Healthy Treats for January

Tealoaf and Carrot Cake Cookies

At my half-day Easy Like Sunday Morning retreats in the Autumn and Christmas yoga lessons, I made lots of healthy and nutritious snacks for those attending after the yoga lesson. I've had lots of requests for the recipes so I thought I'd share some of them here with you. My absolute favourite is my mum's fat free tea loaf, always a lovely treat with an afternoon cup of tea.

Other recipes were taken from the Deliciously Ella website and I’ve provided links to the Deliciously Ella website for these. Where I made some changes I have noted these below 😊

Apricot and Coconut Oat Bars - I put in some extra rice syrup as I found the amount specified in the recipe resulted in the bars being too crumbly

Raw Cacao and Almond Balls - I think these are lovely! For Christmas I replaced the cacao with dried cranberries to make them more festive

Carrot Cake Cookies - I use Almond Butter instead of Peanut Butter in case of peanut allergies

My mum’s tealoaf

350g / 12 oz dried mixed fruit

3 oz light muscovado sugar

1 teabag

1 large egg (beaten)

1 tablespoon marmalade (the secret ingredient!)

Zest of one lemon

280g self raising flour


Make a mug of strong black tea (I used decaff, but any black tea is fine!) and discard tea bag

In a large mixing bowl, put in the dried mixed fruit and the muscovado sugar. Pour the black tea over the fruit and sugar and stir it all up to ensure all covered

Clingfilm over the bowl and leave this overnight or for 24 hours so the fruit absorbs some of the tea and plumps up

The next day….

Preheat oven to 150 C for fan ovens.

Mix into the bowl the beaten egg, zest of one lemon, spoon of marmalade, and self raising flour. Mix it all up well and then transfer into a large greased loaf tin.

Place the loaf tin in the middle of the oven and cook for 1 hour 20 mins – 1 hour 30 mins until golden on top and a wooden skewer comes out clean.

Remove from oven and leave to cool for 10-15 mins and then remove from your tin and leave on a cooling rack to cool down

Once cool, will stay moist for a week if kept in a cake tin or airtight container. Enjoy 😊

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