Kiwi Slice

This was last nights dessert that I came up with, so I could use all the kiwi fruit in my fridge. Initially I was going to make jam. Only thing is Marco doesn’t like kiwi and I doubt he would eat the jam. So I decided to make a slice since he loved the Stone Fruit and Berry Slice I made a few days ago. He really liked the base of it. I changed the ingredients a bit. I really wanted to see how it would turn out with flax seed mead and wholemeal flour. The base was a lot firmer and the kiwi was really nice baked. It wasn’t too tangy and it was just sweet enough.

Kiwi fruit are really, really healthy for us. They have more vitamin C then an orange and a good source of fiber and potassium [1].  Some of the health benefits include: prevents Asthma; prevents wheezing and coughing, especially in children; protects our DNA from mutations; provides a healthy amount of antioxidants and vitamins; helps prevent colon cancer thanks to a high fiber content [2]. Another great study recently revealed the possitive effects of this fruit for people with Irritable Bowel Syndrome. According to Michael Greger M.D, “Researchers found that eating 2 kiwifruit a day for a month significantly “shortens colon transit time, increases defecation frequency, and improves bowel function” in those with constipation-type.” [3].

Although we often associate them with New Zealand, they acually originate from southern China and still remain an national fruit. They didn’t appear in New Zealand until the 20th century, when a missionary,  Isabel Frasier, brought them from China. They began being cultavated in the USA in the 1970s and in more recent times are also cultivated in Italy, Chile, France, Greece, Japan and Australia [4].

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Kiwi Slice (vegan, gluten free option, soy free, nut free)

Ingredients:

8 kiwi fruit

1-2 tablespoons agave or maple syrup

2 tablespoons chia seeds

1.5 cups wholemeal flour (use gluten free flour if you prefer)

1 teaspoon baking powder

1/2 cup raw sugar

1 cup desiccated coconut

1 cup ground flax seeds

1 cup ground rolled oats

1/2 tablespoon vanilla essence

9 egg whites replacer (OrgraN No Egg: 6 teaspoons egg replacer + 3 tablespoons water)

1/2 cup canola oil

1/2 cup plant milk (coconut, rice or oat; almond or soy if you can tolerate)

Method:

1. Preheat the oven 180 degrees.DSC01031

2. First make kiwi jam. Place the kiwi in a small pot with 1 tbsp of agave. Bring to the boil and add another tbsp of agave if it is too tangy. Add chia seeds and cook on simmer for 15 mins. Leave to cool. DSC01033

3. Take a large mixing bowl. Add flour, baking powder, sugar, desiccated coconut, flax seed flour, oat flour and stir through.

4. Then add vanilla essence, egg replacer, canola oil and soy milk. Use hands to make a dough.

DSC010355. Take in baking tray (23cmx23cm square) and add the dough. Press down with a flip so that it is all even.

6. Top with the kiwi jam and bake for 40-45 mins. Serve warm or cold.

*Serves 9-18

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[1] WHFoods: Kiwi Fruit, <http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?tname=foodspice&dbid=41>

[2] Health Benefits of Kiwi Fruit, <http://kiwi-fruit.info/kiwi-fruit/Health+Benefits+of+Kiwi+Fruit>

[3] Kiwi Fruit for Irritable Bowel Syndrome, <http://nutritionfacts.org/2012/10/18/kiwi-fruit-for-irritable-bowel-syndrome/?utm_source=NutritionFacts.org&utm_campaign=cbd2f54acb-RSS_BLOG_DAILY&utm_medium=email>

[4] History of Kiwi Fruit, <http://kiwi-fruit.info/kiwi-fruit/History+of+Kiwi+Fruit>

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11 thoughts on “Kiwi Slice

  1. I know this is a silly question, but since i am learning how and why you cook the way you do, I have to ask. Is the chia seeds the same ones used for those chia pets? What is the taste of them? Nutty, sweet?

  2. this is another creative invention! this looks like a great snack in a lazy afternoon to go with a cup of tea. Or could it also be a dessert? my guest always goes home without a dessert. i guess this could be it.

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