Vegan Gluten-Free Sweet Potato Scone Recipes: 1 Sweet, 1 Savoury

 

825955DA-F9B2-4A90-BA3A-15417AC8829F I had just made some Tiger Nut Milk and also had some raw sweet potato left over from juicing and I remembered seeing a recipe on The Tiger Nut Company Instagram feed that featured scones made with sweet potato and tiger nut pulp (but you can use tiger nut flour). Yes! I thought, it’s been a year since I tried a scone recipe ( Vegan Gluten-Free Almond & Apricot Scones ) let’s have a go! So I did. They turned out so well, I made a savoury version, too: Savoury Sweet Potato Scones using almond milk pulp, nutritional yeast, ground oats and paprika – see later in the post.

The original recipe by Kimberly Parsons of The Yoga Kitchen can be found here. They are moist and filling,  can be made nutfree, using seeds instead of the walnuts, and are a great way to use up nut milk pulp.

I used a chia egg instead of a hen’s egg (1 Tbsp Chia Seeds soaked in 3 Tbsps Water to form a gel). I steamed rather than boiled the sweet potato to maximise the nutritional content, and as I didn’t have any buckwheat flour, I milled some buckwheat flakes, and it worked well.

There is no refined sugar, just a little maple syrup.

Tiger nuts are tubers, full of gut-healthy nutrients, protein, calcium, Vitamin E, B Vitamins. They make lovely creamy, sweet milk – see link at the end of the post for how to make it.

This recipe with my alterations is reproduced by permission.

Ingredients for Tiger Nut & Sweet Potato Scones

90g tiger nut pulp (or tiger nut flour)

2 tsps baking powder

35g buckwheat flour (I milled some buckwheat flakes)

pinch Pink Himalayan salt

1/2 tsp ground cinnamon

1/2 tsp ground ginger

1/2 tsp ground nutmeg

1 chia egg

180g steamed sweet potato, blended to a purée

2 tsp vanilla extract

1/2 tsp maple syrup

30g chopped walnuts plus extra to decorate

A little nut milk to brush on top

 Method

Preheat oven to 180C

Line a large baking tray with baking paper

Whisk together Tiger nut meal or flour, baking powder, buckwheat flour, sea salt and spices in a medium bowl

Whisk the egg, sweet potato puree, vanilla extract and maple syrup until it’s a smooth paste

Add the mix to the dry ingredients and mix, adding the chopped walnuts once combined

Using an ice cream scoop, scoop mixture onto the prepared baking tray, Or small handfuls gentle rounded and flattened, brush tops with tiger nut milk and decorate with walnuts

Bake for 15-18 minutes until risen and the base sounds hollow when tapped. Allow to cool, and enjoy!

(I found the timing a bit difficult to judge as I have a fan oven and cooked them on a slightly lower heat for a little longer)

 

Savoury Sweet Potato Scones

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This time I used almond milk pulp, nutritional yeast, paprika, salt and pepper, ginger and left out the maple syrup and vanilla. They were really good, keep well in the fridge and freezer and are very filling.

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Ingredients

(All quantities are approximate)

1 Cup Almond Milk Pulp

35g Ground Oats

2 Tbsps Nutritional Yeast

2 tsps Gluten-Free Baking Powder

1 tsp Paprika + some to dust

1/2 tsp Ginger

Pinch Pink Himalayan Salt and Black Pepper

Approx. 200g peeled Sweet potato, chopped, steamed, cooled and blended

1 Chia Egg

1 Heaped Tsp Almond Nut Butter

35g Mix of finely chopped walnuts and almonds, reserve some for decoration.

A little nut milk to brush on top.

Method as before:

Mix dry ingredients with the spices.

Whisk the chia egg, sweet potato purée, nut butter together and add to the dry mix.

Mix with a fork until it starts to come together, then knead with your hands until it forms a ball.

Form as before – I used the s allest cutter in the set – brush with a little nut milk, dust with paprika and ground walnuts.

56209B2B-AE73-48BA-AF5F-4C9B20C3A04DThe trick is to keep the dough very moist and gently flatten it to about an inch and a half to keep them a good thickness and make them light.

Cook approximately 15-20 minutes, but keep an eye on them. They should be a little crisp on the outside and moist on the inside.

Cook as before and cool on a wire rack.

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They keep well in the fridge, too.

Both versions can be eaten on their own or with nut butter, vegan cheese, or fruit spread for the sweet version.

Enjoy!

Thank you to Ani of The Tiger Nut Company and to Kimberly Parsons of The Yoga Kitchen.

(Tiger Nuts and Tiger Nut Flour from The Tiger Nut Company, link in text above).

See also: Savoury Vegan Glutenfree ‘Cheese’ & Herb Scones

Vegan Gluten-Free Almond & Apricot Scones – oh yes!

How to Make Horchata (aka Tiger Nut Milk)

Nut & Seed Milks & Smoothie Recipes

How to Make Smooth and Creamy Hemp Milk

How to Make Cashew Nut Milk & Why You Should!

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Vegan Gluten-Free Tiger Nut Loaf/Bread Mk III

img_2467This is the second post describing our quest for a moist, tasty gluten-free loaf that doesn’t sound like a lab experiment or dry out and break up after the first day. If you’d like to read the original post first, click here.

I rarely eat bread and I rarely miss it, but just ocasionally I get a craving for it. I buy some new product that maintains it isn’t like any other gluten-free bread, costs the earth and inevitably it is such a disappointing experience, I go back to being bread-free. On Sunday, we decided to have another go at making a tiger nut loaf.

We have been using BBC Food’s Dan Leopard’s recipe as a guide but mixing up the flours for more flavour and nutritional content. Which flours we used tended to be those we had in at the time.

In our previous, second, attempt, we only used 1 oz of Tiger Nut Flour as the original had a much larger amount and had been a little too grainy. We also decreased the amount of water from the first loaf which spread too much.

This time, we used the much finer Tiger Nut Powder from The Tiger Nut Company (they ship overseas) and made it the main ingredient – by accident as it turned out since my husband thought we were out of cornflour but of course I later found it on a different shelf at the back of the cupboard, as you do! We substituted the cornflour with gluten-free self-raising flour bought for another recipe. As it happened, it was a lucky accident, because this loaf turned out to be the best yet.

We also decided to bake it in a loaf tin this time to stop it spreading so much and produce a deeper loaf.

It turned out to be tasty, firm, moist and still fresh the next day. And the next.

We sliced it up and put half in the freezer while a third was wrapped and kept in the bread box. On the third day, I got some out of the freezer to have with soup and to see how it had stored. Once thawed, it seemed just as fresh. No need to toast it.

I also tried a slice from the remainder of the loaf that had been wrapped and kept in the bread box. It too was still fresh enough to spread peanut butter on without having to toast it. This is a big deal in the world of gluten-free bread! You always end up having toast because it’s so dry.

It won’t resemble your average thin white sliced that you can make into sandwiches – homemade glutenfree bread is often the consistency of, say, a more dense madeira cake  – but I love it topped with yeast extract,  tahini, nut butter, avocado, banana, salad – or often a combination! We found it easy to spread and handle, it wasn’t as delicate as some gluten-free bread is.

This is such a nourishing, nutritious and satisfying loaf. It has so many good things in it, protein, calcium, healthy fats, fibre, probiotics and prebiotics, B vitamins – I could fill the page! And it doesn’t have anything artificial in it or need a chemistry degree to understand the label.

Here’s the new, improved recipe watch out nearer Christmas when we hope to produce a fruity tiger nut loaf.

(All measurements are approximate, you may need to adjust to suit your own tastes or your oven).

Ingredients

25g – 50g (10z – 1 3/4 oz) Organic Golden Linseeds

450 mls (16 fl oz) Warm Water

2 1/2 Tsps Quick-acting Yeast

1 Tsp Sugar

80 mls (3 fl oz) CoYo Plain Coconut Yogurt

100g Self-Raising Gluten-free Flour

100g Organic Chickpea or Garbanzo/Besan Flour

250g Tiger Nut Powder

1 Tsp Salt

50g (1 3/4oz) Organic Psyllium Husk Powder

50 mls (1 3/4 Fl oz) Organic Raw Virgin Olive Oil

A little extra olive oil and flour

Method

Heat the oven to 180C/350F/gas 4

1. Warm the linseeds on a tray for about 10-12 minutes, until they darken slightly (the toasted seeds will release a sticky gluten-like substance when mixed with the wet ingredients, and they give the loaf a wheatgerm-like flavour).

2. Switch off the oven.

3. Mix together the water and yeast, then stir in the yogurt and seeds. Set aside.

4. Mix together the flour, tiger nut powder, salt, sugar and psyllium husk powder in a large bowl.

5. Pour in the yeast mixture and olive oil and mix well until it resembles a smooth thin batter.

The liquid will turn into a sticky dough within a few minutes as the linseed, flours and psyllium husk powder become gel-like.

6. Once the mixture is firm enough, knead it for 10 seconds on the worktop to mix everything again, then place the dough back in the bowl, cover and leave in a warm but not hot place for 30 minutes.

7. Place the dough into a non-stick or lined 2lb loaf tin and brush with the extra olive oil, cover and leave it to rise for about 30-35 minutes.

8. Heat the oven to 240C/465F/Gas 9

9. Make some diagonal cuts across the dough with a sharp knife, sprinkle with a little cornflour and bake for about 40 minutes, or until rich golden-brown in colour.

10. Cool on a wire rack before slicing.

Here are the three loaves to compare:

 

Latest on the left, second attempt in the middle and first on the right. The middle one was good, but I think the latest is the most successful.

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Spooky (but healthy) Halloween Treats!

img_2294These were a very last minute flash of inspiration, there was tiger nut milk pulp* to use up (but you can use nut milk pulp or rolled oats) and a family visit coming up, so something had to be done and pdq!

They are very fruity, soft and squishy with a very slight tartness due to the Bramley apple and lemon juice, offset by the sweetness of the carrot, raisins and mulberries.

All ingredients are organic, vegan and glutenfree and the only possible ‘nut’ allergin is the pine kernels used to decorate (which can be omitted), however I believe pine kernels are seeds rather than nuts. Tiger nuts are of course tubers, not nuts.

These are healthy treats, no refined sugar and won’t have the kids bouncing off the ceiling or in a funk next morning. They are full of vitamins, minerals, protein, healthy fats and micronutrients.

All measurements are very approximate!

Ingredients

1 Cup Raisins

1/3 Cup Chopped Dried Sulphur-free Apricots

1 Cup Tiger Nut Milk Pulp (you could use any nut milk pulp or swap for ground oats moistened with a little apple juice, but the taste and texture will be a little different)

1 /2 Cup Grated Bramley Apple (or any tart apple)

1/2 Cup Grated Carrot

1 Chia Egg (1 Tbsp Chia seeds* soaked in 3 Tbsps Water, stirred frequently for about 10-15 minutes until they swell)

1 1/2 Tsps Baobab Powder (we use Aduna)

1 Tbsp Melted Cacao Butter (we used 4 Pulsin’ cacao butter buttons)

1/4 Cup Desiccated Coconut

Good Squeeze of Lemon Juice – watch out for the pips!

Place all ingredients in a food processor, pulse and stir down as often as it takes for the mixture to come together and roll into balls.

Make small balls and decorate with cacao powder* or coconut for hair, goji berries*, dried mulberries* or pine kernels for eyes and mouths and slightly squash the sides or tops to distort the ‘faces’ a little.

Place them in petit fours cases and put them in the fridge to firm up.

Happy Halloween! 🎃😱

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*Nut & Seed Milks & Smoothie Recipes

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Taste-Testing The New Tiger Nut Company Raw Chocolate Bar: Does It Roaarrr! or Does It Whimper?

As many of you will know from previous posts, I love homemade horchata or tiger nut milk. It is a sweet and creamy plantbased alternative to dairy milk and so very good for you. Tiger nuts are also a good nutfree alternative for all those allergic to nuts as they are in fact small tubers. (You can also buy tiger nut flour).

As you will also know, we are big fans of raw chocolate in our family: we use cacao in our smoothies, in our porridge, in our raw baking and of course we eat raw chocolate bars.

So, how happy am I that The Tiger Nut Company* has just brought out their first raw chocolate bar made with tiger nuts and cacao?! When I placed my order for tiger nuts the other day – calamities, I didn’t know we’d run out so no horchata this week! – the lovely Ani sent me a bar to try and as I write she is anxiously awaiting my review, knowing how much we love raw chocolate!

 I won’t keep her waiting any longer, I hope this will put her out of her misery and I’ll post as quickly as I can.

img_6316When I received the bar, our daughter’s family were visiting and there was no way I could have shared it between us all so I had to be disciplined and refrain from trying it until today. I had almost forgotten about it and then when I was nigh on knee-deep in Christmas (yes, it’s for overseas) and birthday wrapping paper, I felt I needed a break and the lightbulb went on! HB was doing a bike repair, so the coast was clear! (He’s a chocolate fiend).

The first thing you notice is the presentation: the crushed tiger nuts are pressed into the top of the chocolate rather than mixed in which is usually the case with nutty chocolate. It sets the bar apart, makes it visually arresting. The second is how dark the chocolate is and how lovely and chunky. It’s a good size, 55g, and sectioned into 5 pieces which makes it easy to break up (and share if you’re so inclined).

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This bar has a lovely crisp snap when you break it and a satisfying bite to it that doesn’t threaten to break your teeth but makes you feel it is substantial.

There are all sorts of tastes and textures going on in this bar! Ani tells me the bars are sweetened with dates and lucuma (a South American fruit powder that has a malted taste). So no refined sugar.

The chocolate is very dark, it is 80% raw cacao, a little bitter like good quality dark chocolate (no milk, dairy or otherwise) and this is offset by the lightly malted taste of the lucuma powder. I used to love Maltesers many moons ago and the use of lucuma reminded me of them, though it is more subtle here. The chewy texture of crushed tiger nuts also contrasts with the smooth creaminess of the chocolate.

My husband came in while I was on my second piece and I offered him a piece to try. To my surprise, he hesitated, saying he was just about to make his lunch! Then he quickly changed his mind. His first reaction was that the tiger nuts tasted a little like sesame seeds but he’s not known for his sensitive palate and I don’t think I would agree with him. They don’t have such a distinctive taste and have a mild sweetness. Then he said the chocolate was very dark, which I do agree with. He decided he liked it.

After the second piece, I felt satisfied, I didn’t want to gobble up the whole 55g bar as so often with commercial chocolate where you tend to eat mindlessly. I enjoyed what I had and wanted to save the remainder.

Overall, we liked this new take on raw cacao chocolate bars. We also like that it is a healthy raw snack.

Foods that are described as ‘raw’ have not been heated over 42C and this means they retain their nutrients. Cacao is full of vitamins, minerals, omega fats, micronutrients and is regarded as a mood enhancer and good for the memory. Dates are naturally sweet and contain minerals and fibre. Lucuma is labelled a superfood by the health industry, while tiger nuts are prebiotic (good for gut health), and contain vitamins, minerals, fibre and healthy omega fats.

These bars are organic, which is something I wasn’t aware of until I asked, it isn’t mentioned in the main part of the packaging or in the title on the Shop page of the website (you have to read the full description), so I would suggest the company advertise this a little better as I for one positively seek out organic treats and reject those that aren’t.

Would I recommend them? Yes, they are a little different, healthy, satiating, smooth and tasty. They are handmade, vegan, glutenfree, paleo, nutfree, organic and contain no refined sugar. And the customer service is always excellent! Well done!

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Ps Theobromine in good quality dark chocolate is an effective treatment for dry coughs! If that isn’t a good enough reason to eat chocolate, I don’t know what is! 50-100g of dark chocolate is the recommended dose.

*https://www.thetigernutcompany.co.uk/

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Raw Tiger Nut, Walnut & Chocolate Orange Cookies

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This is my version of The Tiger Nut Company’s Coffee and Walnut Cookies (see website for original recipe*). They are a great way to use up the pulp left over from making Tiger Nut Milk or Horchata. I have also adapted my original post to include the use of their new Naked Organic Peeled Tiger Nuts, which produce a much finer pulp.

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I don’t drink coffee but these looked so good, we decided to adapt them by substituting orange zest and a tiny squeeze of orange juice.

They are so easy to make.

To make Tiger Nut milk:

100g of pre-soaked Naked Organic Raw Tiger Nuts from The Tiger Nut Company* (almost a Cup) (these peeled tiger nuts give a finer pulp).

Soak overnight in 3x as much filtered water 

Blend with 1 Pitted Medjool Date and Half a tsp Vanilla Extract

Pinch of Pink Hamalayan Salt

Strain through nut bag and save pulp

Keep milk in airtight bottle in fridge.

Ingredients for Cookies

(All ingredients are organic, vegan and gluten-free. All measurements are approximate and may need adjusting, but that means you get to keep tasting and testing!)

Leftover Tiger Nut Pulp

3 Pitted Medjool Dates

Handful of Walnuts + some for decoration

2 Tsps Ground Organic Linseeds/Flaxseeds

2 Tsps Raw Chocolate Company Cacao Powder*

2-3 Tbsps Raw Virgin Organic Coconut Oil

1 Generous Tsp Orange Zest

Tiny squeeze of Orange Juice, be careful, it doesn’t want to be wet.

Splash of Organic Maple Syrup

 Method

Process all ingredients until it starts coming together.

Press together and roll into a ball

Dust a very little Tiger Nut Flour or Cacao Powder onto surface and rolling pin to stop the dough sticking

Roll out and cut into shapes

Freeze for about 15 minutes

(Eat any leftover scraps that won’t form another cookie and lick your fingers – cook’s prerogative!)

Icing

Either:

Gently melt some coconut oil with a splash of maple syrup, a couple of teaspoons of raw cacao powder and a squeeze of orange juice

or

Gently melt some Raw Chocolate Company Pitch Dark or Orange raw chocolate in a bowl over some hot water (but not boiling). You might like to add a drop of coconut oil or cacao butter to make it go a little further and drizzle.

Decorate cookies and top with broken walnuts. 

Freeze and Keep or Eat at leisure!

Ps At the request of Rachel @healthy&psyched, here is today’s video – don’t blame me, it was her suggestion! (I’m not quite sure this is what she meant 😂 Sorry, (not sorry).

*http://www.thetigernutcompany.co.uk

*http://www.therawchocolatecompany.com/

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The One That Got Away: The Sweet Carob & Blueberry Vegan Tiger Nut Pancakes That Became Sweet Carob & Blueberry Vegan Tiger Nut Porridge!

When I read the big build-up The Tiger Nut Company’s Ani gave me on Instagram, telling everyone I was going to be posting new Tiger Nut recipes every day this week, I have to say I panicked! I read it out to my husband and he said, ‘right, you’d better get your thinking cap on’ and went off to oil his bike.

imageSo, I thunk and I thunk and thought, aha! I have Chufa di Valencia flour, we can make pancakes. My husband makes the traditional pancakes so beloved by our grandsons – they can demolish a baker’s dozen without blinking an eye – but I don’t pay much attention. So does our son, all sorts of weird and wonderful concoctions. Again, I don’t give them a glance. I’ve never been a pancake lover, all that smoke and fumes and alarms going off, no thanks. I like peace and quiet and clean air.

But, to get my husband on board with the project, I decided pancakes it would be, and to further tempt him, they would have carob in (a bit ‘out there’ for him, but so long as it has a chocolate flavour, he won’t mind what it’s called).

Here’s the recipe:

Add 1 Tbsp Chia Seeds to 3 Tbsps Water, stir vigorously and allow to stand for 15 minutes to form a gel (chia egg)

1 Cup Chufa de Valencia Tiger Nut Flour

1 Tsp Gluten-Free Baking Powder

2 Tbsps Finely Ground Almonds

1 Tbsp Carob Powder

Sieve all dry ingredients into large bowl.

Add a pinch of Pink Himalayan Salt and the Chia egg,

plus approx 1 1/2 Cups Tiger Nut Milk or Almond Milk (click on links for how to make your own, it’s very easy)

and 1 Tbsp Maple Syrup

Mix well.

Add a Cup of Frozen Blueberries.

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Heat a tiny drop of coconut oil and add a ladle of the mixture, it will sizzle and bubble like a pancake should…

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…and that’s as far as I can take you, because that’s all it did! No way would it come together, let alone flip over!

So I failed. As I threw a strop and it was scraped into a bowl, I had a taste of it. It was surprisingly good, so I put some Coyo plain coconut yogurt with it and ate it like dessert, it tasted a bit like summer pudding! Very yummy. I forgot to take a photo while I was pondering and had eaten it all before I realised.

My husband suggested we cook the rest like porridge. So porridge it became. With extra blueberries and some CoYo plain yogurt on top.

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It won’t be to everyone’s taste, it is a bit bran/oaten-like in texture, but it’s nice and fruity, sweet and very good for you – and extremely filling. I could only manage half of it.

So I’ll leave it up to you. If anyone can suggest what we did wrong, I would be very grateful – and I just know boingghealth will be first in the queue 😉

Sorry, Ani!

Ps I was told off, very nicely, by Rachel @healthy&psyched because there was no video last time, so to make up for it, here is a great wake-up video of sand and surf and Jake Owen singing ‘The One That Got Away!’ (Click on the blog to see it)

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Horchata (aka Tiger Nut Milk)

Pardon? Horchata! It sounds like something you would say when someone sneezes, but Horchata is actually Tiger Nut Milk! I was recently reminded of eating tigernuts as a child when I came across the lovely Ani from the Tiger Nut Company on Twitter (@theTigerNutCo).I haven’t had them since I was very young and it brought back all sorts of sensory memories. I decided to order some raw, organic tiger nuts and we have been making Horchata or Tiger Nut Milk with them.

So what are tiger nuts? Well, for a start they aren’t nuts! They are tiny super tubers packed with nutrients: protein, fibre, fatty acids, calcium, magnesium, Vitamin E and potassium. They are sweet and when soaked and blended with water, they make a lovely sweet, creamy milk.

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There is no waste, as you can dry the pulp in a low oven and use it in making burgers, energy balls, sprinkle it on your breakfast or add to smoothies. (See also my recipes for Lemony Tiger Nut Truffles here and Raw Orange, Cacao and Walnut Cookies here). This recipe makes about a litre, the glass jug in the photo was almost full.

There is a recipe for Horchata on the company website http://www.thetigernutcompany.co.uk but here is my version:

Horchata

1 Cup Raw, Organic Tigernuts soaked overnight in filtered water

3-4 Cups Filtered Water, depending how creamy you like it

1 Pitted Medjool Date (optional)

1/4 Tsp Vanilla Extract

Pinch of Himalayan Pink Salt

Drain soaked Tigernuts and add to high speed blender* with filtered water, date, vanilla and salt.

Blend on fast until smooth, about a minute.

Strain into a large jug or bowl through a nut milk bag or piece of muslin

Pour into an airtight bottle and keep in the fridge.

Keeps for about 4 days in my Grip & Go leakproof glass bottle.

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It is also nice slightly warmed with a sprinkling of cinnamon and served in a pretty pink cup!

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*See here for blender reviews

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