Gluten, nut and dairy free Apple Cinnamon Muffins

apple cinnamon muffins pic monkey

These lunchbox friendly, super nutrient dense apple cinnamon muffins were born through my popular coconut cupcake recipe. I wanted to keep the same principle but add more fibre, omega 3s and protein so that it was a super sustaining lunch box item for my son - so I did a little play around and this variation was born. They are grain, gluten, nut and dairy free. They are very low in natural sugars. AND they still taste like a delicious treat - Important, don't you think? AND you don’t need to … [Read more...]

Upside down pear cake

PEARcake

This is delicious, seasonal baking at its most comforting. I had a little play with pears last month and there are two recipes you'll be getting from me over the next week that show them off. Firstly, of course, CAKE. I hope you enjoy it! WHAT YOU NEED THE SYRUP 100g butter 1/3 cup rice malt syrup, honey or maple syrup (120g) 3/4 cup water 3 large pears, sliced about 4mm thick into slices of different shapes. 1 heaped tsp ground cinnamon (keep ground cinnamon away from children … [Read more...]

Chocolate Sundae Fudge Sauce

chocolate fudge sauce

I will keep this brief. You have a hot chocolate fudge sauce to make and there isn't a moment to lose. This can be used hot and poured over ice cream or a simple instant ice cream.  Then when cold it is an awesome icing for cupcakes or cakes. To use cold, just let it cool to being thick enough to dollop onto a cupcake, and refrigerate a further 30mins to 1 hour to set it before serving. What to do Simply pop 50g cocoa powder (dutch processed or raw cacao) 120g of butter and 100ml rice malt … [Read more...]

Whipped caramel icing

Caramel icing cupcakes

I have wanted to create a super low sugar icing that tasted good for ages. I believe it's here, if I do say so myself. This is inspired by one of Jude Blereau's recipes from her Wholefood for Children book, where the way you get the sugar out is by thickening some coconut cream first and incorporating it into the beaten butter / sugar... This is even higher in the coconut mixture and half the sugar again with a rapadura for a really caramelly taste - I figured as part spread where there will be … [Read more...]

Cinnamon turmeric custard

turmeric cinnamon custard

If you're going to eat treats, it stands to good reason that you'd employ delicious tweaks to steer them towards being beneficial to your health, right? I'm talking anti inflammatory custard. Yes, you heard me! I created this custard as a twist on my lemony coconut custard recipe, for the Mindd Forum last week and Brenda Janschek who was helping distribute the samples to the 300 attendees said "no word of a lie I've never seen that many tongues out in all my life. Licking every last bit … [Read more...]

Zesty lemon & yoghurt cake

gluten and dairy free lemon cake

My grandmother as many people who've been with me for a while here, was a marvellous baker and maker of desserts. I've come to realise lately, that I was passed the baton when she died 4 years ago, which was about the time I went from baking the odd thing, to becoming passionate about creating desserts of my own, that were gluten free and more nourishing than the standard white flour / white sugar desserts we seemed to be surrounded by. One of my favourite memories is of being under the tree … [Read more...]

Orange & Poppyseed cake

gluten free orange and poppy seed cake

Orange & poppyseed is a style of cake I've never particularly loved, but the other day a follower, Mikaela, asked if I knew of one, and I thought - well, why not give it a go my way and see if I like it more. I did and it is actually really nice. I don't like sickly sweet citrus flavours, so the traditional version with buckets of white sugar in them and refined flour, just tasted yucky to me. This has a hint of sweetness and nourishing, wholefood flours, so it makes it earthy, dense and … [Read more...]

Super simple Christmas baked custard

Christmas Baked Custard

I love a good baked custard. It is the fastest 'whip up' dessert, being in the oven within a minute of getting started. I had leftover fruit mince when making the Christmas cake yesterday, and I was wondering what to do with it, as it was only about 1/2 a cup. This recipe was born from that predicament. Restriction often propels me towards creativity. Are you like that by chance? It seems as soon as I'm told 'that's not possible' or 'there's not much you can do with that' then I'm like, … [Read more...]