The month of November is recognised around the world as Diabetes Awareness Month, which focusses on raising public consciousness of the signs and symptoms, and prevention of this condition. Rooibos tea, already considered one of the nation’s favourite beverages, has the potential to delay and prevent the onset and progression of type 2 diabetes (T2D), according to a number of recent studies. Read more about this here. 

The Rooibos Council shared some novel recipe ideas on their website to promote the use of Rooibos in dishes one would not usually think to find them, such as desserts and soups. Below is a recipe for an apple bake with the added health benefits of Rooibos. This recipe works just as well with ripe pears.


500 g sweet apples with the skin, cut into wedges

100 ml strong Rooibos tea

1 cinnamon stick

1 cup (250 ml) buttermilk

100 ml low fat milk

1 tbsp (15 ml) vanilla essence

2 eggs

1 tbsp (15 ml) finely grated lemon rind

¼ cup (60 ml) ground almonds

100 ml cake flour

½ tsp (2,5 ml) baking powder

1 tbsp (15 ml) sugar (optional)

½ tbsp (7,5 ml) ground mixed spice

1 tsp (5 ml) icing sugar (optional) mixed with a pinch of ground mixed spice

175 ml plain low fat yoghurt


Preheat oven to 200 ˚C. Place apples, tea and cinnamon stick in a saucepan. Simmer for 7-10 minutes or until just tender. Spoon apples and tea into a lightly greased oven dish.

Beat buttermilk, milk, vanilla, eggs and lemon rind together. Stir in almonds, flour, baking powder, sugar (optional) and mixed spice to form a runny batter. Pour over the apples.

Bake for 30-40 minutes or until golden brown and cooked.

Serve immediately with a light dusting of the icing sugar (optional) and 2 tbsp (30 ml) plain low fat yoghurt per person.