Grain free Lemon meringue pies

Lemon meringue pie is my favourite pudding Ever!

Here is a recipe for grain free Lemon meringue pies.

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Recipe 

makes 6 small ramekin size pies

base

100g pecans

100g Almonds

4 dates

2 tsp honey

middle layer

Lemon curd – gluten free

homemade or shop bought

Topping

4 egg whites

75g sugar

Method

put pecans and almonds in food processor, grind to a coarse crumble

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add dates and honey and process again.

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press firmly into the 6 ramekins

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Add a good layer lemon curd to each lemon pie

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Make meringue

whisk egg whites to form firm peaks

gradually then add sugar gradually

whisk again

top the pies with the meringue

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I baked in a pre heated oven at 140c for 20 mins then left them in the oven until required

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This was the very first time I had made meringues and would like to improve on the results, any advice would be appreciated!

These were a huge success with the family and will most definitely make them again, next time I will make my own lemon curd and cut the sugar content. Watch this space!

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Enjoy!

 

 

Delicious grain free Banoffee pie

I love Deliciously Ella’s App and have been eyeing up a recipe for grain free raw Banoffee pie for a while. Made using nuts, dates and bananas, I knew I would love it.

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The recipe is available on Deliciously Ella’s app and on her blog, and needs no baking. You will need a food processor and some ramekin containers. The recipe is for 2 raw banoffee pies but I managed to make 5 small desserts.

Firstly I put almonds and pecans in my processor, ground it down and added dates and honey. Then processed it again. This makes the best sweet base ever!

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I pressed this down into my 5 glass ramekins and put in the fridge while I made the next layer.

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The next layer is really scrummy! Just banana and almond butter processed together, so easy.

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I divided this delicious creamy mixture between my glass containers making a second layer. I popped this in the freezer to set.

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Next I made the top layer. This time, dates , almond butter and banana together in the processor to produce a medium sweet topping.

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After this I added a layer of thinly sliced banana then spooned the topping on to my banoffee pies.

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and topped them off with my last remaining slices of banana.

It made 5 small puddings perfect for a dinner party or family get together.

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I will definitely make these again. They were quite popular with the family.

Lovely to find a dairy free, grain free refined sugar free pudding for that special occasion.

Lots more great recipes on Ella’s blog and app. Ella’s Recipe book coming soon! Cannot wait to see the book and review some of the recipes. 

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No-Corn Cornbread

Today I gave a new recipe a go. Another great recipe from @comfybelly for no-corn cornbread using ground almonds and coconut flour.

Find the recipe here

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Pre heat oven 165c

Put the ground almonds, coconut flour, bicarbonate of soda and salt in a bowl.

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Beat the eggs, then add honey ( I used 1 tbsp instead of 2 ) melt the butter add to dry ingredients

add the almond milk

mix the wet ingredients into the dry. Mix well

To the mixture you can add chill powder or chives or grated cheese. I kept mine plain.

pour into a lined square cake tin 8 x 8 inch ( I think next time I will use a smaller tin as it was very thin )

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Bake for 20mins

turn out onto a wire rack

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cut into squares

serve with a yummy chilli or homemade soup

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The result is a soft delicious bread, scrummy with butter on the top. Will definitely make this again. The batter didn’t rise very much but still looks great cut into squares.

Happy baking!

Gluten free at Côte Restaurants

On Saturday we ate out for the first time in ages, sadly I had been glutened so often in the last year, I had almost given up on going out to eat.

We decided to re visit a restaurant that we had eaten at twice before with no problems. Côte Restaurants are all over the UK . We chose to visit the Blackheath restaurant, in a perfect location looking onto the heath and church. Nathan the manager was quick to welcome us. I explained I was gluten free and he immediately returned with a gluten free menu. This was new as I hadn’t been offered this before, good to see! especially as there was a good choice for me, including a selection of puddings.

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I chose a Sirloin steak and frites with salad garnish as did my fellow diners. I cannot recommend the frites enough, they are really Very good, and cooked in a separate fryer.

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The food arrived quickly and my medium steak was perfect as were the frites. Sadly due to needing to make a quick get away to the theatre we couldn’t stay for a creme caramel. Maybe next time!

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Côte restaurants

My most recent visit to Côte Brasserie in London

My most recent visit to Côte Brasserie in London

* Côte restaurant and Brasserie is now my Go To place to eat gluten free. Since writing this blog post I have been many times .

Find your nearest Côte here

Côte restaurant now has a gluten free menu in all restaurants

Grain free dark chocolate and banana muffins

Inspired by a recipe from glugleglutenfree.com find her banana and chocolate muffin recipe here. I have made some Chocolate and banana muffins. These muffins are grain free, made using ground almonds and cacao. I also added some 85% gluten free dark chocolate which melted inside the muffins, yum!

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Recipe

for 12 muffins

2 cups ground almonds

1/2 cup cacao

1 tsp bicarbonate of soda

1/2 tsp sea salt

1/2 tbsp cinnamon

1/2 tsp nutmeg

2-3 ripe bananas

3 large free range eggs

1/4 cup melted coconut oil

1/4 cup raw honey ( for sweeter muffins add 1/2 cup of maple syrup or honey )

1/4 broken chocolate pieces 70% or 85% gluten free I used Lindt excellent ( unsure if this is still gluten free, I now use green and blacks 85% )

Method

Pre heat oven 175c

mix the dry ingredients together

mix the wet ingredients together in a separate bowl

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add the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients and stir well

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add chocolate pieces and stir again

spoon into muffin cases

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bake in pre heated oven 175c  for 22mins

cool on wire rack

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The muffins are definitely a dark chocolate flavour and are low sugar, but are perfect for a treat if you are avoiding too much sugar.

Happy baking!

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Find more recipes etc on Twitter @gluglegfree 

and website glugleglutenfree.com

 

Just nuts Granola, A family favourite!

I make this gluten free, grain free granola every week as it is so popular and has taken the place of cereals in our house. Eaten with berries, fresh or frozen and full fat plain greek yoghurt. Great with extra thick double cream too.

Recipe

100g hazelnuts

100g almonds

100g brazils

100g pecans

100g desiccated coconut

chia seeds – a handful

pumpkin seeds – a handful

50ml organic virgin coconut oil melted ( I use Lucy bee coconut oil )

50ml raw honey

optional – ground cinnamon

Method

Pre heat oven 180c

Put nuts, one type at a time into a food processor and roughly chop

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add desiccated coconut, seeds and stir,

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melt coconut oil and pour in with the honey

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stir well

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spread onto two greased baking trays ( use coconut oil )

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and pop in a pre heated oven180c for 7 mins

remove from oven and stir

put back in the oven for a further 7 mins ( keep an eye, incase the granola burns )

the granola should be a golden brown

remove from oven and leave to cool

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store in an airtight container

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The great thing about this breakfast granola is that you know exactly what goes into it!

Far superior to the sugar laden cereals and granolas available in the supermarkets.

Enjoy!