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gluten free quinoa cookies

Gluten free quinoa cookies

Don’t you love it when you stumble across a recipe and you actually have all the ingredients?

When you are home with a cold and its raining outside, a simple recipe that matches the contents of your pantry is miraculous. Thanks to a recipe for toasted coconut quinoa breakfast cookies on Simply Quinoa I treated my cold with cookies.

The treatment is a mixture of banana, peanut butter, honey, coconut, quinoa & buckwheat flakes and chia seeds. The banana, peanut butter and honey combo really sold me and of course I wanted to explore this collaboration in cookie form.

They turned out to be more cake than cookie but theres nothing wrong with mini peanut butter cakes. Amongst the peanut butter, the banana flavour is mild but the coconut flakes give them texture. Simple, tasty and addictive. gluten free quinoa cookies

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Gluten free quinoa cookies
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Recipe type: Cookies
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Serves: 10-12 cookies
 
Ingredients
  • ½ cup of nut butter of choice
  • ¼ cup honey (or maple syrup)
  • 1 medium ripe banana, mashed
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • ½ cup of quinoa flakes
  • ½ cup of buckwheat flakes
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • Pinch of salt
  • ½ cup coconut flakes
  • 2 tablespoons chia seeds
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 180 degrees
  2. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
  3. Combine nut butter, honey, banana, egg and vanilla in a large bowl.
  4. Add quinoa flakes, buckwheat flakes, baking powder and salt to the bowl and stir together.
  5. Fold in coconut and chia seeds.
  6. Spoon 2 tablespoons of mixture onto the baking sheet and repeat until no dough remains.
  7. Bake cookies for 15 - 18 minutes until edges are golden brown.
  8. Remove and let cool on the pan for 5 minutes then transfer to a wire rack and cool completely.
  9. Enjoy at room temp or slightly reheated in a microwave.

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Tapeo gluten free lemon meringue pies

Tapeo Gluten Free Bakery

One afternoon a craving for something sweet via some passionate internet surfing led me to Tapeo Organic Bakery: a gluten free bakery in Sydney. Bakery? Gluten Free? Please do, go on.

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After encountering the Tapeo website and reading some reviews I started to become a bit overwhelmed by the possibility of gluten free baked goods. I clicked straight on the opening hours and realised I had an hour left in the day to get to this mystery place that had somehow slipped through my gluten free web searches.

Tapeo Bakery sits next door to Tapeo Cafe on the corner of Redfern and Chalmers St in Redfern. Tapeo Cafe serves an all day breakfast, lunch, tapas and wine! Sprinkled amongst these menus are gluten free items which I am yet to experience but the real gold mine is next door at Tapeo Bakery.

As I walked in, my heart started to race as I saw multiple desirable items in my view. “Lets not get to excited,” I told myself. I’ve come to learn to lower my expectations in encounters with typically gluten filled food. Once the counter freed up, I quietly asked what was gluten free in the cabinet. She responded, “Everything”. Breathe in, Breathe out.

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Gluten free lemon meringue pies

Tapeo Gluten Free Lemon Meringue Pie

Gluten free lemon meringue pie

Tapeo Gluten Free Lemon Cheesecake

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Berry Ricotta Cake Tapeo Gluten Free Bakery

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Tapeo gluten free banana cream pie

Gluten free banana cream pie

You, you, you and you I quickly picked out those golden oldies I hadn’t managed to replicate or find anywhere else. I ordered a piece of Banana Cream Pie, Lemon Meringue Pie, Lemon Cheesecake and Berry Ricotta cake all gluten free.

The Banana Cream Pie didn’t make it home alive and the rest were devoured within 48 hours. Surprisingly, the texture of these goodies mimicked that of gluten-filled baked goods. Smothered upon a crumbly, buttery base was a blur of cream, lemon curd, meringue, banana and cheesecake. My body isn’t too impressed with this binge but it isn’t often that I encounter a gluten free bakery. From now on, if anyone owes me a favour –  its a Banana Cream Pie from Tapeo, thank you.

Beyond their selection, the best part of Tapeo Bakery is their contamination free kitchen. A real gluten free bakery, as opposed to a bakery selling gluten free goods amongst gluten-filled ones. Their bakery has their own kitchen specifically for their gluten free concoctions so the stress of gluten behind closed doors is not an issue.

Coeliacs in Sydney who are looking to get sugar happy: head over to Redfern and treat yourself at Tapeo Bakery.

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Anvil Coffee Co. Kirribilli

After moving to Neutral Bay, I am constantly being directed to Anvil Coffee Co. in Kirribilli for buttered Arabian eggs and coffee. So on a beautiful Autumn Saturday I finally set out for lunch at this special place. Anvil Coffee Co. is cosy spot built into Kirribilli Wharf with beautiful panoramic water views across to the city and eastern Sydney.

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On arrival we were told that they were taking last orders. All signs pointed towards their Arabian buttered eggs: poached eggs, Greek yoghurt, garlic, chilli & lemon juice burnt butter with mint on gluten free toast. And yes its true, these eggs are a must-try.

Eating out on a Saturday is nearly always delicious but these eggs hit the next level. The combination of butter, chilli and mint was rich and fresh – a melt in your mouth type experience.

Arabian Eggs at Anvil Coffee Co

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There are of course a few more items on their menu. Lots of delicious savoury and sweet combinations on toast. So all you have to do is specify gluten free toast. I feel like the house ricotta, roasted rhubarb, ginger maple syrup on toast is calling my name..for next time. Their coffee and chai are also excellent, perfect for ferry commuters – if only I lived closer.

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Nonie Dwyer's Honey and Walnut Slice

Nonie Dwyer’s Honey and Walnut Slice

A few weeks ago I attended Nonie Dwyer’s Gluten Free Baking Workshop at Cornersmith Picklery in Marrickville. One of the recipes we used was her delicious and easy Walnut and Honey Slice. I’ve been holding onto this recipe, waiting for the opportunity to try it for myself at home. This Easter long weekend I finally had the chance to share it with family. (Luckily this recipe makes a big batch)

Thank you Nonie for this yummy recipe – I’ve been chipping away at this slice all weekend.

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Nonie Dwyer’s Walnut and Honey Slice – Makes 24 small slices

Nonie Dwyer's Honey and Walnut Slice
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Recipe type: Gluten Free
Cuisine: Treats
 
Ingredients
  • 150g brown sugar
  • 150g honey
  • 3 eggs
  • 2 tsps vanilla extract
  • 150ml vegetable oil
  • 175g rice flour
  • 250g ground almonds
  • 1.5 tsps gluten free baking powder
  • 400g roughly chopped walnuts
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 180 degrees and line a baking tray with baking paper
  2. In a large bowl, add the sugar, honey, eggs & vanilla extract and whish to combine.
  3. Continue to whisk while slowly pouring in the oil.
  4. Sift together the rice flour, ground almonds and baking powder then stir into the egg and honey batter.
  5. Add the walnuts and pour mixture into the prepared tray, level the top and bake for 35-40 minutes.
  6. Place on a wire rack, in the tray, to cool completely then slice in rectangular pieces.

 

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Mixing walnut & honey slice

Gluten Free Banana Bread

Gluten Free Banana Bread

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I found this recipe on The Brown Paper Bag, a blog with healthy, easy to make recipes put together by nutritionist, Jacqueline Alwill.

The best part about this recipe is that is requires barely any preparation. All you need to do is mix all your ingredients – great for using up any old fruit.

Gluten Free Banana Bread
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Recipe type: Gluten Free
Cuisine: Treats
 
Ingredients
  • 8 dates, seeded and chopped
  • 3 bananas, mashed
  • 4 eggs
  • 1tsp vanilla
  • ½ cup coconut oil, melted/ Any oil works
  • 1tsp bicarb soda
  • 1 cup shredded coconut
  • 1 cup brown rice flour/Any flour works
  • I've also started including miscellaneous seeds/chia/almonds from my breakfast mix and berries.
  • And now we bring it to life...
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 180
  2. In a bowl mix oil, vanilla, eggs, bananas, dates, bicarb and any other goodies before adding coconut and flour.
  3. Place mix into a lined loaf tin + bake approximately 45-60min or test the middle with a skewer + if comes out clean remove from oven + allow to cool in pan for 10min
  4. EAT!

 

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Scoop Wholefoods

Scoop Wholefoods found in Mosman and Mona Vale is THE destination to stock up on gluten free essentials. Enjoy an open plan space where you can pick and choose quantities of (natural & organic) varieties of quinoa, chia, rice, gf flour, nuts, seeds, brans, gf pasta, chocolates, teas, spices, dried fruit, beans and more.

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Here is how it works:

  1. Grab a basket, some brown paper bags and a pen (you’ll see these in clusters around the edge)
  2. Make a selection, open the lid and scoop out however much your heart desires into those brown bags
  3. Put the lid & scoop down, grab your pen and write the product code on the brown bag
  4. Head to the checkout for weighing and payment
  5. Head home and eat/bake/store

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For those who struggle to find that perfect muesli or trail mix – struggle no more. At Scoop you can pick out what you want and how much you want of it then head home and combine.

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After learning that I am intolerant to fructose on top of being coeliac I decided to make my own breakfast mix featuring linseed, almond slivers, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, chia seeds and coconut. It may look like bird food but with some yoghurt and fruit it does the trick.

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mangopineappleI also love their make your own Scoop nut butter station where you can grab some great big jars of freshly crushed almond, cashew, hazelnut or peanut butter mmm.

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On top of their their enormous range, Scoop stocks gluten free icecream, oils, Bare blends, raw treats and cook books. They also host workshops in store and regularly share recipes.

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You can find them in Mosman or Mona Vale – so go and fill many brown bags at Scoop!blackboard

 

Gluten free Christmas

A very merry gluten free Christmas

🎄🎅 It’s the most wonderful time of the year!!!🎄🎅

I hope you are all getting excited about all the end of year festivities (read: eating and drinking) and hopefully some time off. Below, I’ve put together a list of all the gluten free christmas goods and products available that are perfect for endless gluten free feasting. Nom nom nom nom.

Let’s begin!

Advent calendars….I managed to find a Cadbury advent calendar at my local Coles without any traces of wheat. Hooray! Chocolate everyday of December.

Gingerbread: I’m sure you would have spotted Gingerbread Folk at your local grocer because they seem to be everywhere. If you haven’t spotted those cute little gingerbread men check out their website. You can even buy a make-your-own gluten free gingerbread house! Hello christmas activity.

Fruit mince tarts: My mum floated the idea of making these from scratch but lets be honest, at this time of year nobody has got time for that. I get my tarts from Kitchen Green at Eveleigh Markets or their new spot in Waverley or you can try Silvia’s Gluten free also sold at various markets in Sydney. Pop those babies into the microwave and +/- custard/ice cream. Silvia also sells lots of other Christmas treats, check out her online shop.

Seafood: A fresh and safe choice over the christmas period combined with lemon and salads. Especially prawns, glorious prawns with my dad’s famous sauce (a must try) mix cream, gluten free worchestire sauce, tomato sauce and lemon juice.

Roast: We do a hot lunch of roast turkey with delicious stuffing (using gluten free bread, tomatoes, pine nuts and herbs), roast vegetables and gluten free gravy.

Ham: The meat of the season. I recommend buying a ham from your local butcher as it should be naturally gluten free – although just to be safe do check there are no added ingredients. Smother your ham with all of the chutneys and cheese. The best. Cornersmith in Marrickville and Annandale have an amazing chutney selection.

Christmas Pudding: Newcastle’s famous Pudding Lady makes gluten free puddings in a number of sizes. Get in early to avoid disappointment!

If you are lusting after something gluten free in particular for Christmas please leave a comment and I will hunt it down for you.

Otherwise, I hope you all have a very merry gluten free Christmas and treat yourself with lots of delicious gluten free goodies – you deserve it. See you next year!  xoxo 🎄🎅

La Puerta, Neutral Bay

For coeliacs, life doesn’t get much better than a menu covered in gluten free. Especially when it happens to be in the same sentence as cheese bread, pan-fried queso and empanadas.

We commuted to La Puerta in the pouring rain and on arrival we were greeted by their lovely staff, including their chef, Oscar who walked us through the tastes and history of their dishes. Their menu captures authentic South American cuisine with an Australian touch. To be honest, everything on there sounded amazing so we let the resident expert, Oscar, choose for us. We were excited.

We began our feast with their heavenly Cassava bread smothered with smoked butter and black salt. The grilled bread boosted the smoky flavour and you can’t go wrong with bread, butter and salt. la-puerta-gluten-free-01

Next we tasted their Tiradito, a peruvian specialty of thinly sliced king fish bathed in aji Amarillo and sorrel vein leaves. Wonderfully spicy and slippery. Then, empanaditas. They were corn based, filled with beef and perfectly accompanied with a goat’s cheese. La Puerta was serving up hit after hit. la-puerta-gluten-free-02

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Onto the mains we met a creamy dish of Changua Fish. The fish was baked in a savoury, custard-like bath of incredible flavours, torched on top and served with coconut rice.

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As we started to fill up we slowed down with a salad; crunchy with decadent pork crackling and softened with figs. And just while we thought we taking a break, we found ourselves salivating over red wine infused beef, textured with fried onions and accompanied by cassava croquettes for dipping. It was definitely a rich dish but sweetened with fresh tomatoes.
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At this point we had definitely overeaten but couldn’t say no to dessert. We were served an extravagant presentation of pavlova (my favourite food – hurrah!). This rendition of pavlova was a lot lighter and featured stacks of meringue and La Puerta’s boutique ice cream: lulu and sour-sop (similar to a sorbet) A refreshing way to finish off our massive South American gluten free feast.

We departed with big smiles and plans to return as we were curious to taste more South American flavours and the rest of their menu. Thank you La Puerta for a lovely evening.

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Chickpea flour banana bread

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I may be 4 months late but happy new year! I’ve gone off the grid a little bit. In between changing jobs, working interstate, moving house and all the end of year celebrations I put the website to the side but I’ve decided to get back to it. I hope you all had a very merry gluten free christmas and a lovely break.

So surprise, here is another banana bread recipe. I can’t bear to throw away the sad brown bananas that don’t get eaten so I end up making a lot of banana bread. Moths also ravaged my pantry so I re-stocked with Mckenzie’s gluten free flours. Their gluten range includes lentil, coconut, chickpea, corn, rice and quinoa flour. I decided to mix up the usual banana bread recipe with chickpea flour which gave it a light texture and nutty flavour which perfectly compliments the banana. Delightful! I threw some leftover strawberries on top but I also think some walnuts would go nicely with them as well.

Want to expand your gluten free flour repertoire? Take a look at this list of Mckenzie’s gluten free recipes for some guidance.

Happy baking.

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Chickpea flour banana bread
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Ingredients
  • 1½ cups Mckenzies chickpea flour
  • 1½ cups of brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp baking powder
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2-3 mashed bananas
  • 5 tbsp melted butter
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • ½ tsp sea salt
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 180 degrees
  2. Grease or use baking paper to cover your baking tin
  3. Mix the flour, baking powder and cinnamon in one bowl
  4. In another bowl combine the eggs, mashed banana, melted butter, sugar and vanilla extract.
  5. Combine all ingredients
  6. Pour evenly into your baking tin
  7. Bake for 45 minutes or until golden
  8. Let it cool for 10 minutes (or eat immediately if starving)

 

Gluten Free Certified Organic Balls

Over the last year I’ve been fascinated by the raw ball craze that has sprung out of Thermomixes and super-powered blenders. Unfortunately I can’t afford a magical Thermomix and raw balls cost about $5 a pop so I’ve been admiring balls from a far, hoping that one day, I too, could be in the ball club.

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This September, for Australian Organic Awareness Month, I made some balls of my own.

I have always shopped on the organic side but this month, we are reminded to look for the bud logo to support organic farmers, products and processors who are doing the right thing for our environment as well as building a sustainable future for Australia. The Australian Certified Organic logo guarantees the product to be free range, non GM, pasture-fed, water efficient and biodiversity friendly as well as grown free from synthetic pesticides, herbicides, hormones and antibiotics.

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In support of Australian Organic Awareness Month I have decided to finally make some raw balls! From my research, it turns out that they are mega easy to make. When I opened up the cupboard to decide on a recipe for AOAM, I was surprised to find so many products with the bud logo. It was an easy decision to go forth and make some balls.

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balls_02So have some fun and feel free to substitute ingredients from the list below. They don’t require any baking, just pop them in the fridge and enjoy.

Gluten Free Certified Organic Balls
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Serves: 15 balls
 
Ingredients
  • 2 tbsp Mayver's organic peanut and coconut spread
  • 1 tbsp Australian organic extra virgin coconut oil
  • 1 cup Certified Organic almonds - or you can use almond meal/any nut you please!
  • 1 cup Certified Organic medjool dates
  • ½ cup Certified Organic Pumpkin seeds
  • ½ cup Absolute Organic shredded coconut
  • 2 tbsp Certified Organic Cocoa Powder
  • 1 scoop BODY Inner Beauty powder by The Beauty Chef
Instructions
  1. Chop dates roughly
  2. Blend almonds in food processor or blender until fine
  3. Add pumpkin seeds, dates, cocoa powder and BODY powder
  4. Melt peanut butter with coconut oil in a pan
  5. Combine blended mixture with wet mixture in a bowl
  6. Roll individual portions into balls (if the mixture is too dry, add more peanut butter or honey)
  7. Place in a tupperware container and let them set in the fridge overnight...or after a few hours if you are desperate.

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From Silvia Gluten Free Cuisine

Last Saturday morning, whilst enjoying the North Sydney Markets, a sign out of the corner of my eye read: “Come see, we’re gluten free!” I obviously headed straight to the source. I had discovered From Silvia – Gluten Free Cuisine, a stall dedicated to gluten free and surrounded by people. As I got closer, more and more delicious goodies came into view. Gluten free lasagne, muffins, eclairs, cheesecakes and more – it was pretty overwhelming.

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I spoke to Silvia about the story behind her business whilst sampling half a raisin cookie and piece of chocolate cake. Their offering spans across savoury and sweet, including quiches, tarts, cakes, cookies, breads and pre-made meals. I can see the value of these classics for families with gluten free children. I can imagine her gluten free bacon and cheese rolls are a big hit with the kids who missed out on the Bakers Delight equivalent and her bite sized sweet cakes look perfect for picnics.

On a beautiful Saturday afternoon I walked away with a chicken and corn soup, chicken pie (a rare find in the gluten free world), a spinach and ricotta quiche and two mini cheesecakes. I had also been eyeing off her pre-made lasagnes and a halloumi flatbread but they were all gone by the time I got there – I’ll have to try these next time.

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From Silvia – Gluten Free Cuisine products are gluten free but they don’t taste like it. The pastry was buttery and the cheesecake base was textured and crumbly. By Sunday afternoon all my goodies had been eaten. I’m looking forward to seeing Silvia’s stall again to try more from her massive range. I need an excuse to buy one of her big lemon meringue pies!

You can find Silvia’s stall at a number of farmers markets around Sydney to get your hands on some of her delicious food.

Castle Hill Markets – 2nd and 4th Saturday
Frenchs Forest Markets – Every Sunday
Orange Grove Markets, Leichardt – Every Saturday
Hornsby Markets – Every Thursday
Blackheath Markets – 2nd Sunday of each month
Coal Loader Markets, Waverton – last Sunday of each season
Northside Produce Markets – once a month

Head to Facebook to stay up to date with Silvia’s Gluten Free Cuisine around Sydney or to get in contact for your next catering requirements.  Happy eating !

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Gluten free treats in Sydney

Craving some form of gluten free cake, cookie, donut or dessert? Below is a carefully crafted list of where to get gluten free treats in Sydney. Find the perfect cupcake for your 3pm cup of tea, a big fat gluten free birthday cake or a decadent dessert. Go on, treat yo self!

Bakeries:

Tapeo Organic Bakery in Redfern is an 100% gluten free bakery replicating all your favourite baked goods, think lemon meringue pies, cheesecakes and banoffee pie, with gluten free ingredients. Learn more about my visit to Tapeo Bakery here.

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Cake:

Sparkle Cupcakery in Surry Hills provide daily gluten free options. Prepare yourself for delicate combinations of pistachio & cardamon or lavender & honey. Make sure you get in early to avoid disappointment.

The Classic Cupcake Co. in Mosman unfortunately offer only one gluten free option but it is chocolate heaven. Gluten free Callebaut chocolate cupcake with a ganache centre, topped with chocolate buttercream & chocolate chunks. OH YEAH.

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Left: The Classic Cupcake Co. Right: Little Secrets Bakehouse

Little Secrets Bakehouse create the most beautiful and delicious little cakes and supply to a number of cafes around Sydney (one of which happens to be across the road from work- win). The cake below is fresh lychee garnished with rose scented cream icing, pistachios, rose gel and dried flowers. Their menu is irresistible and you must try them all! You can find their stockists here.

Grab & go treats

Rowie’s Cakes have recently become available at Woolworths in Neutral Bay & Double Bay. Your options include: creamy soy chocolate coconut ganache, passionfruit syrup cakes, chocolate raspberry brownies, rich orange and almond, goji and berry bites or cranberry and apricot bites.

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Cafe Free in Mosman are always churning out mini cheesecakes, tarts and cakes. Check out their social media sites to get a sneak peek. They close at 4 so make sure you plan ahead to grab something sweet for your afternoon tea. Alternatively, you can pre-order cakes of all sizes for that special occasion. Just call the cafe to order and allow 24 hours.

Bloom The Healthy Food Co. in Mosman and Avalon stock their front cabinet full of sweet treats. You will find gluten free power balls, gluten free banana bread, gluten free chocolate and walnut brownies, massive slices of flourless orange cake, gluten free carrot cake and gluten free polenta cupcakes. The perfect takeaway for dessert or something to look forward to during the week.

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Adriano Zumbo sells a handful of gluten free options including his famous macarons and decadent desserts. Get involved with these masterpieces, you deserve it.
N2 Extreme Gelato for extraordinary combinations and constructions of flavour often stabbed with a syringe full of chocolate. What’s not to love?

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Healthy & Raw

The Kitchen Green 100% gluten free stall at Eveleigh Markets offer a great selection of gluten free and refined sugar free goodies. Choose from gluten free banana bread with macadamia butter (heaven), dark chocolate, sweet potato & walnut brownie and incredible fruit tarts and muffins. You can read more about my appreciation for Kitchen Green here.

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Noshu Donuts Find a stockist near you and pre-purchase these healthy, yummy gluten free donuts on the weekend to make the work day easier. I buy mine at my local About Life store. Flavours include dark chocolate & raspberry (tastes like a cherry ripe!), caramel spice and banana & coconut. They are also mega cute.

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Pana Chocolate‘s stunning raw, organic cakes are taking over Sydney. Pana’s delicious goods are free from gluten, dairy, soy and refined sugar. Take a peek at their creations online and find somewhere close by to treat yourself guilt-free.

Desserts from Earth to Table in Bondi Junction are always filling up my Instagram feed. I’ve never had the chance to visit but from what Instagram shows me, you can expect especially decorative servings of raw cheesecake.

Alternatively, you can bake your own! Leftover bananas? Throw together a gluten free banana bread. If you’re looking for a crowd pleaser, look no further than Nonie Dwyer’s honey and walnut slice. Or for something sweet at work, some gluten free fruit, nut and chocolate bars to get you through the afternoon.

Happy treating 🙂

Gluten free hummingbird cake

Gluten Free Hummingbird Cake

When I bought Lola Berry’s Happy Cookbook I immediately flicked through and marked her recipe for Gluten Free Hummingbird Cake. The recipe is super simple, all of the ingredients seem manageable and they are my kind of ingredients: dates, cinnamon, ginger and ricotta mmm. I was totally seduced by the idea of ricotta, maple syrup and almond butter for icing.

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Ever since I’ve bought her book, I’ve opened the page for Hummingbird cake every weekend but haven’t found a good chunk of time to bake. It turns out, I didn’t need a big chunk of time because all you do is combine all the ingredients in a bowl and let the oven do the work. My other excuse was not owning a big enough cake tin so that meant going all the way to the shops. #firstworldproblems

Once I overcame those obstacles and I had the kitchen to myself, I finally took on Lola Berry’s recipe. Not gonna lie… this was a proud cake moment for me. Cake baking stresses me out because they never end up looking like the perfect picture in the cookbook. Inevitably something goes wrong, especially with gluten free ingredients and I end up feeling defeated. This Hummingbird Cake didn’t match the picture but it looked semi-attractive and oh boy did it taste delicious. I loved biting into massive chunks of almonds and dates amongst the flavour of cinnamon and ginger. And the icing rocked my world. Definitely get involved with this recipe and the icing – it’s spoon/bowl licking good.

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Gluten Free Hummingbird Cake
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Recipe type: Cake
Cuisine: Cake
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Serves: 12
 
Ingredients
  • 2 cups almond meal
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 granny smith apple, grated
  • ½ cup medjool dates, pitted and roughly chopped
  • 1 ripe banana, mashed
  • 1 cup roughly chopped nuts
  • ½ tsp ground cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp ground nutmeg
  • ½ tsp ground ginger
  • 1 vanilla pod, split and scraped or a dash of vanilla extract
  • pinch of salt flakes
  • handful of nuts for decorating
  • 250g ricotta
  • ¼ cup maple syrup
  • 2 tbsp almond butter
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 180 degrees
  2. Grease a 20cm springform cake tin with coconut oil
  3. Combine almond meal, eggs, grated apples, dates, banana, nuts, spices and salt into a bowl
  4. Spoon mixture into your cake tin and bake for 40-50minutes
  5. When your cake is ready remove from oven, turn it out onto a wire cooling rack and let it cool
  6. For the icing, combine ricotta, maple syrup and almond butter in a smaller bowl and beat until smooth
  7. When the cake is cool, ice it and decorate with nuts

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Beak & Sons Gourmet Gluten Free Sausages

Beak & Sons Gluten Free product

Sausages don’t feature regularly on my plate but there is nothing worse than going hungry at a BBQ. BBQs are a family favourite, an easy crowd-pleaser and a go-to meal in summer. I am familiar with the feeling of missing out because of my gluten free diet.

When I was diagnosed with Coeliac disease, all of a sudden I was reading labels and discovering gluten was lurking in sausages, sauces and I said goodbye to the bread roll. Unfortunately, this isn’t common knowledge, so I’m often left empty handed at lunchtime BBQs. At home I can control the gluten situation so I’ve bought new tomato sauce, smoky BBQ sauce for ribs and I’ve been making careful choices when it comes to sausages.

Beak & Sons Gourmet Gluten Free Sausages have been one of my best choices. Their new range is naturally gluten free and introduces three new gourmet flavours: Chicken and Mushroom, Tuscan Pork and Traditional Beef. Beak & Sons are known to have the highest meat content sausages in Australia, made from 100% Australian meat and delicious vegetables and are free from artificial flavours, colours and MSG. You can find the complete ingredients list at the bottom of this post.

Last weekend I was lucky enough to try this range for Sunday night dinner with the family.

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Beak & Sons gluten free Everything seemed pretty standard as I cooked them for 15 minutes on the BBQ  – they looked like normal sausages, but I was totally blown away by their quality (and so were my family).

When I cut through a Tuscan Pork sausage I saw real chunks of fennel. Each variety was flavoursome and moist and these are words you don’t often associate with sausages. Beak & Sons Gluten Free Gourmet Sausages definitely sit comfortably in the gourmet category and I’m grateful they are gluten free too!

Beak & Sons gluten free

Beak & Sons gluten free

Thankfully, their gluten free gourmet range are sold exclusively at Woolworths so you won’t get stuck looking for gluten free BBQ options. Beak & Sons can upgrade your classic sausage on a (gluten free) roll but their gourmet quality will be welcome on any plate. I’ll definitely be spreading the word so I won’t be left empty handed this Summer.

Ingredients List:

Traditional beef sausages:  100% Australian beef, sautéed onions, ground black pepper and parsley.

Pork sausages: 100% Australian pork with fennel, parsley and parmesan cheese.

Chicken sausages: 100% Australian chicken with mushrooms, garlic and parsley.

Gluten free fruit, nut and chocolate bars

Everyone is familiar with the ol’ fruit and nut afternoon snack. Have you ever thought about taking your trail mix to the next level? It’s time to have some fun by sticking it together and covering it in dark chocolate. Let’s be honest… gluten free fruit, nut and chocolate bars sound much better than your trail mix.

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This recipe is pretty easy (full recipe below). All you need to do is warm up your ingredients, combine in a tray and put it in the fridge. You could leave it there and chop up your mixture for a muesli slice but we’re taking it to the next level via chocolate. Simply melt the chocolate, pour over the mixture and pop back into the fridge.

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In a perfect world, this recipe produces beautiful squares to show to all your friends but you can see below that I was pretty impatient and decided to break chunks off for immediate consumption. It’s a beautiful mess that guarantees a nice spread of chocolate around your mouth and hands.

So follow the recipe and see how you go. Feel free to use any dried fruit, seeds or nuts and I encourage you to throw in any other miscellaneous ingredients (I’m thinking peanut butter). If the mixture is too loose after combining just add some more honey or syrup to bind everything together. Go for gold!

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Gluten Free nut bars with dark chocolate
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Ingredients
  • 1 Cup Puffed rice
  • ½ cup Sesame seeds
  • ½ cup Pumpkin seeds
  • ½ chopped almonds
  • ½ chopped dried apricots
  • ½ cup LSA meal (ground linseed, sunflower seeds and almonds)
  • ½ cup shredded coconut
  • ½ rice malt syrup/golden syrup
  • ½ cup tahini
  • ½ cup honey
  • 500g dark chocolate
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 100 degrees
  2. Place the puffed rice, seeds, coconut, nuts and dried fruit on a baking tray
  3. Combine the tahini, honey and syrup in a pan
  4. Warm both the baking tray and the pan in the oven for 30 minutes
  5. Mix the warm dry and wet ingredients
  6. Stir in the LSA to bind the mixture together
  7. Prepare a baking tray with baking paper
  8. Spread the mixture evenly into the tray about 1.5cm deep.
  9. Place in the fridge for 20 minutes or until set.
  10. Melt dark chocolate in a bowl over gently simmering water
  11. Cool slightly.
  12. Remove tray from fridge and pour melted chocolate over mixture
  13. Allow the chocolate to set in the fridge
  14. Use the baking paper to carefully remove the mixture from the tray
  15. Cut squares/triangles or chunks off for eating!

 

the muesli gluten free

The Muesli Gluten Free

During the working week, I arrive at my desk and enjoy The Muesli Gluten Free for breakfast. After many years of mueslis and a few of the gluten free variety, I have finally found a brand that works for me. A fructose free combination of raw almonds, cashews, walnuts, hazelnuts, brazil nuts, brown rice flakes, raw sunflower seeds, sesame seeds, linseeds, pepita/pumpkin seeds, coconut and puffed amaranth.

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Fructose is a common component of mueslis in dried fruit or added fruit juice. For people following a low-fodmap diet or suffering from fructose malabsorption, this really limits their options. Thankfully, more fructose-free breakfast options are becoming available and The Muesli Gluten Free definitely stands out in this category.

In terms of nutrition, it is high in protein and full of good fats derived from the raw nuts and seeds. The fibre content is 6.5 grams per 100g which is excellent compared to other gluten free mueslis on the market.

The Muesli also follows the One Line Rule. The One Line Rule encourages consumers to consider the sugar content on any nutrition panel. They suggest if it’s more than 5g/100g (5%) to move on. The Muesli Gluten Free is 97% sugar free, 1.9g per 100g.

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So, bonus points for nutrition but I choose The Muesli Gluten Free for it’s texture and taste. You can actually see the chunky raw nuts and seeds in your bowl. It definitely tastes healthy, nothing is roasted or sweetened which makes it a great choice for breakfast.

I consume The Muesli Gluten Free at least 5 times a week at work with various combinations of fruit (banana, apple or pear) and a scoop of Jalna fat free natural yoghurt. On the weekend you’ll find it mixed with frozen berries, on top of some Gluten Free Porrij for extra crunch, stirred through my pancake mix or used as a crumble toppingthe muesli gluten free .

The Muesli Gluten Free is predominately sold online (I haven’t seen it in many stores) and have a $5 flat rate for delivery OR free delivery on all 2-packs or orders over $50.

650g = $19.50
2 x 650g = $39.00
3kg = $79.90

It’s not cheap but you are paying for muesli packed full of 5 nuts and seeds, instead of cheaper ingredients such as oats (off limits) or rice/corn based cereals. I am a big fan so I stock up on the double packs regularly and am always on the look out for discounts!

Currently, when you subscribe to The Gluten Free Hunter you will receive 10% off The Muesli! Simply enter your email address (to your right) and you will receive a discount code to shop for muesli!