Date Tahini Smoothie

It’s been a bit of a hectic week on our boat. I don’t know how it’s time for my weekly post already. Time is flying by so fast these days. We’ve had family visiting, property viewings and other general day to day life goings on.

Charlie has been working so hard (and so much) since the autumn, setting up his new business venture, Dreamcatcher Cabins, (if you want to attend a festival in the UK in style, check these out because they are awesome and will make your weekend super luxurious and definitely one to remember!) Sometimes I feel like we are strangers passing in the night, a quick half an hour over dinner and then bed, before the dawn comes around and we rush off again to our separate work lives.

We took this morning off to have a stroll through the little village where we are moored at the moment, grab a coffee and some cake, then took a long afternoon walk along the canal. Life can get so busy sometimes and it’s important to take time out, catch up with each other, and relax for a few hours.

Date and Tahini Smoothie

I know, I know, I did a tahini post last week! I’m sorry! I’m definitely not sorry actually. I love the stuff. Not only is it a great source of calcium and vitamins, it’s a good source of magnesium and it adds protein to dishes. I love that you can use it in pretty much anything and it perks it up; a nice lemon salad dressing, creamy spreads, brownies, but especially smoothies. THIS SMOOTHIE.

Use any milk you wish, I used almond as it’s my favourite. Add more bananas / tahini if you want. Add oats to bulk it out even more. Go crazy.

Date Tahini Smoothie (V) (GF)

INGREDIENTS:

7 pitted dates (I used Medjool) soaked 20 mins in boiling water
1 large ripe banana
1 tablespoon tahini
500ml almond milk

METHOD

Add all ingredients into your blender, and blend until smooth. Serve over ice or blend with ice if you have some handy.

Easy!

Date Tahini Smoothie

 

Date Tahini Smoothie

Date Tahini Smoothie

 

 

Date, Apple and Walnut Loaf

The sky was so clear last night, I’ve never seen so many stars scattered across the night-time curtain of dark blue. Then, when the sun rose, there was a crisp, silver blanket spread over the city. Blades of grass turned into silver swords, puddles into mirror like circles. The mist sitting so heavily along the canal. The first frost of winter.

The condensation on the inside of our boat’s windows had frozen, and we could see our breath, it was so cold. Thankfully we have a brilliant wood burner, and it soon melted away any trace of winter.

Date, Apple and Walnut Loaf

This loaf is just what you need this time of year, run home, heat yourself up a nice mug of Chai, and cut yourself a hunky bit of this tasty loaf.

If you can resist, leave this to sit overnight, as it tastes even better the day after.

Date, Apple and Walnut Loaf

Date, Apple and Walnut Loaf

INGREDIENTS:

200g pitted dates
70g dried cranberries
90g unrefined light brown sugar
200g wholemeal flour
50g coconut flour
100g chopped walnuts
1 apple (peeled and cut into small cubes)
1 egg  (use 1 mashed banana if you want to make this vegan friendly)
25g mixed seeds (I used sunflower and pumpkin)
3 tablespoons coconut oil (melted)
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon all spice
½ teaspoon nutmeg
½ teaspoon sea salt
Sprinkling of sesame seeds

METHOD

Preheat the oven to Gas Mark 4 (180 C)

Grease and line a loaf tin.

Chop the dates and cranberries and add to a saucepan with the apple pieces. Add 4 tablespoons of water. Bring to the boil, then turn down the heat and let it simmer for 15 mins. It should form a paste. If you need to you can mash it a bit with a fork.

While the dates are cooking, melt the coconut oil in a pan. Set aside.

In a bowl, mix the flours, walnuts, seeds, baking powder, spices and salt.

Add the melted coconut oil to the date-apple paste, along with the sugar, and egg (or banana), mix well.

Mix the wet with the dry, until just combined (don’t over mix)

Spread into your loaf tin, and sprinkle with sesame seeds.

Bake for approx. 50 mins (or until a knife comes out clear of mixture)

Let the loaf sit for 15 minutes then turn out onto rack and leave to cool.

Date, Apple and Walnut Loaf