egg & dairy free

This is a time-honoured recipe I learned from working at Tullivers in York.  The ingredients of the menopause cake provide slow-releasing sugars, energy boosting B-vitamins and minerals, and natural phytoestrogens – plant compounds that have a balancing effect on female hormones.  Enjoy a slice a day!

Ingredients (makes 2 loaves)

200g wholemeal flour (gluten-free plain flour or buckwheat flour could be substituted for a gluten-free alternative)

100g porridge oats

100g golden flaxseeds

50g sunflower seeds

50g sesame seeds

50g flaked almonds

2 pieces chopped stem ginger

200g raisins

750ml organic soya milk or almond milk

1 tbspn malt extract

1/2 teaspoon each of nutmeng, cinnamon and ground ginger.

Stir together all the dry ingredients in a large mixing bowl.  Add the milk and malt extract and leave to soak for 30mins.  If the mixture is very stiff, add more soya or almond milk.  Spoon the mixture into 2 lightly oiled and lined loaf tins and bake at 190*C/375F/gas mark 5 for about 75mins or until cooked through.  Turn out and leave to cool.