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Carrot cake muffins – gluten and dairy free

Gluten and dairy free carrot cake muffins - A Free From Life

It was my birthday yesterday, so naturally this calls for cake.

gluten and dairy free carrot cake muffins - A Free From Life

Deciding on carrot cake muffins with ‘cream cheese’ topping, I set about converting a recipe. I’m not a fan of overly sweet things, really I’m not. Not since I’ve been doing yearly sugar detoxes anyway. Whilst I enjoy the occasional sweet treat, I find when I bake myself, I can reduce the sugar considerably and still produce a treat that satisfies.

I’m also a fan of wholesome cakes – my chocolate courgette cake being a family favourite. The sweetness of the carrots, combined with juicy raisins and the crunch of chopped walnuts, just fits the bill.

As you can see, I went a little overboard and made 24 muffins, which is a lot of cake, but I wanted to make plenty to share the birthday love!

Gluten and dairy free carrot cake muffins - A Free From Life

 

The muffins came out a lovely golden brown. They held well and the result was a delicious, moist cake.

If you would like to try them for yourself, you can find the recipe below.

Gluten and dairy free carrot cake muffins - A Free From Life
Carrot cake muffins - gluten and dairy free
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Servings Prep Time
24 20 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Servings Prep Time
24 20 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Gluten and dairy free carrot cake muffins - A Free From Life
Carrot cake muffins - gluten and dairy free
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Servings Prep Time
24 20 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Servings Prep Time
24 20 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Ingredients
Servings:
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 200C/gas 5. Line 2 muffin trays with paper cases.
  2. Beat together the oil, sugar and eggs
  3. In a separate bowl, mix together the tapioca, sorghum and quinoa flours with the baking powder, bicarb, salt, cinnamon and ginger.
  4. Add the dry ingredients to the wet and beat together until fully incorporated.
  5. Grate the carrots and finely chop the walnuts. Add these, along with the raisins the the mix and stir in.
  6. Divide the mixture evenly between the muffin cases and bake for 20 minutes.
  7. To make the cream cheese frosting: Sift the icing sugar and cream with the margarine. Add the vanilla extract and cream cheese, then beat together until smooth. Once the cakes are cooled, spread the cream cheese frosting on to each muffin, then refrigerate until set.
Recipe Notes
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Breakfasts

Banana and almond porridge

Porridge recipe - A Free From Life

Porridge recipe - A Free From Life

I was never a fan of porridge. Partly due to the texture, partly to the fact I don’t really like milk either.

This porridge recipe has converted me though. I love it!

It’s our ‘set you up for the day’ breakfast and the great thing about this recipe is you can make it your own by adding any combination of fruit and nuts.

This is a warm breakfast that will fill you up and start you out on the right foot. It doesn’t take long to make, as you can prep it the night before. However, if you don’t have time, you might like to try making these overnight Bircher pots that you can take to work with you.

One Pot Bircher Muesli - A Free From Life

 

I’ve included all the fruit you might need to add to your porridge in the ingredients section below. You don’t need to use all of them at once. Some ideas of fruit combinations have been included in the instructions section.

Porridge recipe - A Free From Life
Banana and almond porridge
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creamy, filling and delicious, this porridge will set you up for the day
Servings
4
Cook Time
10 mins
Servings
4
Cook Time
10 mins
Porridge recipe - A Free From Life
Banana and almond porridge
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creamy, filling and delicious, this porridge will set you up for the day
Servings
4
Cook Time
10 mins
Servings
4
Cook Time
10 mins
Ingredients
Servings:
Instructions
  1. Make the night before: Measure the oats, milk and vanilla into a bowl, stir and leave in the fridge
  2. In the morning: Put the porridge in a large pan with the almond butter, coconut oil and mashed banana and heat on a low to medium heat.
  3. Add more milk to the porridge to stop it from sticking to the pan and keep adding to make it the desired consistency (I don't like mine too thick!)
  4. For the fruit toppings, try the following combinations: 1. Stewed apple and pear with cinnamon, 2. Strawberries, blueberries and bananas, fresh or stewed, 3. Apple and strawberry puree (you can make these the night before and re-heat, or make in the morning and serve hot over the warm porridge)
  5. Plain natural yoghurt also goes well with the porridge and fruit
Recipe Notes

The variations are limited to your imagination, using the same base porridge.

Overnight oats - A Free From Life

Adding the almond butter, gives the porridge a protein boost, which along with the oats, will help keep you fuller for longer.

Soaking the oats overnight makes them easier to digest. It also means they take less time to cook and you end up with a smoother, creamier porridge, not the gritty, lumpy stuff that, if you're like me, put you off eating it.

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Breakfasts

One Pot Bircher Muesli – Gluten Free, Dairy Free

One Pot Bircher Muesli - A Free From Life

This is a gluten free and dairy free, one pot wholesome breakfast in a jar that takes me straight back to previous visits to Germany. If you’ve ever had the pleasure of eating Bircher muesli, you will appreciate the smooth, creamy richness that signifies this decadent breakfast. Not for the faint hearted, calorie wise, Bircher is often made with cream. This version, however, is much lighter and healthier, whilst retaining that same satisfaction.

One Pot Bircher Muesli - A Free From Life

I credit this recipe to Jenny at Let’s Talk Mommy, whose gorgeous looking recipe for overnight oats inspired me to make my own.

Like Jenny says, the possibilities for this dish are limited only to your tastes and preferences. Vary the fruit, swap the fresh fruit for dried (dates, apricots, cranberries or raisins) and make it nut free by swapping the almond milk for apple juice and the nuts for toasted sunflower and pumpkin seeds.

One Pot Bircher Muesli - A Free From Life

It really is that versatile and I promise you, it is just as yummy as it looks.

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One Pot Bircher Muesli - A Free From Life
One Pot Bircher Muesli - Gluten Free, Dairy Free
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Individual, portion-sized fruity gluten and dairy free Bircher in a jar. Make ahead and store overnight. Just grab from the fridge next day to take to work.
Servings Prep Time
1 10
Servings Prep Time
1 10
One Pot Bircher Muesli - A Free From Life
One Pot Bircher Muesli - Gluten Free, Dairy Free
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Individual, portion-sized fruity gluten and dairy free Bircher in a jar. Make ahead and store overnight. Just grab from the fridge next day to take to work.
Servings Prep Time
1 10
Servings Prep Time
1 10
Ingredients
Servings:
Instructions
  1. Measure the oats into a jar
  2. Add the milk and stir to mix
  3. Pour over the yoghurt
  4. Layer the blueberries, raspberries and sliced strawberries and drizzle with maple syrup (optional)
  5. Cover with the crushed walnuts
  6. Sprinkle the desiccated coconut over the fruit and nuts
  7. Seal the jar and store in the fridge
    One Pot Bircher Muesli - A Free From Life
Recipe Notes

The best bit about this recipe is stirring it all up the next day to make a lovely Bircher mix. What you get is a zingy fresh and fruity hit, along with a touch of crunch to complement the creamy oats. The hint of coconut coming through gives a burst of sweetness.

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