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Courgette & Coconut cake (GF, DF & refined sugar free) I made this up this morning because I had so many courgettes in my garden ready to pick. A light teatime cake that’s not too sweet. Excellent way to use up all those courgettes from the garden!

A light & most cake, with grated courgette and desiccated coconut, makes a great alternative to carrot cake – top with rich cream cheese icing or coconut frosting (recipe to follow).

Really yum!

We don’t have much of a sweet tooth her at Satya yoga but if you do, just up the quantity for the maple syrup by 10-20g and sugar by 20-50g.

Cooking time

Prep: 20 mins       Cook: 30-35 mins depending on your oven      Serves: 10 – 12

Ingredients

  • 100ml olive oil
  • 3 large eggs or 6 medium size eggs
  • 100g coconut palm sugar
  • 65g clear maple syrup or honey
  • 280g gluten free self-raising flour
  • ½ tsp gluten free baking powder
  • ½ tsp gluten free bicarbonate of soda
  • 200g courgette or zucchini, grated & make sure you squeeze access liquid with hands after grating
  • 75g desiccated coconut

Method

  1. Heat oven to 180C/160C fan/gas 4. Lightly grease a 22cm round loose-bottomed cake tin and line with baking parchment.
  2. Put the eggs, oil, sugar and syrup in a bowl and whisk for 3-4 mins until combined.
  3. Sift the flour, baking powder and bicarbonate of soda over the mixture and fold in carefully, along with the courgette and desiccated coconut.
  4. Spoon into the tin and bake for 35 mins until golden and firm to the touch. Push a skewer into the centre of the cake – if it comes out clean, then it is cooked. If it is still wet, cook for a further 5-10 mins. Transfer the cake to a wire rack and leave to cool completely before icing.

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Satya Yoga was established in London in 2003 by Zena Kidd-May, who taught yoga to private individuals at her London studio for several years.

I was worried about joining a yoga class as I see myself as a tight, stiff person. I had had bad experiences of classes before that were too fast and not well explained and they had left me feeling I’d ‘failed’. Zena’s classes are completely different – they are calm and mindful and each new pose is well explained. We are given the space to work at our own pace and the time to take something personal from each pose. My body is still pretty tight, but I love the yoga classes and at each lesson appreciate what I am able to do with the right encouragement. Zena creates a very productive and calm atmosphere, where I feel I am free to do what works for me without having to be in competition with others.

Catherine Allen

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