Ginger and Quince Upside-Down Gluten Free Dessert

I spotted some lovely organic quince at the farm shop and just couldn’t resist them. I knew I had a gluten and dairy free pudding to make for a charity dinner party I was attending and the quince became the centre piece for me. I love the smell of quince as they ripen on the kitchen windowsill. You don’t see them too often so if you do, snap them up, this really is worth making. The ginger here ...

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Three Never Fail Gluten Free Bread Recipes

Giving up bread when you first become gluten free can feel like a massive sacrifice. I’ve hunted for shop brought breads and never really found anything that I’m entirely happy with. They’re either very dry and crumbly or have so many ingredients I can’t pronounce I wonder if they will do me any good nutritionally. I’ve experimented over the years with different bread recipes and these three ...

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The Best Healthy Homemade Energy Bar

I was having a conversation with a mum from the rowing club about the virtues of homemade nut and seed bars and she mentioned she had a lovely recipe her teenage son adored. Me being me I got the ingredients together without really reading the full recipe and got started. I realised I didn’t have the vegan butter alternative it suggested so thought I’d improvise with oil and oat milk to create my ...

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Spicy Carrots with Coconut Lentils

Every family seems to have a repertoire of five favourite recipes which they cook again and gain and this is one of ours. Give it a try and you’ll see what I mean. Using good quality ingredients, organic where you can, makes all the difference too. Serves 2, prep 10 mins, cook 25 mins Ingredients 500g carrots, peeled and chopped into angled 3cm pieces 2 onions, peeled and chopped into wedges 1 ...

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Ali’s Famous Gluten Free Christmas Cake

I love fruit cake but since going Gluten and Refined Sugar free I have really struggled to find anything any good. There are plenty of Gluten Free Christmas cakes around, which wasn’t the case 3 or 4 years ago, but they seem to be loaded with sugar. There’s plenty of sugar in the fruit alone without adding more. So here’s my favourite version. I play around with the dried fruit depending on what ...

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Chocolate cake recipe fit for a Macmillan Coffee Morning

In preparation for the Macmillan World’s Biggest Coffee Morning on Friday 29th Septemebe this year I’m preparing some delicious bakes as super treats for guests. Last year one of my neighbours came along thinking that with her allergies there would be nothing she could eat! As she said “I doubt I can eat anything but I’m here to support a good cause and a coffee always tastes better with friends ...

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Courgette, Lemon and Thyme Cake

Do you have a massive glut of courgettes in the garden at the moment? I’ve been getting creative with ideas to use them all up from pickle to courgetti pasta, frittata and even cake! What are your favourite courgette recipes? We’d love you to share them on our FaceBook or Instagram page. INGREDIENTS For the cake: 300g gluten free flour (see my flour blend below) 1 tblsp bicarbonate of soda 1 ...

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Healthy Homemade Hazelnut Spread - Vegan, gluten free

When I first posted the negative side of the kids favourite spread Nutella I had mums clamouring for me to devise an alternative recipe. Well months later,and tasting after tasting I can honestly say I have cracked it (excuse the pun!). My own daughter has been the guinea pig for my batch testing and when I gave her the jar with a spoonful of this on it she beamed and exclaimed – mummy you’ve ...

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Hazelnut Truffles - Vegan, gluten free and raw

These Vegan, Gluten Free, and Raw Hazelnut Truffles first fell into my lap when I was surfing Instagram and my friend Patrycja from the blissful plate had just posted a batch she’d made earlier that day. They looked so delicious that I just had to get busy and start making them. Having been cutting back on my sugar for nearly 4 years I had a play with the quantities as I no longer have the sweet ...

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Ali's Lemon and Poppy Seed Protein Biscuits

I was off to a business network yesterday and wanted to take a sweet treat which was almost sugar free to show just how delicious eating sugar free can be. I’ve been eating what I call ‘clean’ – mostly plant based and wholefoods - for almost 4 years and it has quite literally changed my life. I no longer have the debilitating headaches I used to suffer with, my brain fog and lethargy have lifted ...

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Hot Chocolate Oats

You ’ ve probably all worked out that we all love oats in this house. Being gluten intolerant I ’ ve found it important to create interesting breakfasts to keep me away from pining for toaste and crappy cereal. This month has been all about oats as it ’ s cold on a Saturday morning when Miss H takes to the rowing lake and getting something warm inside her (and me if I ’ m using the time she ’ s ...

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SPICED LIME CAULIFLOWER AND SWEET POTATO BAKE WITH PRAWNS

This was a delicious experiment when we had some unexpectedly huge prawns delivered in our fish box from Fish For Thought . We love the ethos of this company and get pretty much all our fish delivered fresh from them. Use friends and family at the till for a discount. Although made with prawns this dish will work just as well with white fish cut into bite size chunks, monkfish is particularly ...

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Ali's Almond Joy Energy Balls

You know how it is. You have a favourite recipe that you make week in and week out for months and then something changes and you forget all about it. Well that’s what happened to these delicious energy balls. I simply stopped making them – no idea why as I love them, I’d just forgotten all about them. I remembered them this morning and cooked up a batch (technically there’s no real cooking ...

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Chilli and rosemary seedy crackers (Vegan)

We love these tasty seedy crackers straight from the tin but they are equally nice with a spicy topping. You can experiment with the flavours but I’ve found the sweetness of the molasses and the fiery nature of the chilli work really well. Ingredients 125g quinoa flakes 50ml rapeseed oil 250g pumpkin seeds 130g sunflower seeds 50g linseeds 3-4 tbsp finely chopped fresh rosemary ¼ tsp salt 1 – 4 ...

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Vegan Chickpea Wraps

Vegan Chickpea Wraps These versatile Chickpea wraps are perfect as an accompaniment to curries or stews but work equally well as a salad wrap or with fajitas. I got the inspiration from the wraps they make on the Italian coast of Liguria. Here they are cooked on a super hot griddle often to great proportions and cut into triangles to serve along side fresh fish and salads. They are delicious on ...

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Magical Matcha Energy Protein Balls

I got into Matcha last year after discovering Matcha Latte (made with almond or coconut milk). It made a refreshing change from peppermint tea when I wanted a warm drink that felt more indulgent than a herbal tea. Having given up caffeine 4 years ago I don’t miss the taste or the ritual of it (or the headaches I used to suffer) but I do sometimes miss the warmth of a creamy drink. These protein ...

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Three Classic Overnight Oats Recipes for a Winter Treat

I’ve been experimenting with overnight oats for a while but I think it’s important to get the flavours right and add some texture too or all you end up with is a mushy goo. If that’s been your experience too, give these three delicious flavours a try – they have become staples in our household. The brilliant things about Overnight Oats is that they’re so easy to make, all you need to do is throw ...

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Coconut Cacao Carob Granola

I love a home made granola where I know what’s gone into it and how much healthier it is than the shop brought stuff. This is the king of Granolas. It’s gluten free and made with coconut so is great for those who are oat intolerant too. Coconut is a fantastic source of good fat and helps you metabolise bad fat. Cocao, the purest form of chocolate without any added sugars is packed with anti- ...

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Ali’s Soy and Ginger Butterfly Chicken

I love what I do. One of my clients recently said to me "It's like I've been transformed, just like a butterfly, and am emerging into the light. I've grown wings and am about to fly. I feel so different and it's all thanks to you". Who wouldn't love what they did when they got to work with people on major transformations which had them feeling this good. I love working with clients and ...

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Coconut Protein Pancakes you won’t believe are Gluten Free

I’ve been experimenting with gluten free American style pancakes for ages. The mixture was either too thick to cook all the way through or so runny it became a flat pancake rather than a fluffy American style. These are pretty much perfect in every way. Packed with protein, vitamins and minerals, due to the addition of a plant based protein powder, they are super delicious. They make a perfect ...

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Sweet Potato Pea Fritters

When I first suggested these as a brunch snack Mr H looked a little perplexed. I don’t know what he was expecting but they turned out much better than either of us anticipated. They are little dollops of yummy-ness on a plate. I like to serve them with a green salad, salad leaves or watercress, when in season. Half a sliced avocado and a poached egg on top really complete the dish. You could of ...

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Ali's chia puddings

I love Chia Pudding. It’s amazing how it soaks up liquid to become a gloopy, sticky mess. You need to get the consistency right or it can be a bit frogspawn-ish! So do experiment. Chia seeds are super hydrating, and are bursting with four times more iron than spinach! You can add any fruits that are in season to create a breakfast bowl or supper dessert. I like to add coconut flakes and seeds and ...

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Ali’s vanilla Fudge Protein bars

Oh these little bars of heaven are oh so good. When I first made them they were devoured within minutes so if I want to keep them for more than a few days I have to double the batch ingredients (which fits in my tin better too) and pop them in the freezer, ideally with a label no one can read but me! They are super easy to make and because they are 'no bake' you could even get your kids making ...

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Ali’s Superfood Protein Bars

I love a refined sugar free protein bar that is also gluten free and these are just one of my best inventions. Not only are they packed with protein and super foods but they are super tasty – they’ll keep for a week in an airtight container (if you’re lucky) – they never last that long in our house! Give them a try and let me know what you think. Ingredients ½ cup quinoa flakes ½ cup gluten free ...

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How to get legs beach ready fast

There’s still time to get your legs beach ready. Here’s how It might feel like the British summer has been and gone but if you’re heading for sun, sea and sand you’ll still want to get your legs out. Or maybe you’re just feeling the chill and sticking with short skirts and sandals anyway – after all you only get one chance to wear your summer clothes in the Uk and this is it! So whether you’ve ...

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Hummingbird Café Inspired Carrot and Pineapple Tray Bake with Coconut Lime Frosting

Sometimes you need cake that really feels indulgent. I've loved watching The Great British Bake Off over the years but i'm mostly left feeling hungry and disappointed that so many of the gluten free alterntives to traditional cakes are so dense, tasteless or packed with refined sugar. This was a superb exeriement that i undertook after I had a can of pineapple pieces left over from a birthday ...

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Best Banana Bread with Ginger Frosting (gluten, refined sugar and dairy free)

I’m a great one for saving ingredients then doing nothing with them so when I spotted 3 unripe bananas in the fruit bowl and I already had a freezer full of frozen banana pieces ready to make smoothies I thought I’d better use them up immediately or they’d be making compost in the wormery by next week. I have to say I’ve triumphed with this recipe. It is a beautiful, light, moist cake which you’d ...

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Vegetable and Chickpea Tagine with herby Quinoa

Ingredients 2 tbsp coconut oil 2 onions, chopped ½ tsp each ground cinnamon, coriander and cumin 2 large courgettes, cut into chunks about 2cm 2 large tomatoes chopped ·400g can chickpeas, rinsed and drained 4 tbsp raisins 425ml vegetable stock 300g frozen peas chopped coriander, to serve ​For quinoa 100g quinoa 300ml hot vegetable tock Handful of fresh herbs chopped - i love to use corriander, ...

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6 Fats That Don't Make You Fat

For decades we’ve believed that it is Fat that makes us Fat. Not so, we’re coming to understand that not all fats are equal and many of the healthy fats are essential to our wellbeing. Many of us have clamoured for the latest health fad or ‘revolutionary new diet’ in the hopes of dropping pounds and feeling great. One of the biggest misconceptions is that fat makes you fat. Our society is ...

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Cauliflower Pizza recipe

Is Cauliflower Pizza really as good as the hype? I've read a lot about Cauliflower Pizza and to be honest I was a bit sceptical. Miss H loves Pizza. She's a teenager so despite our healthy living lifestyle if given a choice she would opt for a pizza as a treat every time. Perhaps because I’ve probably always been gluten intolerant but never realised it or had it diagnosed I’ve never been a big ...

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Why I believe in eating plant based protein powder

When I first had a stab at being vegetarian in my 20s it was a disaster. I ended up anaemic, under nourished and ill. I was advised to return to eating poultry by my doctor, who, to be honest probably had no nutritional facts to back up his suggestion that poultry was the answer, but I duly did it. I tried it again some years late with better results having educated myself on all things nutrition ...

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Is Gluten Free for you?

Are you curious about what the gluten in your diet is doing to you or worried that you may be gluten intolerant? It's believed that 50% of the population has some level of gluten intolerance. I’m currently reading a book called Wheat Belly by Dr William Davis. It’s fascinating and explains just how different modern wheat is from the wheat we consumed in the 1930’s let alone in the 18th century or ...

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Gluten free, refined sugar free brownie jar

This chocolate brownie jar is an easy (and last minute) gift idea, that’s perfect for all occasions – birthdays, mother’s day, and thankyous. It goes down a treat each and every time and it’s a super simple gift that everyone can enjoy! You will need: 1 mason jar Label to decorate Wooden spoon optional INGREDIENTS: Dry: ¾ cup oat flour ½ cup almond flour 2 tbsp cornflower 1/2 tsp baking powder 1/ ...

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Healthy Mother’s Day Breakfast Recipes

Show how much you care with these Healthy mother’s Day breakfast recipes to get the day started right! Mother’s day is fast approaching so if you’re planning a day of treats why not start with a healthy Mother’s Day breakfast tray. Here’s my favourite breakfast recipes to kick start her day and ensure she is energised for all the fabulous activities you have planned for her. BUCKWHEAT CREPES ...

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Vegan, gluten free protein boosted Black Bean Chilli

This vegan chilli is gluten free and packed full of protein! As a family we make an effort to eat vegan two or three days a week but with a very sporty teenager in the house I like to know we’re keeping up with our protein intake too. When I was vegetarian in my early 20s and 30s I had such a low protein diet that over time I became quite ill. I was living on carbohydrates and sugar and it really ...

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Ali’s Gluten Free Carrot Cake

I made this new gluten free carrot cake recipe for Mr H’s birthday and it went down so well I think it will become a monthly treat. It’s gluten free of course and also dairy and refined sugar free so would even double as a snack on our 30 days to healthy living programme. We’ve created our own gluten free flour blend - recipe below - which I’ve used here but you can just as easily use a gluten ...

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Healthy snack ideas to keep you satisfied

Easy to make nutritious snacks ideas to keep your healthy eating on track! One of the things that has kept me on track with my new ‘healthy’ way of eating is to have plenty of healthy snacks at the ready when I feel the munchies coming on. I always concentrate on the things I can eat rather than fixating about the things I can’t. There are far more positives to eating a healthy wholefoods diet ...

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How I quit sugar – 10 tips from a former sugar addict

Giving up sugar is one of the greatest things that I have done to improve my health. Quitting sugar was also one of the most difficult things I have done. Not just personally but for people around me too. There’s a sugar conspiracy in the UK. When I first started to say I didn’t eat refined sugar people tutted at me. It’s was as if not eating sugar made me less fun! Yet they don’t react in the ...

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How to start a sugar free diet

Keen on reducing sugar intake and having a sugar free diet? Keep reading… Are you tempted to join BBC Radio 2 Presenter Chris Evans on his ‘sugar free February’ but worried about where to start when it comes to a sugar free diet? Here’s my top tips and guide to going sugar free. I quit sugar over three years ago and have never looked back. For me it has been a life changing journey of rediscovery ...

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Gluten Free Flatbreads

I’ve really struggled to find a good substitute for ‘normal’ bread and naan breads etc and then I came across this recipe from Tom Kerridge in his new book Tom Kerridge’s Dopamine Diet... Dopamine is a natural happy drug found in all sorts of foods and eating this way is now a way of life for Tom. It’s a similar philosophy to the clean eating philosophy I teach and it works. Tom’s lost 13 stone ...

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Christmas treats – the healthy version

It’s sometimes really difficult to be good and stay off the wheat and sugar at this time of year. Having a few healthy treats in the fridge or cupboard for when the munchies strike or to divert your focus when the Quality Street start to circulate will help. Here’s a few of my favourites: Ali’s Coconut Lemon Meltaway Snowballs I love having tiny treats available for when the munchies strike and ...

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Raw chocolate Bites

Miss H has a chocolate habit. She rows 5 times a week so she can afford to have it but I still don’t want her eating cheap chocolate and ending up diabetic like Olympic Rower Steve Redgrave. I often make a batch of these delicious raw chocolate bites to keep her going. At this time of year they are great in her rowing bag but in the summer it’s a no-no as they melt too quickly and are best eaten ...

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Alison’s Coconut Lemon Meltaway Balls

These little balls are so easy to make and mouth-wateringly delicious. You simply put everything in a bowl, mix for a little, roll them into a ball shape and they are ready to eat in a matter of minutes. Children will love making them with you too. They are raw, grain-free, gluten-free, dairy-free, egg-free, refined sugar free, and even paleo-friendly? But what I really love is that they are ...

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How to go sugar free

I’ve been refined sugar free for nearly four years and it has completely changed my health. If you think your sugar addiction has got out of hand, and want to know how to quit, for good, then read on. My problem with sugar came to a head when I was on holiday in France a few years ago and suffered from really bad night sweats. I thought I was going through an early menopause and did a bit of ...

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Guilt free snacking ideas

If you’re just starting out on a wholefoods, clean eating programme there’s a vast amount of information out there and you’re probably super confused. It really can seem like a minefield. It’s simpler than it looks though, especially when you discover guilt free snacking! I know what you’re thinking. This is going to be one of those posts filled with ingredients you’ve never heard of from unknown ...

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