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Courgette & Coconut cake

Courgette & Coconut cake (GF, DF & refined sugar free) I made this up this morning because I had so many courgettes in my garden ready to pick. A light teatime cake that’s not too sweet. Excellent way to use up all those courgettes from the garden!

A light & most cake, with grated courgette and desiccated coconut, makes a great alternative to carrot cake – top with rich cream cheese icing or coconut frosting (recipe to follow).

Really yum!

Note: We don’t have much of a sweet tooth her at Satya yoga but if you do, just up the quantity for the maple syrup by 10-20g and sugar by 20-50g.

100ml olive oil
3 large eggs or 6 medium size eggs
100g coconut palm sugar
65g clear maple syrup or honey
280g gluten free self-raising flour
½ tsp gluten free baking powder
½ tsp gluten free bicarbonate of soda
200g courgette or zucchini, grated & make sure you squeeze access liquid with hands after grating
75g desiccated coconut

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Gluten & Dairy Free Chocolate Cake

This has to be the best chocolate cake I have ever made, it is truly divine! it is perfect for anyone with gluten & dairy intolerances and great for the rest of us since it’s the healthiest chocolate cake you’ll ever eat!.

Its rich dark chocolate gives it decadence yet is so simple to make. I really urge you to make it, your friends & family will love you for it, I promise!

Organic ingredients is all I use….well worth the extra cost and better for your health!

250g goats butter (room temperature, I take it out the fridge the night before)
150g coconut palm sugar
180g good quality dark chocolate 85% (Use 70% if that’s all you can find)
100g organic ground almonds (see foot note on how to make your own – so easy!)
6 organic medium eggs
1 tablespoon organic apple cider vinegar

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The best dairy free flapjack recipe ever, so moist and gooey!

[row]I have decided to add this dairy free flapjack recipe to my post because I am constantly being asked for it – so here it is! You will love these flapjacks and so quick to prepare.

You can use unrefined soft brown sugar but the coconut palm sugar (read more about this at foot of page) gives it its gooeyness and its better for you!

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4 ingredients only

250g Goats Butter

150g Golden Syrup

166g Biona organic coconut palm sugar

333g Organic Porridge oats

 Preheated oven at 160 c / gas 3

Cooking time 25-30 mins depending on oven – experiment!

  1. In a large pan, melt butter, syrup and palm sugar till runny. Turn heat off. Add oats and mix well.
  2. Line a try (20 x 30 cm) with scrunched up baking parchment and pour the mixture, then flatten and spread with spatula.
  3. Then bake. When they are ready to come out they will look seriously under baked – they will wobble if you shake the  try.
  4. Cover tray and leave overnight or  6-8 hours to settle and harden a little. When ready cut into squares and enjoy!
  5. These will keep for a week but mine never last that long or make extra and freeze.

Do drop me a line, let me know what you think…..share my dairy free flapjack recipe with others by  LIKE my page!

Recipe by Satya Yoga Oxford at

Biona Organic Coconut palm sugar – its an ancient form of sugar which is gaining new popularity partly because of its low GI status. Sometimes just called palm sugar, it has a GI level of just 35. This low glycemic value means that it is beneficial to diabetics and people watching their weight. It is also low in fructose, even though it is taken from the sap of a coconut tree.
The taste is described as something like a mild butterscotch or caramel flavour. It can be used in the same proportion as sugar in cooking and it has a low melt temperature and a high burn temperature which makes it a useful ingredient. It doesn’t turn food brown when cooking either.

Biona’s Organic Coconut Sugar is completely natural, not filtered, processed or bleached, and it offers a rich supply of mineral salts, B vitamins and amino acids – this is part of the reason that it is gaining popularity among health gurus. In fact many cultures throughout history have valued it for its health benefits. It can be used as an alternative sweetener in drinks, baking and desserts, and it is really yummy on cereals.

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