Blackberry, Hazelnut and Spelt Cake Bites Recipe by Liz Earle

There is a small amount of honey in this delicious blackberry, hazelnut and spelt cake bites recipe but no refined sugar. Most of the sweetness comes from the fresh and dried fruit. Well wrapped, these keep well for about five days or you can pop some in the freezer for another time. They also make a great lunchbox addition.

Serves 20

A little rapeseed or olive oil, for greasing
130g dried, stoned prunes
130ml boiling water
Zest and juice of 1 orange
1 Cox’s apple, cored and finely chopped
50g sultanas
100g jumbo or rolled oats
3 eggs
25g set honey
50g olive or rapeseed oil
50g spelt flour
50g wheatbran
1 tbsp baking powder
50g hazelnuts, roughly chopped
150g blackberries


1. Preheat the oven to 190°C/375°F/Gas mark 5. Grease and line a 20cm square cake tin with baking parchment.
2. Put the prunes into a bowl and pour over the boiling water. Set aside to soak. Mix the orange zest, juice, apple and sultanas together in a separate bowl.
3. Put the oats into a mini food processor and whizz to make a fine flour.
4. Drain the prunes, reserving the liquid, then whizz in a food processor until smooth. Stir the liquid back in, then spoon this mixture into a sieve resting over a bowl, and use a spoon to extract the purée. You should have 140–160g.
5. Whisk the eggs, honey and oil in a bowl until foamy – this will take around 3 minutes, then fold in the prune purée, apple mixture, oats, oil, spelt flour, wheatbran, baking powder and hazelnuts. Fold everything together to combine.
6. Spoon the mixture into the cake tin, then scatter over the blackberries.
7. Bake in the oven for around 40 minutes, until a skewer inserted into the centre comes out clean. Cool on a wire rack, then cut into 20 squares and serve.


skin-jacket-coverLiz Earle is best known for her passion for botanical beauty, natural health and wellbeing, as well as for environmental and sustainable sourcing. The bestselling author of over 30 books on looking good, eating well and healthy living, Liz is also one of Britain’s leading businesswomen. Co-founding the multi award-winning Liz Earle Beauty Co. in 1995, which became Britain’s largest independent beauty brand (now owned by Walgreens Boots Alliance, Liz remains connected), she received an MBE in recognition of her services to the beauty industry in 2007. Her latest business ventures includes Liz Earle Jewellery and she also publishes a quarterly magazine, Liz Earle Wellbeing.

A committed philanthropist, Liz is an Ambassador for The Soil Association, The Sustainable Food Trust, the National Eczema Society and the National Osteoporosis Society amongst others. She also co-founded the Guild of Health Writers and FLAG, the Food Labeling Agenda. An organic farmer, Liz campaigns on sustainable, environmental farming issues, including pasture-fed milk, ingredient traceability and provenance. For more information visit

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