Recipe: Gluten Free Chocolate Cake

This super quick, indulgent recipe is brought to us by Natasha Corrett... Thanks Natasha! 

Ingredients

  • 100g coconut flour
  • 50g raw cacao powder, plus 1/2 tsp for dusting
  • 500ml hemp rice or almond milk
  • 120g vegan butter, plus extra for greasing
  • 130g agave syrup
  • 2 tbsp almond butter
  • 4 eggs
  • 1tsp vanilla extract

Instructions

Pre-heat the oven to 150°C

Sift the cacao powder and coconut flour into a bowl

Put the milk, vegan butter, syrup, almond butter, eggs and vanilla into a blender and blend for one minute until well blended.

Gently fold the wet ingredients into the flour mixture until combined.

Line the base of a greased springform cake tin with grease proof paper, and pour in the mixture.

Bake for 20-40 minutes, depending on the thickness. Check it after 20 minutes by inserting a skewer into the centre of the cake. If it comes out clean, then it is cooked. If you like something a little more gooey then hold your nerve and take it out when there is just a little residue on the skewer. It will continue to set as it cools.

Leave it to cool in the tin for 30 minutes, and then transfer to a serving plate. 

Enjoy! 

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Three of Jo Wood's Favourite Organic Products

Having lived an organic life for the last 20 years, Jo has tried and tested numerous organic food products… Here, she shares with you three of her favourites…

 

  1. Biona Organic Raw Coconut Oil

A staple in Jo’s house, this coconut product is not only a key ingredient in much of Jo’s cooking, it’s also a great skin treatment. Jo notes that “I’m a big fan of natural oil-based products, not only in cooking but as part of my daily beauty regime too… Used in many countries as a beauty essential; just look at all the beautiful Polynesian women who are famed for their lovely shiny long hair and great skin!”.

http://www.ethicalsuperstore.com/products/biona/biona-organic-virgin-coconut-oil-200g/ 

 

  1. Riverford 

“I can’t live without Riverford Organic vegetables; they’re an essential in my house” says Jo. Offering seasonal vegetable boxes, Riverford offer products that are not only organic but also do their bit for food sustainability by reducing waste. Riverford say “We hate food waste here at Riverford, and compared to farmers who supply supermarkets we have very little; selling direct to the customer means that every vegetable already has a home in our veg boxes before it is even planted.”. Big love for Riverford!

https://www.riverford.co.uk/

 

  1. The Wine Butler 

Now... we’re not going to pretend that drinking wine is necessarily the most healthy lifestyle choice, but all things in moderation can be good for you! For this reason, our friends over at The Wine Butler are our heroes; not only do they deliver to your door, but all of their wines are organic. They say “Unlike most supermarket wines, our organic wine hasn’t been made with artificial chemicals or a concoction of additives. So it tastes authentic, pure and of the place it was made”. Just try and hold us back from their wonderful tipples.

https://thewinebutler.co.uk/

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Recipes: Autumn Pumpkin Soup

One of Jo's favourites, this lovely autumnal soup can also be made with butternut squash.

Ingredients

1 medium onion, chopped

2 tbs of coconut oil or butter

500g of cooked, mashed pumpkin

1 tsp of salt

1 tsp sugar

1/4 tsp ground nutmeg

750ml hot chicken or vegetable stock

125ml double cream 

Method

Gently brown the onion in the coconut oil or butter. Add the mashed pumpkin, together with the salt, sugar, nutmeg and pepper. Slowly add the chicken or vegetable stock and heat thoroughly, but do not allow to boil. Pour into a tureen and add the cream. Sprinkle with feta and parsley, to serve. 

Enjoy! 

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Welcome to Jo Wood Organics

Welcome to Jo Wood Organics; offering beautifully crafted, organic skincare and beauty products, made in the UK from all natural ingredients.

Founded by Jo Wood, our products have been created by a passion for all things organic; since using an organic lifestyle to recover from an illness in the ‘90s, Jo has been on a mission to take care of what we put into, and onto, our bodies.

Offering Eau de Toilette initially, with Body Oil and Natural Wax Candles launching in 2017, our products are formulated from two fragrances: 

Amka

Amka is a fragrance of energy and spontaneity, with a romantic heart of Iranian rose otto, Egyptian jasmine and bright fresh top notes of neroli and bergamot. Green mandarin and sweet orange add a fresh, vibrant layer, and the whole combination is grounded in a soft, spicy base of cedarwood. 

Usiku

Usiku is a resting and relaxing fragrance, combining top notes of rosemary and pineneedle with a spicy hit of cardamom and hot ginger. A complex heart of coriander, clove and clary sage give way to the woody aromas of Virginian and Chinese cedarwood, patchouli and vetiver.

 

We’ll be stocked in major department stores so you can try our products in person, and we’ll be releasing a number of new products during 2017 and beyond… Watch this space!

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