Moist Rice Flour Banana Bread (gluten-, dairy-, refined sugar-free)

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Banana bread is one of those things that I have this weird relationship with. I sometimes dream about banana bread all day, but when I make it, I realize that I’m actually not that much of a fan of it. However, if it’s there, I will eat it anyway.

Don’t get me wrong, this banana bread is pretty rad; it’s moist and packed full of banana-ry goodness. Not only is it gluten-, dairy- and refined sugar-free, it is also gum-free! Continue reading

Strawberry Cream Pie (gluten-, dairy-, refined sugar, soy-free)

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My. Oh. My.

This cheesecake-esque pie is probably the best dessert that I’ve had in a looooong time. It’s creamy, rich, dense, strawberry-ish and incredibly delicious! It’s easy to make and packed full of all the good stuff, including nuts, coconut oil, strawberries, honey and coconut. What’s better still is that it’s gluten-free, dairy-free, refined sugar-free and soy-free) and paleo-friendly!

I’ve been longing to make this recipe for a long time. Continue reading

Coconut Flour Bread / Cake (gluten-, dairy-, refined sugar-free)

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This bread is unbelievable! It’s gluten-, dairy-, refined sugar-free and suitable for those on the paleo diet. The texture is similar to that of a dense/heavy sponge/pound cake, but it holds well enough to make sandwiches, if you’re that way inclined (i.e. me). You can make it into a sweeter “cake” by adding honey, or omit the honey and vanilla for a savory sandwich type bread.

This bread slices well, is moist and incredibly moreish. I enjoyed this bread with big dollops of fruit-sweetened peach jam. Continue reading

Paleo Chocolate Brownie with Blueberries (gluten-, dairy-, refined sugar-free)

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I cannot believe that these brownies are gluten-free, grain-free, dairy-free, soy-free, refined sugar-free and flour-free! If it’s a squidgy brownie you’re looking for, I’m sorry, this isn’t the recipe you’re looking for. But if you’re looking for a moist- and cakey-type brownie, this is it. Ok, being realistic, it’s more like a dense and moist chocolate cake, but it’s soooooo good.

It’s made mainly with coconut butter, eggs, honey and unsweetened cocoa powder. I ate piece after piece… barely stopping for air, Continue reading

Strawberry Cream Vanilla Sandwich Cake made with Coconut Flour (gluten-, dairy-, soy-, refined sugar-free)

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I’ve been thinking about a Victoria sandwich for so long, it’s ridiculous. The problem is that I had to devise one that was gluten-, dairy- and refined sugar-free. Thankfully, this cake comes to the rescue. Although it’s nothing like the light and buttery Victoria sandwich, it’s still awesome, and I enjoyed it for my birthday.

Two super-moist vanilla sponge cakes are sandwiched together with fruit-sweetened strawberry jam and coconut whipped cream. Sliced fresh strawberries were then used to adorn the cake in all its glory. If you’d like you could also use a glaze to make it look even fancier.

This cake is also soy-free, weird-flours-I-can’t-pronounce-free, gum-free Continue reading

Moist Coconut Flour Chocolate Cake with Frosting (dairy-, gluten-, soy-, refined sugar-free)

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Dairy-free? Gluten-free? Grain-free? Soy-free? Refined sugar-free? Weird flour-free? Gum-free? Almond-free?

Yes to all of the above.

What this cake isn’t free from is flavor and texture. It is wonderfully moist, chocolaty and incredibly moreish. It was one of my birthday cakes this year. Yeah, I know, it’s 3 months ago, but still. It was A who thoughtfully made this cake for me. It was his first attempt in cooking a “free-from” cake. Continue reading

Grain-Free Chocolate Sponge Roll with Orange Cream (gluten-, dairy-, refined sugar-, gum-free)

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This cake is also known as a chocolate roulade or Swiss roll. Whatever we decide to call it, it’s bloody good! What makes it even better is that it’s gluten-free, dairy-free, refined sugar-free and gum-free!

I hadn’t eaten cake for months, and this was incredibly delicious. I couldn’t stop at one piece… I had 1/8 th, then I had another 1/8 th, then another 1/8 th, and when A wasn’t looking, I had another 1/8 th. Ermm… yes, this was in one day! I’ve made and enjoyed this cake about 4-5 times since then. Continue reading

Ladyfingers / Sponge Fingers (gluten-, dairy-, refined sugar-, gum-free)

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In the past, I only ever ate store-bought ladyfingers (savoiardi or boudoir biscuits), as is, when I had leftovers from making tiramisu. I loved them. They were dry, crunchy and light, with just the right amount of sweetness.

Once I’d given up gluten and dairy, I thought I’d never be able to eat tiramisu again. The traditional store-bought ladyfingers are made with wheat, and the gluten-free variety contains gum. Wah wah. What’s a girl to do? I’ll tell you what … a girl needs to create her own gluten-free ladyfingers recipe, one that doesn’t contain wheat/gluten, one that doesn’t contain weird gluten-free flours, Continue reading

Coconut Cupcakes with Pineapple Curd (gluten-, gum-, dairy-free)

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These coconut cupcakes were just for me. I mean, I had to have cake that I could eat. After all, it was A’s birthday, and he was busy devouring a lemon mousse cake. These cupcakes are light, moist and packed full of flavor. Unfortunately, both the cake and the curd is on the dark side due to the coconut crystals used. The coconut crystals seemed to also overwhelm the pineapple curd, and it tasted more like a tropical version of slightly tangy toffee sauce, which isn’t too bad.

I topped the cupcakes with coconut whipped cream. Continue reading

Raw Carrot Cake with Frosting (gluten-free, vegan)

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Oh. My. Word. This raw carrot cake is absolutely unbelievable. You will NOT believe that it is raw, nutritionally dense and packed full of all the good stuff. The good stuff being fruit, nuts and oats (gluten-free, of course!) There is no gluten, dairy, eggs, gums, refined sugar or weird flours that you cannot pronounce/have no idea where they come from. You will not have to switch on your oven, but you will need a food processor.

The cake is made from oats, dates, dried pineapple (note: not crystallized), coconut, cinnamon and carrots (d’uh); the frosting is made from raw cashews, lemon juice, coconut oil and maple syrup. The best part is, the longer you let this cake sit, the better it tastes. Continue reading

Moist Chocolate and Beet Cake (gluten-, gum- and dairy-free)

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We were gifted a bounty of homegrown veggies recently. The tomatoes were eaten in a flash, thickly sliced, drizzled with extra-virgin olive oil, salt, pepper and dusted with freshly crumbled dried basil; the green beans were devoured by tossing them in olive oil, garlic flakes, salt and pepper and then roasting them to almost-fry-like-perfection. Even the carrots were devoured as a side dish.

The only problem was the beet. A big, beautiful, deep red beet. What to do with such a big, beautiful, deep red beet? I’ve never liked beets. It stems back from school dinners (or more correctly, school lunches), where the only forms of beetroot I had seen, were of the pickled variety, from a jar. The smell, to me, was disgusting. The crunch from when people were eating it, to me, was disgusting. The red juices smeared on the plate, to me, was disgusting.  Since then, I’ve now grown up, and eaten beets, not the pickled version mind you. I still don’t like them. They are far too earthy for me. I know, I know, they are packed full of nutrients, but the only way I have enjoyed them is in the form of crisps/chips. Continue reading

Traditional Mooncakes (gluten- and dairy-free)

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Mooncakes? Yes please! Homemade mooncakes? Yes please! Homemade gluten-free mooncakes? Yesssssssssss, please!

I love mooncakes. Growing up, we’d be lucky if we had a tin of four to share between six of us. They were never great in quality, but what did I know? For many years, I didn’t eat mooncakes. This was until about 4-5 years ago, when I stumbled across them and had to buy them. After that, I couldn’t stop eating them! (I’m surprised I’m not the size of a house).

Since each fresh mooncake is about $5 each, I was determined to make my own. I even have a wooden mold! This project was put on hold when I went gluten-free Continue reading