spiced orange and walnut loaf


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3 weeks until my big move to Japan! I simply cannot wait! To celebrate;(the celebrations at the Kazemi household seem to be neverending – not sure if this is because family is happy for me or secretly/not-so-secretly relieved that I’m finally moving out) I baked this baby loaf. Actually not a baby, rather quite mature and decent sized. But, still my baby.

This recipe is naturally free from gluten, dairy and refined sugar. It’s also dangerously delicious. Like, very.

1 orange, washed, cut into quarters and seeded
2 1/2 cups ground almonds
4 free-range eggs
2 tbsp olive oil
5 tbsp honey or maple syrup
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp ground ginger
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp apple cider vinegar
pinch of salt
1/2 cup walnut pieces

Topping:
nuts/seeds/granola of choice for topping

Preheat oven to 160C

Place all ingredients (except walnuts) in a high speed food processor and whizz away until smooth.

Lastly, add the walnuts and pulse a few times (or mix through using a spoon) to combine.

Pour batter into a greased loaf tin

Top with desired toppings (I used my homemade granola which gave it a wonderful crunch)

Bake for 35-40 minutes or until the fork comes out clean.

Let cool before removing from the tin.

Enjoy at any time of day as is as “healthy” as “healthy” can be. Seriously. I mean, only two tbsp of oil? And OLIVE oil at that? SHUT UP AND PASS THE WHOLE LOAF! Please.

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