Lettuce Discuss… Chocolate Cake!

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Prep time: 15 minutes
Cook time:  25 minutes
Total time:  40 minutes
Serves: 12 cupcakes or one Round Cake

Light… Sweet… Moist…

Ingredients

1 ½ Cups Gluten Free Flour

1 teaspoon Baking Powder

¼ teaspoon Sea Salt

¾  Cup Raw Sugar

2 Egg Replacer

½ Cup Vegan Butter

½ teaspoon Vanilla Extract

½ Cup Almond Milk

¾  Cup Almond Milk

1 Tablespoon of Instant Coffee

1 Tablespoon of Cocoa Powder

 

Additional Toppings: Our homemade Chocolate Spread 

and ½ Cup of Dandies All Natural Marshmallows (we import from the USA)

 

Instructions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees f. (Gas mark 4)

Line muffin baking pan with paper or foil liners (If you are using paper liner we suggest applying a drop of olive oil and coat the paper liner to avoid batter sticking).

Prepare the 2 Egg Replacer in a small bowl and set aside.

In a medium bowl add the Gluten Free Flour, Baking Powder, Sea Salt, and Raw Sugar, mix well. Add the 2 Egg Replacer, Vegan Butter, and Vanilla Extract, mix well.

Take the ½ Cup Almond Milk and add the 1 Tablespoon of Instant Coffee and mix well, add to batter.

Take the ¾ Cup Almond Milk and add the 1 Tablespoon of Cocoa Powder and mix well, add to batter.

Take one scoop (we use an ice cream scooper) of mixture and place in prepared cupcake liner or cake pan. We added Dandies all natural marshmallows in the cake batter for additional Yummy Flavor!

Bake for 20-25 minutes, until a toothpick comes out clean.

Cool (We added our Chocolate Spread for additional Sweetness Flavor!)

 ENJOY!

 

Lettuce Discuss… Health Benefits!  
 “Just 1 tablespoon of unsweetened cocoa powder contains 3 to 9 percent of the recommended daily intake of iron, manganese, magnesium and zinc. In addition to carrying oxygen, iron helps make red blood cells and is essential for your immune system. Manganese is a component of enzymes that form cartilage and bones, metabolize nutrients and function as antioxidants inside every cell in your body. Magnesium helps produce energy and maintain a normal heart rhythm. Zinc is vital for the production and development of new cells, including immune system cells. Without enough zinc, the number of bacteria-fighting cells goes down and you become more susceptible to illness.
Flavonoids are the plant-based substances responsible for many of cocoa’s health benefits. There are many different types of flavonoids, but cocoa is a good source of two: epicatechin and catechin. Natural unsweetened cocoa powder has 196 milligrams of epicatechin in every 100 grams of powder, compared with unsweetened chocolate squares which have 142 milligrams and dark chocolate candy with 84 milligrams. The flavonoids in cocoa function as antioxidants that help prevent systemic inflammation. Epicatechin relaxes the muscles in blood vessels, which improves blood flow and helps lower blood pressure, according to research published in the March 2012 issue of the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.”

 

For more information about ingredients, click the Gallery Pictures Below.

Useful Products we use USA

Useful Products we use  UK

For more information on Health Benefits- Cocoa Powder click the following links.

 http://healthyeating.sfgate.com/benefits-unsweetened-cocoa-powder-5662.html

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Lettuce Discuss… Juicing Combinations for your General Health

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For best results drink 1 Pint per day but break it down to coincide with meal times so drink ¼ Pint with each meal and one before bed. As these are all good for you anyway you can’t over do it although you would become bored drinking the same thing every day.

If you suffer from depression Please avoid Cranberries, Rhubarb and Green Plums. The high acidic values will not help but can contribute to depression.

Anemia Blackberry & Parsley or Parsley & Grape
Arthritis Celery & Parsley
Asthma Celery & Papaya or Celery, Endive and Carrot
Blood Pressure (High) Carrot, Parsley and Celery or Grape and Carrot
Blood Pressure (Low) Parsley or Capsicum and Garlic
Catarrh, Colds etc Watercress and Apple with ¼ tsp Cream of Tartar
Circulation Beets & Blackberry or Parsley, Alfalfa & Pineapple
Colds and Sinus Celery and Grapefruit with ¼ tsp Cream of Tartar
Constipation Celery, Spinach and Grapefruit
Diarrhea Carrot and Blackberry juice
Indigestion Coconut milk, Fig, Parsley and Carrot
Insomnia Lettuce and Celery Juice
Kidney Cleanse Celery, Parsley and Asparagus or Carrot and Parsley Juice
Kidneys (Bladder Problems) Blackcurrant with Juniper Berry Tea, Celery and Pomegranate Juice
Liver Cleanse Radish & Pineapple Juice or Black Cherry Concentrate & Chlorophyll or Carrot, Beet and Cucumber Juice
Memory (Poor) Celery, Carrot and Prune Juice
Nervous Tension Celery, Carrot and Prune Juice or Lettuce and Tomato Juice
Overweight (Obesity) Beet Greens, Parsley and Celery Juice
Sinus Cayenne Powder 1tsp in 1 Cup of water
Weight Reduction Parsley, Grape & Pineapple Juice

 

Quantities:

Alfalfa Handful                                                            Asparagus 6-8 sticks

Apple 2 small                                                                Beets 2

Beet Greens 1 Cup                                                    Blackberry ½ Cup

Blackcurrant 1 cup                                                    Capsicum 1 teaspoon

Carrot 2                                                                           Coconut Milk 1 Cup

Grape ½ Cup                                                                  Endive 1

Fig 1 Cup                                                                         Garlic 2 Cloves

Grapefruit 1 whole                                                   Pineapple half small pineapple

Spinach 2 Cups                                                            Parsley Bunch

Papaya whole                                                               Pomegranate 1 whole

Radish 1 Cup                                                                 Watercress 1 pack

Lettuce Discuss… Vegan Gluten Free Bread / Fruit Loaf

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Lettuce Discuss… Vegan Gluten free Bread and Fruit Loaf

We have bought this bread from various Vegan stores and have paid between $5 and $8 per loaf this will make two loaves for $3 add fruit and you will pay $4 at the most.

Ingredients.

5 ½    Cups of Gluten free Flour (Bread Flour is the best but any blend of gluten free Flours works too) We use “Doves Farm Gluten Free Bread Flower”

3        Sachets of Quick Activated Bread Yeast

5        Tablespoons of Raw Brown Sugar

1 ½    Teaspoons of Salt

2 ½    Cups of Almond Milk (We used Blue Diamond Almond Milk)

1        Cup of Warm Water

1 ½    Teaspoons of Vinegar

9        Tablespoons of Olive Oil

Step 1 – Activate the Yeast

Take

1 Cup of Warm water (warm NOT HOT! If it’s boiling hot it will kill the yeast)

2 Tablespoons of Raw Sugar

3 sachets of Yeast

Mix together with a fork or hand whisk for 1 minute.

Set to one side and leave to activate. You will need a container 3 times larger than the mixture- as the yeast will grow treble the liquid size.

Step 2 – Mixing the Dry Ingredients

In a medium sized mixing bowl add

5 ½ cups of bread flour

1 ½ Teaspoons of salt

3 Tablespoons of Raw sugar.

Mix the dry ingredients together so it is all blended equally. Set to one side.

Step 3 – Mix The Wet Ingredients

In a large mixing bowl add

2 ½ Cups of almond milk

1 ½ Teaspoons of Vinegar

9 Tablespoons Olive Oil

Hand whisk the wet ingredients until it has a froth

Step 4 – Blend Ingredients

Add the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients and mix together, You can use a wooden spoon, or a power whisk with dough attachments. I use a wooden spoon -the hard way!

When you have everything blended add the Yeast Mixture and mix for 5 minutes.

Your dough will be wet in consistency.

Leave for 15 minutes to activate the yeast.

Then mix again for 5 minutes. It’s important to get as much air in as you can.

Leave to stand for a further 30 minutes.

After 30 minutes you need to stir the mix with a thin wooden spoon,

Split the dough into 2 small loaf tins (use a dairy free butter to grease the inside of the tins)

Cover the tins with Saran Wrap (Cling Film UK) and place in a warm area to allow the dough to rise. This takes between 20 and 35 minutes. You will need to keep checking as you don’t want the dough to rise above the tin too much or it will just pour over the side of the tin and you lose that mixture.

In a Pre heated oven 425F remove the cling film and place the 2 tins in the middle of the oven.

They will cook for 35 to 45 minutes depending on your preference. If you like the crust dark leave for longer.

When cooked remove from the oven and allow them to cool before removing from the tin. When cool remove from the tin and enjoy.

We have noticed that unlike store bought our loaves will last longer however, you can cut it into slices and freeze it.

If you would like to make a fruit loaf take half of the dough and add 1 ½ Cups of dried fruit such as raisins, sultanas, or add finely chopped apple. Add cinnamon and nutmeg and another tablespoon of sugar too sweeten it up some more. Mix for a couple of minutes and place in one of the tins and cook as normal.

We Hope You Enjoy the Bread.

Many Blessings

Mako & Hema