You know you're a gluten-free baker of a certain age when just a few of your storecupboard staples are coconut flour, coconut syrup and cacao nib. I worry I'm becoming one of those "Posho" type chefs we are taught to despise, but the problem is, if you're gluten-free, you have to find different flours to work with in order to make recipes work. I, of course, want to make gluten-free cake accessible to everyone, and all the ingredients I use are easy to obtain (and hopefully not too cost prohibitive) but there are some times when only coconut flour will do!
So this recipe, borne out of a need to use up 3 rather sad rapidly darkening bananas and a love of banana bread of Brobdingnagian proportions, was created. I am also currently utterly obsessed with this Bali Nutra coconut syrup which adds an almost caramel treacliness to the finished loaf. This recipe marries together flavours you might be more familiar with in a cocktail, but I think they work here so perfectly. A dense and satisfying loaf cake which is both subtly sweet and enticingly nutty. Whilst I am not a vegan, I have provided vegan substitutes below as this recipe is too delicious not to share with everyone. It's like I always say... "let them all eat cake"!
4 tbsp coconut oil, melted
1 egg (or the equivalent of egg replacer)
50ml coconut syrup (I used Bali Nutra)
4 tbsp natural yoghurt or dairy-free yoghurt
3 ripe bananas, mashed
150g coconut flour
165g gluten-free plain flour
1 tsp gluten-free baking powder
15g cocoa powder (I used Food Thoughts)
100g coconut sugar
50g dark chocolate chips (check the chocolate you are using is suitable for vegans if you are making this vegan)
10g cacao nib
3 tbsp coffee, cooled
Pinch free-flowing salt
NB: This is a stock photo, as I annoyingly didn't have time to photograph this loaf before it was consumed by a horde of hungry BBQ-goers
After a slightly boozy chat about brownies with some of my favourite foodie friends a little while ago, I spent ages thinking about how versatile these gooey traybakes are. So simple to make and incredibly satisfying to eat, the humble brownie really is what I would deem a superfood!
As if to solidify my thoughts on how truly fantastic they are, a few days ago my sister sent several photos to our family WhatsApp group of her children making brownies, and this then inspired my dad to have a go himself. He wanted a recipe that he could try that he knew I could eat so he sent me a text to ask if I had a recipe. "Of course I have a recipe!" was my immediate response, and proceeded to send it over to him. I realised at that moment that while I have posted a video on my YouTube channel of me making these delicious dense delights, I hadn't actually posted the recipe here! How could I be so silly!?
So, here it is, in its full chocolatey glory...
150g unsalted butter
150g dark muscovado sugar (or 75g each of light muscovado and dark brown sugar)
150g golden caster sugar
75g Food Thoughts cocoa powder
125g gluten free plain flour
25g raspberry powder
1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
¼ tsp xanthan gum
75g chopped chocolate of your choice (dark or milk preferably)
75g chopped hazelnuts (or any nut of your choice)
*you can also add dried fruit, and use caster sugar instead of the dark sugars if this is all you have*
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