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Clean and lean Brownies


Good morning all!

Last night whilst prepping my lunch for work and pondering what I could enjoy alongside by midday green tea at work, I tried my hand at some express-baking and I’m pleased to say it was most successful! Now being a coeliac I do get tired of the sight of the “gluten-free brownie” as in most coffee shops, mainly chains, it’s the only option available to me and most of the time they are quite the guilty treat! But what if there was a brownie you could make yourself in less than 20 mins, one that is not only gluten free but practically guilt free and full of macronutrients!? Well, there is and not only it’s it super tasty but it has only three main ingredients and can customise it with any extras you like, tailored to your own requirements! 

Ingredients:

1/4 cocao powder (I used dark and fairy free) 

2 tablespoons of peanut butter 

2 large bananas (mashed)

Method:

Combine all the ingredients in a mixing bowl, together with anything else you want to add, I added a tiny bit of vanilla essence and a dollop of coconut oil to mine. (You could top with nuts or dried fruit)Line a baking tray or tin with grease proof paper and spread out the ingredients evenly. Bake for about 10-15 mins at 180c.this will make about 6 brownie slices about 1cm thick.

Leave to cool on a wire rack and then remove from the grease proof paper and cut into desired sections. 

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Gluten free carrot cake 

  

  

After much longing for carrot cake with my weekend coffee and failing to find any gluten free versions (like anywhere) I finally decided to make one myself! What is with every coffee shop only offering gluten free brownies for GFs like us! Anyway if like me you have zero self control around cake or anything sweet, you may want to give away slices to friends/neighbours/anybody – because I literally devoured 80% of mine! 

Ingredients:

225g of gluten free flour 

125g soft brown sugar 

125ml sunflower oil

2 eggs

1 tablespoon cinnamon

1 table spoon ground ginger 

125g grated carrot 

Handful of sultanas 

1 diced Apple (small)

1 orange – zest and juice of

Topping:

200g cream cheese 

Zest of half and Orange

100g icing sugar 

75g unsalted butter 

Put all the cake ingredients into a bowl and mix – grease a cake tin and sprinkle a little brown sugar into the tin. Bake at 190 for 35 mins.

Meanwhile combine the cream cheese,butter and icing  sugar and place in the fridge until cake is baked and cooled.
 – leave to cool then top with the combined cheese frosting mixture and decorate with walnuts.

Personally I cut my cake in half long ways and placed frosting inbetween the two halves so there was a middle layer of cream cheese also as I found it made the cake more noise because gluten free cakes tend to dry out quicker. 

Enjoy!  

 
 

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Strawberry breakfast muffins!

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As its my day off, as usual I start with the intention of doing absolutely nada but then a lightbulb appears above my noggin and another clean recipe comes to mind so I have to make it right there and then incase the sudden spark of creation abandons me as fast as it arrived! The best recipes are always unplanned anyway so here is todays creation, perfect for a sunday morning lazy breakfast!

Ingredients:

2 egg whites
1 cup of doves gluten-free self raising flour
2 strawberries
1 banana
2 tablespoons of honey
1 tablespoon of pure maple syrup
1 handful of crushed mixed nuts and dried fruit
1 tablespoon of coconut oil
Sprinkle of cinnamon

Combine all the ingredients in a mixing bowl (only one of the strawberries) put a big dollop of the mixture into muffin cases and top with a slice of strawberry.wpid-IMG_20140509_094536.jpg

Preheat your oven and
Bake for about 20 mins at 200ºc (maybe less for fan assisted ovens) basically until they look deliciously golden brown in colour and they pass the knife test with flying colours!

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Treat Tip:
Why not top with your favourite clean butters and spreads, its extra super tasty at breakfast and Afternoon tea times 🙂

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Tasty toppings

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Here is the ‘walnut and date loaf’ being enjoyed with raspberry conserve, cream tea perfection!

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