The original ontbijtkoek is made with wheat or rye flour, sugar and milk – this recipe is my gluten, dairy and sugar-free adaptation!
Ontbijtkoek (Dutch for Breakfast Cake) is another food I remember fondly from my childhood. My dad is Dutch and we would often have this ‘cake’ at my Ouma’s house with our afternoon tea. Traditionally, it is eaten for breakfast.
It is more of a spiced bread than a cake and with my addition of butternut, it makes for a wholesome and nutritious breakfast or afternoon snack. Traditionally served with a thick layer of butter spread over it, I use almond butter instead – it is delicious!
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Baking Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 25 hours (24 hours resting time)
Take a look at all the health benefits of some of the ingredients:
Cinnamon supports digestive function; relieves congestion & constipation; relieves pain and stiffness of muscles and joints; stimulates circulation; helps prevent urinary tract infections, tooth decay and gum disease and it is a powerful anti-microbial agent that can kill E. coli, Candida and other bacteria.
It is an excellent source of manganese and fibre; a very good source of calcium; and a source of potassium, iron, zinc, magnesium and vitamin A.
Nutmeg has a variety of healing properties and is a useful remedy for: insomnia, anxiety, calming muscle spasms, nausea and vomiting, indigestion (gas) and diarrhoea. It has the ability to detoxify the liver and kidneys and acts as an anti-inflammatory and antibacterial.
Nutmeg is a good source of potassium, calcium, iron, manganese, vitamins A, B’s and C.
Ginger is well known as a remedy for headaches, menstrual cramps, motion sickness, nausea, indigestion, wind, colic, irritable bowel, loss of appetite, chills, cold, flu, bronchitis, poor circulation, and heartburn. Ginger tea is a useful remedy for morning sickness. It boosts the immune system and protects against bacteria and fungi.
Ginger is a good source of vitamin C, magnesium, potassium, copper and manganese.
Medicinally, cloves are used for their anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial and antioxidant properties. They are well known for their ability to relieve tooth and gum pain, but their many other benefits include: a digestive aid (stimulates enzyme production and soothes the intestines); relief from asthma and bronchitis (acts as an expectorant); relief from muscle pain from injuries or arthritis and rheumatism; eliminating intestinal parasites, fungi and bacteria (including Candida); encouraging creativity and mental focus.
Cloves are an excellent source of manganese; a very good source of vitamin K and dietary fibre; and, a good source of iron, magnesium, and calcium.
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