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Kumara and Boysenberry Cake – Gluten Free









3 cups of almond meal
Pinch of Himalayan or sea salt
1 teaspoon of baking powder
1 1/2 teaspoons of cinnamon
1/2 cup of coconut sugar
1/4 cup of macadamia or coconut oil, melted
1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
3 eggs, lightly beaten
3 cups (500g) red kumara (sweet potato), mashed or pureed
1 cup of boysenberries, fresh or frozen

Preheat oven to 150 degrees celsius.

Line the base of a round, springform 23cm (9 inch) cake tin with baking paper.

In a large bowl mix together dry ingredients. Add oil, vanilla, eggs and kumara. Mix well. Fold through boysenberries until colour is just starting to run.

Spoon mixture into cake tin and smooth out. Bake for 1 hour and 20 minutes until top has browned.

Remove from the oven and allow to cool in the tin for 15 minutes. Remove from the tin and allow to cool for a further 15 minutes.

Slice and serve with coconut yoghurt (dairy free)

Recipe from our Bestow Treats Book 2


Muesli Bars – Gluten, Grain and Refined Sugar Free

Muesli Bars – Gluten, Grain and Refined Sugar Free

Even though oats can be gluten free ,I find that they can still be quite irritating on the digestive system so here is a recipe without them.
These are the perfect muesli bars to pop in your bag for a wholesome, protein filled snack without any of the nasties that traditional muesli bars have in them.
•3/4 cup almond meal
•1 cup desiccated coconut
•1/2 cup flaked almonds
•1/4 cup pumpkin seeds
•1/4 cup sunflower seeds
•1/4 cup coconut oil
•1 tsp baking powder
•1 tsp water
•1/4 cup maple syrup or sweetener of choice- you could even reduce the sweetener a little if you prefer.
•1/4 cup sultanas
•3 medjool dates, pitted and chopped roughly or 6 small dates
•Preheat oven to 150 degrees
•Line a square 8x8inch tray with baking paper
•In a small pot, gently warm the coconut oil and maple syrup until it has melted and combined
•Add the water and baking powder and mix together with a fork or whisk
•In a bowl add the rest of the ingredients and mix in the coconut oil and maple syrup mixture
•Press the mixture into the lined tin and cut into bars
•Place into the oven and bake for approx 45 minutes until golden brown. I like mine really golden and crunchy so baked them a little longer
•Remove from the oven and allow to cool for 15 minutes in the tray then transfer to a cooling rack.
•Store in an airtight container once cool.
Muesli Bars
Now if you wanted to give them a point of difference, try this.
Drizzle over the top (like squiggles, but of course they are NOT)
1/4 cup of coconut oil, melted
1/4 cup of 100% maple syrup or honey
1/4 cup of cacao or carob powder
Mix the ingredients together warmed and pour over as desired.
Recipe from Healthy Journey with a twist.

Chocolate Walnut Fudge









Chocolate Walnut Fudge

1/2 cup coconut oil, liquefied

1/4 cup almond butter or nut butter of  choice

1/2 cup cocoa powder

1/2 cup pure maple syrup

1 Tbsp. pure vanilla extract

pinch of sea salt

3/4 cup raw walnuts, roughly chopped


1. With electric beaters, beat together the coconut oil and almond butter.

2. Sift in the cocoa powder and beat again until  combined.

3. Pour in the maple syrup, vanilla and salt and beat until smooth

4. Stir in the walnuts.

5. Line a loaf pan with a piece of parchments paper or you can use chocolate moulds. Scoop the chocolate mixture into the pan and spread out until even.

6. Freeze uncovered for about 1 hour or until solid. Slice into small squares and enjoy!

These fudge squares contain coconut oil, which is nature’s richest source of medium-chain fatty acids (unlike most oils which are made of long-chain fatty acids which are difficult for the body to break down and thus strain the digestive system and causes the body to store fat).

The medium-chain fatty acids are easily digested by your body and sent directly to your liver where they are converted to energy rather than being stored as fat – so coconut oil can actually help stimulate your body’s metabolism.


Roasted Cumin Beets

Cumin Beets







Roasted Cumin Beets

These beetroot can be served warm in a bowl or at room temperature over salad greens.


6-7 small beetroot, peeled and cut into small pieces

1 Tbsp coconut oil

1 teasp ground cumin

1/4 cup spring onions, thinly sliced

2 Tbsp lemon juice

Sea Salt, to taste

1.  Preheat oven to 180deg C

2. Spread beetroot on a baking sheet, and roast 30 to 40 mins, stirring beets occasionally.

3. While beets are still hot, transfer to a large bowl, and stir in spring onions and lemon juice.

4. Serve immediately.


Quinoa Salad

Quinoa Salad

Quinoa makes a great base for any salad as it is far more nutrient dense grain than most. To start with it is gluten free and a complete protein, which straight away makes it stand out from other grains. It has an excellent fatty acid with 25% of the fats being the heart-healthy monounsaturated fatty acids and 8% being anti-inflammatory omega 3. Both these fats make it very skin-friendly and if that’s not enough, it also contains over twice the amount of calcium than wheat does.


1 cup of white, red, black quinoa with amaranth or plain quinoa rinsed well.

Handful of fresh, whole green beans and or fresh asparagus

6 vine ripened tomatoes quartered                                                            Quinoa Salad

3 spring onions, chopped

1/2 cup of fresh sprouts

Small bunch of fresh coriander, chopped

Small bunch of chopped parsley

Lettuce and rocket leaves.

Bring the quinoa mix to the boil in 2.5cups of water, simmer till cooked approx. 10-15 minutes. Strain and fluff up with a fork. Allow to cool a little. Blanch the beans and or asparagus in boiling water then rinse in cold water. Place all the ingredients except lettuce and rocket into a large bowl and mix. Place all the dressing ingredients into a small jar and shake to mix. Pour over the quinoa mixture. To serve, layer the quinoa mix with lettuce and rocket into a serving platter or in a large bowl. Season with salt and pepper. Garnish with lime zest.

The Dressing 

50ml of olive oil

1 tablespoon of Bestow Beauty Oil

50ml of freshly squeezed lime juice (about 2 limes)

Zest of one lime

Sea salt and cracked pepper.


Feijoa Bliss Balls

Blueberry BlissballsFeijoa Bliss Balls

Do you have feijoas in abundance ?

This is very easy to prepare and can either be stored in the fridge or freezer and great when you feel in need of a treat. Enjoy!




1 cup raw cashews
1 cup desiccated coconut, plus extra to coat the balls
zest of 1 lemon
1 teaspoon pure vanilla essence
2 tablespoons firm honey
1 cup unfrozen or fresh  feijoas
2 teaspoons coconut oil
pinch of salt

1. Place all ingredients (apart from the extra coconut) in a food processor and blitz until the mixture comes together and is smooth.

2. Place extra coconut in a bowl.  Take about a tablespoon of the mixture at a time and roll into balls, then coat in coconut.

Place in fridge or freeze.


Immune Boosting Tea

Immune Boosting Tea

Over the next month as the season’s change we are exposed to more pollen, have more allergies and more sensitivities and fight the symptoms of the common cold. This delicious tea is an effective treatment. It is full of nutrients that keep your skin clear and healthy and give your immune system a real kick.

Immune Boosting Tea2 inch piece of fresh ginger

3 cloves of garlic

1 teaspoon of lemon rind grated

2 teaspoons of grounded ginger

1 teaspoon of cinnamon powder

Juice of 2 lemons

1 tablespoon of honey

Bring 500ml of water to the boil in a saucepan. Blend the ginger, garlic and lemon rind with a little of the boiled water to make a paste. Add the paste to the remaining water in the saucepan, adding the juice of the two lemons, the ground ginger and cinnamon. Boil for 2 minutes then strain. Once it has cooled a little, add the honey and then store in glass jug in the fridge. Add a little to a cup and top up with boiling water when required.

Cauliflower Rice Recipe

Cauliflower Rice RecipeCauliflower Rice Recipe


This recipe provides a delicate sweetness of cooked cauliflower, onion and red bell pepper which is my strategy to help with night-time sugar cravings.  Adding sweet foods at dinner satisfies my sweet tooth.  I also like the high fibre content which your body uses to get rid of excess oestrogen.


  1. Start with 1 head of cauliflower, washed and patted dry.   Cut out the core and chop into large chunks.
  2. Place the chunks into a food processor fitted with an S-blade and pulse 2025 times, until cut into tiny pieces but not mushy. You can also shred on your box grater.
  3. Set a large skillet over medium-high heat and add 2 tablespoons of coconut or olive oil. Dice ½ a yellow onion and red bell pepper and saute with 1 teaspoon of salt until the onions begin to brown.
  4. Scoop the shredded cauliflower into the pan and stir well.       Cook 5 minutes adding another ½ teaspoon of salt. Stir well and cover turning heat to low and cook for 5 minutes more.
  5. Turn off the heat and allow to steam for 2 minutes before serving hot.


Quinoa Fritters With Garlic Aioli (Gluten-Free!)

Quinoa Fritters With Garlic Aioli (Gluten-Free!)

If you have some leftover quinoa, then you must try this amazing recipe, which is perfect for brunch, lunch or dinner. It is fairly easy to make and does not take much time at all. This recipe can be made suitable for vegetarians or vegans, and is both gluten and dairy free.Quinoa Fritters

Serves 2 — 3

Ingredients for quinoa fritters

  • 2-4 Tbsp. coconut oil
  • 1 cup of cooked quinoa
  • 3 medium eggs (replace with mashed potato for vegan)
  • 1 medium carrot, grated
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • 1 Tbsp. chives, chopped
  • 1 Tbsp. coriander, chopped
  • 1/4 cup of almond meal
  • Salt and pepper, to taste

Ingredients for garlic aioli

  • 1/2 cups blanched almonds or cashews, soaked for a minimum 4 hours
  • 1-2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 Tbsp. organic Dijon mustard
  • 2 Tbsp. lemon juice
  • 2 Tbsp. olive oilQuinoa-Fritters-850x1318
  • 1/4 — 1/2 cup water, as needed
  • 1/4 tsp. sea salt
  • Mix all the fritter ingredients in a bowl. Using a soup spoon, scoop out the fritter mixture and place in the fry pan and flatten a little. Place as many as you want in the fry pan, making sure the edges don’t touch. Then repeat until you use up all the fritter mixture. You may need to add more coconut oil in between batches. Serve and enjoy.
  • To make the dipping sauce, place all the ingredients (except the water) in a high speed blend and blend until well combined. Then slowly add the water and blend until the garlic aioli has a nice and creamy consistency.
  • Cook for a few minutes on each side, until lightly golden and drain on paper towels.
  • Add 2 Tbsp of coconut oil to a medium fry pan on moderate heat.

Serve and enjoy.




Almond Biscuits

Almond Biscuits

Almond Biscuits

2 tablesps coconut oil, butter or ghee

2-3 tablesps water

2 cups ground almonds

Mix the ingredients well. Roll out thinly on a board, sprinkled with some ground nuts. Cut into squares. Sprinkle with coarse seasalt, poppy, caraway or sesame seeds on top.

Bake in oven on baking paper at 150deg C for 20-30 mins or light golden brown.

This recipe I found in the GAPS cookbook .( Dr Natasha Campbell McBride) It Is super quick and easy, and topped with a delicious wild herb spread I found at the health food shop (Waiheke Island Herb Spread) is a very tasty addition.

Try using different nuts, hazel or walnuts and instead of water you could try almond milk to mix.  Improvise, the combinations are endless.

Gluten and dairy free.