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Paleo Blood Orange & Cocoa Nib Marmalade

Paleo Blood Orange & Cocoa Nib MarmaladePaleo Blood Orange & Cocoa Nib Marmalade

Yeah this stuff is pretty darn special! As you can clearly see!

I have always had a thing for jams and marmalade. I used to absolutely love making jams but what I always had hated was the sheer amount of sugar that you had to put into the damn stuff! Not this marmalade, no siree – this marmalade uses only 1/3 of a cup of sugar to 6 oranges. Not too shabby.

The texture of this marmalade isn’t a solid jelly type that you would get it is a lot softer and more spreadable but it still tastes like marmalade and not any ordinary marmalade. Yes it is bittersweet but the flavour is just so much more than that – it is a fresh orange taste coupled with a complex chocolate flavour. It truly is beautiful. In a nutshell it smells and tastes like the best and freshest chocolate orange you could ever imagine.

This is perfect generously spread over some of my Paleo Granary Bread, Superfood Pancakes or even spooned over some coconut yogurt!

So, what an earth made me chuck some cocoa nibs into my marmalade mix? Quite simply I love anything chocolate orange but the wonderful folk over at Naturya supplied me with some of their exquisite products to get creative with and I have had these gorgeous nibs sat around getting nibbled on and sprinkled over everything and anything. All I will say is that there will be a lot more of the cocoa nib coming your way in the near future, but in a savoury form!

I have made the method for this recipe as simple as possible as real marmalade making is all faff, muslin cloths, you name it – it is just not for me, at least not when I am running a house full of children and animals. All you will require for this recipe is a stove top, a pan, a wooden spoon and something to store your marmalade in. Simples.

This recipe will require you to add in some orange rind, however if you aren’t a fan of the rind in marmalade simply zest 1 of the oranges before juicing.

Yields: Roughly 350g 

Preparation Time: 10 minutes

Cooking Time: 20- 30 minutes

Ingredients:

Juice & pulp of 6 blood oranges (reserve the rind of 1/2 blood orange)
1/3 cup coconut sugar
1/4 cup Naturya cocoa nibs
1 tsp tapioca flour dissolved into 1.5 tsp water

Method:

  1. Juice all of the oranges and save the pulp too – I find that this gives the marmalade that bit more of a fruity bite to it. Ensure that you save the rind of 1/2 of an orange.
  2. Cut the rind in half and slice thin strips lengthways, I definitely wouldn’t cut a strip any thicker than 5mm.
  3. Combine all of the ingredients (except for the tapioca flour) into a pan and place onto a medium heat. Bring the mix to the boil being sure to stir frequently to prevent burning.
  4. Once boiling reduce the heat and leave the mixture to simmer. Simmer until the majority of the liquid has reduced and it coats the back of your spoon well.
  5. Remove the pan from the heat and pour in your tapioca flour thickener stirring vigorously. Return the pan to the heat and heat for 1 minute until thick.
  6. Pour the marmalade into a clean airtight jar and cover with a wax disc or cellophane lid before closing. Store in a cool dark place and use within one month.

Paleo Blood Orange & Cocoa Nib MarmaladePaleo Blood Orange & Cocoa Nib MarmaladePaleo Blood Orange & Cocoa Nib MarmaladePaleo Blood Orange & Cocoa Nib Marmalade

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Paleo Zombie Pancakes with Blood Sauce

Paleo Zombie Pancakes with Blood SaucePaleo Zombie Pancakes with Blood Sauce

So it’s Halloween and in my house no meal is safe from being gorified! I don’t know if ‘gorified’ is even a real word but I’m sure that you all get the point!

These pancakes are super healthy, yummy and well uhhhhh gory! Yeaaaaah!

What makes these pancakes a lovely green colour is the Barleygrass powder that the wonderful people at Naturya sent me!

Makes: 8 Pancakes

Preparation Time: 5 minutes

Cooking Time: 20 minutes

Ingredients:

For the ‘zombie’ pancakes:

1 large banana
1 tsp vanilla essence (optional but delicious)
1 tbsp coconut sugar
1 tbsp maple syrup
4 eggs
1 cup tapioca flour
1.5 to 2 tbsp barleygrass powder
2 tbsp almond flour
1 tbsp milled chia seeds
1 tbsp coconut flour
1 tbsp baking powder
1/2 tsp bicarbonate if soda

1.5 tbsp coconut oil to fry these beauties in!

For the ‘blood sauce’:

2 cups frozen raspberries
1 cup frozen blueberries
1/3 cup coconut sugar
1 tbsp water

Method:

  1. Mash together your banana, vanilla essence, and coconut sugar in a medium sized mixing bowl.
  2. Whisk in your eggs and maple syrup thoroughly.
  3. Add your barleygrass powder, milled chia seeds and flours, mixing until you get a smooth batter.
  4. Lastly add in your baking powder and bicarbonate of soda mixing thoroughly.
  5. Place a medium sized frying pan on a high heat and add your coconut oil.
  6. Once the oil has melted reduce the heat and place 2 generous sized tbsp of the batter into the pan.
  7. Using the back of the spoon shape into a perfect circle!
  8. Once the top of the pancake looks semi firm (should take about 1 minute) flip over and cook for a further minute.
  9. For the blood sauce place the frozen berries, water and coconut sugar into a medium sized pan and cook on a low heat until simmering. Make sure to squash down the berries as much as possible.  This will take around 10 minutes max.
  10. Increase the heat to a medium heat and cook for a further 5 minutes until the sauce reduces down.
  11. Pour the sauce into a food processor and blend until smooth.
  12. Pour the sauce through a sieve into a measuring  jug (or something that is easy to pour from).
  13. Once you have cooked all of your pancakes, stack them high and pour your ‘blood’ all over… gory!

Paleo Zombie Pancakes with Blood SaucePaleo Zombie Pancakes with Blood Sauce