Documenting our disastrous move from leafy north London to the grungy south...

Tuesday, 10 September 2013

Sugar-free havoc

I completely fell off the wheat/dairy/sugar-free wagon this weekend... but we DID go to Paris, plus I wasn't sure how to say "wheat free" in French... not sure it would even translate!

I have to admit, while I miss sugar and bread SO much, I do feel better for not eating them. So, I'm back on it this week and I thought I'd share a few of my favourite sweet recipes I've made of late... that have kept me sane!

1. Coconut pancakes
  • 1 cup wheat free flour or rye flour
  • 1 cup coconut powder
  • 2 eggs
  • 1-2 cups almond milk
  • 1tbsp coconut oil, melted
Whisk everything together in a large bowl. This is always a trial and error recipe, I find they are best to be more like crepes than thick pancakes - they seem to cook better and taste nicer. So get the mixture to the consistency you want, then cook in a frypan brushed with coconut oil. Serve with maple syrup and berries.

2. Chocolate "icecream"
  • 2 frozen bananas
  • 1 tbsp cocoa
  • 2 tbsp peanut butter
  • 1 tbsp dessicated coconut toasted
Blend everything together (except for the coconut) and either eat immediately, or freeze for later. This makes enough for two.

3. Chocolate "biscuits"
  • half a cup of coconut powder*
  • Handful each of pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds and oats
  • 1 Tbsp cocoa
  • 1 Tbsp flaxseed
  • 1 Tbsp chia seeds
  • 1 tsp maple syrup
  • 1 big spoon of melted coconut oil
  • 1 egg
Mix everything together, spoon onto a tray lined with baking paper and cook at 180 degrees for 20 mins. These aren't that sweet - so I think I'll try them again with a little more maple syrup.

So I know this post is not the norm... but there are changes coming. So watch this space... and my instagram... and my twitter...  

* I buy coconut powder from my local Turkish supermarket - corner of Lewisham High Street and Morley Road

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