Lemon Swiss Roll with Blackberry Chia Jam (Coconut Flour)

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Every time I watch the BBC television show “The Great British Bakeoff” I am left wondering how to recreate the delicious on-screen treats with a gluten-free flour.  So I gave it a whirl with a swiss roll using coconut flour and a chia seed jam (Mary Berry would be clutching at her pearls with horror!).  The Chief Taster declared this the best sponge I’ve made and I would like to tell you that it tasted lovely the next day, but I didn’t get a chance to have another slice as he scoffed it for breakfast.  I shall have to play around with this again.

Yummy, tell me more Diva…

Ginger and Raspberry Coconut Flour Cakes

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The flavour combination of ginger and raspberry is just delicious and something I want to explore further.  The fresh ginger works so well with the sweet sharpness of the raspberries.  Add into cake form and voila!  The Chief Taster and I were in a debate as to whether these were a muffin or a cake..they are slightly denser than a muffin so I am calling them a cake but there are a bit “muffin’ish”..  Either way they are tasty!  I even had one for breakfast the next day which is unusual for me as I like eggs or something savoury for breakfast.

Yummy, tell me more Diva…

Chocolate Orange Brownie (Coconut Flour)

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I have a cake recipe which requires a whole orange to be boiled then added to the cake mixture, so I thought that I would try this method for a chocolate and orange brownie recipe.  I used coconut flour as the coconut flour would soak up the moisture without being too dry.  I was delighted with the results, as the brownie was indeed moist and not too strong in orange flavour.  The Chief Taster loved these and was happily munching these all weekend.   The smell of the orange boiling is delightful too! A natural air freshener for your kitchen.

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Orange Cheesecake Chocolate Brownie (Almond Flour)

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Once the Chief Taster had munched his first square he declared that this is what I should bake all the time so expect a few flavour variations soon enough!  He now also declared that brownies should be at the bottom of a cheesecake.  I think I may have a battle on my hands…;)   I have another brownie and cheesecake recipe where I baked a cheesecake on top of a brownie mixture but this time swirled the two mixtures together and it was just as delicious.

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Lemon Ricotta Crepe Cake

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What’s better than a crepe?  A whole stack of them, with layers of cream in between them giving the eater the illusion of cake!  I made this lemon in flavour, but they would also be great with layers of chocolate cream, or perhaps berries.  The concept is the same and the fillings can be creative.  Layers of crepes galore!

I used a dash of stevia, but you may want to increase the level of sweetener you use if you have a sweeter tooth than me.

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Flourless Chocolate Pudding

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Chocolate pudding is one of my childhood (and adult) favourites.  Served with chocolate custard and I am purring like a kitten.   The original recipe from Ditch the Wheat (great site, check it out!) almost brought out cheers of joy from our house…a quick low carb, chocolate pudding!  It is a similar concept to the muffin in a mug recipe with ground flaxseed except this recipe has no flour.   I had a play around with it adding other ingredients and every version was delicious.  This is just so simple to make too that even the Chief Taster could whip up one.   The taste is just like a pudding. You could serve it and no-one would guess that there is no flour it in! Just delicious!

The original recipe is lovely by itself but the beauty of it is that you can happily add to it and still get a delicious chocolate pudding.   Although this is cooked in the microwave, apparently you can bake this in the oven.  It takes about 18 min at 180C/350F (I have not tried this yet as wanted my pudding in minutes!).   I served mine with chocolate custard and the childhood memories came flooding back!

I cooked mine in a coffee mug (serves one) and also in a bowl (can serve two).

Yummy! Tell me more Diva…

Strawberry and Avocado Mousse

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One of my favourite quick desserts is chocolate avocado mousse but thought I’d change it slightly and use strawberries in place of cocoa powder.  It was delicious, creamy and fruity!  Avocado is a great quick dessert and so flexible.   You could add banana’s too for extra creaminess!

Yummy, tell me more Diva…