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Language Development and Your Child

 

School starts tomorrow, and that means William’s first day of Kindergarten. At the beginning of 2014 William began to show signs of having Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), his speech and his social skills were the biggest concerns for Paul and I. As a teacher, I knew that I needed to pick up the pace of William’s speech and language development. I drew on my ESL (English as a Second Language) Language Coaching training and started picking up the pace of William’s language development. At first it was slow, but after seven months he was speaking with more words in sentences and I was beginning to understand what he was trying to communicate. Now, twelve months later, I can’t stop him from talking and he speaks with words that completely blow my mind.

As a classroom teacher I have children every year (in grade three) that have limited vocabulary, they are not children on the Autism Spectrum or children with learning difficulties. Language development is not as easy as most of you may think, it’s not something that just comes to you. I thought I’d pen a post about language development and how you can help your child create a solid literacy base.

Learning a language is hard (have you tried to learn a new language?), even if that language is your first language (aka mother language). Most parents get so excited when they hear their baby speak their first words. However, few parents put conscious effort into language development past those first few words. Most parents think that speech and language just happens, it just develops on its own.

For children, especially children with ASD or any learning disorder that impairs speech and language development, it is imperative that they are surrounded by rich, correctly articulated language. That involves some effort on the parents’ part. Yes, we are their best role model for language development. The best times to ‘work’ on developing or extending your child’s language skills are during every day experiences. You don’t need to go and purchase special toys, or apps for the iPad. You just need to spend time talking with your child. No conversation is ever wasted, I have had some fantastic language ‘sessions’ with William about a spider in a web, or a crumb that the ant is carrying back to feed its family. It’s not the topic that matters, it’s the language associated with the conversation. For example:

Child: staring at a spider in a web “Spider”

Parent: “Yes that’s right, there is a spider. The spider is in a web.” point to the web

Child: “Web, spider in a web.”

Parent: “Can you see the sparkles on the spider’s web?”

Child: “See sparkles in the spider web.”

Parent: “The spider will catch its food in the web.”

And so on…the point is that the parent models full sentences with correct articulation and the child will often copy what you say, and as their language skills develop further they will add their own thoughts to the conversation. Would I use words that the child doesn’t know the meaning of? Yes, how else will they learn the meaning of the word and the correct context in which that word is used?

Keep your communication genuine and real, where both you and your child are taking turns in talking. This helps them to understand that having a conversation with someone is about talking, listening, pausing, responding and not just about the words we speak.

IMG_3543.JPGThis image is a perfect example: William and I will play and we will talk about what he is doing.  Our conversations flows freely and goes in any direction he wants it to go in.  Our language gets built upon each time we ‘play’.  

A strong oral language forms the foundation for literacy development and success in schooling. To build this strong foundation in oral language the parents will need to model/use rich language that has been articulated correctly.

Articulating words correctly is so important, I don’t know how many times I have to correct ‘I should of gone to the shop’. You model language to your child, they copy what you say, if you say it correctly then there is less to correct later on. If your child says something incorrectly, gently correct them. If a mistake goes unchecked, your child will think it is correct and then keep making the mistake.

What does rich language mean?? Language with a lot of money? No, obviously, but it is similar. It is language that has a lot going for it. Rich language is dense, it has adjectives and adverbs, it ‘paints a picture’ in the mind of the listener (or reader). It has a lot of description in a small amount of words. Modelling this language includes saying the same idea (the girl ran) in a few ways using language that expands on the idea (the girl in the red dress ran fast), adding new words in order to stretch your child’s vocabulary. Keep this language at and slightly above your child’s level, steadily becoming more complex as your child’s language develops.

And read to your child…every single day…read read read! Picture books that create extended conversation are perfect! Occasionally point to the text as you read it, this helps the child to understand that you are reading words from the page.

 

I hope this helps some of you,

Yours in Health and Happiness

Jess xx

 

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Avocado Icy-Pops

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I had an abundance of avocados a little while back, about 15 avocados all ripe at the same time.  Now I love avocados on and in everything but I was sooooo ready to find a new way of having them.  I’ve made icy pops with avocado before (I just make a big smoothie and freeze them in icy pop trays), so I played around with this a little and came up with this.  Was totally yummy!!

Avocado Icy-Pops
 
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Cuisine: Paleo Sweets
Serves: 6 icy pops
Ingredients
  • 2 small avocados
  • 270ml coconut cream
  • 20 drops (1/4 dropper) of liquid stevia (or you could use honey/maple)
  • 1 Tablespoon cacao (for the chocolate layer)
Instructions
  1. Blend all the ingredients, excluding the cacao, in a blender until smooth.
  2. Pour the mixture into cupcake moulds, filling two-thirds the mould (leaving the rest for the chocolate). Reserve one-third of the mixture in the blender.
  3. Place in the freezer.
  4. Add 1 tablespoon of cacao to the remaining avocado mixture and blend until smooth.
  5. Pour the chocolate avocado mixture over the semi-frozen 'green' layer, place back in the freezer until set hard.

 Yours in Health and Happiness

Jess xx

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The Rocking Chair

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Settling goals, changing paths, I don’t know what I should be doing, I don’t feel like this is right for me anymore, what direction do I want my life to take????? So many questions, how on earth do we start to find out what it is we really want to do in life? All we know is that we’re not really happy with where we are at and we just want change (or we want to know that what we are doing is what we really want to do).

This post is about how I found the direction I want for my life, how I stopped over-analysing (something I’m really good at) and stopped feeling overwhelmed by life.

In November I knew that I wanted to take my life on a different path, I wasn’t really happy with the things that I had been working towards in 2014, my passion and drive had taken a nose-dive and I was struggling to find a way up. I had given so much of myself to so many projects and people that I had completely forgotten what my path was, my health had suffered, my body had suffered and my fitness had been reduced to nothing.

While staring into space one day in mid-November I remembered the days after my Da had passed away (eight years ago) and this got me started on rediscovering my passion and my path. See, in the days after his passing I was so upset, I was trying to console myself with thoughts of how much he had accomplished. He used to ‘potter around’ in his BBQ patio, and after he was diagnosed with liver cancer he used to spend a lot of time outside. I often thought that he was outside reflecting on his life, and boy what a life he had lived and what a truly great man he was.

I remembered his rocking chair, and how he must’ve been sitting in it each afternoon smiling, being so satisfied with the life he lived. Bingo! I had found a way to start finding my passion and living life again, a life that makes me satisfied and brings a smile to my face. I began sitting in my rocking chair each morning, and I pretended that I was 80 years-old and I was looking back on the life I had lived…I smiled as I thought about all of the things I ‘had done’, all of the things I was glad I ‘didn’t do’…and I also thought of all of the things I wished I ‘had have done’. I wrote them down. This was the start of some wonderful revelations.

I’ve started pulling myself back from some projects and decided that I am going to focus on just three things…and do those three things super well (got to give my Senior Pastor credit for this one, he had an awesome message on this one Sunday…actually it seemed that all of the messages in December were completely aligning with the changes my life was taking). I feel free, I feel like I have direction, I feel renewed, and I can’t wait to get back into the classroom and teach kids again! I am excited about living life every single day with passion and purpose!

Yours in Health and Happiness

Jess xx

Tell me, what are you excites you about the New Year ahead?

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Slow Cooked Beef and Rosemary

Beef and Rosemary Casserole

I love my slow cooker, really love it.  I use it at least 3 times a week and it saves my butt when it comes to having a yummy dinner on the table by 6.30pm.  I thought I’d share this beef and rosemary dish with you, as it seems to always be a hit…hang on…with a household full of growing teenage boys and men everything is a hit.  We had it with cauliflower mash, which I love more than mash potato…and that’s sayin’ something :-)

Slow Cooked Beef and Rosemary
 
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Serves: 6 serves
Ingredients
  • 1kg diced beef
  • 3 cups beef bone broth (or stock)
  • ¼ cup balsamic vinegar
  • ¼ cup tomato puree
  • 2 sliced onions
  • 1 tablespoon rosemary
  • 3 cloves garlic, crushed
Instructions
  1. Brown the beef in a hot fry pan, you don't want to cook it all the way through, just brown the outside.
  2. Place all of the ingredients, except for the beef, in the slow cooker and gently stir to combine.
  3. Add the beef and ensure all pieces are covered in the liquid.
  4. Put the slow cooker on medium and cook for 1 hour.
  5. Reduce the heat to low and cook for a further 4-5 hours, this results in a beef that falls apart when 'forked' but isn't dry.
  6. Serve with cauliflower mash.

 Today is Day Two of my Whole30, and to say that each Whole30 gets easier would be an understatement.  I have some food obsessions that I really need to deal with, I was getting really confused with what to eat to lose weight but not jeopardise my running/workouts.  Paleo version of BodyTrim…nope too low in fat and carbs and zap me of energy.  Low Carb High Fat…nope I felt heavy and bloated and lethargic (I stuck with this one for close to 6 months and I didn’t feel any better).  Paleo version of If It Fits Your Macros…too much counting calories and obsessing over making my macros fit each day, this is not a good thing for someone who already obsesses over foods.  In the end I gave up and just and ate the Paleo that I wanted…still no good. I would end up cooking paleo sweets every few days and eating almost the whole batch…NOT good.  So after spending a month being totally frustrated I decided that Whole30 was the only thing that made sense, I always feel so good during each of the Whole30s I’ve done and I don’t find myself obsessing about food, not one single bit.  I think it’s because I know what is completely off limits and I’m ok with sticking to that.

I’ve also reached out and started using a Personal Trainer, I needed someone who knew what they were doing and would help me get in to tip-top shape.  Today was my last session for the week (I got three times a week) and I conquered my fear of the box jump.  I have hit my shins badly a few times on the box in the past and that has totally scared me. When they are in a WOD I always step up, never jump up.  Today I had to do them in my workout, I told Kay of my fear, he brought out the 24 inch box and said, “You got this, do as many as you can.” (I was thinking…give me more burpees…please…I don’t want to jump on the box) So I did, 28 all up, and each time I did them my confidence grew.

Nutrition today:

Breakfast: Pork mince, egg, sweet potato, apple all fried with cinnamon, allspice, paprika.

Post workout: Chicken breast.

Lunch: Deli style chicken salad (shredded chicken, paleo mayo, cucumber, capers, tomato and a mountain of shredded lettuce).

Mid-afternoon: Coconut yoghurt and strawberries.

Dinner: above

Yours in Health and Happiness

Jess xx

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2014 – 2015

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Happy New Year friends!

Time to dust off the blog and give it a bit of a facelift. When I started this blog 2 years ago I planned on it being a place to document my health-kitchen-mum-fitness adventures…and 2014 saw the blog posts slow down to almost nothing. So much happened in our household in 2014, I had grand plans, but God had bigger plans as the focus shifted to family.

2014 taught me a great deal, and I thought I was a smart cookie already…turns out I wasn’t the know-it-all I thought I was :-) We’ve had many struggles…many battles…many wins….lots of tears…plenty of laughs…and lots love.

I took the year off teaching to focus on W and the older boys, I am so thankful I had decided to do this because I don’t know how I would’ve managed a classroom on top of our very full year.

We struggled…then dealt with…our three year-old’s ASD diagnosis. Learning how to be the parent of an ASD toddler has definitely had its highs and lows…thankfully we don’t have so many lows these days!

Our eldest son graduated from high school! Yes…you read that right…my eldest baby boy has graduated from school! Boy-oh-boy that last week of school was an emotional time for me, and his graduation ceremony was so special. Paul and I are so super proud of B and all he has accomplished in 2014. But now I need to adjust to being the mother of a working child adult.

D turned fifteen and completed grade nine. He began getting more involved in his youth ministry, learning a LOT from some fantastic pastors and leaders.

C finished grade eight, turned fourteen, and has begun his own journey on becoming a young man with a purpose.

I started studying with C3 Bible College, and really learnt to release all things to God and to rely on Him for everything!

AND I gained way too much weight I’d care to mention here!! With putting everyone and everything first I got tired…I got cranky…I drank wine…and ate expensive raw chocolate (way too much)…and the result of doing this all year long is not pretty…and not healthy! So of course this year my goal is to annihilate 15ish kilograms and get a grip on my raw chocolate addiction! I wasn’t going to muck around with this so I went straight to a man I know gets results, a man that lives and breathes Personal Training…I started with him on Monday…and I’m excited (fill you in on Sunday’s blog post).

Of course I’m not disclosing all of the lows here…This post would be too long to read if I did that. I’m not discrediting them or their place in my year of big lessons, I am using them to build upon and create a year that totally rocks!

No New Year’s resolutions…just goals. I am a big fan of goals and I set them all the time, most of them I reach, and some of them I have to re-adjust.

So in a nutshell, and rapid-fire style…goals for 2015…

Read the Bible from cover to cover,

Resurrect and re-design the blog,

Take more risks, step out in complete faith,

Serve in church more,

Look after myself, look after my family,

Smile when I want to frown, speak kindly when I want to yell,

Put my phone down more often, be present!

Read a Psalm every day,

Build stronger, more meaningful relationships,

Be less selfish,

Train…train…train…

Run two half marathons (June and July) and complete the Hilly Half in a team again (because it’s fun),

Love others more…and more…

Yours in Health and Happiness

Jess xx

Tell me about your 2014, have you set yourself any new goals?

 

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Paleo Sticky Date Pudding w/ Caramel Sauce

Paleo Sticky Date Pudding with Caramel Sauce

I promise I haven’t been eating all these sweets I’ve been blogging about! I made this just as Teen Number Two came home, I was standing in the kitchen eating it (because that’s what you do)…trying very hard to contain my delight (and failing).  He insists on having some…after one spoonful he was jumping up to grab his own (and smother it in sauce so Teen Number Three couldn’t have any)…yes…it really is that good!!

Paleo Sticky Date Pudding w/ Caramel Sauce
 
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Recipe type: Paleo Sweets
Serves: 12 puddings
Ingredients
  • 1 ½ cups medjool dates, deseeded (10-12 large dates)
  • 100g ghee
  • 1 ½ cups almond flour (or any nut/seed flour)
  • ½ cup tapioca flour
  • ⅔ cup nut milk (any nut of your choice, I used cashew)
  • 2 eggs
  • ⅓ cup maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • Sauce ingredients:
  • 3 Tablespoons Coconut Nectar (or Maple)
  • 1 Tablespoon ghee
  • 1 level Tablespoon Mesquite Powder (can be left out if you don’t have any, you will still have a great caramel sauce, the mesquite just gives it a nice caramel 'depth')
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 180C and grease pudding moulds (or use muffin case).
  2. Finely dice ½ cup of medjool dates and place them in the food processor along with the melted ghee. Puree until it makes a smooth caramel. (**Using your themomix add ½ cup of the dates and the ghee. Use heat setting 90C and speed 5 for 40 seconds to melt the ghee and mix it with the dates to create a caramel).
  3. Add the flours, nut milk, eggs, and syrup to the caramel mix and process until smooth (**Thermomix-add these ingredients and whiz for 20 seconds on speed 6).
  4. Roughly chop the remaining 1 cup of dates and fold through your pudding mixture (**Thermomix-roughly chop the dates and place in the thermie, on speed 1 for 15 seconds).
  5. Fill the prepared pudding moulds (or muffin cases) with the mixture and bake in the oven for 10-15 minutes, keep an eye on them after 10 minutes. They are cooked when you press lightly on the top and it springs back (like a normal cake).
  6. To make the sauce: Place all ingredients in the saucepan and simmer until the ghee melts and the sauce is nicely combined, this takes a minute or two.

Yours in Health and Happiness

Jess xx

 

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Paleo Christmas Cake and Mesquite Caramel Sauce

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It’s only 27 more sleeps till Christmas!! Yes!! I love Christmas, I love giving presents, I love cooking food, cooking looooooots of food, I love spending time with my family, my brothers and sisters and nieces and nephews.  I just love the whole meaning of Christmas.  One thing I really love about Christmas Day lunch is the Christmas Cake….real…homemade…Christmas Cake.  And my Nana makes an amazing one! Well look out Nana, I’ve just taken out the title of ‘Christmas Cake Queen’.

Paleo Christmas Cake
 
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Recipe type: Paleo Sweets
Serves: 13 slices
Ingredients
  • 125 g dried organic apricot
  • 125 g fresh pitted dates
  • 1 orange, peeled
  • ½ cup almond flour
  • 1 Tablespoon Mesquite powder
  • 2 teaspoons gluten free baking powder
  • 3 eggs
  • ¼ cup coconut oil
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon ground ginger
  • ½ teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 500g dried fruit of your choice, roughly chopped
Instructions
  1. Preheat your oven to a moderate heat (180 degrees Celsius).
  2. Place the ‘wet’ ingredients (this includes the dried apricots and dates) into a high speed blender like a Thermomix (or use a food processor, it will just take a little longer to blend) and blend until smooth and creamy looking (Thermie: 25 seconds on speed 8).
  3. Add the almond flour, mesquite powder, baking powder and spices and blend again until well combined (Thermie: 25 seconds on speed 8).
  4. Fold your choice of dried fruit through the mixture.
  5. Pour into a loaf tin lined with baking paper. The size tin I used was 10cm wide and 26cm long.
  6. Bake for 1 hour or until the loaf is cooked through.
  7. Cool in the tin for 30 minutes before removing.

PS…add 1/4 cup of rum to the cake mix…now you’ve got Christmas started.

You can team this up with a simple Mesquite Caramel Sauce.

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 This can be made 2 ways:

1 Tablespoon Mesquite Powder

1 Tablespoon Coconut Syrup (or honey)

1 Tablespoon Coconut Cream

Mix in a bowl until there are no lumps. Or you can omit the Coconut Syrup and add an extra tablespoon of Coconut Cream and sweeten with stevia.  When I’m making this for the kids I use 1/2 tablespoon of Mesquite Powder, they prefer it that way.

Yours in Health and Happiness

Jess xx

What is your favourite thing about Christmas? What’s something that is most memorable?

 

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LCHF Paleo Porridge

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I was craving a bowl of nice warm porridge this morning after my run, but since switching to LCHF (Low Carb, High Fat) 6 months ago it meant that I had to look for another way to cook it that didn’t involve banana or pumpkin.  I came in the door after my run, measured and threw some ingredients into the thermomix, set it to cook, did some stretching, head the chime of the thermomix, looked inside, poured it into a bowl, ate it…it was YUM!

LCHF Paleo Porridge
 
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Recipe type: Paleo
Cuisine: Breakfast
Serves: 1 serve
Ingredients
  • 3 eggs
  • ½ cup coconut milk (or any other milk)
  • ½ Tablespoon Flaxseed Meal
  • 1 Tablespoon Hemp Seed Butter (or any nut/seed butter)
  • 1 Tablespoon Chia Seeds
  • 1 Tablespoon Psyllium Husk
  • 1 teaspoon Stevia (or ⅓ of a dropper of liquid Stevia)
Instructions
  1. Place all ingredients into a medium sized saucepan and whisk until well combined.
  2. Cook over a low heat, stirring while it cooks. Cook it until it’s at a consistency you like.
  3. Plate up and enjoy with some walnuts and berries :)
  4. If you have a Thermomix, lucky you! Follow this step: Place all ingredients in the Thermomix and set to 90 degrees, and cook for 4 minutes on speed 4.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 1 Calories: 632 Fat: 50g Carbohydrates: 12g Fiber: 12g Protein: 29g

Yours in Health and Happiness

Jess xx

 

 

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Paleo Pizza

I usually make our pizza with a cauliflower base, but I am keenly aware of the need for my kids to get a little extra protein into their diet as well.  I have used Chicken Pancakes (see tuna pancakes but with chicken instead of tuna) as a base for pizza in the past but it doesn’t hold together so well, not well enough to pass for ‘real pizza’ and that is what the kids miss.

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The look on his face says it all really :-)

Then we have the ‘dairy free’ option to consider, we are really happy to forgo cheese and just have ‘fancy pizza’ because fancy pizza doesn’t need cheese…

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It just needs herbs, garlic and olive oil…and yes…the kids love it!

But in all honesty, they just want a ‘normal’ pizza sometimes, so I started experimenting and found that I can kind of give them ‘cheese’.

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It held together really well, it was flexible but strong, perfect to eat with one hand.

Paleo Pizza
 
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Recipe type: Paleo
Cuisine: Pizza
Serves: 8 slices
Ingredients
  • BASE
  • 250g Chicken Breast, steamed and cooled
  • ⅓ cup Psyllium Husk
  • 3 eggs
  • ¼ cup Olive Oil
  • 1 Tablespoon Nutritional Yeast
  • 2 teaspoons of mixed Italian Herbs
  • 1 teaspoon Garlic Powder
  • TOPPING
  • Pizza Sauce
  • Assortment of pizza topping of your choice
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 Tablespoons Nutritional Yeast, powdered (turn the flakes into powder)
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 200 degrees Celsius.
  2. Place the cooled chicken breasts into the food processor and pulse until you have chicken 'flour'.
  3. Add the remaining ingredients, one at a time and in order of the ingredients list, and process until you have a dough, like ordinary bread dough. This took about 4-5 minutes.
  4. Place the dough on a piece of Baking Paper, place another piece of Baking Paper on top, and use a rolling pin to roll flat (I traced the circle of the pizza tray onto the Baking Paper so I knew the shape and size I was after).
  5. Take the top piece of Baking Paper off the pizza base and place the pizza base and bottom piece of Baking Paper straight onto the pizza tray.
  6. Spread the base with pizza sauce, assemble the pizza toppings and set aside.
  7. Beat the egg and egg yolk until well combined. Add the powdered Nutritional Yeast and beat again. You don't want any clumpy eggy bits, your want it nice and smooth.
  8. Gently start pouring the egg mixture from the centre of the pizza, in a slow and steady spiral fashion to help evenly spread the mixture without going overboard and flooding the pizza, the trick it to make it look like melted cheese, not just a blob of eggy stuff on a pizza.
  9. Place the pizza in the oven and bake until crispy brown. I'm super lucky and my oven has an inbuilt grilling element on the top, so I turn both on and the pizza gets that gorgeous golden brown top.

Yours in Health and Happiness

Jess xx

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Paleo Baked Non Cheesecake

It was C’s birthday and he desperately wanted a cheesecake, a non Paleo cheesecake to be specific! Soooooo I agreed, and I made it while everyone was out.  I have made plenty of raw paleo cheesecakes in the past and I knew I wasn’t going to get that one passed him so I decided to give a baked non cheesecake a go….and success!!!! He didn’t even know until his older brothers pipped up and asked me, ‘Was there really cheese in that?’   Hope you enjoy it too!

Paleo Baked Cheesecake

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Serves: 8 slices
Ingredients
  • Crust
  • • 2 cups finely shredded unsweetened coconut
  • • 1 cup raw sunflower seeds, finely ground
  • • ¼ cup coconut flour
  • • ¼ cup coconut oil, melted
  • • 2 Tablespoons honey, melted (or 12 drops liquid stevia if cutting carb content)
  • • 1 teaspoon Himalayan salt
  • • ½ teasponn ground ginger
  • • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • Filling
  • • 2 cup raw cashews, soaked overnight
  • • ½ cup full fat coconut milk
  • • ½ cup honey, melted (or 25 drops of liquid stevia if cutting carb content)
  • • ⅓ cup coconut oil
  • • ½ tsp ground cinnamon
  • • ½ Tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • • 3 large eggs
  • • the juice and zest of 1 lemon
  • • 2 Tablespoons tapioca flour
Instructions
  1. CRUST
  2. Line a 9” springform pan with baking paper.
  3. Add all the ingredients of the crust to your food processor and process on pulse until the mixture has the texture of coarse sand. Press at the bottom and side of the pan.
  4. Preheat the oven to 180 degrees Celsius.
  5. FILLING
  6. Rinse the cashews under running cold water and add them, along with the coconut milk to the bowl of your food processor. Process until real smooth and creamy, about 5 minutes.
  7. Add honey, coconut oil, salt, cinnamon, apple cider vinegar and vanilla and then resume processing until well combined, about 30 seconds.
  8. Throw in the lemon zest and juice and mix to combine; add eggs, one at a time, mixing for about 30 seconds between each addition.
  9. Finally, add tapioca flour and give your filling a final 30 second spin.
  10. Pour the filling into the crust base.
  11. Place the cheesecake in the oven on the centre tray and a large baking tray half filled with water on the bottom tray (helps keep the oven moist so your cheesecake doesn't crack). Bake at 180 degrees Celsius for 20 minutes then reduce the heat to 150 degrees Celsius and bake for 1 hour further, or until the cake is cooked through (no longer wobbly when touched).
  12. Turn off the oven and crack the door open. Leave the cake in the oven, undisturbed, for about 1 hour, or until cool enough to be handled with your bare hands, and then slide it out of the oven.
  13. When the cheesecake is completely cooled, place it in the refrigerator until completely chilled, about 3-4 hours or overnight if possible.
  14. Garnish with a topping of your choice, fresh passionfruit, strawberries, chocolate drizzle, dusting of cacao….whatever your heart desires.

Yours in Health and Happiness

Jess xx

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