Thursday, July 31, 2014

Gluten free banana bread

Its 8.15pm and I'm hungry. We have cupboards full of food but nothing to eat, you know the scene?!  I have had this banana bread on my mind since we returned from our summer holiday and was planning on making it with the girls.  I can't wait. I've made it. It is so quick and easy, requiring ingredients you have to hand (who doesn't have zillions of brown bananas in their freezer?) and only one bowl to wash up. Yay!

Gluten Free Banana Bread
adapted from this recipe

3 large ripe bananas
1 egg
3 tbs coconut oil
3/4 cup milk (dairy or non dairy)
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/3 cup brown sugar
3 tsp baking soda
1 cup almond meal
1 cup cashew nut meal
1 cup gluten free flour (I used brown rice flour)
1 cup of jumbo oats 
1 tsp ground cinnamon
pinch of salt
3/4 sultanas

Preheat the oven to 365F.  Grease and line a loaf tin.  Mash the bananas then add the wet ingredients.  Mix thoroughly.  Add the dry ingredients to the wet and mix until combined. Lastly stir in the sultanas.  Pop in the oven and bake for approximately one hour, until golden on top and a skewer comes out clean.

Cut yourself a generous wedge, top with butter if you desire (I do) and even jam if you are feeling decadent. I keep mine in the fridge in an air tight container and it will last about a week. Its also delicious toasted.

Go make it, whatever time of day it is. 

Monday, July 14, 2014

No churn Rocky Road Ice cream

The summer heat has arrived in Redlands; days hover around the mid to high 30s and the nights are fractionally cooler.  So ice cream is definitely on the agenda.  This is a super easy recipe that does not require an ice cream maker or the hassle of having to take it out of the freezer to stir every hour.  It is very rich but grown ups and kids alike gobbled it up at our 4th of July party.

Another bonus of this recipe is it does not require exact measurements, use whatever you have to hand and what takes your fancy!

No churn Rocky Road Ice Cream

1 can of condensed milk
600ml of heavy cream
1 1/2 cups of chocolate chips, melted
Equal amounts of the following:
crushed cookies (I used plain vanilla cookies)
dried cranberries (or sultanas)
mini marshmallows
semi sweet chocolate chips
chopped nuts of your choice (optional)

Using an electric whisk mix together the cream and condensed milk until thick. 
'Ribbon' thickness
Stir in the melted chocolate until fully incorporated.  Finally stir in the Rocky Road ingredients.  Transfer to a Tupperware with a tight fitting lid and freeze overnight.  Be warned it makes a lot!

Enjoy x