Blackberry, hazelnut and spelt cake bites

This recipe from 'SKIN: Delicious recipes and the ultimate wellbeing plan for radiant skin in six weeks' by Liz Earle makes a great lunchtime snack

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Sep 08, 2016

There is a small amount of honey in these delicious little bars, but no refined sugar. Most of the sweetness comes from the fresh and dried fruit. Well wrapped, these keep well for about five days or you can pop some in the freezer for another time. They also make a great lunchbox addition.

Makes 20.


A little rapeseed or olive oil, for greasing

130g dried, stoned prunes

130ml boiling water

Zest and juice of 1 orange

1 Cox’s apple, cored and finely chopped

50g sultanas

100g jumbo or rolled oats

3 eggs

25g set honey

50g olive or rapeseed oil

50g spelt flour

50g wheatbran

1 tbsp baking powder

50g hazelnuts, roughly chopped

150g blackberries


  • Preheat the oven to 190°C/375°F/Gas mark 5. Grease and line a 20cm square cake tin with baking parchment.
  • Put the prunes into a bowl and pour over the boiling water. Set aside to soak. Mix the orange zest, juice, apple and sultanas together in a separate bowl.
  • Put the oats into a mini food processor and whizz to make a fine flour.
  • Drain the prunes, reserving the liquid, then whizz in a food processor until smooth. Stir the liquid back in, then spoon this mixture into a sieve resting over a bowl, and use a spoon to extract the purée. You should have 140–160g.
  • Whisk the eggs, honey and oil in a bowl until foamy. This will take around three minutes, then fold in the prune purée, apple mixture, oats, oil, spelt flour, wheatbran, baking powder and hazelnuts. Fold everything together to combine.
  • Spoon the mixture into the cake tin, then scatter over the blackberries.
  • Bake in the oven for around 40 minutes, until a skewer inserted into the centre comes out clean. Cool on a wire rack, then cut into 20 squares and serve.

SKIN: Delicious recipes and the ultimate wellbeing plan for radiant skin in six weeks by Liz Earle is out now (Orion Spring, £25.00).

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Eminé Ali Rushton

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Health + Wellness Director and Author, Eminé Ali Rushton is interested in only one type of health – holistic. Holistic health is about completeness. It is a full circle that joins the dots of ‘you’ – a way of living that reintroduces your mind to your body to your spirit. To help you live happier, healthier and more balanced lives, we have created #360me – a completely holistic approach to wellness – and are working with some of the world's leading authorities in nutrition, psychology, fitness, ethical living, yoga, and wellness, to provide you with inspiration and support, every month for the next year.

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