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Gluten and dairy free banana upside down cake …

This is one of the easiest recipes for a cake! And it tastes sooooo good.

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I made this cake for Saturday’s family lunch – the family loved it!

Recipe courtesy of Bakerita.

Ingredients
Glaze:

4 tablespoons melted coconut oil
½ cup coconut sugar
2 sliced bananas

Batter:
1½ cups mashed banana
3 eggs
⅓ cup almond butter (or nut butter of choice)
3 tablespoons melted coconut oil
⅓ cup coconut flour
½ teaspoon cinnamon
¾ teaspoon baking soda
¾ teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
¼ teaspoon sea salt

Method
1) Preheat the oven to 177ºC (350ºF). Grease a 9” springform pan and place on a rimmed baking sheet lined with baking paper or alfoil.
2) Combine the melted coconut oil and coconut sugar. Spread in the bottom of the prepared pan.

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3) Arrange the banana slices over the coconut sugar. Set aside while you prepare the batter.

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4) In a large bowl or mixer, combine the mashed bananas, eggs, coconut oil, vanilla extract and nut butter until fully combined.

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5) Add the coconut flour, cinnamon, baking soda, baking powder, and sea salt to the wet ingredients and mix well.

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6) Pour the batter into the prepared pan and spread it evenly.

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7) Bake in the preheated oven for about 40 minutes or until the cake is lightly golden brown. A toothpick inserted into the center should come out clean.

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FYI, the photo below is the reason why you need the baking sheet to be covered with baking paper (or alfoil). As the cake is baking, the coconut oil and sugar will ooze (leak) from the bottom of the springform tin.

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8) Remove from oven and allow to cool on a wire rack for about 20 minutes, and then carefully flip out onto a plate.

The aroma that filled my kitchen was just heavenly. The caramelized bananas is the best bit – just saying :) The cake is super moist.

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“When a banana gets rotten people love to tell you that you can make banana bread out of it. I have never seen anyone actually do it.” ~ Greg Fitzsimmons

 

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Cinnamon roll coffee cake …

This oh-so-very delicious coffee cake is gluten free, dairy free and very simple to make.

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Recipe courtesy of Jay’s Baking Me Crazy.

Ingredients
Cinnamon sugar mixture
1/4 cup coconut sugar
2 teaspoons cinnamon

Coffee cake
3 cups almond flour
1/4 cup coconut flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup coconut oil, room temperature
3/4 cup coconut sugar
3 eggs, room temperature
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup cashew or almond milk (I used almond milk)
1 tablespoon coconut oil (for after baking)
Glaze
1/4 cup coconut butter
2 tablespoons honey
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2-3 tablespoons almond milk
Method
1) Make the cinnamon sugar mixture: in a small bowl, combine the coconut sugar and cinnamon. Mix well and set aside.
2) Make the coffee cake: preheat the oven to 325F (163C) and line a 9″ x 9″ square pan with parchment paper. I used a lined 9.5″ springform pan.
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FYI, this springform cake tin is the best one that I have used so far. I bought it from Aldi. If you see any in stock it, buy it!
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(I used this guide to convert a square cake tin recipe to a round cake tin recipe.)
3) In a medium bowl, combine the almond flour, coconut flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. Stir until evenly mixed.
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4) In a large bowl, combine the coconut oil and coconut sugar and mix until combined.
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5) Add the eggs, vanilla, and cashew milk and stir until smooth.
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6) Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and stir well, making sure no dry spots remain.
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7) Pour half of the batter into the prepared pan and sprinkle two thirds of the cinnamon sugar mixture on top.
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8) Carefully scoop the remaining batter on top, making sure all the cinnamon sugar is covered.
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9) Bake for 35 minutes.
10) As soon as it comes out of the oven, take the 1 tablespoon of coconut oil and spread it on top then sprinkle with the remaining cinnamon sugar mixture.
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11) While the cake is cooling, make the glaze: in a small bowl, combine the coconut butter, honey, vanilla extract, and almond milk. Mix until smooth and thin enough to drizzle on the cake.
12) Once the cake has cooled, top with glaze.
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4 days later – the cake was just as moist and sweet.
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“Anyone who gives you a cinnamon roll fresh out of the oven is a friend for life.” ~ Daniel Handler

chocolate peanut butter mousse tarts …

You honestly cannot go wrong with the chocolate and peanut butter combination. IMO it’s the best food flavour combination of all time. With that in mind, these tarts don’t disappoint.They’re raw, vegan and gluten free – that covers everyone doesn’t it? ;)

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The base is crunchy  and the filling is smooth – nice. Easy to make. Absolutely delish!

This recipe is courtesy of Reveal Yourself ( on Facebook). My sister-in-law tagged me when this recipe popped up on Facebook. It was only fitting that I made them for her birthday.

Ingredients
Base
1 cup pitted dates
1 cup almonds
1/2 cup buckwheat groats (you can use coconut or rolled oats)
2 tablespoons cacao powder

Mousse filling
1 cup cashew nuts
1 banana
1 tablespoon natural peanut butter
3 tablespoons cacao powder
1/3 cup coconut milk
pinch of salt
2 tablespoons coconut nectar or pure maple syrup

Method
Base
1) Soak the pitted dates in boiling water for 10 minutes to soften, discard water and add to your blender. Rinse your buckwheat groats under water. (I used wheat-free rolled oats.)

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2) Add all ingredients into your blender and process until the mixture starts to come together.

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3) Take a large spoonful of the mixture and press into a muffin mould, lightly greased with coconut oil. I chose to make mini tarts using silicone moulds.

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4) Place in the freezer to set.

Mousse
1) Soak cashew nuts in water overnight.

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2) Drain and rinse your soaked cashew nuts.
3) Add all ingredients into the blender and blend for about 5 minutes until thick and smooth.

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4. Remove the moulds from freezer and add the mousse to each tart case.

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5. Top with cacao nibs. (I chose not to use any toppings.)
6. Place back into freezer to set.
7. Use a knife to gently work around each mould to remove from muffin tin. Enjoy while you can!

Note: I used 2 silicone trays so I made 24 mini tarts.

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“Nine out of ten people like chocolate. The tenth person always lies” ~ John Q Tullius

gluten free dairy free lamingtons …

Happy Australia Day! What better way to celebrate Australia Day than to make home-made lamingtons.

Lamingtons are an Australian specialty consisting of a square of sponge cake coated in chocolate and shredded coconut.

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With various food intolerances in my family thankfully I was able to find a paleo recipe :) It’s a simple recipe that makes delicious and healthy lamingtons.

The recipe is courtesy of Eat Drink Paleo.

Ingredients
For the sponge cake
3 whole eggs
1/2 cup tapioca flour/arrowroot
3/4 cup almond meal
2/3 teaspoon gluten free baking powder
just under 2/3 cup coconut oil, melted
4 tablespoons rice malt syrup *
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

For the chocolate & coconut icing
• 1/2 cup cocoa powder
• 2/3 cup coconut oil
• 2 tablespoons rice malt syrup *
• 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
• 3 tablespoons coconut or almond milk
• 1 1/2 cup desiccated coconut (unsweetened)

*  I used maple syrup instead.

Method
1) Preheat oven to 165C (330F).
2) Grease a 2 cm-deep, 20cm x 30cm (base) baking tray pan with some olive oil. Line with baking paper, leaving a small overhang on all sides. The oil will soak through making the paper easier to mould to the tray. I used dairy free butter to grease the baking tray.

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3) Dissolve coconut oil, malt syrup and vanilla extract and whisk together until well incorporated, set aside. Measure out tapioca flour and almond meal.

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4) Using an electric mixer on high setting, beat eggs for 5 minutes until thick and foamy.

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5) Gradually add coconut oil mix while beating the eggs.

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6) Add baking powder, tapioca and almond meal. Get a whisk and fold for 10-15 seconds until final ingredients are incorporated. You could also use an electric mixer on the lowest setting.

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7) Pour mixture into the prepared pan. Bake in oven for 20 minutes or until a skewer inserted into the centre comes out clean. Turn the sponge cake onto a wire rack and set aside to cool completely.

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8) When the sponge cake has cooled down, trim the edges off and cut into 4 equal strips. I didn’t want any wastage so I kept the edges :)

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9) To make chocolate icing, combine coconut oil, cocoa, vanilla, coconut milk and rice syrup in a bowl. Blend using an electric mixer on low setting or a whisk for 1 minute. Spread coconut on a plate.

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10) Spread a thin layer of chocolate icing on one side of the sponge cake strips. Stick each two strips into one, chocolate sides in. Cut strips into equal lamington pieces – as small or as big as you like.

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11) In this final stage, you have to work pretty fast as the icing will start to harden a little. If the icing starts to set, add 1-2 tablespoons of hot water and whisk through again. Using two forks, dip and coat lamington squares with a thin layer of chocolate icing and then dip and roll in coconut. Set aside on a wire rack.

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12) Stand for 1-2 hours before serving. Store in an air-tight container, placed on some baking paper, for a few days. You can store in the fridge but they will firm up.

These lamingtons were so moist and flavoursome. The family had them and loved them!

“We are one, but we are many. And from all the lands on earth we come. We’ll share a dream and sing with one voice. I am, you are, we are Australian.” ~ I Am Australian, The Seekers.

 

raw cherry ripe bars …

The recipe is in Donna Hay’s ‘Fresh and Light’ magazine. I don’t have the magazine – the recipe was passed onto me by a friend from gym. She has the magazine and told me about the recipe. I had cherries left over from Christmas/New Year so I was very much interested in the recipe.

Ingredients
6 fresh dates, pitted
1 cup (80g) desiccated coconut
1/3 cup (80 ml) melted coconut oil
1 teaspoon vanilla bean paste
1 1/2 cups (210g) fresh cherries, pitted
100g raw organic 70% dark chocolate, melted *

Coconut base
1 cup (150g) cashews
1 cup (80g) desiccated coconut
2 tablespoons rice malt syrup **

*  I used dairy free raw organic coconut milk chocolate.
** I used maple syrup but an liquid sweetener can be used.

Method
1) To make the base, place the cashews, coconut and rice malt syrup in a food processor and process for 1-2 minutes, scraping down the sides of the bowl until the mixture starts to come together.

2) Press the mixture into the base of a lightly greased 20cm x 20cm baking tin lined with non-stick baking paper and refrigerate for 20 minutes or until set.

3) Place the dates, coconut, coconut oil and vanilla in a food processor and process for 1 minute or until the mixture starts to come together.

4) Add the cherries and process for a further 30 seconds  or until the mixture is just combined.

5) Place the coconut mixture over the base and use a palette knife to spread evenly. Refrigerate for a further 30 – 40 minutes or until firm.

6) Pour over the chocolate, smooth the top with a palette knife and refrigerate for 1 hour or until set.

7) Slice using a hot knife and keep refrigerated until ready to serve.

These are the perfect treats to have for morning or afternoon tea. These are much better than the store bought cherry ripe bars!

Makes 20. These bars will keep refrigerated in an airtight container for up to two weeks.

“Cherries of the night are riper than the cherries pluckt at noon … in the cherry pluckt at night, with the dew of summer dwelling, there’s a juice of pure delight, cool, dark, sweet, divinely smelling …” ~ Robert Graves

rocky road bliss balls …

Happy 2016! May it be all that you hope it will be :) x

Bliss balls are basically a mixture of dried fruit and nuts which are blended together, rolled into a ball before putting them in the fridge to set. You can use anything to make bliss balls (any combination of of nuts/dried fruit/seeds will work.) The main ingredient is either dates or figs – they are the binding sticky ingredient.

These bliss balls are delicious and simple to make. You can whip these up in no time!

These bliss balls are raw, gluten free, grain free, dairy free, egg free and refined sugar free. And healthy :)

The recipe courtesy of Wholefood Simply.

 

Ingredients
2 cups walnuts
12 medjool dates, seeds removed
3 tablespoons cacao or cocoa
1/2 teaspoon concentrated natural vanilla extract
1/2 cup pistachios
1/2 cup macadamias
1/2 cup goji berries
1/2 cup cranberries

Method
1) Place the walnuts, dates, cacao or cocoa and vanilla into your food processor and blend at high speed until the mixture resembles a sticky crumb.

2) Add the pistachios and macadamias and quickly pulse to roughly crush.

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3) Add the goji berries and cranberries and gently mix to combine.

4) Use your hands to press and shape the mixture into balls.

5) Place in the fridge to set.

 Eat and enjoy!

I have made these a few times. [ I made them for the family – they liked them. I made them for our family get together on Christmas night. I even made them for a group of firefighters at the opening of our local fire station :) ]

These bliss balls are perfect little guilt free treats. They are balls of protein and energy – i.e. superfood in a ball form!

“People are so worried about what they eat between Christmas and the New Year, but they really should be worried about what they eat between the New Year and Christmas.” ~ Author unknown

 

paleo donuts …

“Mmm … donuts!”

A few weeks ago I started to see pins, about paleo donuts, on my Pinterest feed. OMG! Who doesn’t love donuts? Especially healthy ones! The pins reminded me that mum had a Ronson donut maker in her pantry. I had to make these donuts!

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I borrowed the donut maker and, much to my disappointment, the donut maker didn’t quite work for me – the batter got stuck. And cleaning the appliance was a nightmare. Bugger! I went looking for donut pans in the stores – no one stocked any. What!?! So I searched online and found both tin pans and silicon pans. Because of the success that I had with silicon muffin pans I opted for the silicon donut pan. I purchased one from eBay. [In hindsight, I should have bought 2. Guess what? There are more of these pans for sale on eBay …]

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Anyways, all that was needed now was a recipe to try. Well, there’s no shortage of recipes online. I eventually chose 2 recipes with ingredients that I already had in the pantry. Easy!

These 2 recipes – amazing and quick to make! They’re both one-bowl recipes. The donuts came out perfectly! And they’re paleo friendly :) Perfect mini treats to give to kids. And big kids too ;)

Forget the Krispy Kreme donuts and the Gourmet Glaze donuts – these donuts are the better healthier alternative donuts.

Almond baked donuts

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The recipe is courtesy of Southern In Law.

Ingredients
1 cup (100g) almond meal / flour
3 tablespoons (65g) honey *
2 large eggs (100g)
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon baking soda

* Can also use maple syrup, coconut nectar or agave.

Method
1) Preheat your oven to 150C/300F.
2) Grease your donut pan and set aside.
3) In a mixing bowl, mix together all of your ingredients until smooth.

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4) Fill your donut pans with your mixture, filling each donut cavity 1/2 way full. Tip – the mixture was runny so I used a piping bag to fill the donut mold.

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5) Bake for 10-15 minutes, keeping an eye on them and taking them out as soon as your donuts are cooked and a skewer inserted into the middle removes clean. Be sure not to overcook them as they’ll dry out!

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6) Allow to cool before removing from the tins and eating as they are or top with whatever your heart desires.

These donuts will keep in the fridge or at room temperature for 3-4 days stored in an airtight container. If you live in a really humid climate keep them in the fridge so that they last longer, however, they will keep fine at room temperature if it’s not too hot!

These donuts were moist, light and delicious! I made 12 of these donuts.

Chocolate donuts

The recipe is courtesy of Elana’s Pantry.

Ingredients
¼ cup coconut flour
¼ cup cacao powder
¼ teaspoon sea salt
¼ teaspoon baking soda
4 large eggs
½ cup coconut oil
3 tablespoons maple syrup

Topping – 1/2 cup chocolate chips and 1 tablespoon palm shortening.

Method
1) In a food processor, pulse together coconut flour, cacao powder, salt, and baking soda. (I used a hand mixer.)

2) Pulse in eggs, coconut oil, and maple syrup until thoroughly combined.

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3) Fill each well of the donut mold half way full of batter. Tip – the mixture was runny so I used a piping bag to fill the donut mold.

4) Bake at 350° for 15-18 minutes.
5) Remove donuts from pan and place on a cooling rack.

6) In a saucepan, melt chocolate chips and shortening. **
7) Drizzle donut with chocolate glaze.
8) Cool and serve.

** I made a chocolate glaze using coconut oil, maple syrup and cacao powder. Mix 2 tablespoons of each ingredient until smooth. Dunk the donuts into the chocolate glaze and place the donuts in the freezer for a couple of minutes for the glaze to set. Yum!!

I made 20 of these donuts.

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I’m now keen to try out the other 531,000 paleo recipes that are out there …

“The only circle of trust you should have is a donut.”