy butter to grease tins and cake

Alternatives:

You can always opt for any other vegan or normal butter. Just make sure it is not rock solid when you start your baking.

If you bought gluten free flour mix, there is no need to add psylium, corn starch rice flour or manioca flour.

Christmas Eve Healthy Baking Ideas| GF

Here is a small collection of baking ideas for christmas eve.  All recipes are gluten free and most of them vegan. Maybe for a girls baking night in or a chilled 23th december baking evening. They are more on the healthy side, celiac friendly and easy to make.

1. Christmas pudding

Starting of with the most fancy spancy recipe. You can find it on deliciouslyella. She also published her own cookbook which, by the way, is a great gift idea for anyone who is trying to incorporate healthy eating into their lifestyle.

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2. Gingerbread Men

Feasting on fruit is a great vegan food blog and has lots of simple and great recipes and instructional videos. I basically saved everything. Here you can find a gluten free and vegan gingerbread recipe for the holidays.

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3. Chocolate Almond Cake by Paul Hollywood

I think you can never go wrong with a chocolate cake on christmas eve. It is gluten free but  non vegan. You can find the recipe here. You can find his baking video here. In his video he instructs to heat your oven to 160˚C instead of 180˚C. I guess Waitrose made a mistake there. I would actually swap out the double cream for coconut milk but this would also give the genache another flavor and leave it less shiny. OR you skip forward to recipe
idea number 4- the healthy version of a creamy rich chocolate cake.

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4. Double Dark Chocolate Coconut Macaroon Tart

You can find tons of healthy cooking and baking ideas on ohsheglows. Angela also brought out here own cookbook which again is a great gift idea for healthy cuisine lovers. You can find her double dark chocolate tart recipe here.

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5. Thumbprint Cookies

Thumbprint cookies are one of my holiday faves. Last year I was literally obsessed with them. We used chocolate instead of raspberries. Either way you can choose whatever filling you feel like choosing. Here you can find the gluten free recipe version by Angela.

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Love Mel

GF vegan shortbread cookies| christmas classics

It is already half way through december guys, I can not believe it. And I haven’t even shared one christmassy cozy posts. But I am quite confident that I will do much better next year. If you just realized that you still have some quick cookie baking to do, this might help. Continue reading “GF vegan shortbread cookies| christmas classics”

Day 6-7| 10 day water fast detoxing

DAY 6 • I recon everyone is talking about christmas and I’m over here fasting lol. I guess it’s due to the hot weather. I feel like I get very caky-cookie-pudding during the winter and then I crave more comforting foods.

Okay here we go: I still feel a little hungry but I am not constantly thinking about food. Continue reading “Day 6-7| 10 day water fast detoxing”

DAY 4-5 | 10 day water fast| detoxing and dehydration

Day 4 • I am still drinking lots of water. Strangely my pee was very stinky and yellow today (TMI again – sorry).

Important:  I heard that if you hold many toxins in your body, your ability to retain water decreases and you are probably dehydrated. And I know that this may be me. I always drink lots and lots of water and my skin is still looking dull and dry and my pee (i dont like the word urine – excuse) still is yellowish. At least this would make sense. Continue reading “DAY 4-5 | 10 day water fast| detoxing and dehydration”

Day 2-3| 10 day water fast

DAY 2• Not eating was easy on day two. I felt like I had lots of energy and because I was planning on doing a 3-day-fast at this point, I wasn’t caring too much about carefully portioning the energy that is left. After spending some time at the beach weakness got me and I crashed out. Headaches still present but bearable. Continue reading “Day 2-3| 10 day water fast”

starting 10 day water fast for clear skin

Currently I am writing about my fasting experience while doing it. But I thought, hey you know what? Why don’t I just share every single day like a diary. Keep it short and sweet. So I’ll keep you guys updated.

It just so happened that I was watching videos about water fasting these last days and researching the benefits of fasting. People talk about food allergies disappearing, illnesses leaving just because your body is getting some rest from digesting and time for healing itself. And the one thing that got my attention was of course people talking about their skin clearing up. Continue reading “starting 10 day water fast for clear skin”

Healthy gluten free peanut cookies

 (refined sugar- free, vegan & gluten-free)

Now that  autumn finally arrived, the leaves are falling and you just wanna get all cozy and light all the candles, i feel like the baking season officially started. (Oh wait, maybe only in South America and Australia -.-) Anyways, cookies do not need a season to be baked they demand to be eaten all year round.

And because it is 2016 and there are so many good alternatives out there, we can make our own guilt-free cookies. Continue reading “Healthy gluten free peanut cookies”

Weight gain on Rawtill4| vegan dies

I’m still not quite sure if I want to mention that I was following the rawtill4 Diet (which is known amongst many vegans). But when I started to see some side effects I was searching the Internet for “initial weight gain on rawtill4” , “hair loss on a vegan diet” and “acne detox on rawtill4” like crazy.

I followed the rawtill4 Diet religiously for 1 year  (only thing I need to mention is, that I was eating gluten as well). I gained 33 Ibs after 8 month into this diet.
I still don’t know why it took my 1 year to realize that something is off. I also broke out pretty bad and after 9 month my hair started to fall out.

I researched and read so much because I really wanted this to work. Gaining Weight wasn’t really the worst part for me during that time. Having bad skin was making me feel quite insecure.
Because so many people are reporting about initial weight gain, I didn’t question what was happening.

I think the main thing you have to consider is, that everyone is different and  if your body is not responding well to a diet you  need to adjust.

Eating as much as you want ?

I always tried to hit the 2500 cal mark as recommended. I added sugar into my smoothies stuffed myself with pasta. My body was not able to cope with so many calories since I was not needing them.

IMG_2864Not to mention that sugar has no nutritional value in itself and I should have eaten more whole foods instead of empty calories.

Not all carbohydrates are automatically good for your body…  “white” foods (refined) are acidic and need to be neutralized with minerals . They could also leave you craving even more food because your body is still lacking nutrients.

Reading myself into the alkaline diet was helping a lot and made so much sense to me. A plant based vegan diet is mostly alkaline, if it doesn’t include too much “white”. You don’t  need to add extra sugar into your smoothies or eat 10 bananas for breakfast  (by the way, bananas broke me out pretty bad!). Maybe eating 4 would be more beneficial for you.

I am not an expert but generally speaking “eating when you are hungry and stopping when you are full” seems to work pretty well. Not eating when your body doesn’t want to has nothing to to with starving yourself.

Gluten sensitivity?

I found out that I am a celiac. I read that about 30% of the population show some form of gluten sensitivity. Gluten can cause inflammation in the body and cause acne as well as water retention or weight gain in general. Cutting out Gluten for a few weeks  can be helpful to see if you show some kind of reaction.

 

Right now I’m not counting calories and my body is slowly healing from the damage… I just wish that someone would have told me about some of those things.

After all I have lost about 12 kg since last year and I do not pay much attention to calories. I  try to eat as healthy as possible (or as I want to)  but I do not restrict myself…

 

I do not believe in metabolic damage….sure some weight gain might be normal but not 33 Ibs… I mean come on..haha

Love
Mel

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