Top Deck Gummies

Gummies are one of my favourite gut friendly snacks to make. They are so easy to make and my kids love them - especially the two layered variety like these ‘top deck’ ones. The layers are a mix of cacao and coconut cream, with some added coconut yoghurt for a dose of probiotics. I use Kultured Wellness coconut yoghurt for its high probiotic count, but any variety of coconut yoghurt would work for this recipe.

To get the maximum benefits out of the gelatin ensure you use a good quality, grass fed variety from your health food store rather than the standard ones from the supermarket. My favourite brands to use are Great Lakes and Nutra Organics.

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Ginger and Turmeric Cold and Flu Gummies

cold and flu gummies

These are my favourite gummies to make when trying to fight off a cold. They are packed full of good stuff - turmeric, ginger, lemon, honey and coconut kefir to make for an anti inflammatory, immune boosting, good for your guts gummy.  

I make these especially for Anjali (my 2 and a half year old) and she loves them but if you don't like the flavour of turmeric you can adjust the amount of honey to suit.

I've been using Kultured Wellness cultures to make my coconut kefir but you can also substitute kombucha or water keeping in mind that if you use water you won't get the benefits of the probiotics. 

Overnight Hot Cross Bun Muffins

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This year I adapted my Spelt Sourdough Hot Cross Bun recipe to make an easier version that anyone can make without the use of a sourdough starter (which not everyone has on hand). This version is also made with spelt flour and can be easily adapted to make it dairy free. The addition of eggs makes them lighter and fluffier so they are a bit more like a muffin then a bun.

The mixture is fermented overnight with a little yoghurt and milk (regular or non dairy). Leaving it to ferment overnight helps break down the gluten and the sugars in the mixture making it easier for you to digest.  It also gives the muffins a lovely sour flavour. 

Fermented Fruit Mince Tarts

Fruit mince pies are one of my favourite treats at Christmas but they are often filled with sugar, gluten and dairy (which doesn't agree with everyone). This is my version made with a fermented fruit mince, and a raw shortbread pastry. They are gluten free, dairy free and free of refined sugar. They are quite simple to make and don't require any cooking or heating but you do have to allow 1-2 days for the fruit mince to ferment. 

Once they are assembled you wouldn't even know you are eating something fermented and I guarantee the whole family will love them.

The recipe for the pastry was adapted from Ames Starr from Raw and Peace who makes the most amazing raw desserts.  

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Coconut Yoghurt Panna Cotta

coconut yoghurt panna cotta

This recipe came about as a different way to get Anjali (my 22month old) to eat yoghurt. It's dairy free and is made with coconut yoghurt, coconut milk and grass fed beef gelatin (we use Great Lakes brand). It's good for your gut with probiotics (from the yoghurt) and gut healing properties from the gelatin.

This is a basic recipe to get you started but it's super versatile so feel free to change it up with different yoghurt, milk or even milk kefir. You can also jazz up the flavour with extra spices like cinnamon, cardamon, cloves or turmeric. 

Serve for breakfast with some fruit and granola or as a dessert or snack.