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Gluten free carrot cake, a healthy version.

I must admit I don’t have that much of a sweet tooth. It’s savoury things that get my tastebuds tingling. However with a glut of carrots eyeing me up from the vegetable rack and a frustrating day, I decided it was time to hit the kitchen and get my “bake on”. Cooking for me is one of my ways of relaxing.

I’ve never made a gluten free carrot cake, so this was a test of my brain cells, pulling apart a few other recipes and adapting things to make a healthier version. I’m all for cake, but I’m not into too much sugar or fat and prefer a moist, light texture. So I went for plenty of carrots and mixed up my flours for texture.

The result was suprisingly good (I really should expect more of my baking and not be so suprised). It’s light, it’s cakey, its moist, it cuts well, it holds together well, it’s tasty and it looks good, I really like the colour. You know what? I think I may be getting the hang of this 😉

If you like your cakes with icing and more sweetness then feel free to knock up a cream cheese frosting to go on this, I didn’t as that’s not my bag.

Recipe:


150g ground almonds

350 cornmeal

150g sugar

4 eggs

500g grated carrots

80ml rapeseed oil

1 tsp vanilla extract

1 tsp baking powder

1 tsp cinnamon

1 tsp mixed spice

  • Mix the ground almonds, cormeal and sugar together. Then beat in the eggs and oil.
Dietitian UK: Gluten Free Carrot Cake Mix
Dietitian UK: Gluten Free Carrot Cake Prepped
  • Add the grated carrot and mix.  I then put this in my food processor so the carrot was broked down further.
Dietitian UK: Gluten Free Carrot Cake Mix
Dietitian UK: Gluten Free Carrot Cake Mix
  • Add the vanilla extract, baking powder, cinnamon and mixed spice.
  • Pour into a well greased and lined cake tin.
  • Bake at Gas Mark 4 for 50-60 minutes.
  • Enjoy with a cup of tea!
Dietitian UK: Gluten Free Carrot Cake
Dietitian UK: Gluten Free Carrot Cake

Next time I’d add some raisin into this and perhaps some chopped nuts.

 

Crunchy, Healthy, Happy Coleslaw

Coleslaw takes me back to my childhood days on the Isle of Wight. My parents had a hotel and every Sunday it was quiche and salad day (and No this wasn’t the 70’s I’m not that old yet!). Now this wasn’t the limp lifeless bit of lettuce and cucumber hanging off the plate, but a colourful array of everything my mum could think of. Think red cabbage, beetroot, rice salads, apple and celery, roasted peppers and always coleslaw.

Now being married to a man who originally said he wouldn’t eat salad (rabbit food as he called it), Coleslaw was one of the first salady things I could convince him to eat. I’m not a fan of mayonnaise in any shape or form…so here’s our home made version. It literally takes 5 minutes to knock this up if you have a food processor and if you don’t….then you get a good arm workout thrown in too with all the chopping action 😉

Recipe: (Serves 4-6)

1/2 white cabbage

4 medium carrots

1 dessert spoon white wine vinegar

1 tablespoon mayonnaise

Using a hand-held grater or a grater attachment in a food processor to grate the cabbage and carrots. You can add onion at this point as well if you like.

Then simply mix in the mayonnaise and white wine vinegar. It won’t be thickly coated in mayonanise but the vinegar helps with this and you are left with a fresh, crunchy, healthier coleslaw. Give it a whirl!

We had ours with jacket potatoes, beetoot, sweetcorn, peppers, cheese and ham. Comfort food that’s good for you too.

Dietitian UK: Coleslaw
Dietitian UK: Coleslaw