GF, DF Brownie


It has been a busy old week and weekend here with house rearranging for new carpet and then a full weekend of assessment as I upgrade to NZ recognized reflexology requirements.  So this is going to be a very short and sweet one given that I have a client tonight too.


Yummy Brownie

I got this recipe from a lovely lady ages ago and yet didn’t actually try it until recently.  It is for a Black Bean Brownie from Health, Home and Happiness. However since I didn’t have enough coconut oil or eggs at the time I decided to do my usual modifying to create a half recipe, which proved more than enough for themselves.  It is very quick and easy to make and surprisingly for a GF recipe actually tastier the next day…. if you can make it last that long!

If you would like the original Fudgy Flourless Black Bean Brownie recipe there check out the underlined link.  Till then here is my modified version….. Enjoy.

Black Bean Brownie

1 Can of 390gm  Black Beans, rinsed and drained

2 Tb coconut oil

2 eggs

1/4 cup honey

3/8 Cup Cocoa powder

1 tsp Vanilla Essence

quick grind of sea salt

– Blend all the ingredients until they are smooth

-Line a 20x20cm tin with baking paper and pour in the mixture

-Bake at 180C for around 25 mins or until the top starts to crack and the brownie is not runny.

-Cut into slices and enjoy



GF, Dairy and refined Sugar free Banana Cake


Many years ago in Ireland I purchased a great book ‘Eat with Joy on a Wheat-free Gluten-free diet’  By Ann O’ Dowd Fogary.  Since then I have used and loved her book – carrying it across countries – partly because 50% of the recipes are also dairy free and mostly because her recipes are so yummy and adaptable.

In cupcake form which is easier when heading out with the kids.

In cupcake form which is easier when heading out with the kids.

This recipe is an adaptation of her Carrot Cake recipe and it is one that I regularly make.  It doesn’t rise huge amounts so I usually use a loaf tin to bake it in or it can be made into cupcake size cakes. If you are making the cupcakes I haven’t actually timed it sorry as I just go with smell and a test – usually around 12-15 mins though:) So without further ado here is the cake recipe.

GF, Dairy and refined Sugar free Banana Cake

100 gm rice flour

25 gm cornflour

1.5 tsp GF baking powder

2 eggs

75 gm runny honey

100 gm coconut oil

2 tsp ground ginger

2-3 mashed bananas

  • Melt the coconut oil and honey together
  • Add the dry ingredients
  • Add the eggs and banana
  • Mix well to ensure no lumps
  • Pour into a lined loaf tin or patty tins if making cupcakes
  • Bake at 190 C for 30-45 mins (cake) or until a cake tester comes out clean.
  • Enjoy

Hope this finds you filling your bodies with delicious healthy goodness.



Ugly Muffins – dairy and ‘sugar’ free treats



You need:

2 – 4 ripe bananas ( I usually use our frozen ones which have quite a bit of liquid with them)

1 diced apple with the skin left on

3 Tb olive oil (use only 2 Tb if using more than 2 bananas)

2 tsp vanilla essence

1/2 cup white flour (you can replace this with wholemeal I just found it to be a bit too heavy with 1 cup of wholemeal)

1/2 cup wholemeal flour

1/2 tsp mixed spice

1/2 tsp baking power 

1/2 tsp baking soda

– mix everything together till well blended.

– grease muffin tins (we used the mini muffin kind) and put mixture into each ‘muffin’ space

– bake at 180 C for around 15 mins or until cooked.