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Here's a sweet treat without all the guilt

There are times when we all crave a little something sweet and the good news is that, in moderation, sweet treats can be enjoyed as part of a balanced diet. The best options are those treats that are home-made, which usually taste better.

Una, from Sligo, sent in a lovely recipe for banana and walnut muffins for consideration for the new Flora Cookbook. Using banana in the muffins brings a natural sweetness, meaning you won't need to add as much sugar and adding walnuts, or any other fruits and nuts, is another great way to make baked goods more nutritious.



To kick start the Flora Cookbook campaign, MasterChef's Nicha Maguire shared one of her family's favourite sweet recipes, an almond and raspberry cake with passion fruit drizzle.

We worked with Nicha to make a couple of tweaks to help improve the nutritional value of that recipe, which included replacing the butter with Flora Buttery to decrease the saturated fat content. Now, Nicha says she feels less guilty reaching for a slice.

Lots of you have been asking what kind of recipes we are hoping to receive for the Flora Cookbook. The answer is, whatever recipes are enjoyed in your house; breakfast, lunch, dinner or snacks.

Given the level of interest in the book we've decided to extend the closing date for submissions by one week to Friday, May 10. Send your favourite recipe to recipes@floracookbook.com to be in with a chance to win €250 and VIP treatment on race day and visit www.facebook.com/ FloraWomensMiniMarathon for further details and terms and conditions.

> Flora Dietician Harriette Lynch