This loaf is based on chestnut flour, which is brimming with gut-friendly fibre, and almonds, which are an excellent prebiotic food. But the real hero ingredient here is warming cinnamon, one of the highest sources of chromium, which helps to balance blood sugar levels and our hunger hormones. Cinnamon also blends perfectly with the chestnut flour and almonds to provide our gut microbes with a sweet feast. Because this uses chia seeds to bind, it’s great for those who don’t do so well with eggs or are following a vegan diet.

Chromium Chromium -- is an essential trace element that's used by some people as a supplement. Perhaps most importantly, chromium forms a compound in the body that seems to enhance the effects of insulin and lower glucose levels. However it can have negative effects if consumed in high levels.

Eve's sumptuous cinnamon loaf ingredients

Makes 1 loaf:

2 tablespoons chia seeds 

120ml warm filtered water 

80g chestnut flour 

100g ground almonds 

45g flaked almonds 

4 tablespoons coconut flour

45g activated pecans

1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda

1 tablespoon ground cinnamon 

2 tablespoons almond nut butter

2 tablespoons coconut oil, plus extra for greasing

2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar

Seeds from 1 vanilla pod 

200ml unsweetened almond milk

How to make Eve's sumptuous cinnamon loaf

Preheat the oven to 150°C/Gas 2. Line a 23 x 12cm loaf tin with baking parchment and grease with a small amount of coconut oil.

Mix the chia seeds with the water in a small bowl and set aside.

Place all the remaining ingredients, except the almond milk, in a food processor and pulse to combine. Then add the chia mixture and the almond milk and pulse again to get a sticky cake mixture. Spoon this into the loaf tin and level the top. Bake for 1 hour, then check that it’s done by turning out and tapping the bottom: it should sound hollow. If not, return it to the oven for 5–10 minutes. Turn out on to a wire rack and leave to cool completely before slicing.

Serve it with some sliced banana or with nut butter. It’s great for breakfast and you can make it in advance and freeze it if you want to.

Eve Kalinik is a nutritional therapist and columnist with a passion for gut health. Her book 'Be Good to Your Gut: The ultimate guide to gut health - with 80 delicious recipes to feed your body and mind' is available now.

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