Grain free Chocolate cake refined sugar free too

A friend made this cake recently for her son’s birthday and recommended it to me. The recipe comes from spoonfulofsugarfree.com It is the most delicious chocolate cake, a little like a brownie in taste but lighter in texture. Well worth trying with a big dollop of double cream.

Here is the recipe Chocolate cake

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First I mixed together the dry ingredients ground almonds, raw cacao powder, bicarbonate of soda

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then I beat the eggs and put water and dates in a food processor until a smooth paste

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I added the date puree to the eggs and coconut oil

Then I mixed the wet ingredients into the dry ones

I spooned the mixture into an 8 inch cake tin and put in a pre heated oven to 165oC

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bake for 25-30 mins

I left the cake to cool in the tin

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once cool I turned out onto a wire rack

 

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Grain free Cheddar cheese biscuits

Recently a friend recommended a new recipe book, It was Wheat Belly cookbook.

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I had heard of the original book Wheat belly by William Davis , MD which was a New York Times bestseller. This new book has 150 recipes and lots of information on Wheat. William Davis states “Wheat is not the healthy grain it was pretending to be” He also talks about why wheat can make your stomach hurt as well as causing many other medical issues. An informative read! He includes recipe ideas for Breakfasts, Sandwiches and salads, Main dishes and my favourite section Wheat belly bakery. If you are avoiding Wheat or grains for any reason this book is a must. William Davis is the creator of www.wheatbellyblog.com  is a preventive cardiologist. This book is great for Coeliacs or those on gluten or grain free diets .

Here is a recipe from the book which I have tested out. Well worth a try

Cheddar cheese biscuits

I would describe them as a healthy cheese scone, just what i’ve been looking for. They are absolutely delicious eaten with some butter

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recipe-

1 cup Almond flour

1 cup ground golden flaxseeds ( I used Linwoods milled organic Flaxseed ) sold in Holland and Barrett 

4 tsp gluten free baking powder

1/2 tsp onion powder ( i left this out from mine )

4 tbsp cold butter, cut into cubes

1/2 cup of grated cheddar cheese

4 egg whites

Method –

Preheat oven 175oF

mix dry ingredients together

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beat egg whites until stiff

Add butter cubed into the dry ingredients

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chop butter up in the dry ingredients, I rubbed it in with my fingers too.

Until it resembled breadcrumbs.

Add beaten egg whites, fold in

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Spoon the mixture into 8 rounds onto a baking sheet

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flatten to approximately 3/4 inch thickness

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bake for 15 mins until golden brown

leave to cool on baking sheet

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They look a little dull and possibly not that appertising but are soft and delicious much like an English cheese scone. You will love them. I have demolished two already.

Enjoy!

 

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Check out William Davis MD website here wheatbellyblog.com

Mother’s Day afternoon tea

This Sunday in the UK is Mothering Sunday, what could be nicer on her special day than making your Mum or Grandma a special gluten free afternoon tea.

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My Mum, my sister and me

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Here are some simple recipes for a classic afternoon tea you could prepare at home.

Firstly a delicate gluten free sandwich, here is a few ideas for making your own gluten free bread Grain free bread ,  White bread mix from Food by Helen ,  Sukrin bread mix , Cheese and herb bread ,

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grain free bread

 

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Food by Helen bread mix

 

Choose a classic sandwich filling like egg and cress, cheese and tomato, ham or cucumber and cream cheese.

Cheese scones also work well for afternoon tea, here is a easy recipe Cheese scones . These can be made days before and frozen, defrost on sunday morning and re fresh in microwave for about 30 seconds. Serve with some delicious butter.

Now for something sweet!

A gluten free Victoria sandwich cake would be perfect or how about Lemon drizzle cake  Grain free carrot cake or everyones favourite Chocolate cake

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Victoria sandwich cake

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Grain free carrot cake

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chocolate cake 

Or these delicious grain free cinnamon muffins

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Grain free cinnamon muffins

 

If you would prefer to use a cake or muffin mix check out my reviews here carrot muffins from incognito cakes , Food by Helen chocolate cake mix 

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Food by Helen Chocolate cakes

 

A classic afternoon tea wouldn’t be complete without a cream tea with simple gluten free plain scones served up with extra thick double or clotted cream and a low sugar strawberry jam like Delfour

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Cream tea

 

If you have a 2 or 3 tier cake stand that would be ideal. Otherwise choose your prettiest plates and some nice serviettes

I hope this has given you some ideas to make this occasion something really special.

 

I would love to see your Mothers Day afternoon tea photos, Go on, have a go! I’m sure it will be very much appreciated.

Happy Mothering Sunday.

 

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My afternoon tea,  gluten free and refined sugar free

Gluten free Victoria sandwich cake recipe

Today I baked a simple Birthday cake.

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Here is the a recipe for a simple small gluten free Victoria sandwich cake

recipe –

175g soft butter

175g caster sugar or I used 190g dextrose

3 large eggs

175g gluten free SR flour i used doves farm flour

1 1/2 tsp Gluten free baking powder

filling-

no refined sugar jam I used St Dalfour strawberry or regular jam

2 x  cake tins 18cm ( 7inch)

Method-

grease and line tins

cream together fat and sugar

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Add beaten eggs and flour and baking powder

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mix together well

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divide into the two cake tins

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bake in pre heated oven 180 oC for 25mins

until golden brown

put on wire tray to cool

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sandwich the two cakes together using the jam

sprinkle the top of the cake with a little icing sugar.

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Happy Baking!

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In search of the best grain free and yeast free bread

After looking through lots of grain free recipe books this morning I came across a new bread recipe to try in cooking for the Specific Carbohydrate diet by Erica Kerwien. @comfybelly

Simple Sandwich bread

Using just almond butter, eggs, honey, almond flour, bicarbonate of soda and salt. I produced a small loaf

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This loaf tasted surprisingly light, it has a strong flavour but quite pleasant. Would definitely make this again.

 

Recently I had a go at making a basic focaccia style loaf from a recipe in Wheat Belly cookbook by William Davis, MD this loaf used chickpea flour, ground golden flaxseeds, almond flour,baking power and egg whites.

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It was delicious sliced thinly toasted with melted cheese but was quite heavy and dense to eat by itself. made very good fried bread using bacon fat Yum!

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There is also a good recipe in the Gluten- Free Almond Flour cookbook by Elana Amsterdam called Olive Rosemary Bread, again a small loaf but very nice .

 

If like me you are trying to avoid all grains, these recipe books are well worth a look at. Most are inexpensive and available online.

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I would love to hear about any recipes for grain free and yeast free bread you have tried and enjoyed. Grain free cook book recommendations would be very welcome too.

Review of Primal Joy Foods. UK’s first provider of Paleo snacks and treats

Recently I found Primal joy foods on Twitter. I have been searching for guilt free, gluten free treats that I could order online that were grain free and refined sugar free. Up popped Primal joy foods on to my twitter feed.

Based in Stroud, Gloucester Primal joy foods is a small company offering hand produced paleo snacks and treats. I was very excited especially at the thought of Paleo chocolate brownies. I cheekily tweeted them and asked if they would like me to review them on my blog. A few days later a little box of treats arrived.

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Cocao and Orange Paleo balls – Indulgent and grain free these little balls were delicious. Chocolatey and orange flavoured using all wholesome ingredients. Dates, macadamia nuts, cacao, coconut oil, orange oil and almonds. Prices start at £1.75 for 3

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Rich chocolate brownies – sweetened with dates and honey. Never thought I would find a guilt free chocolate brownie. I am so thrilled to have found these. My absolute favourite. Too good to share! Unsurprisingly these have been shortlisted for the 2014 Free From Foods innovation category. prices start at £3.50 for 2

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Paleo bar macadamia – This is like a soft cereal bar, really very good. It would be perfect to take on a walk or cycle ride for that much needed pick me up. Crammed full of seeds and nuts and with a subtle sweet taste. Prices start at £2.69 for 2

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Date and walnut Paleo balls – similar to the chocolate and orange balls, but less sweet. still very nice. My least favourite of all the products. Prices start from £1.75 for 3

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Paleo bites – disk shaped treats with a slight chocolate flavour. A cold pressed snack with nuts , seeds, coconut oil and a hint of raw cacao. not overly pretty to look, but taste good. Prices start at £1.85 for 3 disks

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Cinnamon Nut crunch – ( this has been shortlisted in the 2014 Free From Food awards Breakfast category ) Delicious with your favourite non dairy milk, great to top fruit fruit or simply to snack on. A real favourite in my house. Lovely cinnamon flavour and surprisingly sweet. Full of pumpkin and sunflower seeds this is a great choice for a healthier breakfast. Unlike granola this is more seeds less nuts. well worth a try! Price £5.99 for 300g

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Selection boxes available from £13.99 A lovely idea for a Mothers Day gift or Birthday present.

No cheap fillers in any of these products. 100% natural and organic. They are all grain free and protein rich . Gluten free and also does not include any gluten free oats. Free from dairy too. Small delicious treats that still feel indulgent.

I will most definitely be ordering some of these Paleo treats for myself and I think they would make a lovely gift too.

You can follow @PrimalJoyFoods on Twitter

Here is their website Primaljoy.co.uk

Wishing Primal Joy Foods all the very best with the up coming Free From Food Awards.

Hope you love them too!

The most delicious chocolate mousse using Deliciously Ella’s recipe App

Tonight I used the Deliciously Ella’s App to make the most yummy dairy free, gluten free, refined sugar free Chocolate mousse. Crammed packed with healthy ingredients, it is divine!

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The App costs £2.99 and has a large number of both sweet and savoury recipes to chose from.

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