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1 ½ cups HCW Gluten-Free Self Raising Flour

½ tsp salt

½ tsp HCW Cinnamon Powder

½ tsp ground cardamom

250 g butter

1 ½ cups HCW Xylitol / Erythritol & Stevia Blend

2 large eggs

1 cup sliced apples

½ cup pecan nuts



  1. Heat oven to 180°C.
  2. In a bowl, mix together the flour, salt, cinnamon and cardamom.
  3. Use a mixer to beat butter and xylitol until light and fluffy.
  4. Add eggs one at a time to the butter mixture and combine well.
  5. Add the flour mixture, apples and pecan nuts and blend well.
  6. Bake for 1 hour in a lined baking tin.
  7. Allow to cool on a wire rack.
  8. Optional: Drizzle with xylitol syrup (water and xylitol mixture) and decorate with pecan nuts.




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2 cups cake flour / HCW Gluten Free Flour Mix

3 tbsp HCW Chia Seeds

1 tsp baking powder

¼ tsp baking soda

½ tsp salt

8 tbsp butter, softened

1 cup HCW Erythritol & Stevia Blend

2 eggs

Zest of 1 lemon

1 tsp vanilla essence

1 cup plain yoghurt



  1. Preheat oven to 180°C (conventional oven) or 160°C (fan assisted oven). Prepare muffin tin with non-stick spray.
  2. In a small bowl combine the flour, chia seeds, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Set aside.
  3. Cream butter and Erythritol & Stevia Blend together until light and fluffy. Beat in eggs, 1 at a time. Mix in lemon zest and vanilla essence. Using a spatula mix in the flour and yoghurt until just combined.
  4. Fill muffin tins about 2/3 full. Bake for 18-20 minutes.



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3 ripe bananas

1 cup HCW Cranberries

1 tsp HCW Chia Seeds

2 tbsp butter

2 tbsp honey

½ tsp HCW Vanilla Extract

¼ tsp salt

1½ cups HCW Gluten-Free Rolled Oats



  1. Mash the bananas.
  2. Add the rest of the ingredients and mix well.
  3. Scoop about 1 tablespoon servings onto a non-stick baking tray.
  4. Bake for 10-15 minutes at 160°C.
  5. Allow to cool and enjoy!

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Mint & Chia Iced Tea (makes 750 ml)

3 tbsp fresh mint leaves, bruised

250 ml boiling water

3 Rooibos tea bags

¾ tsp HCW Stevia Liquid

3 tbsp HCW Chia Seeds

Juice of ½ lemon

500 ml cold water

6 ice cubes


  1. Allow the tea bags to steep in 1 cup boiling water for 5 minutes.
  2. Remove tea bags and allow to cool.
  3. Combine the mint leaves with the cooled Rooibos tea and infuse for 15 minutes.
  4. Strain out the mint leaves. Stir in the cold water, juice of the lemon and the stevia liquid.
  5. Add the chia seeds and leave to soak for 20 minutes.
  6. Serve in glasses over ice cubes.


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Lemon & Chia Drink (serves 1)


  1. Add the chia seeds to the water and allow to soak for 20 minutes.
  2. Place chia mixture in a blender together with the rest of the ingredients.
  3. Blend well and then pour into a glass to drink.

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Chia seeds, hemp seed powder and flaxseed powder are all plant sources high in omega-3 fatty acids (alpha-linolenic acid), which are often deficient in a typical Western diet. Here are a few other similarities as well as some differences between them:


  • High in fibre

  • Can be added to smoothies, porridge, yoghurt or baked goods

  • Single serving size of 1 tablespoon (approximately 10g)

  • Flaxseed powder and chia seeds can both be used as a thickener in smoothies, sauces and soups.


  • They are all high in protein; however, hemp seed powder is the only one that contains complete protein.

  • Chia seeds and flaxseed powder contain higher levels of omega-3 fatty acids compared to hemp seed powder.

  • Chia seeds have a neutral flavour, but flaxseed powder and hemp seed powder have a pleasant nutty flavour

  • Hemp seed powder has a texture similar to chopped nuts and is tasty sprinkled over casseroles, vegetables or salads.

  • They vary in price from the cheapest being flaxseed powder at R0.54 per serving, to hemp seed powder costing R1.33 per serving and chia seeds being the most expensive at R3.75 per serving.

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Do you ever get the feeling that your “get-up-and-go” has gotten up and gone without you? This is a really simple recipe that will take 3 minutes to throw together, but will give you hours of sustained energy.
1 mango, peeled and chopped
2 cups water
½ cup plain yoghurt
2 tbsp raw honey
2 tbsp HCW Oat Bran
1 tbsp HCW Chia Seeds (optional)
  • Place all the ingredients in a blender and mix until smooth.
A little Side note about Chia Seeds
  • Chia seeds are tiny black seeds from the plant Salvia Hispanica, which is related to the mint.
  • This plant grows natively in South America.
  • Chia seeds were an important food for the Aztecs and Mayans back in the day.
  • They prized them for their ability to provide sustainable energy… in fact, “chia” is the ancient Mayan word for “strength.”
  • Despite their ancient history as a dietary staple, only recently did chia seeds become recognized as a modern day superfood.
  • In the past few years, they have exploded in popularity and are now consumed by health conscious people all over the world.


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