Recipes

Browse our recipes.  Most of these recipes are “special occasion” baking recipes for breads or treats but I will be adding basic everyday recipes to the database too.

Soaked Buckwheat and Chia Pancakes

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Soaked Buckwheat and Chia Pancakes

These pancakes are egg free, dairy free and Body Ecology acceptable.  Buckwheat is not a grain but a seed related to rhubarb, and is highly nutritious.  The chia seed helps to bind them without using any egg. (more…)

My Top 5 Favourite Grain Free Cracker/Crisp Recipes

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My Top 5 Favourite Grain Free Cracker/Crisp Recipes

I love a good cracker.  They are great with dips or just to munch on generally.  So after going grain free it was great to realise that there are plenty of grain free options for this handy snack.

Here are my Top 5 cracker recipes, including plenty of nut free options for those who are allergic to nuts or need to be nut free for other reasons (for example in Australia many schools are nut free due to allergies, so you can’t send your child to school with food containing nuts – a challenge for a grain free family that relies on nuts, but the recipes below show it can be done.) (more…)

Grain-Free/Gluten-Free Apple and Pear Sponge Pudding

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Grain-Free/Gluten-Free Apple and Pear Sponge Pudding

This is a receipe for cold winter nights when a pudding is needed to finish the day.  Its fast and easy to mix together, a great way to use up all kinds of over ripe fruit, or if you are really pressed for time you can even use tinned pie fruit.  This recipe was originally made by my grandmother.  It is very traditionally Australian and reflects my grandmothers English heritage.

I have been refining the grain free version of this dessert for a few years and finally have something that tastes very close to her wheat flour version.  (more…)

The Wonder of Kale

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The Wonder of Kale

Kale,  Ahhh, kale. This truly is a “superfood” and a great addition to any healthy diet.  A short article from the Huffington Post outlines why kale should be on our plates here.  If you want to read up more detail about kale, try the Worlds Healthiest Foods article here or this article here which includes some easy Kale recipes. In summary kale is low in calorie and high in fibre, iron, vitamin K, vitamin C, vitamin A, folate and magnesium, among others.  It is full of antioxidants, and is a great anti-inflammatory food.  It also has proven cholesterol lowering benefits.  However, it is important to note that if you have a thyroid condition, you need to be careful about consuming raw kale on a regular basis due to its goitrogenic effect, which can hinder thyroid function.  You can read about Kale and its effect on your thyroid here.  You can read more about Goitrogens on the Wikipedia entry here, or this article from PaleoHacks also covers the subject well.

I always avoided it because the first time I tried it it tasted like tough grass.  Not at all appealing.  Turns out  I was just preparing it wrong.  While it looks much like silverbeet, it does require a little extra finesse. (more…)

Grain Free Lebanese Tabouli

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Grain Free Lebanese Tabouli

Tabouli (also spelt Tabbouleh) is a traditional parsley salad with its origins in the Arab world.  There are various versions in most Arabic cultures, and it usually contains burghul, which is a variety/form of wheat or sometimes couscous (also from wheat).  This recipe is adapted to be made grain-free and of course gluten-free from the family recipe from my Lebanese in-laws.  They are from the beautiful coastal city of Jounieh so I guess that makes this recipes as authentic as you can get, as I was taught how to make it by my Lebanese sister-in-laws. (more…)

Grain Free Banana & Raspberry Cake

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Grain Free Banana & Raspberry Cake

I’ve been making a grain free banana cake for years.  This version is the “new and improved” version and the added raspberries make it something special, but it is still relatively inexpensive to make as it only uses two eggs.  The original recipe this one is based on is here.   This version I think is “healthier” as it uses coconut sugar and coconut oil. (more…)

Zucchini Pasta

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Zucchini Pasta

Making a “pasta” out of a vegetable spiralizer is a great way to add interest to a meal, especially if like me you really really miss the whole “Spaghetti Bolognaise” experience.

The discovery of this awesome little kitchen gadget was so exciting.  My one is called a “Betty Bossi” and is a bit tiresome to use at it needs to be manually twisted, but it produces a great long skinny “noodle”. (more…)

Paleo Flaxseed Almond Bread

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Paleo Flaxseed Almond Bread

I’ve been doing a fair bit of reading lately into the Paleo and Primal Diets.  This recipe for a paleo friendly bread is a super easy Flaxseed and Almond Meal Bread.  It makes up in a few seconds, bakes in 30 minutes and has a great taste and texture. (more…)

About Oven Temps

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About Oven Temps

It helps to know your oven…some ovens run hot, some not, sometimes you need to adjust for fan forced, sometimes not.  It depends on your oven.  Getting to know your oven in all its quirks can make a big differnce to the final outcome when baking, as you will know when to adjust cooking times and temps.

Most of my recipes I cook 180°C, usually fan forced. Below is a table showing you the conversion to Fahrenheit or Gas. (more…)

Amaranth Berry Cake

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Amaranth Berry Cake

This cake was inspired by the Rasberry Lemon Almond Cake here but has been changed so much it deserved its own recipe page.

This version uses oil instead of butter, and is as always Grain-free, Gluten-free.  The citrus zest gives it a fabulous aroma, and like all of my cakes, has no technique required: chuck it all in a bowl and mix it really well, throw it in the oven.  It needs a decent cooking time, so test it after 20 minutes and give it longer if it still feels a bit too “soft” (more…)