Ingredients

We make our cakes and desserts with love, using only organic and nutritious ingredients that are good for mind and body, optimum health and wellbeing. No preservatives, no artificial ingredients and fillers are ever used. We don't use sugar. Sugar is a processed sweetener that has no nutritive value, other than calories. Therefore, instead of adding refined sugars to our cakes we use agave nectar, stevia and xylitol. We are a very fruit, vegetable and nut friendly kitchen; even our simple chocolate cupcakes have fruit inside! Please find below some useful information on our nutritional ingredients and their health benefits.

Whole grain flour

Whole wheat flour is good for the body as it contains essential natural vitamins, minerals and protein that are not found in refined white flour. One of the primary nutritional differences between whole wheat and white flour is the food’s fibre content. Dietary fibre has a number of health benefits - it prevents constipation, lowers blood cholesterol and promotes weight loss. During the refining process associated with white flour, the fibre-rich grain separates from the rest of the grain. As a result, white flour contains less fibre than its whole-grain counterpart.

Almonds

The health benefits of almonds are extensive, and so they are frequently used as a healthy solution for constipation relief, respiratory disorders, coughs, heart disorders, anemia, impotency and diabetes. Almonds also help in the maintenance of healthy hair, skin care (psoriasis) and dental care. They are high in monounsaturated fats, the same type of health-promoting fats that are found in olive oil, which have been associated with a reduced risk of heart disease. Almonds lower 'bad' cholesterol (LDL) and protect artery walls from damage. They help build strong bones and teeth, provide a source of healthy fats, aid in weight loss and lower the rise in blood sugar and insulin after meals. They help provide good brain function and have been connected to a higher intellectual level. As a result, they have long been considered an essential food item for growing children.

Olive Oil

 

Olive oil has a high concentration of monounsaturated fatty acids, which studies have shown to promote 'good' cholesterol (HDL) while lowering 'bad' cholesterol (LDL). Olive oil is also known to be gentle on the digestive system, while helping to prevent gallstones and soothe ulcers. Good quality olive oil contains valuable vitamins and nutrients and loaded with antioxidants, which many believe helps protect the body from cancer.

Agava syrup

Agave nectar is a natural sweetener derived from the plant that is used to make tequila. This sweet syrup is an ideal alternative to sugar and so further to being a natural sweetener, it offers a variety of health benefits from weight loss to wound healing. Agave has a desirable low-glycemic index (GI), a benefit being that when consumed, it will not cause a sharp rise or fall in blood sugar.

 

Xilytol

 

Xylitol is a 100% natural, low GI and low calorie alternative to sugar. Found in fruits and vegetables, xylitol has several health benefits over sugar and artificial sweeteners, and what is more, tastes even better. Xylitol inhibits the growth of a various types of bacteria, including those that cause tooth decay and ear infections.

 

Stevia

 

Stevia, a natural sweetener, is 300 times sweeter than traditional beet or cane sugar and is a way for people with a sweet tooth to satisfy their sugar cravings totally guilt-free. Used for thousands of years in South American cooking, it can be added to food as a sweetener, as well as treatment for high blood pressure, heartburn, gout and type 2 diabetes. Stevia has no calories, no carbohydrates, and does not raise blood sugar levels.

 

Food Colouring

 

We are strictly against artificial dyes. Artificial food dyes are derived from coal tar and petroleum, which are not ingredients that we want to put in our cakes. The risks of artificial dyes are too numerous solely for decoration and aesthetic purposes. Children, in particular, are attracted to bright, colourful foods, however research has shown that allergies, hyperactivity, learning impairment, irritability and aggressiveness are linked to food dye and colorants in children's diets. Nowadays, regulations in the United Kingdom stipulate that food companies must label products containing Yellow 5 and Yellow 6 with a warning that reads: “May have an adverse effect on activity and attention in children.” We believe that artificial dyes are not the only way to create pretty cakes. Instead, we use healthy, freeze dried fruit and vegetables for colouring.

 

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