So for those who cannot have dairy at the moment I have been hunting for some gluten-free recipes that are dairy free but still are worthwhile and worthy of baking… and here I may have found just the thing – gluten-free coconut flour banana bread. Yes I did add some icing on, mainly to use my new palette knife (!), but that is not part of the original recipe and is not a requirement. This is the first time I have baked with coconut oil and the creamed coconut oil and honey was really really good (I confess I may have licked the spoon). In fact, this is one of the nicest non-chocolate cakes/breads I have ever made! Original recipe found here at Ditch the Wheat.
• 6 eggs, separated
• 2 tsp cream of tartar
• ½ cup extra virgin coconut oil
• ¼ cup raw honey
• ½ cup mashed ripe banana (for me that was 1 banana)
• 1 tbsp vanilla extract
• 1 tbsp cinnamon
• ½ cup coconut flour, sifted (it weighed 47 grams)
• ½ tsp baking soda
• ¼ tsp sea salt
Preheat oven to 350f/175c.
In a bowl combine egg whites and cream of tartar. Whip the egg whites until stiff peaks form.
In a separate bowl cream together coconut oil and raw honey. Do that for a few minutes until it looks like icing. (Lick the spoon).
Add the egg yolks one at a time to the creamed coconut oil and raw honey. Mix until smooth. Add mashed banana, vanilla and cinnamon until mixed.
Add the sifted coconut flour, baking soda and salt to the egg yolk mixture. Mix until smooth. Slowly add the egg yolk mixture to the whipped egg whites. Mixing it until it is combined.
Line a 7 1/2 inch x 3 1/2 inch loaf pan with parchment paper.
Bake for 50-60 minutes until the top is firm to the touch and a toothpick can be inserted and comes out dry.
For the icing I creamed 250 grams cream cheese with 1/3 of a cup of icing sugar and a table spoon of lemon juice.
I froze some slices of this as well and they defrosted perfectly – an all round gluten-free and dairy-free winner!
For those in Johannesburg – seems every 4th week or so I feel the need to venture forth and find myself some sweet treat. So as per previous excursions I ended up at Fresh Earth in Emmerentia, and this time I bought a gluten-free Lamington.
Now this is something that I have never actually eaten, or even tried a nibble of in the dark while no-one was looking. So time for some research… a Lamington is an Australian dessert with sponge cake coated in chocolate sauce (or icing depending on where you read) and then in desiccated coconut.
Being a fan of both chocolate and coconut I decided to try the unknown. Very nice, satisfies the sweet tooth and as with everything I have tried at Fresh Earth a great tasting gluten-free cake – nothing worse than a gluten-free cake or bread that tastes like dried cardboard! Visit the Fresh Earth website here.
Whilst on the topic of nibbly things, someone recently gave me some Schar gluten-free “Maria” biscuits (thank you Morne) which are basically Marie biscuits, and I wondered why an Italian company was producing a South African biscuit. Seems I rather erroneously believed that a Marie biscuit was a South African invention. Imagine my horror (and embarrassment, yes maybe I blushed a little) to find out that the Marie Biscuit was created in London in 1874. I grew up in the UK and have no recollection of a Marie Biscuit – not that I would have been eating them of course, but I am well aware of chocolate digestives , Bakewell Tarts and Jaffa Cakes and I was not eating those either!
I did ask someone at work to try one and then do a comparison with a local Marie biscuit and apparently it is rather close – they taste just like the real thing. So if it’s time for tea and you are looking for a biscuit to dunk, now you know what to eat! Schar products are imported by Master Health Products – visit their website for a full list of stockists.
So it’s Friday afternoon and I feel the need for a cup of tea and a piece of cake or maybe a brownie. This does not happen often but when it does I need to act! Not the easiest thing to track down after lunch, a gluten-free brownie, and due to some current food issues it also needs to be corn and seed free. I like to give myself a challenge. But never fear the brownie was found and life carried on. I made a quick trip to the Fresh Earth food store in Emmarentia where I quickly had in my sticky hands a chocolate brownie (and maybe an almond square as well) meeting all the food exclusion requirements. Happy days.
So yes you can have your cake and eat it too! And I may have grabbed a little bar of vanilla chickpea fudge on the way out – never had this before and bizarrely it tasted like peanut butter (which cannot be a bad thing really). Made with chickpeas, fresh vanilla and raw organic sugar I nibbled on this for the rest of the weekend – a rather nice smooth and creamy sweet treat!
I was actually not alone on the Friday mission – a work colleague (let’s hear it for Natalie)was on the hunt for Life Bake Grain Free Toast – not for those who cannot eat seeds as the ingredients read linseed, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, water, psyllium husk and sea salt. But for those seeking paleo options she judged this to be delicious – that said always read the small type as “not suitable for celiacs”.
If you have never been to Fresh Earth they have all kinds of dried and fresh food ( gluten-free, vegetarian, preservative free etc), supplements and vitamins as well as a vegetarian café serving gluten-free and vegan menu choices – burgers, wraps, gluten-free pizzas, sandwiches and more… plus a nice range of freshly baked cakes, biscuits and the ever important brownie. Visit the store at 103 Komatie Road, Emmarantia, Johannesburg.