Recently my son Ted, who is 7, and I went to a large wholesalers to buy a few of our favourite foods in bulk. We like to buy any foods we eat a lot in big amounts. It’s cheaper buying our favourites this way. When we were in the shop we found goldenberries and we had never tried them before. Ted and I decided to buy a packet. I have to say that I really enjoyed the taste of goldenberries but Ted wasn’t so keen. Goldenberries are slightly sweet but they do have a slightly sour aftertaste.
At the weekend I made an orange cake with quinoa flour and I decided to add the goldenberries. Goldenberries are packed with nutrition but are, in fact, part of the night shade vegetable family. They are high in antioxidants and may help to boost immunity. Goldenberries contain a lot of vitamin C which can help to support the immune system when taken as part of a healthy diet. These delicious berries may also help with vision and bone density too. A very helpful berry and one that tasted delicious in this cake.
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- Fine grater or zester
- Fork or juicer
- Bowl x 2
- Large mixing bowl
- Nutribullet or blender
- Baking tin
- Wooden spoon
- Grease proof paper
- Medjool dates x 10 – 12
- Hot Water x enough to cover the dates
- Quinoa x 200g
- Gluten free oats x 100g
- Goldenberries or raisins x 2 handfuls (optional)
- Oranges x 2 zest and juice
- Baking powder x 2 tsp
- Bicarbonate of soda x 1 tsp
- Salt x 1 pinch
- Coconut sugar x 150g
- Orange essence x 1 cap full (optional)
- Bananas x 2
- Preheat the oven to 180°C or gas mark 4.
- Next pre-line a baking tin with grease proof paper.
- Remove the stones from the dates and put into a bowl.
- Boil the kettle and pour over enough water to cover them.
- Leave to stand for 5 minutes.
- Now grind the quinoa and oats in the blender or Nutribullet.
- Zest the oranges and set aside.
- Then add the ground quinoa and oats, orange zest, baking powder, bicarbonate of soda, coconut sugar and salt to the large mixing bowl.
- Mix all these ingredients together.
- Peel and roughly break up the bananas.
- Add these to the nutribullet/blender.
- Now add the dates with the water to the blender as well.
- Cut the oranges in half and squeeze the juice with a fork or juicer into the blender too.
- Plus you can add in orange essence but this is optional.
- Blend these ingredients together.
- Pour these ingredients into the large mixing bowl and mix everything together.
- The mixture might be a little dry, so add extra hot water if necessary.
- Once all the dry ingredients are covered in the wet ingredients, set aside.
- Put the cake mixture into the pre-lined baking tin and flatten with the wooden spoon.
- Put into the oven for 25 – 30 minutes.
- To check it’s cooked, put a skewer in and if it comes out clean the cake is done.
- Once it’s cooked, remove from the oven and leave to cool for a good 30 minutes.
- When it’s cool enough to touch, remove from the baking tray and leave until completely cooled.
- Cut into squares, serve with coconut cream and maple syrup or eat on its own and enjoy.
Quinoa Orange and Goldenberry Cake was a big hit in our house. We ate it with coconut cream and maple syrup on top but you could eat it with cream or even a scoop of ice cream on a warm summers day. As I mentioned above, Howard is not a big fan of quinoa but he really enjoyed this cake. I also gave a few slices to my mum who does like quinoa and she thought it was delicious too. All of the ingredients in this cake are freezable. The slices can be frozen for another occasion. However you decide to eat this cake, as always, please enjoy. Thank you xxx