Mandarin & Poppy Seed Loaf.

Before we moved back to the big smoke we had a house with a mandarin tree out the back so I used to have loads of small mandarins each year. This was one way of using up a few of them.


As you know, mandarins are part of the citrus family which means they're really high in Vitamin C as well as Vitamin A which are both important for good immune health. Isn't it interesting that the season for citrus is cold and flu season just when we really need an immune boost? Nature has some amazing ways of supporting our health with the seasons! I wonder if humans evolved into requiring such nutrients at the time of the year that they were available to us in the differing seasons...? Interesting!




RECIPE


Ingredients

- 2 cups buckwheat flour

- 1/2 cup coconut sugar

- 2 tbsp poppy seeds

- 2 tbsp flax meal

- 3 tsp baking powder

- 8 teeny tiny mandarins (3-4 regular mandarins) + 1 to slice & top it with

- 1 cup milk of choice (maybe a splash more depending on how juicy the mandarins are)

- 1/4 cup olive oil


Method

- Preheated your oven to 180C

- Sliced the mandarins across ways through their bellies to pick out any seeds, peel all but 3 of them & blitz them in a food processor or blender with the other wet ingredients until smooth

- In a large bowl, mix the dry ingredients

- Pour in the blitzed ingredients into the dry ingredients and stir until just combined

- Pour into a lined loaf tin & added a few thin mandarin slices to the top

- Bake for 45-55 mins until cooked through

- Allow to cool before slicing

- Enjoy!