Mango Vegan & Gluten Free Cake

I’ve made this cake in a bundt tin as it needs so little decoration because it tastes so good that I felt a bundt would help it to look wonderful.

I love bundt tins (you might have guessed from some of my other recipes) as they take any cake and simply raise it up to another level of fancy and showstopping. What’s wonderful about bundts?? They do all the work and you take all the credit!

You can make this cake as a regular vegan one if you want to and I’ll list the Gluten Free changes needed below in the ingredients. Obviously there’s no butter or dairy products in the cake so it’s also a great healthy option. I used coconut oil to grease the tin rather than butter and floured it as normal (using GF flour).

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Apple & Walnut Almond Flour Bread

Gluten Free, Paleo, Dairy Free, Grain Free, No Refined Sugar

Have you tried baking with Olive Oil? It’s a great solution for those who need to be dairy free but it’s also a healthy way to bake. Using Almond Flour means this is low carb recipe, gluten free, paleo, grain free and contains no added sugars as the sweetness of the apple puree and grated apple add a natural sweetness to the bread. Using Almond Flour definitely does change the taste and it will be a little different to what you may have had before but it’s so healthy for you, it tastes great and you don’t get any bloating after a slice or two. Please give it a try!

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Banana & Nut Butter Energy Bites

Delicious and very easy to make, these Banana & Nut Butter Energy Bites are like having a slice of your favourite banana bread. They are a no bake recipe and very adaptable to suit your personal preferences plus they keep in the freezer for whenever you need a healthy snack. I’ve included how to make them Gluten Free, Vegan and Nut Free below

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Creamy Mixed Berries Baked Oats

Using coconut milk in this recipe gives the baked oats the most amazing creamy taste! Coconut Milk is full of healthy fats and combined with your favourite berries which are packed with antioxidants and only a bit of pure maple or date syrup, you have a fantastic way to use up berries and a great make ahead breakfast / snack for a few days. This one bowl recipe will soon become a family favourite and you can adapt it depending on what you have in the fridge!

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Date & Nut Bread – Gluten Free & Regular Versions

I’m a big fan of a loaf tin bake. The possibilities are endless. The recipes are always pretty straightforward. They look great and can be an every day treat or dressed up and they win over a crowd. What’s not to love!

This bread has everything I love. The dates, lots of warming spices and nuts and it uses no refined sugar!

If you need it Dairy Free, then substitute the butter for your usual non dairy brand.

Vegans can sub the egg with a flax seed egg (see below) and use maple syrup or date syrup in place of the honey.

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Lasagna – Gluten Free, Dairy Free and Vegan

Gluten Free, Vegetarian, Dairy Free, Vegan

This is a delicious Lasagna recipe which uses no meat but it’s hard to tell the difference. A little trick I have with kidney beans works wonders! Using plant milk and cheese means this lasagna will also be vegan and dairy free.

Don’t be put off by the sauce – it takes about 10 minutes and is so much better for you than a packet. A tip for time saving would be to make double the quantity of a bolognese sauce and keep the second half for when you want to make a lasagna. All you have to do is make the sauce, add a few bits and pieces and bake in the oven!

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Classic Gluten Free Shortbread

There’s something so comforting about a piece of shortbread. It’s simple yet delivers on so many levels. The buttery taste, just enough sweetness and perfect for any time of the day.

Shortbread has only a few ingredients but it does lend itself well to adding other flavours too. You can use a combination of flavoured sugar like a lavender infused one along with regular caster sugar. Use the zest of citrus fruit to add other flavours such as lemon or orange but don’t add other liquids to the mix or it won’t result in perfect shortbread. Of course if you like, drizzle a bit of melted dark chocolate over one half of your cooled shortbread for a beautiful finish.

I’ve used this shortbread recipe both in wooden moulds and for cutting out shapes. It works perfectly for both and is very forgiving. If you make this recipe, I would love to see the results and would be great if you could leave a review below.

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Frangipane Mince Tart – Gluten Free

A wonderful change from the usual mince pies with it’s delicious frangipane topping. It’s also easier to make as there’s far less cutting and shaping with pastry. I used my own homemade mincemeat which is gluten free and vegan. The recipe is here on my website if you would like to make it. It’s very simple and can be made ahead once stored in sterilised jars. A great dessert to serve with cream or custard after a lovely dinner.

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Shortbread Biscuits

Shortbread is just one of those treats that’s hard to resist. The full buttery flavour is just so delicious and feels like a real treat.

I have two great Gluten Free Shortbread recipes already on the website if you want to check it out. This is for Shortbread Chunks: https://www.cozebakes.com/2020/05/22/gluten-free-shortbread-recipe/ 

and this is for Gluten Free Shortbread Cookies: https://www.cozebakes.com/2020/07/11/edible-flower-lavender-shortbread-cookies-gluten-free/

Just use the search facility on the website here to find a few other options including a Lemon Shortbread. Everyone likes their shortbread their way and that’s absolutely perfect!

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Funfetti Banana Squares – Gluten & Dairy Free

There are times when bananas are much loved and enjoyed and then other times they are left to go brown and not as attractive looking but that’s when they become magical and the most wonderful of ingredients. The riper a banana, the sweeter it is and this helps to reduce the addition of sugar in a recipe.

This recipe has no refined sugars as it uses Organic Maple Syrup for a little sweetness. You can also use Agave Syrup or an artificial sweetener. I use a combination of Almond Flour and Oat Flour and of course Sprinkles!! Almond Flour is not the same as Ground Almonds so be aware when prepping your ingredients.

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