Sweet, juicy ripe persimmons can be sliced and added to salads, or halved and baked as the desserts, or pureed and used in this lovely quick bread gently spiced with nutmeg and refined with Cognac, chia seeds, and nuts. The persimmon puree adds a lot of sweetness and moisture to the baked goods.
Wholegrain Spelt Persimmon Breadadapted from James Beard via David Lebovitz
- Preheat oven to 180C/350F. Grease and line a loaf pan with parchment paper or dust with flour and tap out any excess.
- Whisk the spelt flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, nutmeg, stevia powder and chia into a large mixing bowl. In another bowl, blend together the stevia syrup, melted butter, eggs, cognac, persimmon puree, banana, and applesauce.
- Make a well in the center of the dry ingredients, then stir into the liquid mixture. Now fold in the roasted peanuts and raisins. Pour the batter into the prepared pan and then place the pans in the oven.
- Bake for 1 hour or until toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Allow the bread to cool 5 minutes in the pan. Turn out the bread from the pan and cool completely on the rack.
These chewy oatmeal cookies have a distinctive anise flavour and slight nutty taste. They are glazed with milk chocolate, topped with toasted chopped almonds, and low in sugar. We love these cookies, but if you aren't a fan of anise flavour, then these cookies are not for you.
- Preheat a fan forced oven to 170C/340F. Line two baking trays with baking paper.
- Toast rolled oats in a skillet over medium-high heat until lightly browned. Remove and cool to room temperature.
- Combine toasted rolled oats, ground einkorn, baking powder and anise powder in a bowl. Finely dice the marzipan. Cream together the diced marzipan, softened butter, egg, stevia, raw brown sugar, and vanilla extract. Stir in the flour mixture until combined.
- Drop tablespoonful of mixture onto prepared trays and press down slightly, allowing room for spreading. Bake for 10-12 mins until golden. Stand on trays for 5 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
- Place the chopped milk chocolate in a bowl and set the bowl over a pan of gently simmering water. Stir occasionally until smooth. Coat the cookies with melted chocolate and sprinkle with some toasted almonds.
Packed with whole grains, these moist, fruity einkorn quinona muffins with fresh cranberries and a streusel topping make an easy on-the-go snack. Fresh cranberries add a delicious tart flavour to these muffins, but feel free to use your favorite fruits and flavours.
- In a medium bowl, add ground einkorn flour, quinoa flour, sunflower seeds, raw brown sugar, cinnamon and salt. Rub in butter until moist crumbs form.
- Preheat the oven to 200C/400F. Combine ground einkorn, quinoa flour, baking powder and pinch of salt in a bowl. In another bowl, stir together the eggs, stevia powder, melted butter, vanilla extract and yoghurt until well combined.
- Add the flour mixture into the liquid mixture. Stir until just incorporated. Now gently fold in the fresh cranberries. Divide the batter in 12 standard-size muffin cups.
- Sprinkle the streusel over the muffins. Bake in the center of hot oven for about 25 minutes until golden brown.
Juicy, sweet persimmons and hearty, fibrous kale are a surprising pair that make a healthy, fruity and delicious salad, which pairs well with a sesame balsamic dressing.
- For the dressing, whisk everything together in a small bowl, and set aside.
- Place chopped kale and shredded carrot in a large mixing bowl. Add in half of the dressing and toss until well combined.
- Add in diced persimmons, sesame seeds and the rest of the dressing. Toss again until well combined. Taste and season.
Adorned with a homemade baby kale pumpkin seed pesto, this creamy and delicious pumpkin soup will warm you up on cold rainy days and can be frozen for later.
- For the pesto, place baby kale, parsley, pumpkin seeds, lemon rind, lemon juice, garlic, olive oil and water in a food processor. Process until smooth. Season with salt and pepper.
- Melt coconut oil in a large saucepan. Add in diced squash, onion, minced garlic and ginger. Cook briefly and sprinkle a pinch of nutmeg. Pour in white wine and broth. Cook, covered, for about 25-30 minutes until tender.
- Using a hand held blender, process soup until smooth. Add in coconut milk and season. Serve the soup warm topped with pesto and if desired, in a roasted pumpkin bowl.
The seedy spelt streusel adds deliciously crunchy texture and a hint of cinnamon to this simple baked fruit dessert. Serve them warm or at room temperature with a dollop of whipped cream. Substitute persimmons with plums or pears as you wish.
Baked Persimmons with Sunflower Seed Spelt Streuseladapted from here
- Prheat the oven to 200C/400F. Cut each persimmon into half. Place persimmon halves, cut side up, in a baking dish.
- In a medium bowl, add spelt flour, ground sunflower seeds, sunflower seeds, raw brown sugar, cinnamon and salt. Rub in butter until moist crumbs form.
- Divide the streusel evenly over the top of the persimmon halves and bake in the middle of the hot oven for 12-15 minutes until golden brown and crisp.
A simple quick bread recipe with buckwheat, ground einkorn, sunflower seeds, homemade pear sauce and olive oil. It's sugar-free, vegan, freezes well and goes well with avocado spread, peanut butter or cheese.
- Preheat the oven to 180C/350F. Line a standard-size loaf tin with parchment paper.
- In a mixing bowl, combine together the buckwheat flour, ground einkorn, spekulatius spice mix, baking soda, and salt.
- Stir together the pear sauce, olive oil, and NuStevia syrup. Add it to the flour mixture and stir until just incorporated. Fold in the sunflower seeds.
- Pour the batter into the prepared loaf tin and if desired, scatter some sunflower seeds over the top. Bake in the middle of hot oven for about an hour or until a skewer comes out clean when tested. Cool in pan briefly then turn out onto a rack to cool.
A hearty meatless salad that combines distinctive, tender mâche leaves, also know as corn salad or lamb's lettuce, sweet ripe fresh figs and mild, hearty lentils, which makes this salad particularly satisfying.
- Place vegetable broth in a medium saucepan and bring it to a boil. Add in lentils and cook about 30 minutes or until tender, but still firm.
- Mix together the olive oil and white wine vinegar. Add in sliced chilli pepper and season with salt and pepper.
- Drain the lentils and season with salt and pepper. Stir in half of the vinaigrette.
- Place mache salad, fig wedges and parsley leaves in a large bowl. Toss with the rest of the dressing. Divide it in two plates. Spoon the lentils over and serve.
A colourful, festive and deliciously healthy vegetarian salad in a simple citrusy dressing inspired by Brooklyn Supper. It is a mix of sweet, juicy mango and pomegranate seeds, peppery arugula, creamy avocado and crunchy dukkah. It's very easy to make and offers a wealth of texture and antioxidants. For an extra dose of protein, you can add some chicken or prawns to the salad.
- Whisk together the minced garlic, lemon juice and olive oil until well blended and emulsified. Season with salt and pepper. Toss the arugula with half the dressing and place them in a serving plate.
- Arrange the sliced mango and avocado in an alternating circle on top, and drizzle with the remaining dressing. Sprinkle the pomegranate seeds and dukkah over and serve.